This intensive and fun Yacht Host Course is perfect for anyone looking to complete a yacht season as a host or as an on-board cook. We will teach you a huge range of delicious dishes as well as giving you some useful hosting tips that will be invaluable when out at sea. Our experienced chefs are full of tips and tricks for what we like to call yacht-keeping (housekeeping, just at sea).
Starting with the basics all the way to dinner party food, we will teach you how to cook without a cookbook so you can transfer your skills to other recipes and create things from scratch. We will give you the opportunity to embark on your cooking journey with delicious recipes, including those for dietary requirements, and time saving techniques – just being able to save a couple of minutes on each task will really add up and make your time as a host that much easier and smooth sailing.
Every morning will start with a demonstration from our knowledgeable chefs, equipping you with the knowledge of what you will be cooking that morning. Having made and eaten your own lunch, you will then sit down for the second demonstration of the day, providing you with insight for your afternoon cook.
Each day you will learn new skills and cook different recipes, whilst mastering useful basic and then intermediate kitchen skills. From breakfasts and light lunches to sophisticated suppers all the way to kitchen organisation and hosting – you won’t believe your new found confidence in the kitchen to cook and prepare with ease. You will be able to overcome the storms that season life can throw at you so you can spend more time doing the fun stuff!
On the first Thursday* you will hold a dinner party with the rest of the group. You will get to invite a couple of friends or family members to the event, which gives you a great chance to not only learn to cook for larger numbers and host a dinner party, but also to show off your newfound culinary skills!
While we will help with everything that we possibly can, including having a look over your CV before applying for jobs, giving you the best chance of you bagging your dream yacht hosting job, nailing that job will boil down to you. Hard work and elbow grease will definitely be worth it when you are sat on deck watching the sunset over the crystal clear waters and silently (or not so silently, we don’t mind!) thanking The Avenue for giving you the tools you needed to achieve this wonderful job.
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.
*Not currently running due to covid.
To see more details about the course including the menu plan please click here.
What We Offer
- Deposit option – if booking more than 1 month in advance get in touch for more details
- A fun, sociable, flexible and informative 10-day course
- Intensive daily cooking programme
- All equipment and food provided
- Interesting demonstrations
- Fun, warm and professional teaching
- Useful tips and tricks of the trade
- Tips on organisation and prepping your dishes ahead of time
- Hands-on cooking
- Mind-blowingly delicious recipes
- Delicious lunches
- Well-structured course
- Tips for hosting, cooking and cleaning
- Wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk
- Ingredients, aprons and equipment provided
- The Avenue Cookbook
- The Avenue apron
- Yacht Host Cooking Course Avenue certificate
- The Avenue Host Bible
- Food Safety Level 2 Certificate
- CV check
- Accommodation as an extra for those that need (see details below)
- Advanced knife skills
- Variations of baking
- Boning meat and handling fish
- Preparing and cooking a variety of vegetables
- Learning to cook international foods and different techniques
- Canapé making
- Rectifying dishes
- Catering for dietary requirements
- Variety of intermediate cooking skills and techniques
- Food presentation
- Knowledge of new intermediate recipes
- Avoiding waste and cooking with leftovers
- Time management
- Having fun while cooking!
- Anything extra that anyone wants to know, the list grows!
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)
Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm (lunch included)
Friday 9am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)
N.B. One agreed evening will cover hosting skills
Catered for Allergies: 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: For students who book accommodation, you will be staying at a 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 email@example.com for details.
For those who live further afield there is an option to arrive on Sundays or stay the full 2-weeks but if you need longer let us know.
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.
‘Avenue Amigos’ – Get a ‘stamp’ for each class you book, each review you leave and for each friend you recommend. 10 stamps = a free class!
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Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries