Cooking for Entertainment

Overview

The idea of holding a dinner party can be daunting but it’s important to remember that it’s meant to be fun and that with a little advance preparation you and your guests are sure to have a fantastic time.  Whether you’re an anxious amateur or a seasoned cook looking to take your skills to the next level we have the menu to impress your guests, from enticing canapes and luscious main courses to impressive desserts

Our dishes have been carefully chosen to be neither too easy nor too challenging, the type of recipes that can be repeated again and again from a posh supper for your family to a collective menu for a party, with many elements that can be prepared in advance. Furthermore our chef will show you how to deliver the “wow” factor with simple but effective presentation tips.

As always we’ll supply you with countless useful hints and tips throughout the course of the day.

Before long you’ll be known as the host with the most!

You’ll learn to cook a range of dishes such as panko coated mozzarella pearls, dainty camembert, fig and onion tartlets, za’atar crusted prawns, lamb fillet coated with mushroom and thyme duxelle or stuffed breast of chicken wrapped in oak smoked bacon both encased in buttery puff pastry served with a sensational pan sauce and to finish hot chocolate and orange puddings that are as light as air served with a silky chocolate sauce

Itinerary

You’ll learn to cook a wide range of exciting dishes using fresh easy-to-buy ingredients with great nutritional value. You’ll also discover the many medicinal benefits of herbs and spices.

  • Tailored to meet particular requirements including special diets or food to heal ailments
  • Maximum of five people per course
  • Includes lunch (cooked by you!) and wine, beer or soft drinks
  • We provide all ingredients and equipment. All you need to provide is you!
  • Suitable for both inexperienced and experienced cooks
  • Suitable for vegetarian dietary requirements
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FAQs

I’m a complete beginner, is this the right class for me?

Our cookery classes are not based on skill as such; they are all hands on and taught by an expert chef who can lead you through the cooking processes so even a beginner should be fine on most of our classes. However, if you want to start at the very beginning, and develop an understanding of food hygiene, knife skills and safety in the kitchen, this class would be the one for you.

Is lunch provided in this class?
Yes, lunch is provided (and cooked by you!). If you have any special dietary requirement please make those known to us at the time of your booking.

Is there parking available on site?
Yes, there is ample car parking available on site – free of charge.

Is there anything I need to bring to the class?
Yes, you will need to bring some tupperware/plastic containers (quantity will be specified in your booking confirmation letter sent via email) with you to take home some of the delicious recipes you will cook on the day. This will also be highlighted in your booking confirmation letter. Everything else, including an apron will be provided.

Will I have my own cooker and cook my own recipes?
Yes, you will be cooking on your own hob and will be making the recipes individually tailored to your personal palate and preference.

Can I bring a spectator with me?
I’m afraid not. All attendees must be paying participants in the class.

If I purchase this cookery class voucher can the recipient exchange it for another class of their preference?
Yes, vouchers can be exchange for other classes, if there is a short-fall in the value, they can pay the difference. If the voucher is for a greater amount they will be able to make purchases on the day to use up the full value of the voucher. Alternatively, you can purchase an open voucher that can be redeemed against any class of the equivalent value.

I’m gluten intolerant, what classes can I attend?

Our Indian, Thai, Spanish Tapas and Nutritional classes can be easily altered and tailored to suit a gluten free diet. Please just ensure you make us aware of this at the time of booking.

I can’t handle spicy food; will your classes be too hot for me?

In our cookery classes, you get to make your own food to suit your own palate, so although we provide guidelines, you can adapt each recipe to suit your taste, as spicy or as not spicy as you’d like.

What is the minimum age to attend a class?

Anyone from the age of 11+ can attend our cookery classes, if you’re not sure which class would be best please do call us on 01923 778880 so we can help.

 

I am allergic to certain foods/ I have a special dietary requirement. Will this cause a problem?

We try our best to accommodate for special dietary requirements. Please email us at cook@thecookingacademy.co.uk or call us on 01923 778880 if you would like to know whether your allergy can be accommodated on a particular course at least 28 days prior to the class. It is the customer’s responsibility to inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking..

I am an experienced cook, are all the courses suitable for me?

All courses are suitable for all levels as the classes are based more specifically on the cuisine rather than skill. The Chef will ensure that you have the assistance required to enjoy the day and really develop your cooking skills. If you are an experienced cook, you may particularly enjoy our Advanced classes. Please contact us if you would like further guidance.

Will I eat the food I make?

There will be an opportunity to eat all the dishes that you make. All participants sit down together for lunch to enjoy the food they have made in the morning, and will be able to take home the food you make in the afternoon to share with family or friends.

What should I wear/take with me to the course?

Please wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes (no flip-flops or open toed shoes). We will provide you with everything you need for the day, all we ask for you to bring are tupperware containers.

Do you have facilities to purchase equipment on the day?

You will be able to purchase a good selection of equipment that you use in our classes, as well as a variety of spices.

Will I have food left over to take home with me?

Yes! On most of our classes, you will be able to take a selection of the delicious food you have made home with you. This does not apply to the half day Indian class.

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Buy an open dated voucher:

Can be used on any date, or perfect as a gift!

Book by phone:

Call 01923 778880 for assistance or questions

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