Learning to cook

Learning to cook can make a huge difference to your health and pocket.  While it may require time and effort, cooking your own food can work out a lot more beneficial than flicking the switch on the microwave or ordering food in a restaurant.  Preparing food from scratch means you know exactly what goes into it and you don’t run the risk of consuming high-fat, high-calorie food that somebody else has prepared.  Cooking for yourself works out a lot cheaper than eating out, and any leftovers can be eaten the next day rather than ending up in the bin. 

Enrolling in a cookery school or taking one-off classes can teach you new techniques and skills, as well as giving you recipe ideas and expert advice from professional cooks. 

L’atelier des Chefs offers hands-on cookery courses, including lunchtime cooking sessions, evening classes, and master classes. 

The Kitchen holds group cooking classes led by Michelin Star Chef Thierry Laborde.  Pupils learn how to create dishes in approximately 10 minutes, making up to a week’s worth of meals in one session. 

Ashburton Cookery School was voted 'Best Cookery School for Skills' by BBC Good Food Magazine.  Its classes range from 1-day courses focusing on particular skills and cooking styles to 5-day residential courses and the 4-week Cookery Diploma. 

Eat Drink Talk offers tailor-made cookery classes for groups and individuals.  Sessions include discussions about kitchenware and the best places to shop for food in London's markets and ethnic food stores. 

Comments on this article

Anthonia Daramola 30 December, 2010

Can I enroll for an online diploma course?

Ashleigh 14 July, 2011

Braxted Park Cookery School is another school that hosts a diverse range of cookery courses to suit all abilities. All courses are taught by award-winning chefs, in a beautiful location in the Essex countryside.


Nnenna chinwe 21 June, 2012

I want to see your cakes

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