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Excellent Cooking Course UK

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If you are already confident with the basics in the kitchen but want to improve your skills and recipe repertoire, then this course is for you! This will be an amazing way to get your skills up-to-date with lessons on how to cook for friends and families, dinner parties, working in chalets or on yachts, or even for private households. You will definitely see the results at the end of the week!


  • Hands-on cooking
  • 5-day intensive program
  • 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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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.


To participate in this course, you are recommended to already have some experience with the basic skills of cooking. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please get in touch with The Avenue Cookery School.

For your first day of the course, you will have a class to renew your knife skills and other crucial skills to have as a cook. There will be a demo twice a day to help you create new and exciting recipes that will increase your cooking ability and take your kitchen confidence to the next level.

Here, you will be taught to have great confidence and understanding in food, which will enable you to use your cookbooks purely as inspiration, rather than rule. The lessons will be very flexible, so if you need any questions answered, you may just ask.

Chalet or yacht hosts

If you want to obtain a job working in a chalet or yacht after this course, 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 the course later in the summer? The school will help you to land your dream job for your season with one of their many ski company affiliates.

If you book early in the year for a class in October, you won’t be jeopardizing your chances of getting a job. In fact, you could be attending interviews before you even come to the cooking course. Companies will still accept your application and can place you in a role on condition that you complete the hosting course.

What The Avenue Cookery School offers

  • Excellent teaching
  • Relaxed and fun atmosphere
  • Intensive cooking program
  • Intermediate Cookery Course Avenue certificate
  • The Avenue Cookbook
  • The Avenue apron
  • All facilities, equipment, and ingredients are included
  • The Avenue Host Bible (chalet or yacht hosts only)
  • Food Safety Level 2 Certificate(Chalet/Yacht Hosts only)
  • CV check (chalet or yacht hosts only)
  • Help in finding a job in the Alps (chalet hosts only)

Skills acquired

  • Knife skills
  • Variations of baking
  • Food presentation
  • Boning meat and handling fish
  • Preparing and cooking a variety of vegetables
  • Learning to cook international foods and different techniques
  • Dishes for those dietary requirements
  • Canapé making

Course timings

  • Mondays - Thursdays: 09:00 to 17:00 (lunch included)
  • Fridays: 09:00 to 16:00 (breakfast and lunch included)
  • One agreed evening will cover hosting skills for chalet or yacht hosts


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 PM)

  • Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Pesto
  • Crispy Bacon
  • Spiced Duck Breast
  • Bok Choi with Red Peppers, Shitake Mushrooms and Noodle Stir Fry
  • Lemon Possets with Rosemary Biscuits

Duty team

  • Cake of choice
  • Choice of bread
  • Cucumber Cordial

Afternoon cooking

  • Chocolate Pecan Tart
  • Pomegranate White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Tart with Oreo Base

Afternoon demonstration helped by a student

  • Gin Sorbet
  • Raspberry and White Chocolate Parfait

Chalet / Yacht hosting skills (5-6 PM)

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

Residential supper

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


Students cook

  • Scrambled Eggs on Toast
  • Muesli

Morning demonstration

  • Béarnaise and Beurre Blanc
  • Frying meat - steak, lamb chop, fillet of pork, chicken breast, rack of lamb with herb crust
  • Chicken Kiev
  • Cooking Chicken Ballotine
  • Stuffed Peppers

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

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

Duty team

  • A cake of choice
  • Choice of bread

Afternoon demonstration

  • Using gelatine
  • Preparing a ramekin for the soufflé

Afternoon cooking

  • Lemon Soufflé
  • Panna Cotta
  • Jelly

Residential supper

  • Carbonara
  • Rocket
  • Fruit


Students cook

  • Omelette of their choice

Morning demonstration

  • Slicing fennel
  • Skewering chicken satay

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

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

Duty team

  • Choice of cake
  • Choice of Bread
  • Mint cordial/lemonade

Afternoon demonstration

  • Poaching fruit - Pears in Red Wine/Peaches
  • Making and cooking pasta

Afternoon cooking

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

Residential supper

  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Salad


Students cook

  • Bircher/porridge

Morning demonstration

  • Helped by a student -
  • Salt Baked Fish
  • Moule Mariner
  • Scallops with a Pea Purée
  • Tuna with a Mango and Chilli Salsa
  • Fried Squid and Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Filleting a fish - round and flat
  • Pineapple in Lime & Chilli Syrup

Lunch made by students (2 / 2.30 PM)

  • Pasta - Carbonara and Mediterranean
  • Fish dish cooked with a selection of the weeks' vegetables
  • Pineapple with Lime & Chilli Syrup
  • Gin Sorbet
  • Team photo after lunch (email straight to Shanga)

Duty team

  • Choice of cake
  • Choice of bread
  • Mint cordial/lemonade


  • 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


Students cook

  • Eggs benedict

Morning demonstration

  • Prepping and cooking butternut squash
  • Deseeding cucumber
  • Couscous / Quinoa

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

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

Duty team

  • Everyone helps


  • Clear up and clean kitchen
  • Test
  • Round-up of the course
  • Certificates awarded
  • Finish around 4/4.30 PM


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


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 and dietary requirements can be catered for on request, but time restraints mean meal alternatives will not be covered in the demonstrations.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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

How to get there

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.
6 days / 5 nights
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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.

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