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 early evening 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

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.

  • Thai green chicken curry, chickpea and potato curry, ginger rice, Indian flatbread
  • Cider glazed gammon, hand cut chips, fried eggs and watercress salad
  • Yogurt and blueberry flapjack, blueberry compote
  • Classic fish pie topped with mash potato, green bean salad
  • Chicken and butternut squash risotto
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Cranachan
  • Breaded fishcakes, lemon buttered spinach and poached egg
  • Moussakka, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad
  • Chocolate and pecan tart, Chantilly cream
  • Lamb meatballs, cucumber dip
  • Minestrone soup served with basil pesto, croutons
  • Panfried sirloin steak sandwich, tomato relish, game chips
  • Warm seasonal fruit salad served with vanilla icecream
  • Pan fried bream fillet, fennel coleslaw, and lemon dressing
  • Braised beef with suet dumplings, roasted root vegetables
  • White chocolate and morello cherry muffins
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.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Knife skills
  • Rice cooking
  • Chicken curry
  • Vegetable curry
  • Simple Indian bread

Lunch

  • Thai green chicken curry, chickpea and potato curry, ginger rice, Indian flatbread

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Potato preparation for chips
  • Roasting ham joint
  • Simple bakery
  • Fried eggs
  • Meat cookery

Dinner

  • Cider glazed gammon, hand cut chips, fried eggs and watercress salad
  • Yogurt and blueberry flapjack, blueberry compte

Day 2: Tuesday

Arrival

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

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • White sauce
  • Mashed potato
  • Classic fish pie
  • Boiled eggs
  • Cooking green vegetables
  • Fishcake preperation

Lunch

  • Classic fish pie topped with mash potato, green bean salad

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Poultry cookery
  • Pasta cookery
  • Risotto preparation
  • Cranachan dessert

Dinner

  • Chicken and butternut squash risotto
  • Cranachan dessert

To Take Home

  • Macaroni cheese

Day 3: Wednesday

Arrival

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

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Poached eggs
  • Wilted spinach
  • Fishcake cookery
  • Lamb meatballs
  • Cucumber dip

Lunch

  • Breaded fishcakes, lemon buttered spinach and poached egg

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Moussakka
  • Mozzarella salad
  • Chocolate and pecan tart
  • Chantilly cream

Dinner

  • Moussakka, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad
  • Chocolate and pecan tart, Chantilly cream

To Take Home

  • Lamb meatballs, cucumber dip

Day 4: Thursday

Arrival

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

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Minestrone soup
  • Croutons
  • Basil pesto
  • Braised beef

Lunch

  • Minestrone soup served with basil pesto, croutons

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Sirloin steak cookery
  • Homemade crisps
  • Tomato relish
  • Baked seasonal fruit dessert

Dinner

  • Panfried sirloin steak sandwich, tomato relish, game chips
  • Warm seasonal fruit salad served with vanilla icecream

Day 5: Friday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Recap of the week.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Fish cookery
  • Dressings
  • Dumplings
  • Finish braised beef
  • Chocolate chip muffins
  • Root vegetable preparation

Lunch

  • Pan fried bream fillet, fennel coleslaw, and lemon dressing
  • Braised beef skin, suet dumplings, roasted root vegetables
  • White chocolate and morello cherry muffins

Afternoon Session

  • Course round-up
  • Certificate Presentation

Residential Cookery Course

5 Nights Accommodation just £345

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

Coronavirus Questions

To see some of the changes we have put in place to make our courses Covid-secure please click here

When you arrive at the cookery school you will check-in at the Arrival Station at the front entrance where you will be registered, asked to sanitise your hands, issued with a face mask and have a quick non-intrusive temperature check (a 2 second check with temperature gun that doesn't touch you). You will then be shown to your own table in the dining room and will be served tea or coffee at your table.

When you arrive you will be issued with a comfortable face mask which you should wear when travelling around the building. In the kitchens you will wear a comfortable face visor. We have tested these in the kitchen and after a few minutes you really forget you are wearing them and they don't impede your cooking or enjoyment of the course.

When you are in the dining room, you will be seated 2m from others at your dedicated table and can drink and eat without a face covering.

No. We have reorganised our kitchens so that if you come as an individual on a course you will have your own isolated workstation, equipment and ingredients to work with throughout the course.

If you are coming with someone from the same household you will be able to work together on a workstation, but again you won't be sharing anything with others outside of your household.

Certainly. If you book with someone from the same household or 'social bubble' you will be stationed at the same workstation so you can enjoy the course and the experience together. You will also be seated together in the dining room so will eat together.

We are providing a Reschedule Guarantee, so if you feel unwell or need to self-isolate contact us with 24 hours notice and you will be able to reschedule to another course date of your choice. You will have 12 months to decide.

Common Questions

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 a lunch and you will take-away dinner 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 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.

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.