Ashburton Cookery School

Student Information

Booking Confirmation

On booking a course we will send you confimation details and directions to the relevant location by email, either our East Street Campus or our Academy Campus.

Your Cookery Course

What to wear

You should wear casual, comfortable clothes and flat-soled, close-toed shoes for your course.


Courses start at 9.30am so we ask all students to arrive at 9.15am for tea or coffee and to meet their fellow students. The chef tutor will run through the menu and goals of the day with you before you move into the kitchen to don your apron and start cooking.

All of our cookery courses incorporate expert demonstration from our Chef Tutors coupled with hands-on cookery training and each student is assigned their own workstation with stove and sink access, apron, knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, as well as all the ingredients you will require for the day. You will also be provided with a course folder with course notes and recipes that you can take home after the course.

We use local, seasonal and organic produce wherever possible, which means that the course recipes listed on our website will vary throughout the year to reflect the seasons, although the course content will remain the same.

A kitchen assistant works throughout each course day to assist the Chef and wash-up as the course progresses, allowing you to fully focus on your cookery.

The mouth watering dishes you will make during a course day will form part of your lunch or dinner menu. At the end of each course day there will be a chance to discuss the day’s learning with the Chef Tutor and your fellow students.

Course Type Course Times Typical Day
Half-Day Courses

AM: 9.30am to 1pm
PM: 2pm to 5.30pm

These courses are morning or afternoon sessions. You will take home any dishes or ingredients you have prepared. Tea and coffee is provided but no sit down meal.
1 Day Courses Weekends 
9.30am to approx 4.30pm
You will break around 1.30pm with a three course meal featuring dishes you have prepared yourself from the course menu. Wine is served with the meal.
Weekend Courses Saturday
9.30am to approx. 6.00pm
9.30am to approx 4pm

On Saturday you will have a light lunch followed by an early evening meal featuring the recipes you will have worked on during the day and a glass of wine around 6.00pm with your fellow students.

On Sunday you will work through until 3.00pm and your course will finish with the courses you have prepared, and an opportunity for a course round-up with the Chef Tutor.

5 Day Courses
and longer

Mon to Thur
9.30am to approx. 6.00pm
9.30am to approx 4.00pm

You will break around 1.30pm for lunch before returning to the kitchen to continue your cookery training. At the end of the day, you will sit down to enjoy a 2 course meal featuring some of the recipes you have been working with during the day.

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