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An Introduction To Cooking Cookery Class


Whether you’re just embarking on cooking for yourself or a young adult transforming into independent life, or a budding chef, we’ll teach you how to cook with confidence.



Are you new to cooking? Or do you feel like you want to gain confidence and start with the basics?

Cooking is an essential life skill that can be learned at any stage in life. Whether you’re just embarking on cooking for yourself or a young adult transforming into a budding chef, we’ll teach you how to cook with confidence.

Our expert chefs will guide and teach you in small groups, so you develop and practice with guidance, through the fundamentals of cooking, from knife skills to meal preparation that you can share with your family and friends.

In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to chop, slice, and dice like a pro. Also, master a range of cooking techniques, from boiling to frying to steaming. You’ll explore a variety of meats, vegetables, pulses, and grains, and discover how to cook them to perfection.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn to cook:

• Sizzling Stir Fry: A quick and easy dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. You’ll learn to stir-fry a selection of fresh vegetables with your choice of meat or tofu and finish with a delicious sauce.

• Chilli Con Carne: A classic recipe that’s always a crowd-pleaser. You’ll learn to make a flavourful chili with perfectly cooked rice, using your newfound cooking skills.

• Tomato, Olive, Garlic Pasta Sauce: An Italian favorite that’s simple yet satisfying. You’ll learn to make a tasty sauce using fresh ingredients and simple techniques.

• Chicken Dhansak: A fragrant and spicy Indian curry that’s sure to impress. You’ll learn to balance the flavors of spices and herbs to create a delicious, warming meal.

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or have gluten intolerance, we’ve got you covered with alternative recipe options.

Book your spot in our beginner’s cooking class today and take the first step towards culinary confidence!

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

Reviews (4)

“I had a great time today and made some yummy dishes, which I can’t wait to share with my family. They’ll be shocked that I cooked it all. I’m proud of myself that I have learnt some complicated technical things in the kitchen and have learnt so many egg dishes and perfect roux sauce. Can’t wait to show my mum.” (Emelia Channing)

“The beginner’s cookery class was excellent – hands on, well prepared and organised and a perfect learning environment. I feel I can go away and cook for myself now, and I am looking forward to my next course.” (Ryan Walker)

“I just wanted to say thanks for a lovely experience today in the beginner’s class. It has sparked a much-needed bit of inspiration that I have been lacking. The presentation, the information and background and the recipes were all perfect!! I can’t wait to get my spices and start delighting my family and friends.”

“Thanks again for a lovely day yesterday, I have to say I don’t often rave about things, so Lindsay, my wife, was surprised and pleased (as it was her gift to me) that I came back so enthused by the day. I have surprised myself with how much I got out of the day and how much I am looking forward to re-creating the dishes. Well done! You have a gift!”

Faqs (16)

Can I bring a spectator with me?

I’m afraid not. All attendees must be paying participants in the class.

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.

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.

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.

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’m gluten intolerant, what classes can I attend?

Our Indian, Thai, 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.

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.

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 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.

Is there parking available on site?

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

What is the minimum age to attend a class?

Anyone from the age of 13+ 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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