Ashburton Cookery School

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Basic ingredients: One of the UK’s leading cookery schools, Ashburton offers more than 40 cookery courses from beginners to advanced cooks, and from Taste of the West Country, to tapas and gluten-free courses. One, two and five-day residential courses as well as a 20-day diploma are taught by Chef Tutors, mixing demonstrations with hands-on practice. Each student is allocated his or her own cook station.

They say: “In 2011 we will welcome over 5,000 students to our cookery school. We have been rated in a number of national publications as among the best cookery school in the country for core skills.”

We say:  Friendly, fresh approach and inspired cooking that’s strong on fundamental techniques is the sort of feedback that we hear regularly about Ashburton.

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Contact: Ashburton Cookery School, Old Exeter Road, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7LG

4 comments about Ashburton Cookery School

  1. kate harris says:

    Do you run cookery courses for children? I have a very enthusiastic cook of 12 yrs but most of the kids courses I find are for cup cake making or quite basic things. Was trying to find something in the middle that would challenge him but also be age appropriate. Do you have any advice or can point me in the right direction? We are based near Glastonbury, Somerset.

    Many thanks

    Kate Harris

    • Nick Wyke says:

      Hi Kate, children’s cookery courses are booming (see our article in the Daily Mail) and more schools are offering them, especially in the form of parties or cookery clubs during the holidays.
      Here are a few schools that offer cookery classes for kids in your area. For more challenging courses, Ashburton is a good choice as is Bordeaux Quay in Bristol. Good luck and let me know how you get on… best, Nick

      • Joe Mann says:


        If anyone is still on the look out for fun cookery classes specifically tailored for those between the ages of 8 -14 years we offer such an all day course in Exeter, Devon during the holidays called ‘Fun Kitchen’. Hope this might help.

        Joe Mann

  2. Andrew Thomas says:

    This a great, inspirational cookery school. I am a very keen amateur cook and have now done a series of courses at Ashburton, culminating with the Advanced Chef Skills Plus weekend course. They were fully booked with 16 students. A couple of months ago I thought I would have struggled on this course, but I got through it with ease and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the chefs have a real background in great kitchens, including some Michelin starred establishments. Their knowledge of the real world of kitchens is outstanding, and their tips and tricks are freely shared in an entertaining way. Loads of banter! I now have a sheaf of notes which form a sizeable book of recipes, all of which I have tried and tested. I have been exposed to so many new flavours and techniques. My wife and I have bought a tea shop, and I now plan to upgrade our lunch offerings considerably.

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