“Our chef was a fantastic tutor!”
Our chef was a fantastic tutor! His passion for cooking really came through which made him a joy and inspiration to learn from. He was great at giving demos, answering questions, knowledgeable and good at giving insight into the science behind the baking/ providing useful tips & tricks and was also really helpful and friendly. All in all, he made the week interesting and fun; I came away having learned a lot and confident in my abilities to use the skills learnt outside of the course setting.
NT [Jan 2018]
“The most wonderful week”
I had the most wonderful week. Ross has so much knowledge and experience and I learned a huge amount even about things i thought I could already do well. The days were very full and the pace was fast. Everything I produced really surprised me in terms of quality. I can’t wait to return so much so that I have already booked my next course
SW [Jan 18]
“Our course tutor was phenomenal”
A thoroughly enjoyable day at the patisserie course. You will take home far too much that you will be required to share (such a shame) but you will have learnt the skills to be confident in going solo at home. Our course tutor was phenomenal; patient, calm and funny at the same time. We will most definitely be back!
JC [Dec 17]
I have been on many different courses over the years for work and various hobbies but none has been as enjoyable as Patisserie Week
GC [Dec 17]
“ I can't wait to come back. ”
I had an amazing week and would highly recommend the Ashburton cookery school. The facilities and course organisation was exceptional. Every member of staff I encountered was welcoming, professional and could not have done more to ensure each student had a valuable worthwhile experience. I can't wait to come back.
AT [Oct 17]
“Helped to develop my confidence”
I had a really enjoyable time. The course really helped to develop my confidence in many different patisserie skills.
VK [Oct 17]
“Thank you so much or inspiring me!”
This was the best week I have had cooking. I have learnt so much both in technique and theory. Thank you so much or inspiring me!
VB [Sept 17]
“The Pastry Chef had a bag full of tricks and tips”
I have thoroughly enjoyed the patisserie course, it is full of excellent recipes for keen bakers and patissiers alike. The pace of the course was excellent and the Pastry Chef had a bag full of tricks and tips to help us achieve the best results possible. I definitely feel more confident now to start making some delicious and good looking desserts
IG [July 17]
“Dangerously tasty baked goods”
Recommend the five-day patisserie course - baking all day with top quality ingredients, equipment and expert guidance is heavenly - and all against the backdrop of the beautiful Devon countryside. Beware of all those dangerously tasty baked goods though - I went running down those lovely country lanes every morning before brekkie in an attempt to justify the indulgence!
HF [June 17]
“ I feel inspired ”
What a fantastic course, after just coming off the week long patisserie course I feel inspired to try all of my recipes and build upon my knowledge. The tutors passion for food really does rub off. I am an amateur when it comes to baking and I have had my fair share of disasters in the kitchen at home, however the tutors encouragement and motivation really gave a mass of confidence. The only negative comment I have is the 4lbs of weight I put on from all of the amazing food. I will undoubtedly be coming to your school again
BH [April 17]
“Takes you’re cooking to the next level”
Definitely takes you’re cooking to the next level, and has inspired me to be more creative in my cooking. Left feeling confident in making a whole range of patisserie and bread. Would recommend the course to my friends and family
SM [April 17]
“I learnt it all here.”
If you are looking to add a professional touch to your cooking then this is the place. I loved my courses and I recommend this place to all my friends and everyone I meet. My guests at ChezLeMoulin in France love all the food, particularly the brioche. I learnt it all here. Thanks guys.
AP [Jan 17]
“time of your life!”
Great place to start your journey towards professional cooking and to have time of your life!
Recommend to cooking lovers everywhere!
PK [Aug 2016]
“an amazing week”
It was an amazing week, exceeding all expectations. Colin was a brilliant tutor, inspiring, guiding and very knowledgeable. The range of patisserie was fabulous, touching a little bit on all the areas I wanted. The reaction to the items I made from family has demonstrated to me how much I have improved as a result.
LG [Jan 2016]
I love coming to cook with you. I learn an incredible amount especially because it is so hands on and expectations of what you can achieve are so high. I recommend you highly to all.
LC [Jan 2016]
One of the best things I have ever done! Colin was so inspirational and taught me so much! Lovely group of people and the perfect size to learn in. I am amazed I managed to create such wonders!
HP [Jan 2016]
“We absolutely loved it.”
Myself and my two daughters attended the course. We absolutely loved it.
MR [Oct 2015]
“I was truly inspired and exhilarated”
For the quality of teaching, the standard of the kitchen, the no weighing up or washing up (truly great!), quality of ingredients it was fabulous value for money. This is the first time I have taken any kind of cookery course or even stepped foot in a kitchen bigger than mine at home and I was truly inspired and exhilarated when I came away from Ashburton. It was a dream week for me and I have learnt so much- thankfully I have conscientious notes, photos and the usb to remind myself and get practising what I made!
SH [May 2015]
“Excellent Course Content”
Excellent Course Content, First Class Tutors and great accommodation.
LW [April 2015]
“Was a great week.”
Was a great week. So well organised and felt we got so much out of the week. The chefs were very good at giving you extra tips and help also the information behind the ingredients and recipes.
CE [April 2014]
“want to do it all again”
The whole experience was amazing. I thought I was a pretty good cook but this has transformed my cooking. Due to excellent teaching, preparation and ingredients. I loved every minute.... want to do it all again
KB [April 2015]
“Fantastic 5 days”
I had a lovely time, learnt an enormous amount and yet realise I still know so little. The place is wonderful, great facility and everyone at the school and the accommodation seemed dedicated to ensuring I had a great time. That said I have to make special mention of Tom who was an excellent instructor, full of knowledge, passion and skills. Not only did he deliver an excellent course, he delivered it without a hint of arrogance. His skills are light years away from mine but he never made me feel like that, it really encourages you to have a go without fear of failure. Fantastic 5 days and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to discover a little bit more about Patisserie.
JB [April 2015]
“Good learning and fun!”
Loved the explanation of the chemistry behind interaction of ingredients by tutor chef. Loved the tips and the description of what can go wrong and what to do in that case. Good learning and fun!
RD [April 2015]
“I am truly inspired”
Everything was very well arranged from beginning to end. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I am very happy I took the course, I am truly inspired to continue baking and feel I have learned so many things in such a short amount of time. Overall it has been an amazing experience and definitely my money's worth.
KH [Mar 2015]
Where do I start you are ultimately the best Ive seen. Colin is just totally amazing and a consummate professional Ashburton are very very lucky to have such a knowledgeable person I am in fact speechless about the course ive never attended a course so well run and where I have learnt so much and been given so much confidence and knowledge Colin is a guru as far as im concerned and a true professional.
FR [Dec 2014]
Excellent tuition in a professional and fun environment.
HC [Nov 2014]
“Whet our appetites for more”
Keep doing the wonderful work you are doing - you are bringing back the 'passion' in cooking and have whet our appetites for more - even though we have come from Australia. You really are an excellent Cookery School and it will be a Joy to recommend you well to others.
TS [Dec 2014]
Impossible to improve! Our Chef Colin, is the most inspirational, motivated, knowledgable, kind Chef/Tutor I have ever had the pleasure to meet at Ashburton, he is an absolute star and gives his students 100% of himself and is a true professional. I will return to Ashburton because of him.
AA [Dec 2014]
“I feel like I have a wider knowledge of pastries etc. now.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the patisserie 5 day course - we got through a great range of techniques and recipes and I feel like I have a wider knowledge of pastries etc now. Colin was an excellent tutor, who really knew what he was talking about and certainly enthused me to come home and reuse the skills learned.
Ann [June 2014]
“An excellent course”
Many thanks to Colin for an excellent course & to Doris for all the washing up. Thanks also to the rest of the team for the friendly reception. My colleagues are encouraging me to keep practising my newly acquired skills.
DH [June 2014]
OUTSTANDING!!! The course was amazing and we will be back for future courses! Chef Colin is a brilliant chef and will make a wonderful long term member of your team at Ashburton.
“A fantastic week”
Thank you, to all the staff especially Colin, for a fantastic week. It has been the best educational experience I have ever had as not only did I learn loads it was great fun and hugely enjoyable.
Rachel [Feb 2014]
“Very high standard”
I had not met Chef Colin before and am delighted to say he is completely up to the very high standard I have come to know from all the chefs and other staff at Ashburton Cookery School.
Sue [Feb 2014]
“Your school is world class”
Your school is world class and am glad I came all the way from Nigeria and it was fun to be at your school.
Iyabode [April 2014]