The Really Useful Course

The Really Useful Course

£690.00£1,045.00

5.00 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(19 customer reviews)

This 1 week course is great for those who want to learn how to cook from the basics.  Our Really Useful Course will teach you manner of really useful things as well as beginners cooking.

Course with no accommodation – £690
Course with 4 nights accommodation – £995
Course with 5 nights accommodation – £1,045

24th July course – FULLY BOOKED!
4th September – 2 SPACES LEFT!!

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

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

2018 courses – Book now and receive a 15% discount! Get in touch here.

Product Description

The Really Useful Course is suitable for all ages and specialises in teaching a unique mix of cooking and useful everyday skills. By the end of this 5 day intensive programme you will have progressed from a tentative white sauce maker to a confident soufflé chef.

The Really Useful Course has been designed to guide inexperienced cooks through a week of well planned, traditional recipes and techniques. We offer “hands-on” courses with plenty of help and support.

Every Thursday, after wine tasting, there is the, now famous, dinner party for students and their friends/family. This popular dinner is organised, cooked and hosted by the students, a fantastic introduction to cooking for numbers.

During The Really Useful Course emphasis is made on affordable eating with no waste for those budgeting whether for university, gap years or just general life savings.

All food and equipment is provided so no need to bring anything.  Please wear sensible shoes that cover your feet.

Those needing accommodation, will be in local family run B&B’s in male or female shared rooms.

Recommended to be followed by the Intermediate Cookery Course

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.

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

2018 courses – Book now and receive a 15% discount! Get in touch here.

What We Offer

Skills Acquired

  • Excellent cooking skills
  • Knowledge of recipes
  • Cooking with leftovers
  • Presentation
  • Fridge management
  • Kitchen hygiene
  • Menu planning
  • Time planning
  • First Aid
  • All manner of ‘really useful skills’ e.g. sewing on a button
  • Anything extra that anyone wants to know, the list grows!

Course Timings

Monday – Wednesday 9am – 5pm (lunch included)
Thursday 9am – 9pm (lunch and dinner included)
Friday 9am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)

Terms & Conditions Apply

Please contact Sophie with any queries

19 reviews for The Really Useful Course

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thanks for such a great course, made my first item post course today of meringues – they were successful:)

  2. Ben made lasagne last night when we went to supper. It was really first class, and also looked perfect. He really enjoys cooking. He sliced an onion in the correct way. Thank you so much for an excellent cours

  3. 5 out of 5

    I would just like to once again say thank you so much for holding such a great course. This has been a very eventful and busy summer for me (turning 18 and becoming an adult, going to uni, going on holidays etc), yet despite all of these large events crammed into these 3 months, I can safely say that this course was easily one of the best weeks of summer and will certainly live long in the memory!

    I hope to see you all again soon in the not too distant future!

  4. 5 out of 5

    !!Ludo absolutely adored his week
    The boys have all adored their time with you ..and number three cannot wait to come and improve his culinary skills in a few years time too

  5. 5 out of 5

    Just wanted to say how much Jolie has enjoyed being with the cookery school this week, so a big thank you to all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    I haven’t seen Thomas so happy in a long time. He loved the class and is very much looking forward to his next two days.

  7. 5 out of 5

    My son who is 22 attended your basic to brilliant course during his gap year. It gave him a great springboard to further his interest in cookery and last week he served up an 8 course tasting menu for 14 at home!

  8. 5 out of 5

    I just wanted to thank you so much for giving my son, Hugo, such a wonderful week. He not only really enjoyed the course, but say that he has learned masses! I am looking forward to being cooked for in the weeks ahead.

    I am so grateful to you for making the last week so enjoyable for Hugo.

  9. 5 out of 5

    I would just like to thank you again for your hospitality. thanks and love to Diana and Richard for the week. I had an awesome time and now can’t stop cooking! Cheese soufflés are in the oven as we speak!

    My mum is also obsessed with the cook book

  10. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this fun and informative course with two very exciting and dynamic teachers. Its a perfect introduction to cooking, and you will quickly progress to a confident cook within only a week. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for good knowledge of cooking to take on a gap year or to university.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paddy had a great time last week on the Really Useful Course and has come home enthused and offering to cook suppers – which is a first!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much! What a lovely evening in the company of your young students and their families. We enjoyed it very much and were very impressed.
    The course has been amazing and Elliot has really found a new passion. He has suggested that he make bread EVERY morning!!!
    I think Elliot will be back for another course in the future.

  13. Thank you so much for all the fun and tuition you gave Seb last week.
    We are certainly noticing a more confident approach in the kitchen.
    His poached eggs for breakfast on Saturday were brilliant and I have earmarked some recipes from the cook book that I am looking forward to (him) trying…
    Hopefully I will be able to book his younger brother in next summer!

  14. 5 out of 5

    from arriving on the course just able to toast bread, I have now made several three course meals to the astonishment of my family.
    I had a really fun time; the instructors are great communicators and the recipes were simple/easy to follow but always delicious. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Thank for giving my daughter, Olivia, the most marvellous week. She came back each evening buzzing with enthusiasm and continued cooking well into the night. MY waistline has not yet recovered! She found Diana and team inspirational and their enthusiasm for food and cooking infectious. One of the best courses she has ever done!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Really loved doing this course and would definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking for a short cooking course.

  17. 5 out of 5

    After doing your course last week Peter cooked me the most delicious meal for my birthday on Tuesday: a quite spicy risotto to start, fish cakes with perfectly cooked broccoli for the main course, and a wonderful chocolate and strawberry roulade for pudding. He did it with little fuss and much confidence, both thanks to you. Peter seems to have memorised all the practical advice you gave him, and your course has inspired him with a belief that he can cook all sorts of things which before he had not even heard of! I think you have equipped Peter with skills and an awareness that will serve him for the rest of his life. Thank you. (The only annoying thing is that Peter has turned into an overnight gourmet, and tells anyone else who is cooking that Diana said you should do this, or Diana said you should do that!)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Just to say that my son Christopher completed the Really Useful Course. He absolutely loved it and it is astonishing just how much he learned in five days.

    At the weekend we celebrated 3 family birthdays; diverse ages, 93, 56 and 19 and Christoff made a Cornish Victoria Sandwich (the cream on top of the jam and decorated with strawberries and chocolate flakes in lieu of 93 candles!). It was entirely his idea and creation. My Mother and I astonished (and slightly nonplussed and alarmed) at how efficiently he worked, at the lightness of the cake and all round excellence in taste and execution. It was a wonderful moment. Melba toast and mackerel pate also featured over the weekend and older siblings equally disconcerted by this too. Melba toast – who knew?

    As my youngest, about to go several hundred miles away to University this course has given me confidence too and thank you for that too. Christoff clearly loved the week, particularly too waiting at the dinner party and sets off west with his ‘kit’, fully intending to use his already well thumbed cookery book. His sister has asked him for a copy so he needs to keep a close eye on it methinks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for arranging such a lovely evening on Thursday.
    Most enjoyable.
    Arjun certainly enjoyed his week. He came home on Friday absolutely exhausted but made a lovely dessert for dinner and also cooked us all a meal on Monday evening!!!!!! Long may it continue.

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