Basic To Brilliant Cooking Course

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Basic To Brilliant Cooking Course


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This favourite two-week, Basic to Brilliant Cooking Course will transform your approach to cooking. Week one will provide the building blocks for week two’s more imaginative dishes.

Vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for on request, but time restraints mean meal alternatives will not be covered in the demonstrations

Accommodation options available on request.

Want to hold a spot on one of these courses? You can pay a deposit today & pay later! Get in touch with Sophie.

Product Description

Our Basic to Brilliant Cooking Course does exactly what it says on the tin.  Taking you from the very basics in the first week, which is our Really Useful Course/Off to Uni Course, to bloomin’ brilliant in the second week, which is our Advanced course.

In week one of this course, we assume that all the students have done little if no cooking. So the most basic techniques are carefully worked through and, when necessary, covered several times in order to habituate these skills. As well as explaining basic recipes the students are also taught knife skills, food management, kitchen hygiene and menu planning. By the end of the first week, a wide range of useful recipes will have been cooked and each student will have been given every opportunity to grow in kitchen confidence, knowing that they can tackle each and every dish that has been covered.

On the first Thursday evening we have our famous Avenue dinner party where each student is allowed to invite a couple of guests. During the day students will prepare the evening meal ready for their friends to come and enjoy. This teaches students how to cater for larger numbers, whilst also fine tuning their timing skills.

During the second week of the Basic to Brilliant Cooking Course you will be taught more advanced techniques and delicious dinner party food with the same layout as the first week.

Each morning bread, cake and lemonade are made by ‘The Duty Team’ so that by 11 o’clock there is always something to restore the energy levels! A demonstration and explanation of the recipes for the day is followed by a break when you will eat the morning delights of The Duty Team.  After the break the students start cooking in pairs and begin to work from The Avenue Cookbook. The book is easy to follow and is an invaluable reference source long after the course has finished.  Saying this we teach our students to gain a true understanding of food and encourage to cook with out their cookbook and rather use it for inspiration.

The teaching is very flexible so if there are any gaps in knowledge they can easily be filled. No student is ever made to feel inadequate and those who want to brush up on forgotten techniques need to just ask.  The flexibility of the teaching provides an excellent opportunity for students to cook food that they are particularly interested in as well as following popular structure of ideas and recipes.

The Basic to Brilliant Cooking Course is perfect for those who are enthusiastic to cook and want to be introduced to an interesting selection of recipes, techniques and dinner party ideas.

If you want to take the full two week course but you can’t do consecutive weeks, we can take split bookings for different weeks!

Address: The Avenue Cookery School, 3 Enterprise Way, Wandsworth, London SW18 1FZ

‘Avenue Amigos’
Get a ‘stamp’ for each class you book and for each friend you recommend. 10 stamps = a free class!

If you want to buy a class as a present but can’t think of a specific date then you can buy a voucher that is redeemable for 1 year here.

Want to hold a spot on one of these courses? You can pay a deposit today & pay later! Get in touch with Sophie.

What We Offer

  • Years of experience
  • Excellent teaching
  • Professional advice
  • Hands-on cooking approach
  • Intensive cooking programme
  • An opportunity to boost your kitchen confidence
  • The Avenue cooking certificate
  • Food Safety Level 2 Certificate (extra £39)
  • The Avenue apron
  • The Avenue Cookbook
  • All facilities, equipment and ingredients are included.

Skills Acquired

  • Knife skills
  • Variations of bread making including Diana’s bread, focaccia, plaited white loaf and soda bread
  • Elaborate cake making
  • Making your own soft drinks
  • Three course menu cooked each day
  • Food presentation
  • Boning meat and handling fish
  • Preparing and cooking a wider variety of vegetables
  • Learning to cook Asian foods and different techniques
  • How to make canapés

Course Timings

Mondays – Thursday 9am – 5pm (lunch included)
1st Friday 10am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)
2nd Friday 9am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)
N.B. – 1st Thursday finishes at 9pm for the dinner party

Terms & Conditions Apply

Please contact Sophie for further details

1 review for Basic To Brilliant Cooking Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yani Bridge

    This family owned business with Richard and Diana as chefs and Sophie behind the desk, was one of the best courses i have been on. The atmosphere was fun,light and easy, and yet the cooking we achieved throughout the day was an enormous amount. With the help of very knowledgeable chefs, any queries would be answered. I would highly recommend this Cookery School to anyone who wants hands on lessons and a relaxed atmosphere.

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