Ashburton Cookery School

Perfect Christmas Dinner

Ashburton Cookery School

Perfect Christmas Dinner

We all have an idea of the perfect traditional Christmas Dinner - a magical time spent with family and friends enjoying homemade mince pies and a wonderful banquet of succulent turkey with all the trimmings - the gasps of delight as you light the brandy on the Christmas pudding.

However, we know that creating this perfect meal is not without the odd challenge - dry turkey, soggy sprouts, pan juggling and piles of washing up.

The reality is that cooking a complex, multi-component meal like this for large numbers can be a challenging feat even for professional chefs.

Perfect Christmas Dinner is a fun, one-day cookery course that will teach you a wealth of time-saving tips, organisational skills and fantastic recipes to help make this year's family Christmas Dinner a magical festive feast - without the stress.

This is a practical course combining chef demonstration with lots of hands-on cookery. All ingredients, aprons, equipment and course notes are provided.

You will get to enjoy the results of your new cooking skills with a sit down festive meal featuring the dishes you have cooked, enjoyed with a glass of wine.

Skills you will learn

  • Planning & Preparation
  • Organising your kitchen
  • Getting ahead
  • Timings
  • Canapes
  • The perfect traditional Christmas dinner
  • Alternatives to turkey
  • All the trimmings
  • Decadent mince pies
  • Puddings
  • Presentation tips

Typical Recipes


  • Oriental spiced tiger prawns
  • Sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • Blue cheese, black pepper and thyme palmiers
  • Starter

  • Chestnut and parsnip soup with crispy bacon croutons

Main Course

  • Whole baby poussin
  • Pistachio, apricot and prune stuffing
  • Duck fat roasties
  • Koffman cabbage
  • Smoked bacon and French bean bundles
  • Roast gravy


  • Whole orange cake
  • Kumquat and Grand Marnier compote
  • Marmalade cheesecake cream

Extra ideas / Recipes

  • Christmas muffin mix
  • Maple and mustard glaze
  • Apricot and ginger glaze
  • Spiced marmalade glaze
  • Redcurrant and red onion relish
  • Fig and cranberry chutney
  • Spiced apple chutney

Course Photos