Ashburton Cookery School

Beginners Cookery Week

Ashburton Cookery School

Beginners Cookery Week

Our five day Beginners Cookery Course is ideal for those with little cooking experience who want learn the core skills that will help them to start cooking with confidence.

This course will give you a broad range of skills to become a competent cook, starting with the basics and moving on to more complex areas.

You will be with like-minded people with the same level of skill, and the course is a lot of fun as you work your way through a wide range of recipes each day enjoying a lunch and bringing a range of dishes together in the afternoon to take-home for dinner. You will be amazed at how much you accomplish during this course.

This course is aimed at:

  • Adults with little experience or low confidence in the kitchen.
  • Home cooks that want to improve their range of recipes and skills.
  • Gap year students or those off to university that need survival skills.
  • Young adults wanting to master the core life skills of cookery.
Note: This course is available for students 16 years and over.

Course Structure

Typical Recipes

New Menu for 2022

The recipes you will learn are designed to give you as broad a range of fundamental cookery skills as possible, giving you the confidence and skill to take on any recipe.

  • Puff pastry slice, onion chutney, goats cheese, rocket and parmesan salad.
  • Spatchcock chicken, spiced wedges, vegetable cous cous and lemon dressing.
  • Pizza with tabbouleh salad.
  • Lamb curry with yoghurt, coriander and fragrant rice.
  • Spiced lamb cottage pie, roasted carrots and squash.
  • Tortilla wraps with beef koftas, pickled vegetable ribbons.
  • Salmon filo pie.
  • Baked seabass with prawn skewers.
  • Pasta with pesto and sun blush tomatoes.
  • Ham, spring onion and cheddar quiche.
  • Homemade granola.
  • Cherry muffin and chocolate trifle.
  • Tiramisu.
  • Biscoff cheesecake.
  • Marmalade sponge pudding with homemade custard.

Note:
Since we use the best quality seasonal and local produce as possible, so recipes will sometimes change to match the produce available.

Day 1: Monday

Arrival

Meet your fellow students and chef tutor who will talk you through the week ahead over tea and coffee.

Skills you will learn

  • Knife skills
  • Poultry preparation
  • Marinades
  • Dressings
  • Rolling pastry
  • Simple baking
  • White bread dough/li>
  • SChocolate

Lunch

  • Puff pastry slice with caramelised onion chutney, goats cheese, mozzarella and rocket parmesan salad.
  • Cherry muffin and chocolate trifle with chocolate run outs.

Day 2: Tuesday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Short recap of previous day and theory session.

Skills you will learn

  • Focaccia bread
  • Homemade pizza
  • Poultry cooking
  • Char grilled vegetable cookery
  • Spiced potato wedges
  • Cooking grains
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tiramisu

Lunch

  • Cajun style spatchcock chicken, spiced potato wedges, chargrilled vegetable cous cous and lemon and honey dressing.
  • Tiramisu.

Day 3: Wednesday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Short recap of previous day and theory session.

Skills you will learn

  • Preparing and lining pastry
  • Granary bread dough
  • Cheesecake
  • Lamb curry
  • Spiced lamb cottage pie
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cooking fragrant rice

Lunch

  • Minced lamb curry with yoghurt, coriander, peas and fragrant rice.
  • Biscoff cheesecake.

Day 4: Thursday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Short recap of previous day and theory session.

Skills you will learn

  • Tortilla dough
  • Pickling vegetables
  • Crushed potatoes
  • Beef koftas
  • Salsa
  • Fish filo pie
  • Sponge pudding
  • Homemade custard

Lunch

  • Tortilla wraps with mini beef koftas. Tomato, pepper and mint salsa. Pickled cucumber and carrot ribbons.
  • Steamed marmalade sponge with vanilla custard.

Day 5: Friday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Recap of the week.

Skills you will learn

  • Homemade granola
  • Cooking quiche
  • Cooking pasta
  • Cooking fish
  • Prawns
  • Pesto

Lunch

  • Baked fillet of seabass, lemon garlic and prawn skewer.
  • Warm pasta with pesto and sun blushed tomatoes.

Take Home

  • Ham, cheddar and spring onion quiche.
  • Homemade Granola.

Afternoon

  • Course round-up
  • Certificate Presentation

Residential Cookery Course

5 Nights Accommodation just £395

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.

Things To Do

Common Questions

You will enjoy a 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 a lunch and at the end of each day's cooking you will take home any dishes you have made.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Baking, Patisserie, Chocolate Making we will provide a buffet lunch and whilst you will take lots home to enjoy, you will need to make provision for dinner as this is not provided.

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 Foundation Level. No previous experience of cookery required. We will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques required to enjoy your cookery with confidence.

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.

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.