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Excellent Cooking Course UK

For those who already know their way around the kitchen, this 1-week Intermediate Cookery Course will give participants the skills to cook at a higher level. If you are looking to cook for friends and families, dinner parties, working in a chalet / villa / yacht / private households add the (Host) Intermediate Course for those added extras – see course description for more details.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking
  • Enjoy the food you have prepared in the class
  • Intermediate Cookery Course Avenue certificate on completion
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • An Avenue cookbook
  • An Avenue apron

Skill level

  • Intermediate

5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be provided with accommodation at an amazing family-run bed and breakfast that the school has worked closely with for years. Rooms will be separated into male or female shared rooms (this can be more than one other person). A guaranteed private room can be arranged at an extra cost.

Program

The Avenue Cookery School's Intermediate Course is an intensive structured 5-day course for those looking to further their cookery knowledge. It offers a relaxed yet informative style of teaching aiming to keep things fun and social with the rest of the group.

On the first day of the Intermediate Cookery Course, the class will offer a recap on knife skills and other important tips that help your time in the kitchen. Throughout the week, twice daily you will have a demonstration covering what you will be cooking in the morning and then the afternoon. You will get lots of hands-on experience in making the demonstrated recipes, with the assistance of our experienced chefs. You will create a variety of sweet and savory, new, and exciting recipes that will increase your cooking ability and take your kitchen confidence to the next level! It’s time to ramp it up a notch!

The school teaches the students to have great confidence and understanding in food, enabling you to use your cookbooks purely as inspiration, rather than rule. The team is very flexible in the teaching so any gaps in knowledge can easily be filled and they are here to answer all your questions so you can leave with newfound kitchen confidence!

All students who attend the Intermediate Cookery Course are required to have a good basic ground knowledge either from The Avenue’s Really Useful Course or from experience gained elsewhere. To ensure you are at the right level, The Avenue Cookery School would require that you are confident with making the elements of the dishes in their Really Useful Course without a recipe book.

Whether a day or the full week you will leave feeling surprised at how much you have learned!

Hosts

For those wanting to complete this week to obtain a job working as a host, whether in a chalet, yacht, villa, shooting lodge, or as a nanny you will cover hosting skills, menu planning, and how to clean properly and change beds. This will be covered one early evening after the day's cooking. You will also receive an Avenue Host Bible and the means to complete your Food Safety Level 2.

Chalet hosts

Worried about missing jobs due to attending this course later in the summer/autumn? – Although The Avenue Cookery School recommends getting in there early, if you book a later course don’t worry! There will be companies still accepting applications and having completed The Avenue Host Course your odds of employment will increase.

N.B. Due to Brexit regulations are changing within ski companies. Some companies require an EU passport or French Carte de Séjour however, there are ski companies out there that you can apply to where they assist you with the visa process. This can take a few weeks to a month so bear this in mind. Although they will process the visa for you, you will need to be motivated and organized to get all the paperwork through, and once in France, there are several appointments and medicals to attend.

As The Avenue Cookery School is a course provider and not a Chalet Host employer, sadly The Avenue Cookery School can’t guarantee a Chalet Host position. The Avenue Cookery School helps as much as it can but don’t forget, securing a job is down to you and the work you put in! You will need to work hard and be proactive, but The Avenue Cookery School will of course try their utmost to help you find that job!

What the course offers

  • A fun, sociable, flexible, and informative 5-day course
  • Intensive daily cooking program
  • All equipment and food provided
  • Interesting demonstrations
  • Fun, warm, and professional teaching
  • Useful tips and tricks of the trade
  • Tips on organization and prepping your dishes ahead of time
  • Hands-on cooking
  • Mind-blowingly delicious recipes
  • Delicious lunches
  • Well-structured course
  • Ingredients, aprons, and equipment provided
  • The Avenue apron
  • Intermediate Cookery Course Avenue certificate
  • The Avenue Cookbook
  • The Avenue Host Bible (Chalet/Yacht Hosts only)
  • Food Safety Level 2 Certificate (Chalet/Yacht Hosts only)
  • CV check (chalet / yacht hosts only)
  • Help in trying to land a job in the Alps (chalet hosts only)

Skills acquired

  • 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!

Course timings

  • Mondays – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch included)
  • Fridays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (breakfast and lunch included)

N.B. – One agreed evening will cover hosting skills for those doing (hosts)

Location

The cooking course will take place at The Avenue Cookery School in London.

Food

Breakfast will be provided every morning from Monday to Friday. Dinner will be provided Monday to Thursday and lunch will be what you will make every day.

Since you are staying from Sunday night, you will need to eat before you arrive. Vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-free dietary requirements can be catered for on request, but time restraints mean meal alternatives will not be covered in the demonstrations.

Sample menu

Monday

Morning demonstration:

  • Focaccia
  • Soda Bread
  • Mint and Cucumber Cordial
  • Frying off and cooking Duck Breast
  • Marinades
  • Stir Fry
  • Mushrooms - Dried/Shitake
  • Chilli - slicing and chopping
  • Ginger - peeling and chopping
  • Cooking and prepping Pak Choy
  • Peeling a tomato

Lunch made by students 1:45 / 2 p.m.

  • Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Pesto
  • Crispy Bacon
  • Spiced Duck Breast
  • Stir Fry
  • Lemon Possets with Rosemary Biscuits

Afternoon cooking 2:45 / 3 p.m.

  • Coq au Vin / Veg Casserole
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart
  • Pomegranate White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Tart with an Oreo Base

Afternoon demonstration helped by a student

  • Gin Sorbet
  • Raspberry and White Chocolate Parfait

Chalet / yacht hosting skills 5 - 6 p.m.

  • Menu planning, costing, shopping lists, cleaning products, etc.
  • Students homework to prep 6 menus inc vegetarian and cake options with one menu plan

Residential supper:

  • Veggie Casserole / Coq
  • Au Vin
  • Cheesecake / Chocolate
  • Pecan Tart
  • Fruit

Tuesday

Students cook

  • Egg of choice

Morning demonstration

  • Muesli
  • Béarnaise and Beurre Blanc
  • Frying Meat - Steak, Lamb Chop, Fillet of Pork, Chicken
  • Breast, En Croute, Rack of Lamb with Herb Crust
  • Chicken Ballotine

Lunch made by students 1:45 / 2 p.m.

  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Celeriac/Potato Mash
  • Ballotine of Chicken/Beurre Blanc
  • Tenderstem Broccoli
  • Tarte Tartin - Banana/Apple/Rhubarb etc

Afternoon demonstration

  • Using gelatine
  • Preparing a Ramekin for the Soufflé

Afternoon cooking

  • Panna Cotta
  • Jelly

Residential supper

  • Carbonara
  • Rocket
  • Fruit

Wednesday

Students cook

  • Egg of choice
  • Kedgeree

Morning demonstration

  • Slicing Fennel
  • Skewering Chicken Satay

Lunch made by students 1:45 / 2 p.m.

  • Prawn and Fennel Salad
  • Thai Chicken Curry with Bok Choi
  • Thai Baked Chicken
  • Stir Fried Rice
  • Spinach Pilau
  • Lemon Saffron Rice
  • Lemon Soufflé
  • Jelly

Afternoon demonstration

  • Poaching Fruit - Pears in Red Wine / Peaches
  • Making & Cooking Pasta - Carbonara / Mediterranean

Afternoon cooking

  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Tagine/Vegan Chickpea Tagine
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Soups - Moroccan/Pea/Butternut Squash
  • Biscuits

Residential supper

  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Salad

Thursday

Students cook

  • Egg of choice
  • Bircher/Porridge

Morning demonstration helped by a student

  • Salt Baked Fish
  • Moules Marinière
  • Scallops with a Pea Purée
  • Tuna with a Mango and Chilli Salsa
  • Fried Squid and Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Filleting a Fish
  • Pineapple in Lime & Chilli Syrup
  • Gin Sorbet

Lunch made by students 2 / 2:30 p.m.

  • Pasta - Carbonara and Mediterranean
  • Fish Dish cooked with a selection of the week's vegetables
  • Pineapple with Lime & Chilli Syrup
  • Gin Sorbet
  • Team photo after lunch

Afternoon:

  • Clean ovens and kitchen
  • Canapes: making in advance / costings / freezing / sweet and savoury
  • Students make a Canape
  • Sushi

Chalet/Yacht Hosts:

  • Go through menu's
  • Customer service

Residential supper:

  • Tagine, Fruit

Friday

Students cook

  • Eggs Benedict

Morning demonstration

  • Prepping and cooking Butternut Squash
  • Deseeding Cucumber
  • Couscous / Quinoa

Lunch made by students 1:45 / 2 p.m.

  • Pitta Bread / Naan Bread
  • Humous
  • Tzatziki
  • Spiced Aubergine
  • Salads
  • Lentil Salad
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
  • Tagine / Vegan Chickpea Tagine
  • Panna Cotta
  • Poached Pears / Peaches

Afternoon

  • Clear up and clean kitchen
  • Test
  • Round-up of the course
  • Certificates awarded
  • Finish around 4 / 4:30 p.m.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • If you want to buy a class as a present but can’t think of a specific date, you can buy a voucher (redeemable for 1 year)

‘Avenue Amigos’

Get a ‘stamp’ for each class you book and for each friend you recommend. For every 10 stamps, you get a free class.

What's included

  • 2 daily cooking demo
  • 5-day intensive program
  • Intermediate Cookery Course Avenue certificate
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • An Avenue Cookbook
  • An Avenue apron
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily breakfast
  • Supper from Monday to Friday

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You may book your flights to arrive at any London airport. Depending on which airport you arrive at, it will cost about 15 GBP one way or 25 GBP return trip using train transfers and then approximately 5 GBP for the tube fee.

Arrival by car

There is road parking but this tends to get taken up quickly, in which case there is paid parking at Riverside West Car Park on Smugglers Way; a four-minute walk to the school. You are able to park for free on evenings and weekends next or near to the school but this can depend on spaces.

Please make sure you read the signs so you don’t get landed with a ticket. For those renting the kitchen and needing to unload, there is a spot available outside, which can be used for free for half an hour.

Arrival by train

Wandsworth Town is the closest train station, just a 20-minute train journey from Waterloo. The Avenue Cookery School is a short 10-minute walk from Wandsworth town. East Putney is the closest tube (17 minute walk or five minute taxi ride).

Walking direction from Wandsworth Town train station

  • You turn left out of the station and walk under the railway bridge
  • Keep walking straight over the traffic lights and all the way along Smugglers Way with Holiday Inn and B&Q on your left (about a five-minute walk)
  • You will eventually reach a pedestrianized area and walk over a little bridge where you will reach a new housing complex
  • Keep walking straight and The Avenue Cookery School is on the right when you reach the T-junction, directly opposite the Sainsbury’s

Arrival by boat

From the city, you can get the river boat to Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier which is just a two minutes' walk to the kitchen.

Arrival by bus

Nearby bus links: 44, 28, 295, 28, C3, 37, 337, 39, 220, and 270.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 27% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available on select dates from August to October with arrival on Sunday, departure on Friday.

 
Pricing information

There is an additional cost of 100 GBP for those wanting to take the chalet/yacht host course.

Friday August 9, 2024
(6 days / 5 nights)

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