Duke of Edinburgh Skills Cookery Courses


Our cookery classes are discounted for Duke of Edinburgh students, classes are usually £199 Students need to attend at least two classes at The Cooking Academy. We highly recommend starting with our Introduction to Cooking class, the second class can be any of our one day classes (with the exception of the advanced classes).

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The DofE cookery skills programme empowers young people to learn, engage, and find inspiration in nutritional cookery. It enables them to acquire essential life skills and build confidence through valuable experiences. Cooking is not only about creating delicious food, working in a kitchen environment enhances organisation, time management and analytical skills which are transferable to any walk of life and applicable throughout your lifetime.

Our classes are especially designed to develop an understanding of food hygiene, knife skills and safety in the kitchen in a fun and personalised way as well as the creation of recipes to prepare our young adults for independent life and a brighter and healthier future. Learning to cook is therefore a very rewarding skill.

All the classes are entirely hands on and students take home their recipes to share with their families. With a maximum of 7 students per class, everyone has immediate access to a chef, providing them with as much personal assistance and support as required.

Our classes are suitable for children and teenagers aged 13-17 looking to enjoy learning a new life skill as well as those completing the skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh workbook. We would highly recommend our Introduction to Cooking class as a starting position.

What we do?

Bronze Award

The Bronze award entails a 12-week completion period. Students begin by maintaining a weekly electronic diary, documenting their cooked dishes with descriptions and photos, reviewed by their personal chef. The cookery programme must be finished within 12 weeks. After completing the classes, students meet with their chef for progress appraisal and cookery skill assessment. Each class costs £179 (discounted price), and students must participate in a minimum of two classes.

Silver Award

The Silver award requires completion within a 24-week period. From the start of the first class, students actively maintain a weekly electronic diary, including descriptions and photo images of their cooked dishes for review with their personal chef. All remaining classes must be completed within this 24-week timeframe. After finishing the classes, students meet with their chef to assess their progress and skills. Each class gets at a discounted price of £179. Students must engage in a minimum of four classes.

Check the full list of classes available here.

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