Course Overview

If confidence in the kitchen has always eluded you this one-day cookery course is a great starting point to improve your confidence and give you a selection of recipe ideas.

The day will be a fun, friendly introduction to cooking, with plenty of fellow cooks in the same position.  Taught by one of our local and exceptionally experienced chefs, our job is to make the day enjoyable and interactive. Our aim is to give you the confidence and inspiration to get cooking in your own kitchen.

Techniques learnt

By the end of the course, you will have mastered these key techniques:

  • A quick and easy ‘no prove’ soda bread
  • Pan frying, poaching, roasting and boiling
  • Fresh pesto sauce that can be adapted with different flavour combinations
  • Home-made pâté, which can be adapted to suit your favourite flavours
  • How to make a fresh seasonal soup
  • A fresh and tasty prepare ahead pudding
  • Knife skills so that you will feel confident slicing and dicing in your kitchen at home

This day long course is designed to give you total confidence in the kitchen 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.

Recipes learnt

Throughout the day, you will learn to cook all of these delicious recipes, and you will be able to enjoy eating your own creations in our dining room and can take your soda bread home.

  • Cheese and onion soda bread
  • Smoked mackerel pâté
  • Seasonal soup
  • Pan-fried salmon with a perfectly poached egg
  • Italian stuffed chicken breast
  • Fresh pasta with home-made pesto and pancetta
  • Zesty lemon posset

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

Your chef tutor

This class is taught by one of our team of expert local chefs. With many years of experience between them, covering everything from top restaurant service to catering for royalty, you’ll be in the hands of experts. They are all passionate about teaching everyone, from beginners to aspiring chefs, to feel confident in the kitchen. They make the day a fun and vibrant experience and will answer any questions you have.

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

This class is ideal for gaining confidence in the kitchen. Whether you want to cook for yourself, your partner or entertain your friends at home, you should gain the skills and confidence to do so. We aim to provide a professional, educational and, most importantly, enjoyable learning experience throughout this course.

Surprise your friends and family with your cooking and baking skills. Never eat a boring meal again! Book today, call our friendly team on 01283 711 681 or email us at