Course Overview

For cooks looking to learn an array of different techniques, this artisan food course is an action-packed introduction to key skills which will transform your cooking at home.

Led by TV chef Tim Maddams, this one-day cookery course will teach you how to maximise flavour by curing and hot smoking, make fresh bread, simple curd cheese and home made pasta. These are all techniques that you can replicate at home with different flavours and ingredients as the seasons change.

Recipes learnt

  • Fresh pasta with cauliflower, chilli and garlic
  • Focaccia bread
  • Delicious, simple curd cheese flavoured with olive oil and fresh herbs
  • Hot smoked trout
  • Seasonal Relish

Throughout the day, you will learn to cook all of these delicious recipes, and you will be able to enjoy tasting your own creations, as well as taking some elements home to enjoy with friends and family.

(Please note, we reserve the right to alter the dishes covered in the course, to meet the dietary requirements of our guests).

Techniques learnt

  • How to make fresh bread
  • Make a simple curd cheese from raw milk and flavour this with seasonal herbs
  • Hot smoking, a versatile technique which can be used on a variety of meat, fish and game
  • Make pasta from scratch, rolling it by hand
  • How to make a tasty relish to accompany your bread and cheese

This day long class is designed to give you total confidence in using all of these techniques. The aim is that you can go home and repeat the recipes for family and friends time and again.

Your chef tutor

Tim Maddams is a writer, presenter, private chef, cookery teacher and an expert in game cookery. He is perhaps most famous for leading the River Cottage team at Axminster, and has also appeared on high profile shows such as BBC Food and Drink, and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. Tim has written numerous articles for publications as varied as The Ecologist and Shooting Times. He also published the compendious foodie bible known as ‘The River Cottage A-Z’. Tim has written a whole book on game, the ‘River Cottage Game Handbook’, which provides plenty of tips and tricks for cooking delectable, succulent, flavoursome game dishes. There is nothing like learning with a top chef in person, though, and his one-day game cookery courses will let you see his immense skill in action.

About your day

Our cookery courses take place on the Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.

You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need. We’ll provide an apron for the day, and all the equipment and ingredients.

You’ll be sitting down together during the day to eat the dishes you’ve created. We’ll also provide wine and soft drinks.

Our day courses run from 10.15am to 4pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10am.

Book your place

No prior experience is necessary for this Artisan cookery course. This course is a wonderful experience, as you will be able to learn from a master, meet new people, and enjoy some delicious food and wine along the way.  Book online or call us on 0123 711681.