“The Alchemy of Food” Masterclass


This masterclass commences with an overview of the science and chemistry that underpins the food choices that we make today. Drawing inspiration from the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, we explore his ethos that “food is medicine and medicine is food”. We discover how many natural food pairings that we take for granted have in fact been carefully put together for us over the millenia to enhance health and wellbeing, and how and why herbs and spices were utilised and revered for their healing properties.

Naturally progressing on from this introduction, our chef and food scientist will present an in-depth analysis of the everyday herbs, spices and ingredients that should be incorporated into our daily diet to stimulate the body’s natural defence mechanisms and improve gut microbiome diversity. We delve beneath the flavour benefits of herbs and spices to examine their organic qualities and discover the true “reasons to season”. This will be followed by a cookery demonstration which will highlight through a variety of dishes how health benefits can be achieved through the judicious pairing of ingredients.

This class would be of particular interest to those wishing to learn to cook mindfully with herbs and spices, those considering dietary changes for wellbeing, or if you are wishing to go on to study nutrition. Expect to radically change the way you cook as you begin to see everyday ingredients from a perspective other than merely for flavour.


  • Maximum of 12 people per class
  • Includes lunch (cooked by us) and refreshments; wine, beer and soft drinks
  • We provide all ingredients and equipment. All you need to provide is you!

I’m a vegetarian. Is this the only class i can do?

We have a selection of classes that are suitable for vegetarians. As well as this class, the Indian vegetarian and Vegan, you could also attend our Indian, Thai and Nutritional classes and we can easily make substitutes to make the class vegetarian for you. Please just make us aware of this at time of booking.

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?
You may want to bring a notebook to take notes during the class. You will not be cooking in this class, so no need to bring any Tupperware.

Will I have my own cooker and cook my own recipes?
No, this class is demonstration lead, with a lot more theory based practice

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’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 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 for your health and well being.

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?

You will be able to sample some of the demonstrated recipes in this class

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.

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?

This does not apply to this class

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

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Call 01923 778880 for assistance or questions