Ashburton Cookery School

Knife Skills (Half-Day)

Ashburton Cookery School

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.

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 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.