Marl College Summer School | July - Aug

8th July - 4th August - 1 week x half-day cooking courses  Mon - Fri

During this period we will be running 1 week x half-day courses for Marlborough College Summer School for 13 to 17 year olds.

For more information and to book

https://summerschool.co.uk/young-peoples-courses/teenagers/course-393 

Young Chefs Academy (10 - 16) | Aug 9th | £75

Thursday  10.00am - 3.00pm for 10- 16 year olds 

Our Saturday Cooking Clubs for youngsters are very popular but there is only so much you can cook (and learn) in two hours so here is a day course during the school holidays where there will be the chance to build on their skills and knowledge - and have some fun in the process. They will learn how to use knives safely, handle ingredients correctly, timings and food know how.   This is REAL cooking - an essential skill for life.

"What a lot (a brother and sister) they learned in such a short space of time and I'm loving that they're so able to translate it into everyday cooking." Yzanne Martin Hallett

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More Speedy Meals | Sept 5th | £60

Wednesday 7pm - 9.30pm | Led by Jayne Annan

Our Speedy Meals sessions have been very popular and Jayne's menus a great hit.  She has come up with some fresh ideas of quick and easy meals to liven up your repetoire of midweek suppers that you will enjoy making.  It is suitable for anyone who feels stuck in a culinary rut and the nature of the dishes, plus the skill of her teaching, means that even those who don't have confidence in the kitchen will learn a lot amd gather some 'signature' dishes that will help to develop their skills. It will be a hands-on lively session with lots to take away and loads of ideas, tips and wrinkles that will be a great help in making the preparation of your food fast, fun and fabulous!  

Great food and cooking tips that Jayne makes easy for everyone. Very skillful teacher who explains the recipes really well and in a fun way.                    Summer Bourne ‘ The Camper Cookie’.

 

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Lebanese .... and more! | Sept 7th | £70

Friday  7.00pm - 10.30pm | Led by Wafaa Powell

Prepare yourself for an evening of FUN.  Middle Eastern cuisine is BIG in London and we are delighted to welcome Wafaa Powell to introduce you to Lebanese food, which is healthy, fresh, tasty, aromatic and versatile.  This evening's menu doesn't contain any meat but gives you some creatuve and delicious ways to make full use of the plentiful supply of seasonal vegetables available at this time of year.  

"A great evening and I’m leaving with recipes that I’ll try again."  Karen and John

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Seafood Special | Sept 12th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Kim Steevens

Originally from New Zealand, Kim has grown up eating and cooking seafood.  He has travelled the world, picking up techniques and flavours that compliment and enhance this wonderful ingredient.

"A superb session. Kim was fantastic, very informative and patient – the food was amazing!"  M Russell

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Basic Bread Making | Sept 15th | £55

Saturday  10.30am-1.00pm | Led By Judy Dain 

Real, fresh bread straight from the oven – the way to impress your friends and your family and to know exactly what is in your daily bread. No additives, preservatives or flavour enhancers - just a few simple ingredients.

"Absolutely fantastic session baking bread. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday..."  Emma Guilfoyle

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Pasta with Peter | Sept 18th | £60

Tuesday 7.00pm-9.30pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

 

Home made pasta is simply delicious, packed full of essential protein and a far cry from what you buy in a supermarket.  A lovely sauce or accompaniment turns this into a fantastic meal.  You don't necessariky need a pasta machine because, during this evening, you will learn how to make successful pasta dough, with or without it.

 The Pasta with Peter class was just brilliant. I loved every minute and it's stunning how much you can learn in an evening when it's delivered in such an enthusiastic and eloquent way. And of course the Pasta was amazing!!         Belinda Talbot

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Butchery Skills | Sept 19th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Fred Swift

Do you ever feel that you would benefit from some more information and techniques that will help you prepare meat better?  On MasterChef it seems to be a key skill and now you too can learn from someone who has had a lifetime in the industry.

"Fred's knowledge is amazing and explained the techniques in a very easy and understandable way, just wish I had a video camera to recall bits ..."

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Vegetarians and Vegans | Sept 26th | £60

Wednesday  7pm - 9.30pm | Led By Judy Dain & Peter Forrester

Many of our sessions can be made suitable for vegetarians and vegans, particuarly those led by Peter Vaughan and Judy Dain.  However, we have had requests to run something specifically for this group or people who want interesting ideas for reducng their meat intake for ethical or health reasons.  With long time vegetarian friend as consultant and co-tutor, Peter Forrester, this evening will offer you some quick, easy but delicious ideas for your everyday menus.

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Mini Chefs - Harvest | Sept 29th | £30

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm 6-10 years| Led by Catherine Maxwell

Harvest: Menu to be confirmed

At this time of year we have lots of seasonal locally grown fruits and vegetables so it makes sense to use them and also help youngsters become aware of what we grow in this country and when it is available. Fresh, natural ingedients always taste better, as well as being kinder to the environment, not havng flown halway round the world!

Designed to give your youngster a firm foundation that will provide them with the techniques and knowledge they need to grow into competent and confident cook, it is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with the family.

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Young Chefs - Harvest | Sept 29th | £30

Saturday 2pm - 4pm 11 - 16 years| Led by Catherine Maxwell

Harvest: Menu to be confirmed

At this time of year we have lots of seasonal locally grown fruits and vegetables so it makes sense to use them and also help youngsters become aware of what we grow in this country and when it is available. Fresh, natural ingedients always taste better, as well as being kinder to the environment, not havng flown halway round the world!

Designed to give your youngster a firm foundation that will provide them with the knowledge & skills they need to grow into competent and confident cook, it is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with the family.

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Bake Your Own Showstoppers | Sept 30th | £120

Sunday 11am- 4pm | Led by Christine Wallace

She's back!  A legend from the Great British Bake Off, Christine was a quarter finalist in 2013.  It may seem a long time ago, but she still has her culinary sparkle and has gained more through all the interesting projects she's been involved with since. 

With a gentle, patient and calm teaching style, everything is explained very clearly with lots of tips and tricks to help.  You will come away from this session with three lovely showstoppers that will WOW your friends and family, plus the skills, knowledge and confidence to do it all over again at home.

If you are a Bake Off fan, the added bonus is all the 'behind the camera' tales that Christine relates as you bake.  It provides a real insight into what the process is to get on to the programme, how it is filmed and what it is really like.  Most unexpected question she's been asked so far is "What does Paul Hollywood smell like?" 

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A Taste of Spain | Oct 4th | £60

Thursday 7.00pm- 9.30pm | Led by Tom Dodd

Do you want to remember that fabulous holiday in Spain or just fascinated with Spanish cuisine and culture? This class is ideal for you. Tom Dodd, our Chef responsible for Events, has a passion for the food from this part of Europe and is a fan of the award winning Spanish restaurant Barrafina in London. This Michelin star  Soho restaurant does not take bookings. Queues snake out of the front door and along the street every lunch and dinner service. Not only a well qualified and experienced chef, Tom has an engaging teaching presence and you will have a really good evening, as well as coming away with skills and recipes you can use over and over again.

"A fantastic evening - learned lots and laughed a lot! Thank you."   Simon Childe

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Sharpen up your Knife Skills | Oct 10th | £45

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

Learn everything you need to know about choosing and using a French cook's knife.  This is the most worthwhile piece of equipment to invest in for your kitchen. Handling  knife correctly will help speed up your food oreparation time, improve flavour because you avoid bruising and improve the appearance of the finished dish.  Lots of chef's tips.

"Exactly what I needed! Very good instructions, plenty of practice ( very hands on ). Simply excellent!"

 Peter brought great energy to the session - really put the group at ease and gave us the confidence that we could cook to the same grade!      Pete T

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More Speedy Meals | Oct 13th | £60

Saturday 10.30am - 1pm | Led by Jayne Annan

Our Speedy Meals sessions have been very popular and Jayne's menus a great hit.  She has come up with some fresh ideas of quick and easy meals to liven up your repetoire of midweek suppers that you will enjoy making.  It is suitable for anyone who feels stuck in a culinary rut and the nature of the dishes, plus the skill of her teaching, means that even those who don't have confidence in the kitchen will learn a lot amd gather some 'signature' dishes that will help to develop their skills. It will be a hands-on lively session with lots to take away and loads of ideas, tips and wrinkles that will be a great help in making the preparation of your food fast, fun and fabulous!  

Great food and cooking tips that Jayne makes easy for everyone. Very skillful teacher who explains the recipes really well and in a fun way.                    Summer Bourne ‘ The Camper Cookie’.

 

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Gluten Free Bread + Baking | Oct 14th | £60

Sunday 10.30am - 1.00pm | Led by Linda Sankey

Making gluten free bread and baked products taste and feel like the gluten based regulars is a real challenge. Linda Sankey has been cooking this way for a number of years and she will help de-mystify gluten free baking so that you understand the principles behind producing delicious bread, cakes and biscuits that everyone can enjoy.

 "My mum and I both really enjoyed it and came away with lots of ideas. Linda was brilliant and very knowledgable. We thought the pace and content of the session was excellent and we really enjoyed our pizza at the end." Lindsay Spencer 

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Basic Bread Making | Oct 17th | £55

Wednesday  7pm - 9.30pm | Led By Judy Dain 

Real, fresh bread straight from the oven – the way to impress your friends and your family and to know exactly what is in your daily bread. No additives, preservatives or flavour enhancers - just a few simple ingredients.

"I was very impressed by the array of breads ... and the pizza was delicious."  Lynne

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Lebanese .... and more! | Oct 26th | £70

Friday  7.00pm - 10.30pm | Led by Wafaa Powell

 

Prepare yourself for an evening of FUN.  Middle Eastern cuisine is BIG in London and we are delighted to welcome Wafaa Powell to introduce you to Lebanese food, which is healthy, fresh, tasty, aromatic and versatile.  Plenty of whole grains, fruit and vegetables are used in a creative and delicious way..  

"A great evening and I’m leaving with recipes that I’ll try again."  Karen and John

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Mini Chefs - Halloween | Oct 27th | £30

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm 6-10 years| Led by Catherine Maxwell

Halloween: Menu to be confirmed

This time of year it is always fund to make something that sounds ghoulish but tastes delicious! 

Designed to give your youngster a firm foundation that will provide them with the techniques and knowledge they need to grow into competent and confident cook, it is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with the family.

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Young Chefs - Halloween | Oct 27th | £30

Saturday 2pm - 4pm 11 - 16 years| Led by Catherine Maxwell

Halloween: Menu to be decided

A change to make delicious tastiing dishes with ghoulish titles!

Designed to give your youngster a firm foundation that will provide them with the knowledge & skills they need to grow into competent and confident cook, it is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with the family.

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Mexican - Night of the Dead | Oct 31st | £60

Wednesday  7pm-9.30pm | Led By Peter Vaughan

Celebrate a truly amazing  Night of the Dead with Peter Vaughan. It's the biggest of all the festivals in Mexico and quite rightly so. A time to honour the ancesters, which involves feasting and partying for three days. The Day of the Dead festival featured in the opening sequence of James Bond 'Quantum of Solace'.

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Beginners in the Kitchen | Nov 7th+14th | £120

Wednesdays 7pm - 9.30pm X 2 | Led By Jayne Annan

Following the success of a one-off "Beginners in the Kitchen" earlier this year, we have listened to the requests of customers and are putting on two linked evenings designed to teach foundation skills to help gain confidence in the kitchen.  It's difficult to follow a recipe if you don't understand the terms that are used plus it would be nice to be able to 'rustle up' a meal without even having a recipe in front of you.  This session will help you develop your culinary skills in a supportive environment, working at a gentle pace.  It will help you understand more about how to prepare simple, quick, nutritious meals that will make working in the kitchen an enjoyable and therapeutic experience, rather than a chore, and help you steer away from convenience foods with all those additives. 

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Indian Street Food | Nov 8th | £60

Thursday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

True Indian food is very different from that served in many Indian takeaways and restaurants in Wiltshire and beyond. The authentic article is extremely healthy, not greasy, satisfying and packs a really exciting explosion of flavour and aromatics, without ever being too spicy or hot - you can adjust both these elementswhen creating your own dishes.

"Great evening where I got to learn a lot in a relatively short space of time.  Peter is a great teacher ad I would definitely recommend the course."   Sharon Evans

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Gluten Free All-in-One (1) | Nov 10th | £120

Saturday 11am - 4.00pm |  Led by Linda Sankey

We've combined our knowledge and skills in the area of gluten free baking, built up over 17 years, and put them into one busy, hands-on day where we cover bread, pastry, cakes and biscuits and you leave with lots of recipes, tips, confidence - and a bag of goodies! 

"Very instructive. GF pastry that tasted just like normal pastry, or even better! Fantastic!"

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Cooking to Impress | Nov 11th | £120

Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

Today the focus is on fish - a beautiful ingredient but easily ruined.  This is a good opportunity to get some fresh ideas and polish up your culinary skills and Peter will help you by sharing some of the secrets of how the best people in the catering industry makes everything look and taste so good, even when they are preparing food on a vast scale.

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Thai Kitchen | Nov 15th | £60

Thursday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

 

Peter's mentor when he was an apprentice in London, the late Peter Kromberg, spent many years as Head Chef in Siam Intercontinental in Bangkok.  He learnt all about how to use spices and aromats in a way that would produce the balanced, light, aromatic flavours of Thai cusine that is so popular today.  He has also worked with Thai chefs during his career and so this evening he will help you to understand and use what he has learnt.so that you can create them in your own kitchen.

"Thank you - great teacher. Informal but formative! Hope to come again."  Sophie and Becky

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Dinner Party Desserts | Nov 18th | £120

Sunday 11am- 4pm | Led by Brittany Manning

From the Michelin starred Red Lion in East Chisenbury, Brittany Manning is a well-qualified, highly experienced pastry chef who has worked in top establishments all over the world.  We are very lucky that she chosen to set  up a fantastic restaurant in Wiltshire with her husband, Guy.  Everyone loves a good dessert and three classics have been chosen for today's session.  You will learn a varety of tips and techniques that will help you increase your skills - not only in deliverng these delicious dishes but also creating other tasty treats to delight your friends and family.  Presentation of the finished product will be a key element.

"I had wonderful day. Brittany was very professional and made us feel relaxed. The atmosphere was informal and very enjoyable. Give it a go and you will not be disappointed.".  Ann

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Seafood Special | Nov 21st | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Kim Steevens

Originally from New Zealand, Kim has grown up eating and cooking seafood.  He has travelled the world, picking up techniques and flavours that compliment and enhance this wonderful ingredient.

"A superb session. Kim was fantastic, very informative and patient – the food was amazing!"  M Russell

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Mini Chefs - Christmas Gifts | Nov 24th | £30

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm 6-10 years| Led by Margaret Bryant

Christmas Gifts:  Menu to be confirmed

Everyone loves to receive a handmade gift and it is a good way to practise culinary skills and make lovely presents on a low budget - but with high impact!

Designed to give your youngster a firm foundation that will provide them with the techniques and knowledge they need to grow into competent and confident cook, it is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with the family.

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Young Chefs - Christmas Gifts | Nov 24th | £30

Saturday 2.00 - 4.00 pm 11 - 16 years| Led by Margaret Bryant

Christmas Gifts:  Menu to be confirmed

Everyone loves to receive a handmade gift and it is a good way to practise culinary skills and make lovely presents on a low budget - but with high impact!

Designed to give your youngster a firm foundation that will provide them with the techniques and knowledge they need to grow into competent and confident cook, it is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with the family.

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Edible Christmas Gifts | Nov 28th | £60

Wednesday 7pm - 9.30pm | Led by Jayne Annan

People love to receive a home-made gift, especially an edible one!  If you can have some fun in the process, what better way of spending an evening than learning some quick and easy items that would make delightful Christmas presents?  It will help you tick off some things on your festive list or give you something different to take to the host at a party.  They are not very expensive but will give a lot of pleasure to the recipient.

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Basic Bread Making | Dec 1st | £55

Saturday  10.30am - 1pm | Led By Judy Dain 

Real, fresh bread straight from the oven – the way to impress your friends and your family and to know exactly what is in your daily bread. No additives, preservatives or flavour enhancers - just a few simple ingredients and some know-how.

"Absolutely fantastic session baking bread. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday..."  Emma Guilfoyle

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Gluten Free Christmas Treats | Dec 2nd | £60

Sunday 10.30am - 1pm | Led by Linda Sankey

Christmas is a time when people who are avoiding gluten miss out.  Linda Sankey has been cooking without gluten for some considerable time and brings her knowledge and expertise - plus some great recipes - to this session.  Having experimented with many different methods and ingredients, she can help you understand more about creating tasty treats that are gluten free and your friends and family won't even notice the difference.

"Presented really well and all the instructions were very clear and we had fantastic results."

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A Taste of Spain | Jan 10th | £60

Thursday 7.00pm- 9.30pm | Led by Tom Dodd

Do you want to remember that fabulous holiday in Spain or just fascinated with Spanish cuisine and culture? This class is ideal for you. Tom Dodd, our Chef responsible for Events, has a passion for the food from this part of Europe and is a fan of the award winning Spanish restaurant Barrafina in London. This Michelin star  Soho restaurant does not take bookings. Queues snake out of the front door and along the street every lunch and dinner service. Not only a well qualified and experienced chef, Tom has an engaging teaching presence and you will have a really good evening, as well as coming away with skills and recipes you can use over and over again.

"A fantastic evening - learned lots and laughed a lot! Thank you."   Simon Childe

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Dinner Party Desserts | Feb 2nd | £120

Saturday 11am- 4pm | Led by Brittany Manning

From the Michelin starred Red Lion in East Chisenbury, Brittany Manning is a well-qualified, highly experienced pastry chef who has worked in top establishments all over the world.  We are very lucky that she chosen to set  up a fantastic restaurant in Wiltshire with her husband, Guy.  Everyone loves a good dessert and three classics have been chosen for today's session.  You will learn a varety of tips and techniques that will help you increase your skills - not only in deliverng these delicious dishes but also creating other tasty treats to delight your friends and family.  Presentation of the finished product will be a key element.

"I had wonderful day. Brittany was very professional and made us feel relaxed. The atmosphere was informal and very enjoyable. Give it a go and you will not be disappointed.".  Ann

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Make Your Own Sushi | Feb 6th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm |  Led by Kim Steevens

It looks as if it is difficult to make but here's your chance to find out just how easy it is, once you know the tips. Don't worry, there will be no raw fish, wriggling tenticals or Fugu (Poisons puffer fish).  You will learn the art of cooking sticky sushi rice plus knife skills to help you make different types of beautiful looking sushi. Delicious, nutritious and interesting, this will help you wow your family and friends plus cheer up your packed lunches!

"What a fantastic evening.  Relaxed, fun and we learnt so much."  Amy Miskell

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Seafood Special | Jan 17th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Kim Steevens

Originally from New Zealand, Kim has grown up eating and cooking seafood.  He has travelled the world, picking up techniques and flavours that compliment and enhance this wonderful ingredient. 

"A superb session. Kim was fantastic, very informative and patient – the food was amazing!"  M Russell

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Seafood Special | Mar 6th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Kim Steevens

Originally from New Zealand, Kim has grown up eating and cooking seafood.  He has travelled the world, picking up techniques and flavours that compliment and enhance this wonderful ingredient. 

"A superb session. Kim was fantastic, very informative and patient – the food was amazing!"  M Russell

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Seafood Special | May 8th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Kim Steevens

Originally from New Zealand, Kim has grown up eating and cooking seafood.  He has travelled the world, picking up techniques and flavours that compliment and enhance this wonderful ingredient. 

"A superb session. Kim was fantastic, very informative and patient – the food was amazing!"  M Russell

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