Essential Six Cooking Class


Are you stuck in a recipe rut and relying on a small repertoire of tried and trusted dishes to get you through the week? We all lead busy lives and it can be challenging enough to get a meal on the table every night, week in week out, without having to think about ringing the changes. An additional barrier to trying out new recipes is the fear that they might not work- not an option when you have limited time at your disposal. However, if you’re eating the same things on a regular basis you are limiting your diet and may even be depriving yourself of certain nutrients.

If you’re bored and looking for inspiration there’s no need to start hauling out the recipe books or trawling the Internet as here at The Cooking Academy we’ve done all of the hard work for you. Our one day “Essential Six Recipe Class” is packed full of tasty and vibrant dishes that are quick, nourishing and easy to prepare. Not only will we tantalise your taste buds and reinvigorate your midweek meals but as you’d expect the class is packed full of hints, tips and hacks plus ideas for repurposing leftovers and reinventing dishes with a few simple tweaks. So whether you’re a seasoned cook looking to give your cooking a shot in the arm or a novice wanting to expand their horizons this class is for you. We’re ready and waiting to fire your culinary imagination.

Essential Six Recipe Class menu:

Chicken, bacon and oregano traybake, jambalaya with chicken and prawns, sweet potato stew with chickpeas & spinach, black bean chimichangas and chilli tofu stir fry.

This class is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans

All classes are held at our Rickmansworth venue, WD3 1JR


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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.

  • Usually 6-8 people per class
  • Includes lunch (cooked by you!) and wine, beer or soft drinks
  • We provide all ingredients and equipment.
  • Suitable for both inexperienced and experienced cooks
  • This class is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans

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?
Unfortunate this class is not suitable however 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’m a complete beginner, what class should I do?
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 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, our beginner’s cookery class would be the one for you.

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 notify us of your dietary requirements within 24 hours of booking please email us 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 for your health and well being.

Book onto a class: £199

Please click one of the dates below to book your class.

Class fully booked
Thu 14 Jul
(09:30 - 15:00)
Class fully booked
Tue 09 Aug
(09:30 - 15:00)
Class fully booked
Fri 23 Sep
(09:30 - 15:00)
7 places available
Wed 23 Nov
(09:30 - 15:00)

Or buy an open dated voucher:

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

Or book by phone:

Call 01923 778880 for assistance or questions