A new, ultra-modern cookery school is opening on the edge of Dartmoor, South Devon this autumn when the Ashburton Cookery School moves to newly built, custom-designed premises.

Three new state-of-the art teaching kitchens, equipped with the latest Siemens appliances, will enable the school to increase the choice of courses on offer and expand the number of student places to meet an increasing demand to learn new cookery skills. Students are taught fundamental cookery techniques that can be used when cooking at home, entertaining family and friends or working in a professional kitchen.

There are over 40 Cookery Courses running seven days a week in up to four kitchens, split into five levels of ability and one to twenty days in length. Most are designed for the enthusiastic home-cook, but there are also courses for those with no cookery skills whatsoever. Several students have started on a beginners’ weekend and worked their way up to an advanced course, cooking at a fine dining level.

Among the more popular are the one and two day Express Dinner Parties, which teach the art of quick, effective entertaining, and Gentlemen’s Relish – a two-day course intended for men to build-up their confidence and skills in the kitchen. Others include breadmaking, canapés, desserts, fish and seafood, game, knife skills and modern vegetarian; there are also courses inspired by a country’s cuisine such as Italian, French and Thai.

The twenty-day Ashburton Cookery Diploma is an intensive training course for those wishing to launch a career in catering or start their own business. It is highly regarded in the catering industry and past graduates can be found working in Michelin starred restaurants, appearing on television’s Masterchef, or running catering companies and bistros.

Headed by Chef Director Darrin Hosegrove, Ashburton Cookery School’s chef tutors are qualified lecturers with extensive experience of working in the catering industry.

The Cookery School is located in the small Georgian town of Ashburton, the new building is a few minutes’ drive from the A38, equidistant between Exeter and Plymouth, while the nearest train station with a direct service to London Paddington and Birmingham New Street is at Newton Abbot (about 15-20 minutes by car).

Cookery courses are priced from £149 per person for one day; this includes a personal workstation with all necessary utensils and ingredients, an apron, course folder with notes and recipes to take home, morning tea/coffee and lunch with a glass of wine, partly comprising the dishes made during the day. Those on courses lasting two days or more may also have supper.

Courses run from 9.30am and finish at either 4 or 6pm with a break for lunch. B&B is available, however I think this would make for a perfect activity as part of a longer holiday, so you may wish to book a cottage for a week or two. Go to the main Holiday Cottages website for details.

For a brochure or to book a cookery course contact the Ashburton Cookery School on telephone 01364 652784 or visit www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk.