Elements Cookery Course

Residential One-Week Cooking Course

Elements is the perfect introduction to food and cooking. The course is ideal for those of you with little or no experience in the kitchen. An action-packed week learning fundamental methods and techniques as well as cooking healthy and vibrant recipes. Just remember, cooking good food is not difficult, it is all about understanding your ingredients and controlling the heat.

The course can also be used as the residential aspect for your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

"Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun." - Julia Child

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Intensive Practical Introduction to Cooking

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For anyone who can burn baked beans on toast, Elements is an intensive practical course designed for those of you who want to be more self-sufficient in the kitchen.

We have created a unique environment, for a maximum of seven students, in which to learn how to cook and have fun. Smaller class sizes allow faster learning through greater interaction with our enthusiastic and professional teachers.

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Learn to Cook Your Favourite Meals

Students will be taught how to prepare their favourite dishes whilst gaining invaluable skills such as slicing, dicing and baking.

The Elements cookery course provides an opportunity to combine a basic interest in food and cooking to create a variety of tasty and healthy dishes. By the end of the week, students will have broadened their culinary knowledge and have an understanding of the methods used in everyday cooking.

"I am writing to thank you for hosting the most amazing course. It was so lovely to finally learn how to cook in not just the company of friends but also under the watchful eye of two goddesses. Since being home I’ve been forced into the kitchen and my parents have put the cookbook you gave me to good use. So far my lemon meringue seems to be the most popular dish."

Will – Elements Course Student

Elements Course Programme

An action-packed five-day programme that will provide you with a solid cookery base on which to grow. Here are just a few of the skills and experiences covered during the week:

Slicing and dicing
Chopping and frying
Roasting, stews and casseroles
Salads and vinaigrettes
Stock rotation
What’s in the fridge?
What’s in the cupboard?
Cakes and biscuits
Sauces and soups
Perfect pastry
Bread making
Canapés
Meal Costing
Understanding flavour
Table setting
Creating a time plan
Preparing and cooking fish and meat
Preparing and cooking vegetables
Harvesting seasonal fruit and vegetables from the garden

Course Structure

At the start of the course you will receive your Food of Course Recipe Book containing a multitude of tried and tested recipes and useful information.

Your days are spent learning about food, flavour, practising methods of cooking and preparing delicious meals. After a morning of demonstrations and practical sessions you have time to enjoy a relaxed and informal lunch. During the afternoon your focus is on preparing for supper whilst gaining a thorough insight into advanced food preparation and presentation, not forgetting the all-important clearing and washing up.

Whether you are going to be cooking at home or university, for family and friends this course will equip you well – remember everyone loves a great cook.

There is also the opportunity to enrol on an online course to complete your Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety.

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Kind Words from Students and Parents  . . .

  • "Dear Lou and Roger,
    thank you so much for the most incredible time.  We have learned and developed our cooking skills beyond our expectations. You are an amazing teacher, Lou, so full of practical tips and an endless knowledge of foods and ethnic cuisines. We have come together in your house to learn to cook, but we leave feeling like we are part of your family. We so appreciate your generosity and caring concern – from the food to the detail of each of our needs. We all feel so loved and cared for in this unique environment you have created."

    Michael, Caroline and Sebastian - Food of Course Students

  • "I had the chance to visit Food of Course last month and I can't share the depth of my enhanced enthusiasm for this experience. If I thought that it was 'amazing' before, I know feel that it is 'exceptional'. Completing the one-week course would be an outstanding opportunity and frankly, I would encourage students to consider the four-week Foundation Course. The grounds, cooking experience and support team are top notch. It was a true highlight of our research trip in England and Louise & Roger are 1st class program directors."

    Vice President - Center for Interim Programs

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