Course Overview

This action packed culinary masterclass will show you how to take your cooking and technique up a level. By the end of the day, dinner time will be transformed with new techniques to really add a professional edge to your dishes. Craig, our experienced and exceptionally friendly and personable chef, will guide you through a range of professional techniques. You’ll learn to do things like deboning poultry to make a ballotine, through to making the perfect panna cotta, with just the right amount of wobble. 

These skills are transferable to many recipes and provide a sound basis of knowledge for any aspiring chef. Throughout the course, you will create a four-course lunch which you’ll eat in our dining room accompanied by wine or soft drinks.

Recipes learnt

  • Pan fried breast of pigeon, crispy pancetta, cauliflower purée
  • Pan fried mackerel, beetroot and horseradish
  • Ballotine of chicken with a wild mushroom and tarragon farce
  • Chicken stock
  • Vanilla panna cotta, poppy seed tuile

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

  • filleting a fish
  • deboning a bird
  • a simple butchery element, e.g. ballotine of chicken
  • preparing a classic stock and a sauce
  • preparing a set dessert

This day long masterclass 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 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

All that is required for this culinary masterclass is a love for food and a real desire to learn new skills. Book onto a course held at Catton Hall estate and get ready for a fantastic experience, learning new skills and dishes.