Spring is the season of optimism: mornings are lighter, gardens are greener and of course, it’s the season of new beginnings. So what better time to learn a new skill, and what better way to improve your kitchen capabilities than a cookery class? Whether you’re a kitchen nightmare or champion cook, there is always something to be discovered at the many cookery schools across the UK. What are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get cooking.
For fun, relaxed cooking, look no further than Bristol-based Little Kitchen. Run by duo Madeleine and Claire, small class sizes ensure workshops for adults and children are both welcoming and accommodating. A wide range of hands-on evening and weekend workshops includes the likes of street food from around the world, macaroon making, DIY tapas and dine, small plates, and wine matching.
Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, Ashburton Cookery School is the largest independent cookery school outside London. From bread making and patisserie classes to Spanish tapas, seafood and cocktail masterclasses, there is an impressive list of over 40 different courses. Want the real deal? There are also five-day courses and a twenty-week diploma. The multitude of classes is designed to be as practical as possible, so whether you wish to become expert or simply fancy taking tips home to the family kitchen, this place covers it all.
Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School – Bath
Founded by Rachel Demuth, the famous vegetarian cookery school offers a range of evening, one-day and weekend courses that are full of flavour. From beginners to accomplished cooks, all levels are catered for. You’ll struggle not to eat your dish straight away, it will look and taste so good; Demuths can make a gold-star student out of anyone.
The pretty harbourside town of Padstow is home to this famous seafood delight. Courses cover the lot; fresh fish preparation, cooking, presenting and tasting, and will have you go from clueless to connoisseur in no time. If you aren’t a fan of fish, there are other interesting options such as Indian curries, Spanish tapas and bakery sessions. Gift vouchers are available to send to family or friends, too.
Waitrose Cookery School – London
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a cookery session at Waitrose Cookery School. Informal, informative and enjoyable classes suit every culinary preference.
Delicious dishes from Persia, Thailand, France, Spain and East Asia, and masterclasses on pasta, seafood and baking bread take you on a culinary trip around the world. There are children’s workshops and junior masterclasses – perfect for budding foodies.
Let’s Cook Scotland – Perthshire
Let’s Cook opened its doors in 2009, and since then owner Sarah Mellersh has been cooking up a storm. Surround yourself with like-minded people and enjoy all that cooking is about in these small, intimate classes. There are two-week, two-day and one-day classes to tickle your tastebuds. Afterwards, return home with an improved culinary repertoire and satisfied appetite. The university survival course is the perfect way to get your teen equipped for university and teach them to eat well on a student budget.
Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School – Yorkshire
Eat like a champion in the beautiful surroundings of this countryside cookery school. Promising foodies looking for a relaxing time rejoice in these casual classes to hone in on their kitchen skills. Should you wish to extend your stay, book a room in one of the nine guest rooms.
Mersea Island Cookery School – Essex
Mersea Island is a beautiful spot in Essex. Start the day by gathering around the table to discuss the day ahead before whipping up dishes that are sure to impress. Classes are held in a relaxed, friendly environment and the team here champion local and seasonal ingredients. Your freshly made food can be kept to yourself or taken home to share. Children’s parties and group bookings can be requested, too.