Course Overview

Being able to create your own stocks and sauces from scratch is one of the cornerstones of classical cookery. Correctly made stocks can revolutionise your cooking.  When you’ve tasted freshly made stocks, you’ll appreciate the improved taste sensation, by comparison to using stock cubes.

This one-day stocks and sauces course will cover all the essential staples of classic cuisine.  From a rich emulsion sauce such as Hollandaise to a classic béchamel, you will learn the foundation of all classic sauces that you can adapt with different flavours and incorporate into your cooking at home.

Recipes Learnt

Throughout the day you will learn to cook the following, taking some home and enjoying some in our dining room:

  • Hollandaise sauce – To be served with eggs and spinach, as in “eggs florentine.”
  • Rich beef stock – To be served with a slow-cooked beef short rib
  • Chicken stock – To be made into a chicken, tomato & orzo pasta dish
  • Mayonnaise – Served with a celeriac remoulade & taken home
  • Béchamel sauce – To be made into cauliflower cheese & taken home
  • Crème Anglaise – Served with baked apples

(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 stocks and sauces course 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 for creating amazing sauces, 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 stocks and sauces course will teach you how to make authentic, delicious, fresh, flavoursome sauces to enhance your meals. Our expert chefs will guide you through the day with a series of demonstrations giving you the confidence to recreate these dishes back at your own work station and then again at home.

To avoid disappointment, why not book your place now.