Ashburton Cookery School
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Chef Skills Plus

Ashburton Cookery School

Chef Skills Plus

Our popular Chef Skills course focuses on the essential skills that professional chefs employ in a restaurant kitchen.

Experienced amateur cooks or catering professionals will benefit from this course, learning some of the advanced techniques you would find in top restaurants.

Working with the freshest ingredients, such as hand-dived scallops, line caught mackerel and sea bass, Dartmoor lamb, organic herbs and vegetables.

You will use all of the professional chef skills you have learned over the weekend to create a fabulous 5-course tasting menu on the Sunday.

Skills you will learn

  • Organisational skills
  • Palette development
  • Reduced and emulsion sauces
  • Mouselline
  • Desserts including ice creams
  • Fish preparation including filleting, pin-boning and skinning;
  • Basic butchery

Typical Recipes

  • Lemon Sole and smoked salmon mille feuille, pot au feu of baby vegetables and saffron foam.
  • Roasted Cannon of lamb, Nicoise vegetables, rosti potato and tarragon and lamb.
  • Toffee souffle with banana ice cream.
  • Salad of scallops, slow cooked pork belly Deep fried quails eggs, cauliflower puree pork jus.
  • Slow cooked guinea fowl, confit leg, boudin blanc, buttered cabbage, Riesling and grape sauce
  • Apple parfait, honeycomb wafers, apple granita

Residential Cookery Course

Weekend Accommodation just £138

Relax at Ashburton Court with an en-suite room with double bed, television, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and a delicious breakfast.

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Partners can stay for just £20 extra per night and don't need to take a cookery course!

While you enjoy your cookery course on Saturday & Sunday, your partner can explore our wonderful Dartmoor area.

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Common Questions

We are providing a Reschedule Guarantee, so if you feel unwell or need to self-isolate - or are from a high-risk group - contact us with 24 hours notice and you will be able to reschedule to another course date of your choice. Courses are currently postponed until June 2020 but this guarantee will apply to future courses Click here for more details

In the event we are unable to deliver the course, you will be able to reschedule your course to a later date.

You will enjoy a sit-down lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have the option of sit down early evening meal, or you may take-away what you make to enjoy at home.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Chocolate Making we will provide a Buffet lunch.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

Yes, we have two kitchens that are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.