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Our Courses

From basic through intermediate and on to advanced levels, we have the perfect cookery course for you.

You’ll be encouraged to weigh, prepare and cook each dish from scratch rather than, say, just be given a bag of pre-mixed ingredients. That way, you’ll gain a much deeper knowledge of how a dish comes together.

After all, getting your hands dirty is all part of the fun of cooking.

Each course will be packed with cheffy tips, tricks and techniques honed in busy restaurant kitchens. Adapted for use in your home, every aspect of our courses is designed to make cooking for family and friends easy and stress-free.

Five key ingredients of your cooking course at
Exeter Cookery School

1. Relaxed & friendly – no being made to feel stupid

2. Totally hands-on – it’s the best way to learn

3. NO washing up – just cooking, learning and eating

4. Flexible programme to suit you – variety of half-day, one-day and lunchtime.

5. Suitable for novice, intermediate & advanced cooks – we have the perfect menu whatever your skill level

The Kitchen

Don’t worry, you won’t be cooking on any daunting restaurant-grade equipment. On the contrary, you’ll be using the kind of gear you’ll probably have in your own kitchen. That way, once you get home you’ll easily be able to replicate all the dishes and techniques you’ve learned.

Most of the prep will be done around our large communal cooking islands standing side-by-side with your fellow students which makes for a great atmosphere.

Oh, and you won’t have to do any washing up!

Hands-on cooking

It’s totally hands-on and, with only one or two short inspirational demos by our experienced chefs, you’ll feel completely satisfied with what you’ve achieved.

By the end of your course you’ll be brimming with new-found kitchen skills and cooking confidence!

Some of the things you'll learn include
  • Cook Ahead Techniques, essential for when you’re planning your next dinner party or family meal.
  • Knife Skills
  • You’ll leave us with the confidence to handle, sharpen and use a range of knives.
  • Flavour Enhancement
  • You’ll be shown when and how to correctly season a dish and will learn the importance of tasting at every stage. We’ll cover the five flavour groups - sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami and show you how to intensify them.

    Fish Filleting and Meat Butchery

    Fed up of reducing that beautiful fish to fish cakes, or leg of lamb to mincemeat? You’ll learn how to do it right with us at your side.

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    Allergies and Intolerances

    We are happy to make adjustments where possible. Some classes are, however, unsuitable for people with particular intolerances – where the menu would need to be completely different. Please call the school to discuss any relevant allergies with a member of staff. We must speak to you before your visit if you have a severe allergy, mild allergy, severe dietary intolerance, or are unable to eat any meat or animal products.

    One day courses

    For an exciting and fun packed day, take a look through all the one day courses we have available and find the perfect cookery course for you!

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    Half day courses

    For a cheaper, shorter, and fun filled cookery course, take a look through our half day courses and find the perfect half day course for you!

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