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.
Take note ‘Avenue Amigos’ – don’t forget to recommend friends for 5% off your next class, just get them to mention your name on booking.
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.
What We Offer
- 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
Basic to Brilliant Cooking Course Sample Day
Roasted Tomato Soup with Homemade Pesto and Crispy Bacon
Seared Spiced Duck Breast with a Noodle, Bok Choy and Shiitake Stir Fry
Lemon Possets with Rosemary Biscuits
Chocolate Pecan Tart
Coq Au Vin
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Passion Fruite and Orange Jelly
Raspberry Parfait in a White Chocolate Cup
Mondays – Thursday 9am – 5pm (lunch included)
Fridays 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