The Cooking Academy Day Courses

The Cooking Academy Day Courses

Perfect preparation and sublime flavours mean delicious results when you spend a day at this cooking academy! This highly-regarded cookery school in Rickmansworth Hertfordshire opens the doors to a whole world of cuisine offering small group lessons in a home-from-home setting.

The cooking academy is Kumud Gandhi’s creation and she along with her fellow tutors are all incredibly passionate and gifted cooks. But that’s just the half if it. Not only are they all highly skilled in the kitchen they are also fab teachers. The setting helps set the scene too with lessons at the cooking academy taking place in the large very stylish domestic kitchen. It’s homely with that modern farmhouse feel stunning granite work surfaces and an outlook capable of distracting you from your workstations – the gardens are gorgeous!

The school’s philosophy for food is fascinating. Cooking is seen as mix of science and alchemy where blending and combining flavours aromas and spices leads to delicious dishes. We’re sure Kumud’s family’s background as chemists and spice merchants in India has influenced her cookery academy ethos of good tasty cuisine for all.

Striving to use locally sourced in season products that are organic wherever possible they all firmly believe that the basis for making sophisticated dishes in a simple way is in using good ingredients. And indeed whether you’re already a bit of curry connoisseur love your dim sum dishes or actually just want to see if you can cook at all (one of the most popular features on the beginner’s course is how to cook poached eggs – a true art form!) there’s a lesson on the menu for you at Rickmansworth.

The cookery school has a full and rich programme of one day courses and your voucher is valid for all the ones we have listed below in the full details.

Imagine yourself on a wander down the Ramblas in Barcelona on the Spanish Tapas lesson discover the ying and yang of flavours in Vietnamese cuisine plunge into the seas on a fish course or get folding your flaky on the pastry course. A special mention for the nutritional class that shows healthy can be delicious and a vegetarian workshop to prove no meat doesn’t mean bland! If you love food you’ll love this cooking academy it’s as simple as that.

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Cookery Class Choice with Greenwich Pantry

Cookery Class Choice with Greenwich Pantry

Welcome to the Greenwich Pantry – a place for good food with a happy vibe! These cookery classes near Greenwich will show you how to cook tasty well-balanced meals with lots of different themes and styles to choose from.

All classes at this cookery school are run by Greenwich Pantry’s ‘Cook & Eat’ team all of whom are friendly welcoming and very enthusiastic about their cookery. It’s a pretty dynamic place too. Independent and family-run Greenwich Pantry started off life as a pop-up in yes you guessed it Greenwich.

Having expanded into offering an online food boutique shop packed with ethically sourced deli-type goodies private catering and personal services such as pantry makeovers and healthy eating advice Greenwich Pantry took cuisine one step further with these cookery workshops. It’s the best way to put into practice what they teach here – that eating well makes you feel healthy happy and raring to go.

As for what you’ll be cooking up during your classes there’s an eclectic mix of classes. As the Greenwich Pantry team says pastry and pie making is a lost art that’s coming back into fashion so it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular lesson themes covering everything from choux to savoury pastries. Similarly making your own bread is a tasty wholesome alternative to industrial loaves. Your Greenwich Pantry chefs love making bread too and they’ll tell you the key is using good quality flour.

Other classes held in Greenwich include sushi and sashimi making and international cookery workshops so you’ll be able to eat around the world in 80 dishes. A course might concentrate on the richness of French cuisine the wonderful colours of Italian cookery or the fresh Mediterranean ingredients the Spaniards love so much.

For those of you looking to improve your overall well-being through food we can highly recommend the vegan course and the clean eating workshops. Eating mega healthily doesn’t have to mean a diet solely consisting of kale smoothies. These sessions will show you how to approach both co-called superfoods and everyday ingredients with the confidence to cook them in a way that gives you the maximum nutritional value whilst making your dishes look and taste delicious too.

And finally to make all these delicious dishes concocted by the innovative and inventive Greenwich Pantry you’ll need to have some knife skills – and there’s a course for that too! You’ll be taught to do that dicing slicing chopping and cleaving thing the pro chefs make look so easy. Whichever course you choose it’s going to be a fun couple of hours in the kitchen.

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Sushi & Cocktail Making

Sushi & Cocktail Making

Sushi and cocktails – who’d have thought they’d ever go together? On this one hour taster demonstration you get to see how sushi is made and enjoy a refreshing mixed drink to go with it. Taking place in professional teaching kitchens in both London and Essex it’s a great opener to an evening out.

When you buy sushi to go it’s all neatly packed up in those little plastic trays. Have you ever wondered whilst you’re tucking into your maki rolls how it’s been prepared? This workshop gives you the chance to witness the sushi making in action. You could say it’s all about the knife skills (and you certainly need seriously sharp ones to cut those delicate slithers of raw fish) but it’s also about obtaining the freshest ingredients possible to ensure your sashimi is as melt-in-the-mouth delicious as possible.

As your skilled sushi chef takes the reins at the head of the table to start the intricate cutting rolling and folding that’s involved in making sushi you’ll be served with a tasty cocktail. And yes whilst you’re more likely to order a sake or a Japanese beer to go with your sushi dishes you’ll soon learn that cocktails can also be an excellent compliment to sushi.

Of course anything really sweet like a Pina Colada would just annihilate the delicate flavours of that raw fish. On the other hand given the fairly salty taste of soy sauce and the fieriness of wasabi you will need a cocktail that can stand up to those strong flavours too. Tangy and spicy gets our vote when it comes to cocktails that go with sushi so something like a mojito or a margarita is a perfect pick for these taster sessions.

Cocktail in one hand and freshly made nigiri in the other it’s time for an East meets West taste sensation to take over as you enjoy the sushi and cocktails made before your very eyes. Naturally the proof that sushi and cocktails do mix is in the tasting and we think you’ll enjoy these really flavoursome combinations.

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Smoke and Spice Workshop

Smoke and Spice Workshop

If you love savouring a slice of smoked salmon you’ll love this smoking food workshop! Learn how to smoke food in your own home without the need for fancy (and expensive) kitchen gadgets and gizmos. This is back to basics curing to bring out those delicious smoky aromas and tastes.

On these demonstrations you’ll observe just how easy home smoked food is to do. Of course much of the smoked and cured products we see have been smoked on an industrial scale. But you can recreate the same process for that longed for home-crafted touch that makes everything just taste so much better.

So how do you smoke your own food? Well in essence it’s pretty much the same whether you’re a factory smoking hundreds of kilos of salmon a day or just smoking a couple of duck breasts for your dinner in your own kitchen. You’ll learn on this smoking food course that it’s all about the wood chips. And the salting. And the freshness of the fish seafood or meat.

Your host will show you how you can leave the expensive smokers to one side and get smoking simply and without the mess by using a smoking pouch. Brining rubbing or marinating is the essential preparation for your meat. Then there are the wood chips. This cookery school creates its own flavoured wood chips with tantalising aromas like oak and hickory. The key here is to use hardwoods as softwood chips like pine will give your salmon a nasty taste.

The wonderful thing about wood smoking foods is the smell sensation. As soon as that smokiness hits it gets your tastebuds tingling. And the choice of foods to smoke on this workshop isn’t by chance. Oily fish and meats like salmon and duck absorb the smoke better giving you that incredibly more-ish taste to it.

By the end of the two hours you’ll have smoked the food and eaten it with a glass of Sake to go with it. And we reckon you’ll all be in agreement that smoking food isn’t actually as tricky as you thought it was going to be. You’re sure to leave the workshop totally inspired to wood smoke your own foods at home.

 

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The Manor School of Fine Cuisine

The Manor School of Fine Cuisine

These friendly and informal cookery courses in Nottingham give you a great choice of culinary days ranging from Perfect Pastry classes to Moroccan cookery workshops. As well as getting to grips with the practical side of things your course includes refreshments and the chance to enjoy what you have been making.

The school was established in 1987 and is set in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside just a few miles from Nottingham City Centre. These courses are suitable for all levels of cooks from beginners to those more experienced in the kitchen and the ethos here in Nottingham is to give students the know-how to up their cookery game.

Claire Tuttey the principal studied under Muriel Downs and Sarah Nops at the Cordon Bleu School in London and was awarded a diploma in 1979. She has worked and travelled throughout France Italy Switzerland and Ireland to gain her extensive knowledge of European cuisine this having been complemented by the experience gained whilst working on the staff of two British cookery schools. After her gourmet globetrotting Claire settled in this delightful Nottingham village of Plumtree where she has built a cookery school that has a reputation for lively and informative courses.

Indeed Claire’s talents have been recognised with many personal commendations in the food and drink press as well as in leading National and International Good Food Guides. Ever since the the professional kitchens opened the aim as Claire states is to: “pass on to students the pleasure of serving delicious food with style and confidence” and we can’t help but agree.

All cookery courses near Nottingham take place in Claire’s well-appointed school complete with lecture room kitchen with work stations and and relaxed dining and sitting areas. With every palate catered for these courses will have you cooking up a storm by the end of this brilliant culinary day in Nottingham.

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