When you are choosing a cookery course make sure you choose the best cookery school for your training. The Ashburton Cookery School has a reputation for inspirational cookery courses, excellent chef tutors, top class ingredients and a stunning location. That's why we have been named 'Best Learning Experience 2018' in the South West Tourism Awards.
Here are some reason's why we think you should choose us.
A Track Record of Success
We are a family business that was established in 1992, and have been running cookery courses 7 days a week, 350 days a year for the last 10 years. We are rated as one of the most successful cookery schools in the country welcoming over 5000 students to our cookery school a year.
We are one of a small number of quality cookery schools that are audited by the British Accreditation Council on standards of training, facilities and student welfare, so you can be sure that you will receive a quality experience. You can read the audit report here.
- South West Tourism Awards – Learning Experience of the Year 2018
- Express & Echo Awards – Best Tourism Experience 2017
- Food Magazine Reader Awards – Best Cookery School 2017
- Western Morning News – Small Business of the Year 2015
- British Cookery School Awards –People's Choice Best Cookery School 2013
- Food & Travel Magazine – Winner of Cookery School of the Year 2012 & 2013
- British Cookery School Awards –Best Large & Best English Cookery School 2012
More important is the feedback of our students. Students are invited to rate our performance at the end of each course they take - over 3 years we have a 99% positive customer satisfaction rating with over 80% of students rating us 5 out of 5 stars.Recent Feedback
A Wide Range of Scheduled Courses
We offer over 40 scheduled cookery courses from half-day courses and weekend breaks to professional culinary qualificatIons. You are sure to find a course to meet your skill level, and your area of interest. What's more, because our schedule is published and fixed for at least the next 6 months, you can plan your cookery courses with confidence.View Courses
Flexible learning path to suit you
We have created a unique range of courses with defined skill levels to suit you whatever your previous cookery experience. Whether you are new to cookery, an enthusiastic home cook or a professional chef, you will find a level of cookery and a route of training that is perfect for you.Find out about Course Skill Levels
Professional chef tutors
When you choose a cookery school you need to be sure that the training you are going to receive is to the highest standard. At the Ashburton Cookery School, all of our chef tutors are professional chefs with extensive experience in catering, working as head chefs in highly rated restaurants.
They work full-time for the cookery school and they are constantly developing the courses to the highest level. We believe the quality of training offered by our professional chef tutors is unrivaled amongst cookery schools, and is the reason so many of our students come back to us.Meet our tutors
Small Group Sizes
Our average class size is 10 students. Our experienced chef tutors know that not everyone learns at the same pace, or in the same way, and so whilst you will work together as a group and in pairs, you will also receive plenty of individual attention from your chef tutors.
At the Ashburton Cookery School we believe the best way to learn to cook is by actually cooking not watching. Our courses are geared to maximising the amount of practical cookery you will perform during each day. All ingredients are pre-prepared for you for the start of each day, washing up is taken care of, and a kitchen assistant works to assist the chef and students throughout the day.
Our kitchens are designed to feel as close to a home kitchen as possible and you can be sure that any skills or recipes you learn with us can be just as easily replicated at home as in a professional kitchen.
Sustainable, Ethical, Local, Organic
From day one we have been committed to using the finest quality, ethically sourced produce we can. The quality of ingredients in Devon is outstanding and we are lucky to have some fantastic suppliers right on our doorstep in Ashburton.
Our food is grown and sourced locally as much as possible to reduce 'food miles' and to support local producers. We insist on knowing the provenance of our food, and that it is sustainable and ethically produced. The difference in quality can be tasted in every dish.Meet our suppliers
Practical cookery you will use
All of our courses have been designed to be as accessible and practical as possible for preparation at home.
The ingredients we use are easily sourced from everyday suppliers, and you wont find a focus on rare or exotic ingredients that often take longer to find than to make the recipe itself.
For any 'out-of-the-ordinary' ingredients, we will always recommend another alternative that you can find easily. We are also conscious that food budgets need to go further these days, and develop our recipes to be affordable a well as delicious.
A great place to learn
Students tell us that they enjoy the warm and friendly environment at the Cookery School and they like the sense of 'ownership' of the space they are working in and staying in. There are plenty of quiet areas, both inside and outside for breaks during and after your course, and at the end of a thrilling day in the kitchen, Ashburton offers some good pubs, restaurants and shops to explore.
We are proud of the number of students that we have that return to us time and again to continue their cookery training. Once you have been on a cookery course you will receive rewards as part of our Cookery Club. These include discounts off future course bookings, as well as exclusive offers from the Cookery School and the Cookery Store, as well as select partners, with lots more planned for the future.