Course Overview

With some of the most stimulating and sophisticated techniques, Patisserie is the fine art of baking. If you are someone who is impressed by the skills of beautiful patisserie creations and wish you had the techniques and confidence to re-create them yourself, then our patisserie courses could be just the thing for you.

During your tuition on this one-day patisserie course, you will be part of a friendly group on an action-packed schedule led by Will Torrent – a professional award winning patisserie chef. You’ll leave us not only with a new set of skills in the art of patisserie but also all the delicious mouth-watering creations that you will be making throughout the day. You don’t even have to worry about the washing up. We take care of all of that so you can focus and enjoy the day.

Recipes learnt

Throughout the day, you will cook all of these delicious bakes to take home with you:

  • Gateaux Opera
  • Apricot, almond and lavender Almondines
  • Lemon and passionfruit meringue tart with a twist

(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 a multiple layer Opera cake
  • An Italian buttercream & Italian meringue
  • Chocolate ganache and chocolate glaze
  • How to make pastry and frangipane
  • How to create a curd filling
  • Different presentation techniques to ensure a precise bake every time

This day long patisserie course 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

Will Torrent is an award-winning pastry chef who trained under Heston Blumenthal. Highly regarded in his field, Will graduated with first degree honours as well as winning Young Chef of the Year in 2009. His other achievements include winning the World Skills UK Outstanding Achievement Award and the first Medallion of Excellence for a British pastry chef at World Skills Japan.

Will has made many TV appearances, including being a regular presentor on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and ITV’s This Morning. He is the author of three popular baking books, including ‘Patisserie At Home’ in which his no-nonsense approach to the techniques in patisserie has earned it high praise. Will has worked with some of the world’s finest chefs and his passion for baking, extensive experience and friendly style will ensure you have a busy day learning and baking in an enjoyable environment.

About your day

Our baking 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.

Your day includes a delicious light lunch served with wine or soft drinks. Please bring three large containers so you can take home your delicious creations.

Our day courses run from 9.30am to 5pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 9.15am.

Book your place

This patisserie course is perfect for anyone wishing to learn patisserie skills, from budding bakers to curious cooks. It’s also a brilliant gift idea for anyone wanting to develop their patisserie skills and learn new ones.

Will is much in demand, both around the UK, and when he is here at Seasoned. His courses tend to get booked very quickly when we release them, so we’d recommend booking as soon as you can.

Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided, alongside equipment you may need. The only things you will need to bring are the containers to take your bakes home in. Please let us know when booking your place if you have any dietary requirements, allergies or are vegetarian so we can accommodate you.

Please ensure to bring 3 cake tins with you to take your day’s creations home. You will leave with them brimming with your delicious treats.