Sharpen up your Knife Skills | Sept 18th | £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 your knife correctly will help speed up your food preparation 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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A Taste of Spain | Sept 19th | £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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Pasta with Peter | Sept 25th | FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 7pm - 9.30pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

 Sorry but this session is FULLY BOOKED.  Places still avaible on Nov 9th

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A Taste of Italy | Sept 26th | £60

Thursday 7.00pm- 9.30pm | Led by Jonathan Williams

Vaughan's Cookery School is delighted to welcome a new guest tutor. Jonathan Williams is a highly qualifed and experienced chef who is passionate about Italian food. He has travelled extensively in the country, picking up tips and recipes along the way. The dishes appear to be simple and use a range of quality ingredients but, knowing the tips and techniques are what transform these two elements into an amazing meal. The contrast in regionality from Venice to Tuscany, the Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Naples, Rome etc, each one with their own signature dishes, he finds fascinating.

As Executive Head Chef of Bath Racecourse, Jonathan has an imaginative and creative flair with a unique style of presentation.

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Mini Chefs - Harvest | Sept 28th | £30

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

Harvest: Bread Rolls, Pizza, Apple Crumble

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 having flown halfway 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 28th | £30

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

Harvest: Bread Rolls, Pizza, Autumnal Salad, Apple Pie

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 having flown halfway 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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Pizza Time| Oct 2nd |FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 2nd October | Led by: Peter Vaughan | Two sessions 5.30 - 7pm or 7 - 8.30pm

Sorry - both sessions FULLY BOOKED

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Deeper into Spain | Oct 10th | £60

Thursday 7.00pm- 9.30pm | Led by Tom Dodd

 

This is a chance to delve further into this fabulous cuisine with Tom Dodd, Vaughan's Kitchen Head Chef - Events. We know that those of you who have already attended his very popular A Taste of Spain want to do more and so here is his new,exciting menu to try. Of course it may be your first time to experience Tom's exploration of Spanish cuisine - whichever way, we can guarantee that you will not only learn a lot, but you will have a thoroughly enjoyable evening into the bargain. A well qualified and experienced chef with a passion for Spanish cuisine, he has an engaging teaching presence plus lots of skills, tips and recipes to use again in the future.

"A fantastic evening (A Taste of Spain) - learned lots and laughed a lot! Thank you."   Simon Childe

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South West Chef's Table | Oct 11th | £50

Friday 7pm - 10pm | Led by Aimee Applegate

Showcasing ingredients from the South West - apples 

Tonight's 'Chef's Table' introduces Aimee Applegate, Vaughan's Kitchen Apprentice Chef who is currently on the prestigious 3 year Specialised Chefs course at Bournemouth & Poole College. Born in Bath and brought up in Frome, she has a passion for produce from the area, so she will be making for you a three course meal that uses ingredients that are synonymous with the South West. These dishes will form part of her final Royal Academy of Culinary Arts exam next summer.

The star on tonight's menu is the apple, plentiful in this corner of the country, as is the cider that is well-known to be of the best quality. The theme also pays homage to her name! Aimee will cook the dishes for you whilst telling you what she is doing and why. You then enjoy the meal with some matching wines and beverages.

Wonderful food that is cooked in front of you. Came home with some great ideas an tips on how to cook better and have less waste.   Ian Drew

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Speedy Meals for Busy People | Oct 12th | £60

Saturday 10.30am - 1pm | Led by Jayne Annan

Do your menus need a 'facelift'? It's hard to think of ideas of what meals to make day in, day out but here you will be inspired by easy to prepare dishes that will liven up those mid-week dilemmas and can be made either in advance or in next to no time. There will be loads of tips to help with preparing meals that are easier on the Cook and not just easy to cook!  

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Vegan Variety | Oct 17th | £60

Thursday  7pm - 9.30pm | Led By Tom Dodd

There has been a lot of publicity recently about the amount of meat we eat in the West and the effect it has on the planet, farming methods and our health.  We have always made many of our classes suitable for vegetarians and vegans and know that it is very important to address what and how we eat seriously. 

Tom Dodd, Head Chef - Events, has been influenced by all that he has heard and read recently and has adopted a vegan diet.  He has paid more attention to plant based dishes and has discovered the exciting and varied tastes and textures that it offers.  This session is suitable for anyone who wants interesting ideas for reducing or eliminating their meat intake, whether for ethical or health reasons. 

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Lebanese .... and more! | Oct 18th | £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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Basic Bread Making | Oct 19th | FULLY BOOKED

Saturday  10.30am - 1pm | Led By Judy Dain 

Sorry but FULLY BOOKED.  Places available on Thursday 21st Nov or Saturday 11th Jan

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Cooking with Confidence | Oct 23rd | £60

Wednesday: 7pm - 9.30pm | Led By Jayne Annan

Jayne is a very patient and understanding tutor with a wealth of experience.  She explains clearly and puts everyone at ease.  All her instructions and recipes are completely reliable and mean that success is guaranteed every time. 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 develop your culinary skills in a supportive environment, working at a gentle pace. The session 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. 

Jayne is a wonderful tutor and so patient.  It is incredible how much can be learned in a short time.  Will definitely recommend this to friends - CAS

Lots of useful tips and advice and transferable skills - plus delicious food - Philip

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Mini Chefs - Halloween | Oct 26th | £30

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

Day of the Dead (Mexican Halloween): Guacamole,Fajitas, Tres Leches Cake

At this time of year it is always fun 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 26th | £30

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

Day of the Dead (Mexican Halloween): Guacamole, Salsa, Fajitas, Cornbread, Tres Leches Cake

At this time of year it is always fun 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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Mexican - Night of the Dead | Oct 31st | £60

Thursday  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 ancestors, 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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A Taste of Italy | Nov 2nd | £60

Saturday 10.30am- 1pm | Led by Jonathan Williams

Vaughan's Cookery School is delighted to welcome a new guest tutor. Jonathan Williams is a highly qualifed and experienced chef who is passionate about Italian food. He has travelled extensively in the country, picking up tips and recipes along the way. The dishes appear to be simple and use a range of quality ingredients but, knowing the tips and techniques are what transform these two elements into an amazing meal. The contrast in regionality from Venice to Tuscany, the Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Naples, Rome etc, each one with their own signature dishes, he finds fascinating. 

As Executive Head Chef of Bath Racecourse, Jonathan has an imaginative and creative flair with a unique style of presentation.

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A Taste of Thai | Nov 6th | £60

Wednesday 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 so was able to learn from a top chef 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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Pasta with Peter | Nov 9th | £60

Saturday 10.30am-1pm | 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 necessarily 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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Indian Street Food | Nov 13th | £60

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm | Led by Peter Vaughan

 

Rue 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 elements when 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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Seafood - Asian Style | Nov 16th | £60

Saturday 10.30am - 1pm | Led by Kim Steevens

Originally from New Zealand, Kim has grown up eating and cooking seafood. In that part of the world, Asian flavours are very popular and the style of cuisine is known as Pacific Rim.  It is growing in popularity in the UK nowadays, as the delicate balance of tastes that Asian spices and aromats bring to dishes are delicious.   He has travelled the world, picking up techniques and flavours that compliment and enhance all the dishes on the menu for this session. 

"Absolutely loved! The pineapple salsa - a taste explosion, a definite addition to all future food.  Friendly atmosphere; learnt new skills; learnt about new ingredients and how easy it is to cook delicious fish. Can highly recommend."  Bernadette & Philip

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Basic Bread Making | Nov 21st | £55

Thursday 7 - 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 and some know-how.

"What an amazing experience!  Really informative and we all left with our surpisingly impressive creations."  Michael Jones

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South West Chef's Table | Nov 22nd | £50

Friday 7pm - 10pm | Led by Aimee Applegate

 Showcasing ingredients from the South West - blackberries

Tonight Aimee Applegate, currently on the prestigious 3 year Specialised Chefs course at Bournemouth & Poole College, will cook for you an inspiring three course meal using ingredients from this part of the country. These dishes will form part of her final Royal Academy of Culinary Arts exam next summer.

It was spending time with her Nan in the kitchen that started her love of cooking and then, as a teenager, she decided to follow a career in the world of Hospitality.  She has made blackberries the focus this evening because they are readily available in the autumn and free to anyone who is willing to brave the colder weather - and the thorns!  Aimee will cook the dishes for you whilst telling you what she is doing and why.  You then enjoy the meal with some matching wines and beverages.

Wonderful food that is cooked in front of you. Came home with some great ideas an tips on how to cook better and have less waste.   Ian Drew

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A Taste of Spain | Nov 23rd | £60

Saturday 10.30 am- 1pm | 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.

 "What an amazing session - feel confident now to cook Spanish menu for friends.  Looking forward to trying the recipes.  Friendly atmosphere." Karen

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Norwegian Christmas Baking | Nov 24th | £120

Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm | Organised by Becky's Bakeri

Becky Pearson is proud of her Norwegian heritage and first worked in Oslo when she was 17 years of age as an au-pair. More recently Becky worked for Children’s Services in Bydel Grorud, Oslo helping to develop their foster care services. Becky is now based in Wiltshire and travels to Oslo regularly. Becky’s Bakeri was launched in July 2019 bringing a taste of Norway to Wiltshire.’

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Edible Christmas Gifts | Nov 27th | £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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Festive Knife Skills | Nov 28th | £45

Thursday 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.  This festive version of Peter's popular Knife Skills class will include chef's tips on carving a turkey.

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Mini Chefs - Christmas | Nov 30th | £30

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

Christmas: Turkey Curry, Christmas Stars

This is an exciting time and the festive treats that go with the celebrations are very important.  Many youngsters love to be involved with the preparation of food and, if they help to cook a dish, they have a vested interest in eating and enjoying it, as well as getting positive feedback from family and friends.

 Mini chefs is designed to give your child a firm foundation that will provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to grow into competent and confident cooks. 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 | Nov 30th | £30

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

Christmas: Turkey Curry, Perfect Rice, Christmas Stars, Christmas Puddings

This is an exciting time and the festive treats that go with the celebrations are very important.  Many youngsters love to be involved with the preparation of food and, if they help to cook a dish, they have a vested interest in eating and enjoying it, as well as getting positive feedback from family and friends.

Young Chefs is designed to give your child a firm foundation that will provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to grow into a competent and confident cook. It is also lots of FUN and they will bring home the results of the session to share with everyone.

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Basic Bread Making | Jan 11th £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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Lebanese .... and more! | Jan 24th | £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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