Knife Skills (Half-Day)
You don't need to be able to chop at chef speeds to cook well, but learning how to use knives to their best effect in the kitchen will make your cooking more effective and more enjoyable.
This half-day course will show you how to select, use and maintain the correct knife from the basic cooks knife set including sharpening, chopping, filleting and other fundamental techniques.
You will work with the following knives:
- Chefs Knife - chopping, slicing
- Boning Knife - working with meat
- Flexible Filleting Knife - fish filleting
- Paring Knife - peeling and preparing
- Turning Knife - shaping and turning
- Sharpening Steel
At the end of the course you will have a good understanding of how to best use your knives in the kitchen.
Skills you will learn
- Which knife to use for each task
- How to use knives with confidence whilst learning classic chopping, dicing, cutting and slicing
- Knife sharpening and maintenance
- Knife safety and speed
Half Day Course Format
Our half-day courses are a great way to learn a particular culinary skill that you will use for life. During a morning or afternoon session you will enjoy around 3 hours of in-depth, hands-on learning with our experienced chef tutors focussing on one skill.
There is no lunch/dinner on these courses but you will leave with the dishes that you have prepared during the course.
You won't sit down for a meal with this course, but instead you will take away all the delicious items you have made.
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.
When you arrive at the cookery school you will check-in at the Check-in desk. You can pick-up a face mask and sanitise your hands here if you wish. You will then be shown to your own table in the dining room and will be served tea or coffee at your table.
Despite the rules relaxing from 19th July '21, our staff will continue wearing face masks as before for our customers' peace of mind.
We ask customers to bring a mask with them (or collect one on arrival). We don't require you to wear a face-mask when seated at your dining table, or when cooking at your personal workstation.
However, we do ask customers to kindly wear a mask when moving from your kitchen/dining area to use the bathroom facilities or the front desk.
Whilst all the bathrooms are cleaned on an hourly basis, we think this is a higher risk area and this helps safeguard us all.
Should you have any concerns please contact Customer Service to discuss.
We have been running our courses in a Covid-secure way for over a year now. The welfare of our customers' and staff is our top priority. We have fine-tuned our entire operation to minimise risk and will be keeping all of these protections in place including plastic screens, reduced student numbers, isolated work stations, distanced seating and other systems.
The only things that will be dropped from 19th July, 2021 onwards is a temperature check on arrival and the requirement to wear face-masks while cooking. We believe we are one of the most covid-secure cookery schools that you can choose.
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 nominated group.
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 be cooking individually with all your own ingredients and equipment. You will also be seated together in the dining room so will eat together.
Covid-19 Reschedule Guarantee
During the Covid-19 situation we are providing the following guarantee for peace of mind for those whose travel insurance policy doesn't provide Covid specific insurance cover.
If you are feeling unwell with Covid symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) before your course, you should not travel to the cookery school for your course but instead you should schedule a Free PCR test immediately.
These are available at drive through centres across the UK and will confirm whether you are positive or negative. If negative, you can take the course as planned if time allows, but regardless of the result simply send us the email to confirm the test has been taken (within 48 hours of your course cancellation) and you will be able to reschedule your course to an available future course date without penalty or if you prefer convert to a CookShop voucher.
At anytime if you have tested as positive for coronavirus within 14 days of the start of your course, send us the test notification and you will be able to reschedule as above without penalty. In all circumstances please contact us to discuss your options with Customer Service.
Note: Course cancellations for any reason are still permitted outside of 21 days of the start of the course as per our terms & conditions.
Note: Guidance here applies only to our short courses. Chefs Academy courses have different procedures.