Basic to Brilliant Cooking Course

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This favourite two-week course will transform your approach to cooking.

In week one of this course we assume that all the students have done little if no cooking and so the most basic techniques are carefully worked through and, when necessary, covered several times. As well as explaining basic recipes the students are also taught knife skills, food management, kitchen hygiene and menu planning. By the end of the first week a wide range of useful recipes will have been cooked and each student will have been given every opportunity to grow in kitchen confidence, knowing that they can tackle each and every dish that has been covered.

Each morning bread, a cake and lemonade are made by ‘The Duty Team’ so that by 11 o’clock there is always something to restore the energy levels! A demonstration and explanation of the recipes for the day is followed by a break when you will eat the morning delights of The Duty Team.  After the break the students start cooking in pairs and begin to work from The Avenue Cookbook. The book is easy to follow and is an invaluable reference source long after the course has finished.  Saying this we teach our students to gain an understanding of food and therefore the ability to work without a cookbook but to use books for inspiration.

During the second week, whether you have acquired skills from the first week of this course, our Really Useful and Chalet Course or elsewhere, the basic skills of cookery will have been learnt. The teaching is very flexible so if there are any gaps in knowledge they can easily be filled. No student is ever made to feel inadequate and those who want to brush up on forgotten techniques need to just ask.

The flexibility of the teaching provides an excellent opportunity for students to cook food that they are particularly interested in as well as following popular structure of ideas and recipes.

The Basic to Brilliant Course is perfect for those who are enthusiastic cooks and want to be introduced to an interesting selection of recipes and dinner party ideas.

What We Offer

  • Excellent teaching
  • Professional advice
  • Very busy cooking programme
  • An opportunity to boost your kitchen confidence
  • The Avenue cooking certificate
  • The Avenue apron
  • The Avenue Cookbook
  • Those joining our October 31st course will get to join our amazing Easy Christmas Class during the 2nd week of the course

Skills Acquired

  • Knife skills
  • Variations of bread making including Diana’s bread, focaccia, plaited white loaf and soda bread
  • Elaborate cake making
  • Making your own soft drinks
  • Three course menu cooked each day
  • Food presentation
  • Boning meat and handling fish
  • Preparing and cooking a wider variety of vegetables
  • Learning to cook Asian foods and different techniques
  • How to make canapés

Sample Menu

Soda Bread
Roasted Tomato Soup with Homemade Pesto and Crispy Bacon
Seared Spiced Duck Breast with a Noodle, Bok Choy and Shiitake Stir Fry
Lemon Possets with Rosemary Biscuits
Chocolate Pecan Tart
Coq Au Vin
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Passion Fruite and Orange Jelly
Gin Sorbet
Raspberry Parfait in a White Chocolate Cup


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