Cookery Courses Around Scotland

Learn to cook with personal tuition from the professionals - and enjoy a holiday in Scotland at the same time.

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Illustration courtesy of The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine

With a tasty feast of popular television cookery programmes and glossy colour illustrated recipe books piled high in the shops it seems that we all want to plan a perfect dinner party. Rather than eating out, it is so much more fun and relaxing to be occasionally creative and imaginative in the kitchen and serve restaurant-style meals to our friends and family.

But following a recipe is not always as simple as it looks on the page, so how can you learn the art of good cooking at home?

The answer is simple - enjoy personal tuition and pick up some trade secrets from the professionals by taking a short cookery course - and the whole family can enjoy a holiday at the same time. There is a wide choice of cookery schools around Scotland, from diploma courses, residential school hands-on masterclasses to observing demonstrations by the experts. Here's a selection.

Cook School at Braehead Foods

The Cook School at Braehead Foods is the cook’s cook school and the definitive place to learn the culinary essentials. This is the first consumer venture for Braehead Foods, an established and successful company with 20 years experience in the catering industry providing high quality feathered game and venison as well as specialty deli produce to Michelin starred and 1-4 AA graded chefs across the UK including Andrew Fairlie, Gordon Ramsay and Michael Caines to name a few. Based at their 30,000 sq ft new headquarters at Kilmarnock, near Glasgow, the new cook school means that they are now able to impart their culinary knowledge to the general public to recreate dishes in the comfort of their own home as well as young chefs coming into the industry at specialist trade catering courses.

The state of the art cook school kitchen bays accommodate 20 people at a time. Day and evening courses are available offering fun interactive culinary advice and expertise and each dish is demonstrated before it’s made by the attendees. Eighteen different types of classes are available including game and red meat dishes to simple shellfish, healthy eating, dinner party dishes, great British classics, desserts and chocolate masterclasses through to children’s cookery classes and corporate events. Prices start from £35 per person including ingredients, tuition, refreshments, lunch/dinner and a goody bag and recipe cards to take away. To book phone on Braehead Foods or by calling 01563 550008.

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, the school offers courses, which aim to put every student on the right path to becoming a successful cook. The diverse range of courses offer something for every level of ability, from chefs to homemakers and students to food enthusiasts. A practical, professional approach gives students the skills to cook with confidence.

The school spans five floors and offers panoramic views across the Firth of Forth. The venue has been renovated to provide a fully equipped teaching kitchen alongside a demonstration theatre, with capacity for 50 and a function room, which presents the ideal dining setting for corporate entertainment or team building. The range of facilities on offer allows the school to host a broad spectrum of cookery courses and activities.

There are long and short courses designed to fuel a passion for food and drink so take a look to see what’s on offer at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.

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