Ashburton Cookery School


Ashburton Cookery School


Discover Mexican cooking with our fun one-day cookery course. Under the guidance of our professional chef tutors you will learn classic dishes to prepare at home to create a delicious Mexican feast for family and friends.

Authentic Mexican food is vibrant, colourful and has great depth of flavour. Using fresh herbs, vegetables, citrus and of course chillies it can be as spicy as you want or not at all - it's up to you. More than anything though Mexican food is unpretentious food perfect for sharing!

On this course you will learn to create a fresh, colourful banquet of dips, salsas, tortillas that is just as suitable to be eaten from the hand as from a plate.

In the morning we will learn the core flavour combinations and ingredients used in the cuisine and you will create a range of Mexican snacks and handmade crisp fried tostadas which you will enjoy as a light lunch.

After a further couple of hours in the kitchen perfecting your cookery you will end the day finishing Chicken Tinga Tortilla, fresh Salsa's and traditional Rice with handmade flour tortillas.

Upon completion of this course you will have an understanding of flavour combinations and ingredients used in Mexican cookery with some delicious dishes to take home.

Typical Recipes


  • Aguachile in Mango and Jalapeno
    Seabass ceviche cured with mango, chilli and ginger.
  • Beef Tostadas
    Seared beef skirt with refried beans and crisp fried tostadas.
  • Pico De Gallo
    Salsa of tomatoes, chilli, coriander, onion and lime.
  • Guacamole
    Spiced avocado dip with jalapenos and lime.


  • Chicken Tinga
    Shredded chicken in a spicy tomato sauce.
  • Mexican red rice
    Traditional toasted rice with spices and tomatoes.
  • Salsa Verde
    Salsa made of tomatillos, green onions, coriander and chilli.
  • Roasted tomato salsa
    Smokey tomato salsawith peppers and cumin.
  • Tortilla
    Soft wheat flour flat bread.
    Accompanied with shredded lettuce, sliced avocado, sour cream and queso fresco.

Occasionally recipes may change due to seasonality and availability of produce.

Common Questions

You will enjoy a 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 at the end of each day's cooking you will take home any dishes you have made.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Baking, Patisserie, Chocolate Making we will provide a buffet lunch and whilst you will take lots home to enjoy, you will need to make provision for dinner as this is not provided.

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 Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

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.

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.