Cooking Schools in the UK

One sign of the increasing interest in culinary travel is the growing number of excellent cooking schools in the UK. Courses are held all over the country, from tranquil Scottish islands to the lively heart of London. If you really want to discover the best of British food, then a course is a great place to start. And some will do more than teach you how to make particular recipes – they’ll also give you an insight into the nation’s surprisingly rich culinary heritage.

The Recipe for a Great Holiday

Cooking schools aren’t just for professionals. There are courses suitable for all levels of ability and interest: from beginners who just want to learn to bake better cakes, to cordon bleu cooks who fancy becoming the next Gordon Ramsay. There are also special classes for children. On most courses you’ll learn how to prepare dishes, and will then eat whatever you make. On some you will also go out to collect your own produce – so you learn how to select the best ingredients.

If you’re on a serious culinary tour of the UK, then you might want to join a residential course. If you just like good food and drink and want to improve your cooking skills, then a one day course might be more appropriate, as you could build that into your holiday itinerary.

A number of celebrity chefs run courses, so you can really learn from the experts. Many country house hotels also offer classes - ideal if you like a taste of luxury.

From Gourmet Cuisine to the Great British Breakfast

Britain’s culinary history encompasses everything from fish and chips to curry. No matter which culinary arts you wish to discover, you’ll probably be able to find suitable classes. There are courses in gourmet cuisine, vegetarian food, cooking with chocolate, bread making – even how to make a traditional British breakfast. You can learn about seafood at Billingsgate, Indian cuisine in Hertfordshire, pastry baking in Wales, Thai food in Edinburgh and French food in Oxfordshire. And if you love the idea of making farmhouse food in the traditional way, there are even places that offer courses in Aga cookery.

Here are just a few of the cooking schools in the UK

Raymond Blanc - Le Manoir au Quat Saisons

Bodnant Cookery School
Vale of Conwy, Wales

Nick Nairn Cook School
Port of Menteith, Stirling

Swinton Park with Rosemary Schrager
Ripon, North Yorkshire

Claire Macdonald - Kinloch Lodge Hotel
Isle of Skye

Billingsgate Seafood Training

Cordon Vert - Vegetarian Cooking Classes

Bettys of Harrogate
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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