The Really Useful Course, 1 week

The Really Useful Course, 1 week


(19 customer reviews)

This 1-week cooking course is great for those who want to learn how to cook from the basics or want to get the professional training to get rid of any bad habits. The Really Useful Course will teach you a whole host of useful tips and tricks to move you away from bad cooking for good!

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, available in friendly local family run B&B’s. Breakfast included and supper on class days.

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.

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The Really Useful Course is suitable for those looking to gain the basic foundations of cooking. It 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 cook to a confident one.

The Really Useful Course has been designed to guide inexperienced cooks through a week of well planned, transferable recipes and techniques. We offer hands-on cooking with plenty of help and support. By the end of the week you will be able to whip out a dish without a recipe in site – we teach an understanding of cooking rather than merely following a recipe! You will be surprised how much you will learn!

Each day has 2 demonstrations, both in the morning and the beginning of the afternoon, getting ready for your cooking. You will cook everything you eat!
*On Thursday, after a wine tasting, there is the, now famous, dinner party for students to showcase their cooking talents to their friends/family. This popular dinner is organised, cooked and hosted by our very own students – a fantastic introduction to cooking for numbers. Invite a couple of family members or friends to show off your new found skills!
*Sadly due to COVID-19 we are unable to host the Thursday party until further notice and instead we will finish at 5pm.

If you have a nanny who is keen to learn to cook the basics – this is the course for them!


For students who book accommodation, you 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 contact us on for details
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.

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

Recommended to be followed by our Intermediate Cookery Course

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

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What We Offer

  • Fun, warm and professional teaching – check out The Avenue Cookery School Video!
  • Intensive, hands-on cooking programme
  • A maximum of 20 students on each course
  • Wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk
  • An Avenue apron
  • An Avenue Cookbook
  • Years of kitchen experience to share
  • All facilities, equipment and ingredients are included
  • The Really Useful Course Avenue Certificate

Skills Acquired

  • Excellent cooking skills
  • An understanding of ingredients and cooking them
  • Cooking without a recipe in sight!
  • Knowledge of recipes
  • Cooking with leftovers
  • Presentation
  • Kitchen hygiene
  • Kitchen organization
  • Quick cooking
  • All manner of ‘really useful’ kitchen skills
  • 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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19 reviews for The Really Useful Course, 1 week

  1. Ben Wooding

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

  2. Frances Wellby

    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. Nile Nakanda

    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. Jane Graham

    !!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. Elaine Dunn

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

  6. Joanne Macland

    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. Phillipa Rooney

    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. Fiona Hodgson

    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. Courtney Marsden

    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. Freddie Bennett

    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. Elizabeth Ross

    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. Jane Locke

    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. Christine Davis

    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. Giulio

    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. Ursula Mapley

    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. Oli Ramsay Gray

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

  17. Nicholas J

    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. Pippa Sharp

    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. Nila Bajwa

    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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