2-Week Chef/Host Cooking Course

2-Week Chef/Host Cooking Course


This massively popular and fun 2-Week Chef/Host Cooking Course is perfect for those wishing to land a job as a host or cook. Whether it is spending the summers cooking in villas, lodges in Scotland or nannying, then this is the course for you.

Covering everything from budgeting to cleaning, then over to hosting like a pro and cooking like a chef! You will leave feeling confident that you can impress anyone with your cooking skills and of course your dazzling hosting! Trust us, everyone can be won over with some delicious canapés and cracking chat!

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

Accommodation is an optional extra – see further details in course description.

If you are interested in how we are running our courses differently in these times it is important you read our COVID-19 precautions here.

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


The 2-Week Chef/Host Cooking Course is designed for those wishing to obtain a job where they will be hosting and/or cooking; be it for families as a nanny, for company villas, Scotland lodges or maybe for simply learning how to make hosting your friends and family that much easier!
The course has been tailored specifically to help those wanting a hosting / cooking role, whatever or wherever that job may take you. It covers all aspects including; cooking, hosting skills, budgeting, shopping, menu planning and cleaning.

With years of experience in the industry, not just working as hosts but also successfully running our popular Host Cooking Courses since 2004, we really know our stuff and you get decades of knowledge and experience in a condensed form in just 2-weeks. We are very aware of the demands of the job as well as the fabulous opportunities and fun there is to be had with this type of work so we will prepare you in the most professional, effective and exciting way to ensure that you have confidence in the kitchen and other necessary areas so you can complete your job to the best of your ability.

Being in the industry for many years has gained us excellent connections with companies who are looking to hire, which not only means we can help you land your dream job but that we are also aware of the ever changing requirements with regards to skills required. This inside knowledge enables us to teach you effectively and help you through the recruitment process, which we do by giving helpful tips in writing your CV and cover letter as well as checking it over for you before applying for roles. We help as much as we can but don’t forget, securing a job is down to you and the hard work you put in!

At the end of the course you will be awarded an acknowledged Avenue Chef / Host Cooking Course Certificate – exciting things are awaiting you, trust us! Think of The Avenue Host Cooking Course Certificate as your passport to literally anywhere!

Everyday will begin with a demonstration of the mornings menu, which will include your lunch amongst many other delicious things. You will then get to work cooking and then sit for lunch. After lunch you will have an afternoon demonstration followed by more hands-on cooking – what better way to learn than to get your hands dirty!
Each day’s layout is the same but of course offering different recipes so you will leave with a huge repertoire of culinary delights to ‘WOW’ your guests.
*The first Thursday you will hold a dinner party for friends and family, everyone getting to invite a couple of guests each. As a team you will cook and host the evening yourselves while all your guests wine and dine – don’t forget you are not just the chefs you are the hosts so you have to ensure you manage your time effectively so you still have time to ‘schmooze’ your guests when necessary!
*Sadly due to COVID-19 we are unable to host the Thursday party until further notice and instead we will finish at 5pm.

At the start of your course you will receive your Avenue Cookbook, Avenue Host Bible and the means to complete your Food Safety Level 2.

Last minute – worried of job availability? Companies are always recruiting, depending what kind of job you are looking for, but remember there is always a job somewhere! The most important thing is to work hard, be proactive and of course we will try our utmost to help you find that dream job!

Top Tips:  If you haven’t already, we highly recommend gaining some experience in the hospitality industry such as in a restaurant, bar or cafe before applying for hosting and cooking roles! It will just prove to employers how ready and capable you are to work in the industry.

If you have already mastered the basics of cooking, you can join straight into week 2 for our 1 week Intermediate Cookery Course for Hosts (see here) to just spruce up your already obtained skills. If you aren’t sure if you have enough experience get in touch and we can figure out which course is best for you.
If you want to take the full 2-week course but you can’t do 2 consecutive weeks, we can take split bookings for different weeks, again just get in touch.

For those paying for accommodation you will stay at on of our amazing family run B&Bs 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 contact us on info@theavenuecookeryschool.com for details.
For those who live further afield there are options of arriving Sunday night and staying for the full 2 weeks or just the weeknights. If you would like more nights just get in touch.
Breakfast will be provided every morning and dinner will be provided every weekday evening.

To see more details about the course including the menu plan please click here.

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.

What We Offer

  • Efficient and intensive training
  • Professional knowledge and experience
  • Hands-on cooking
  • Knowledge of dietary requirements
  • Tips for hosting, cooking and cleaning
  • Wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk
  • The Avenue Host Cooking Course Certificate
  • Fun kitchen environment
  • Help through the recruitment process including CV and cover letter check
  • Ingredients & equipment all provided
  • The Avenue Host Bible
  • Food Safety Level 2 Certificate
  • An Avenue Cookbook
  • An Avenue Apron

Skills Acquired

  • Knife skills
  • Presentation
  • Stock rotation
  • Hosting
  • Cleaning
  • Fridge management
  • Kitchen hygiene
  • Menu planning
  • Knowledge of wine
  • Time planning
  • Budgeting
  • Customer Service
  • Cooking for dietary requirements
  • Knowledge of international cuisines
  • Anything extra that anyone wants to know!!

Course Timings

1st Week:
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 10am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)

2nd Week:
Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm  (lunch included)
Friday 9am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)
N.B. One agreed evening will cover hosting skills

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