Ashburton Cookery School
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Beginners Cookery Weekend

Ashburton Cookery School

Beginners Cookery Weekend

If you want to learn how to cook, our weekend course is a great place to start. You will be in a class of like-minded people who, like you, want to learn the core skills in the kitchen so they can cook with confidence.

Cooking is like any other life skill - it can be easily learned if taught well, and over this weekend our expert chef tutors will help you achieve more than you thought possible.

Some people will have a natural talent for working with ingredients, cooking instinctively and boldly, whereas others will be methodical, following a recipe closely to achieve the desired result.

Whatever kind of cook you are going to be, we are here to teach you the fundamental skills that will build your confidence in the kitchen and help you develop a lifelong enthusiasm for cooking. This course really does change people's lives for the better opening up a new world of cookery and food for many students.

Our Beginners weekend will take you from enthusiastic novice to a practical working level in two days. This course is almost entirely hands-on and is designed to teach you the essentials of cookery.

Over the course of the weekend we'll cover essentials like baking, basic sauces, cooking meat and fish correctly and how to make puddings.

You will leave the course with a wealth of new skills and the confidence to continue your journey and enjoyment of cooking great food.

Note: This course is available for students 16 years and over.

Skills you will learn

  • Breadmaking
  • Pastry making
  • Sweet and savoury sauces and dressings
  • Cooking meat and fish
  • Vegetables cookery and salads
  • Simple desserts

Typical Recipes

  • Fish burger with toasted bun, garlic mayonnaise and watercress salad.
  • Griddled chicken breast, warm courgette salad, parmesan roasted new potatoes and tomato dressing.
  • Salted caramel chocolate brownie and vanilla custard.
  • Roasted vegetable and feta tart, vinaigrette and local salad leaves.
  • Glazed honey pork chop, creamy mash and mustard cider sauce.
  • Braised chicken chasseur.
  • Apricot bread and butter pudding with clotted cream.

Residential Cookery Course

Weekend Accommodation just £138

Relax at Ashburton Court with an en-suite room with double bed, television, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and a delicious breakfast.

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Partners can stay for just £20 extra per night and don't need to take a cookery course!

While you enjoy your cookery course on Saturday & Sunday, your partner can explore our wonderful Dartmoor area.

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Coronavirus Questions

To see some of the changes we have put in place to make our courses Covid-secure please click here

Customers in a Tier 3 region should not travel to us at this time. If you have a booking you should contact us to reschedule - you will not lose your booking and can reschedule to a suitable course date when the situation changes.

Customers in Tier 1 & Tier 2 can still take their course with the usual precautions. ie. Rebook if any symptoms, and observe the Hands, Face, Space protocols.

Please click here for our article on Tier restrictions.

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). The same procedure is followed by all staff as well. 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 won't need to wear a mask when cooking at your workstation as these are fitted with perspex, but if you wish you can also wear a face visor or a mask - it is your choice. We have tested the visors 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., but when you leave this 'safe zone' you would be expected to put on a face covering to move around the building.

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 will enjoy a sit-down 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 you will take-away dinner to enjoy at home.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Chocolate Making we will provide a Buffet lunch.

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.