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Cookery school recommendation for day or short courses

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Eve · 02/06/2023 21:50

DS has a birthday coming up soon and doesn’t want stuff.

he loves cooking , has worked in a pub kitchen and hoping to take a year out after Uni and travel & get some related jobs.

am thinking of a voucher for a cooking day for him.

looking at Leiths in London, but any other recommendations in London, Hampshire, Surrey direction? (M3 / M4 )

Somewhere that offers a few courses / dates so he can choose what to do?

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Blueuggboots · 02/06/2023 22:06

Le Manoir aux quat saisons has a cookery school which is brilliant! Not cheap, but worth it.

Radiatorvalves · 02/06/2023 22:11

Waitrose cookery school kings cross or finchley.

lucysfriendlyfoods · 02/06/2023 22:11

Check out Le Cordon Bleu for an amazing range of short courses. In Hampshire I've heard good things about Seasons at Lainston House

CC4712 · 02/06/2023 22:16

Radiatorvalves · 02/06/2023 22:11

Waitrose cookery school kings cross or finchley.

I too was going to recommend here. Also, Billingsgate fish market:
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Waveifyouknowme · 02/06/2023 22:18

White pepper cooking school- Dorset but I've heard good things

Lindy2 · 02/06/2023 22:55

The Gordon Ramsey Academy is in Woking, Surrey.

EvenmoreDisorganised · 02/06/2023 23:03

Newlyns, just off the M3 at Hook is excellent. Fabulous farm shop and cafe too.

LadyWithLapdog · 02/06/2023 23:13

Abinger School near Dorking.

Radiatorvalves · 03/06/2023 09:39

I’m been to Waitrose a few times, as has DH and one of my sons. It’s good but more aimed at confident home cooks than those wanting more professional skills I think. The website is pretty comprehensive. DS also enjoyed a sushi course at Leiths. He was 15 then.

BraveMaeve · 03/06/2023 09:49

I also liked the Waitrose cookery school, I'd recommend that.

It's probably a bit too far but I did a cookery day at Daylesford in the Cotswolds last year which was incredible, a real treat and 6 months on I'm still using the skills (bread making).

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TeaandHobnobs · 03/06/2023 10:15

Caldesi in Bray

MontyDonsBlueScarf · 03/06/2023 10:27

Another vote for the Billingsgate course, probably the most useful cookery course I've ever come across. But not if you don't eat fish!

newtb · 03/06/2023 10:31

About 20 years ago, I did an Indian cookery course with Zahda Saeed when she lived in Cheshire. She now lives in London and may still be doing courses.

Madcats · 03/06/2023 10:35

I bought DH a "how to use a knife" lesson at Borough Kitchen as part of London Craft Week. They do a lot of courses:

If he was into fish, I know a couple of people who have done courses there:

In Bath (just wondering whether you wanted to make a long weekend of it) Bertinet Bakery does breadmaking courses and there is a great Vegetarian cookery school

Possibly not at this time of year, but there are a few foraging (coast and woodland) cookery days down in Somerset/Hampshire too

Ereshkigalangcleg · 03/06/2023 10:38

This place is lovely, they can sort out accommodation too. Nice for making a mini holiday of it.

Eve · 03/06/2023 19:44

These are all excellent suggestions- thank you!

just to choose 1 or 2 now!

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