Ashburton Cookery School

Dinner Parties Plus

Ashburton Cookery School

Dinner Parties Plus

Why spend hours chained to the cooker when you could be having fun? While lesser mortals spend valuable dinner party time slaving in the kitchen, after this course you'll be the cool, calm and collected host on the receiving end of your guests gasps of admiration as you serve up a breathtaking meal. Quick, effective and entertaining!

Throughout this course we will teach you techniques to deliver a fantastic, three-course dinner party menu quickly and effectively. With a focus on presentation, and quality ingredients, you will be amazed at the quality of food that you will create.

The course will also include several ideas for canapes to serve with pre-dinner drinks.

Typical Recipes

  • Canape IdeasWild mushroom arancini; satay pork skewer; smoked salmon, beetroot & horserdish
  • Amouse Bouche: Cauliflower and cumin veloute with truffle oil
  • Starter: Salt and pepper chilli squid with Asian slaw and dipping sauce
  • Starter: Steamed Hake fillet, spiced tomato dressing and soured lime spinach
  • Main: Smoked haddock welsh rarebit with tomato and balsamic salad
  • Main: Herb Crusted Rump of Lamb with fondant potato, ratatouille and black olive jus
  • Main: Roasted Chicken breast with gremolata butter, griddled leeks, watercress salad and pan juices
  • Dessert: Dark chocolate and orange creme brulee
  • Dessert:White chocolate and Pedro Ximenez trifle with basil popping candy

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Residential Cookery Course

Weekend Accommodation just £148

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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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.