Whether your restaurant team is made up of beginner chefs or culinary geniuses, the world of cooking is constantly expanding and there is always room for improvement. The food industry is often adapting to fit new ways of life, new trends and new ideas and so it is essential that your skills adapt with them.
This list is complete with this month’s top 6 picks for culinary schools and cooking courses to put you ahead of your competition.
The Cotswolds Cookery School is a state of the art school at the luxury boutique hotel Thyme. Courses here focus on using thought, passion and joy in order to produce good food. Under the guidance of experts at the school, chef-tutors will ensure that even the least experienced cook will be able to produce dishes to amaze. Courses include Natural Cakes, Street Food, Seasonal Foraging, Flavours of the World and many more.
The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School is located at Highfield Farm near the picturesque village of Southern.
Panoramic views of the East Yorkshire Wolds countryside surround the school, providing a beautiful learning environment for improving cookery skills. Courses range from Michelin star cooking, fine dining, vegetarian and gluten free cooking and more.
Yvette Bales, a former student of the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, said: “Studying at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School was the best business decision I have made so far.
“I started my first course at the school in 2015 and by 2016, I had taken over 15 classes. It has improved my cookery skills immensely and it even inspired me to start my own business with my husband.
“We now own a café together in Yorkshire and I thank the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School for the success of my business, as well as for my cooking skills – and the customers at my café thank them too!
“I’d highly recommend this school, it changed my life.”
Bodnant Cookery School, set in the foothills of Snowdonia in the heart of North Wales, allows you to discover fresh skills with personal guidance from leading Welsh culinary experts.
Whether you are a beginner, a budding chef, or an enthusiastic foodie, the state of the art cookery school hosts a wide range of courses suited to all abilities. Experience is hands-on and you will learn useful tips and recipe recommendations from food and wine specialists. Students can also stay in the on-site accommodation the Furnace Farmhouse, which boasts five star status.
Bodnant Cookery School has won awards for accommodation from Cymru Wales and Gwobr Aur Gold, and for their Farm Shop from BBC Good Food. They received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, a number of business awards and awards for their diary and butchery.
The prestigious Le Cordon Bleu is a traditional and innovative school, leading in culinary arts and wine in the UK since 1931. Courses at this school offer formal qualifications in the form of a Diploma, which students will receive upon their graduation. The Le Cordon Bleu Diploma is an industry recognised and respected diploma in the culinary and hospitality industry around the world. Le Cordon Bleu courses combine essential theoretical knowledge with a hands-on, practical approach. Courses range from culinary techniques, pastry and confectionery, hotel, restaurant and culinary management, gastronomy and nutrition and many more.
Le Cordon Bleu has an impressive list of former students, such as Emil Minev, the executive chef at the Shangri-La at The Shard, Peggy Porschen, cake designer and creative director of her own business, and Alain Roux, Chef Patron at the three Michelin-starred restaurant The Waterside Inn. Each of them credit their success in the industry to their time at Le Cordon Bleu.
The Ashburton Cookery School is a top cookery school in the UK, offering over 40 courses to choose from. Ashburton offers two campuses and five separate kitchen facilities running half-day, one-day and weekend-long courses. The school also offers a chef academy option, as well as on-site accommodation for those taking weekend-long courses. The school is located in Ashburton, a picturesque Georgian market town on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon.
Liz McClarnon, winner of Celebrity MasterChef, personally recommends this school, stating: “Ashburton is a must for anyone interested in food.”
Ashburton has a long list of glowing testimonials from previous students, including Liz Evans. She said: “I remember being impressed by the organisation as a whole and I had a great and inspiring week at Ashburton. The staff at the accommodation could not have been more welcoming and friendly, and the chefs and kitchen staff were awesome. The garden kitchen in particular stood out to me – it was a fantastic venue.
“I really felt that I learnt a lot of new things, re-invented some old ones and received a well needed shot of inspiration.”
Swinton Cookery School is a relaxed and stylish demonstration kitchen found adjacent to Swinton Park Hotel, based in a converted Georgian stable wing. The school is nestled in the Swinton Estate, surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales.
Swinton is passionate about using sustainable local produce, with their own four acre walled garden filled with fruit, vegetables and herbs that provide a ready source of fresh, seasonal ingredients for the cookery school.
The school runs half-day, full-day and weekend hands-on cookery classes throughout the year and courses can either be residential or non-residential.
John Gordon, a former student of Swinton, said: “What a brilliant time I had here, excellent tuition and so much more.
“I first attended on my 60th birthday – take my advice, don’t wait until you’re my age. Go now!”