Whether you want to impress a dining room full of guests or simply master a technique for yourself, brush up on your culinary skills with one of these cookery classes. Experience the art of making chocolate truffles or perhaps conquer your fear of creating a mean seafood dish, says Sarah Oakes
Chocolate Truffle Masterclasses with William Curley, Belgravia, London, from March 5-March 27, £85
If you want to master the art of truffle making or even if you’re experienced and proudly present a new batch of truffles daily, you should attend William Curley’s truffle class. See first hand the chocolatier’s own techniques making the perfect ganache for that perfect truffle. Witness the elegance behind the luxurious, rustic cocoa treats and taste some of Britain’s most exquisite delights that you can then recreate time and time again. This would be an experience to remember packed with world-class chocolate.
Hartnett Holder & Co Cookery School, New Forest, March 10, from £120
This cookery class at the Limewood Hotel allows you to refresh your home cooking, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced. Despite the seemingly formal foods that you’ll be working with, such as charcuterie, risotto or biscotti, the HH&CO cookery class prides itself on its ability to create atmospheric experiences in the kitchen – you’ll feel relaxed whilst enjoying and exploring new culinary skills. You can expand your knowledge of preparing and cooking a wide range of foods, from meat to pastries, whilst also relishing how easy it is to step out of your comfort zone.
Italian Cooking Masterclasses with Theo Randall, London, from March 12-June 4, £200
Adopting the finest seasonal ingredients, award-winning chef Theo Randall is teaching a mix of complex and simplistic Italian dishes that will tantalise your taste buds. With the ‘eat as you go’ style of the class designed to inspire you, there will never be a dull moment. You’ll be greeted with a coffee reception before going into the kitchen to work with enticing foods in the morning, then you’ll get thrown into a wine-tasting overview before settling down to a meal influenced by the class later in the afternoon.
Padstow Seafood School with Rick Stein, Riverside, Padstow, from March 17, From £95
Not many people realise how good fresh fish can be. With the Padstow Seafood School, you can experience an array of seafood options from prawns, crayfish and molluscs to classics such as crab, scallops and oysters. Celebrity Chef Rick Stein is taking on the responsibility of showing those who want to learn how to create a platter that will emphasise how excellent a seafood dish can be and demonstrate that there’s more to it than just knowing how to throw together a presentable paella.
Kitchen Table Cookery at The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset, March 17, £85
The Talbot Inn is holding an ‘easy breads’ class that you can get stuck into – and let’s face it, everyone kneads a little bread in their life. Finally, bake that focaccia you’ve always wanted to try your had at, sharpen your kneading skills or simply come for the fun of creating rustic breads. As if that wasn’t enticing enough, you get to take plenty away with you to devour in the comfort of your own home.
The Swinton Park Cookery School, Swinton Estate, North Yorkshire, April 16, POA
This cookery school exhibits formal dinning, with romanticised foods, wine tastings and the element of enjoying cookery demonstrations next to a homely Aga. The classes are hands-on and practical, making it perfect for learning specific skills. Themes range from game to baking and are essential in the Park’s ‘Gourmet Weekends’, and there’s a ready supply of fresh garden herbs, fruit and vegetables to work with.
Main image credit: The Talbot Inn