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4 Weeks Foundation Cooking Course in Somerset, UK

Cooking Holiday in UK

Whether you are already a competent cook or have almost no experience in the kitchen, the four-week foundation cookery course can transform your cooking skills as well as your entire perception of what good food can be, and the enjoyment that learning to cook can bring. Run by Lou Hutton, the course is packed with a vast amount of knowledge, practical experience and fun into the shortest possible time. Whatever you are looking for Lou will give you the time and expertise to take you from where you are to where you want to be. There will also be a series of garden master classes given by Wendy Wright, international garden designer and lecturer.


  • Learn how to make stock, soup and sauces
  • Learn how to create your own jams, chutneys, vinegar
  • Learn technical skills such as filleting fish and boning meat
  • Experiment with various cooking techniques and flavors
  • Learn the art of making delicious pastry and cakes
  • Letter of recommendation for successful student
  • Certificate of attendance upon completion
  • 4 weeks accommodation


20 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation is in fabulous comfy bedrooms nearly all with en-suite bathrooms. There is a sitting room for downtime, with a huge sofa for curling up in front of the TV or for catching up with friends through our wireless internet connection. All accommodation, including sheets and towels, and of course food, is provided as though you were staying in an excellent country house hotel, so all you need to bring is yourself.


Foundation course

During the four-week foundation cookery course, students start off with simple techniques, but move through a cleverly structured program which continually builds confidence and skill whilst producing increasingly challenging and imaginative menus.

Starting with methods and techniques such as chopping, baking, sauting, steaming, you quickly move on, not only to more varied techniques, but also more complex flavors. Presentation is also a skill that you will begin to master.

A fish day, an Italian day and an Indian day all add fun to the learning process, and will show you the huge variety of great tastes from different regions. You will visit local markets and suppliers to discover how to recognize quality and then choose the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Classic cookery method and skill

Whenever possible, local organic produce is used, with regular visits to local producers. A recipe file is also provided, together with a host of useful food charts and tips. As well as classic and modern dishes, you will also prepare food for special diets. Students will be given tuition and examination for the level 2 food safety in catering whilst on the course.

Planning, preparing, cooking and serving a meal of your choice for a number of guests, whilst working to a budget, is an integral part of the cookery course. This is a chance for you to test your own ability whilst professional and friendly advice is on hand.

While on the cookery course we will work with you to ensure your CV gives you the best chance of getting the job you want. Upon completing the cookery course, we can put you in touch with ski companies and employment agencies, and please remember that once youve left, you can always contact us for advice and support at any time.

Daily activities

Working in groups of up to six students, a typical day begins with a morning of demonstrations and practical sessions, before you enjoy a relaxed and informal lunch. This is followed by afternoon sessions preparing for dinner, giving you practice at more complex food preparation, organizing the kitchen and presenting and serving a meal.

At the end of the day, you can relax and enjoy the canaps youve made with a pre-dinner drink, or an evenings wine lecture in front of a roaring fire during winter, or in the garden in summer, before experiencing the fabulous food that you have been creating.



The residential cookery school is based at Middle Farm House in Somerset, in a beautiful 16th century thatched Long House. The Hutton family originally farmed here in the 18th century, and the house has been superbly renovated by Lou and Roger Hutton, retaining much of its original character.

The large farmhouse kitchen, with views over the gardens, provides a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which students can develop their new found cooking skills and confidence. The kitchen has been thoughtfully designed and equipped, and includes an Aga as well as all modern cooking appliances.

How to get there

Driving directions from The North (Bristol)

  • Take the A37 South of Bristol, signposted Shepton Mallet.
  • Do not go into Shepton Mallet, but stay on the A37 around Shepton and then take the left turn at the second roundabout onto the A371 towards Wincanton.
  • After about 6 miles, you will come to a pub on your right called the Brook House Inn.
  • Turn right just after the pub, signposted Alhampton and Cary Rugby Club.
  • If you get to Cary Station, you have gone too far. Now follow the driving directions from Brook House in shown below.

Driving directions from London

  • Take the M3, then the A303 to Somerset.
  • Leave the A303 at Wincanton, on to the A371, signposted to Castle Cary.
  • Follow the A371 past Castle Cary, through Ansford, until you see Castle Cary Station on your right.
  • Carry on for a further 1/4 mile, past Moff Motors Garage, and then turn left just before the Brook House Inn, signposted Alhampton and Cary Rugby Club.
  • Now follow the driving directions from Brook House in shown below.

Driving directions from The South (Exeter)

  • From the A303, at the Podimore roundabouts take the A37 towards Bristol.
  • At the Lydford traffic lights, turn right on to the B3153 to Castle Cary.
  • Now follow the driving directions from Brook House in shown below.

Driving directions from the Brook House Inn

  • From the Brook House Inn, go about 100 metres towards Alhampton, and then turn left at the cross roads, signposted Sutton.
  • After about 1/2 mile, go straight through the small village of Sutton, until the road turns sharp right.
  • Go straight on into the No Through Road, and you will find Middle Farm House after 100 metres on your left.

Arrival by train

The nearby rail station on the UK network at Castle Cary has fast links to London Paddington, as well as to the West Country and Cornwall, north to Bath and Bristol, and south west to the Jurassic Coast.

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