Duke of Edinburgh Residential Course, 5 days

Duke of Edinburgh Residential Course, 5 days


(2 customer reviews)

Are you studying for a Duke of Edinburgh Award and need to learn to cook? Well then you are in luck!
We are a DofE AAP (Approved Activity Provider) who hold a 5-day Gold Residential Course, with cooking in the days followed by group evening activities this is perfect for those wanting to complete their award while learning an invaluable life skill in a fun environment!

4 nights accommodation – £305 (included in the prices)
5 nights (Sunday – Friday) accommodation – £355 (included in the prices)
Additional nights can be added if needed

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

For FULLY BOOKED classes please get in touch if you are looking to join an existing booking of a ‘social bubble’ or are happy to work with others.

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


Our Duke of Edinburgh Residential Course is the perfect way to complete your DofE Gold Residential while learning an important independent life skill. As a Duke of Edinburgh AAP (Approved Activity Provider) we have been running these courses since 2004, so you can be rest assured that you will be in safe and knowledgeable (although often flour covered) hands!

What separates us from the rest? We put emphasis on teaching our students about food, rather than merely following a recipe. We put the fun and imagination back into cooking! We don’t believe in cookbook dependency, so by the end of the course we’ll make sure each student is full to the brim with spot-on culinary knowledge without a recipe in sight!

Can’t boil an egg?  No problem! Already cook a bit at home? Well come and break those bad habits and learn the foundations of cooking. Pick up tips and tricks of the trade that will make you the master of any kitchen!

We put an emphasis on affordable home cooking, while teaching students how to avoid wasted food and money. These transferable skills for life will benefit all students whether they’re still living at home, at university or living independently.

Each day will start with a demonstration of what is being cooked that morning. Then the students will go to their islands and cook a 2 course lunch. After lunch there will be another demonstration of what will be cooked in the afternoon and then an afternoon of cooking will commence! Each day is hands on and will teach new skills and recipes as well as continuing to practice those learnt the day before – after all practice makes perfect!

*On the Thursday we have a wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk, followed by our famous dinner party where students become the hosts and have the option to invite a couple of family and friends to show off their impressive new skills around our gorgeous dining table!
*Sadly due to COVID-19 we are unable to host the Thursday party until further notice and instead we will finish at 5pm.

Evening activities will be chosen by the students and can be anything from tennis, board games or even staying in for popcorn and a movie night.

For accommodation students will stay at an amazing family run B&B that we have worked closely with for years.
Rooms will be separate male or female shared rooms*. A guaranteed private room can be arranged at an extra cost, just message us on info@theavenuecookeryschool.com for details.
*In coronavirus times students will likely be in their own room or, as per government guidelines, they will not share with more than 1 other household and sleeping respecting social distancing.
For those who live further afield there is an option of 5 nights’ accommodation, enabling you to arrive on the Sunday evening.
Breakfast & dinner will be provided every morning and evening from Monday. If you are staying Sunday night you will need to eat before you arrive.

By the end of this fun and food fuelled course you will be full to the brim with cookery knowledge, lots of food and great memories with new life-long friends – both students and The Avenue family! What’s stopping you…? Let’s get cooking!

To see more details about the course including the menu plan please go to page 6 here.

Recommended to be followed by the Intermediate Cookery Course

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

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

What We Offer

  • Approved Activity Provider of DofE Gold Residential Award
  • Hands-on cooking course
  • A maximum of 20 students on each course
  • Wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk
  • An Avenue Cookbook
  • An Avenue apron
  • Upbeat and professional teaching – check out The Avenue Cookery School Video!
  • An Avenue Certificate
  • All accommodation, meals and equipment are included

Skills AcquiredDofE logo mid grey RETAILER

  • Excellent cooking skills
  • Knowledge of ingredients
  • Hosting skills
  • Cooking without a recipe
  • Cooking with leftovers
  • Food presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Fridge management
  • Kitchen hygiene
  • All manner of ‘really useful skills’ e.g. sewing on a button
  • Enjoyment in the kitchen!
  • 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) – Sadly due to COVID-19 we are unable to host the Thursday party until further notice and instead we will finish at 5pm.
Friday 9am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)

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2 reviews for Duke of Edinburgh Residential Course, 5 days

  1. Claire

    I just wanted to congratulate everyone at the wonderful Avenue cookery school who have taken my 18 year old son Jack (who found cracking an egg difficult two weeks ago!) and inspired him to cook. He loved every minute and had a fantastic time in such a relaxed and happy atmosphere. I cannot thank you enough and will be recommending you to everyone.

  2. Lindy (verified owner)

    My son had a great time during the cookery course and says he really learnt a lot. As a result he is more confident for heading away in September. I have the Avenue cookery school to thank for that. Also he has now completed the Duke of Edinburgh which is fantastic. Thank you again to everyone at the Avenue Cookery School.

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