Course Overview

This fun one-day cookery course is designed for men who want to develop a sound repertoire of delicious, tasty dishes. If you are a man who rarely cooks, or know one, this course is perfect. It will help you gain confidence in the kitchen and give you the building blocks to some great meals.

Our renowned chef will teach you various crucial culinary techniques such as basic knife skills, cooking fish, making a curry paste, roasting a chicken, making a great pudding and more. These skills are transferable to many recipes and provide a sound basis of knowledge for any aspiring home cook. Throughout the course, you will use these skills to create six delicious dishes, which you can then enjoy in our dining room, accompanied with wine.

Recipes learnt

  • Roast chicken
  • Pan fried sea bass with sauce vierge
  • Rump steak with hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce
  • Green Thai curry
  • Penne pasta with chicken, pancetta, leek and parmesan
  • Ginger and syrup sponge cake with crème anglaise

Throughout the day you’ll stop to eat the food you’ve cooked in our private dining room with everyone else. A chance to share your experiences in creating the dishes as well as great food and a glass of wine.

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

Techniques learnt

  • Knife skills that will have you slicing and dicing like a professional, using safe procedures
  • Cooking fish and making a Thai curry paste
  • Roasting a chicken
  • Pan frying a steak (rare, medium or well done)
  • Creating two sauces that can be used in many different dishes
  • How to make a sponge cake with crème anglaise

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

This cooking 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 aspiring chefs and home cooks and make the day a fun and vibrant experience. If you’re looking to learn professional tips and techniques, these are the experts to learn them from.

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 the ideal cooking class for men who want to learn new culinary skills. Whether you want to cook for yourself, your partner or entertain your friends at home, you will 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