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The Avenue Cookery School – Residential Cookery Course, 5 days

Our Duke of Edinburgh Residential Course is the perfect way to complete your DofE Gold Residential while learning an important independent life skill. As a Duke of Edinburgh AAP (Approved Activity Provider) we have been running these courses since 2004, so you can be rest assured that you will be in safe and knowledgeable (although often flour covered) hands!

What separates us from the rest? We put emphasis on teaching our students about food, rather than merely following a recipe. We put the fun and imagination back into cooking! We don’t believe in cookbook dependency, so by the end of the course we’ll make sure each student is full to the brim with spot-on culinary knowledge without a recipe in sight!

Can’t boil an egg? No problem! Already cook a bit at home? Well come and break those bad habits and learn the foundations of cooking. Pick up tips and tricks of the trade that will make you the master of any kitchen!

We put an emphasis on affordable home cooking, while teaching students how to avoid wasted food and money. These transferable skills for life will benefit all students whether they’re still living at home, at university or living independently.

Each day will start with a demonstration of what is being cooked that morning. Then the students will go to their islands and cook a 2 course lunch. After lunch there will be another demonstration of what will be cooked in the afternoon and then an afternoon of cooking will commence! Each day is hands on and will teach new skills and recipes as well as continuing to practise those learnt the day before – after all practise makes perfect!

*On the Thursday we have a wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk, followed by our famous dinner party where students become the hosts and have the option to invite a couple of family and friends to show off their impressive new skills around our gorgeous dining table!
*Sadly due to COVID-19 we are unable to host the Thursday party until further notice. Instead we will finish at 5pm and you will get to take some food home to enjoy with your families/friends.

Evening activities will be chosen by the students and can be anything from tennis, board games or even staying in for popcorn and a movie night.

For accommodation students will stay at an amazing family run B&B that we have worked closely with for years.
Rooms will be separate male or female shared rooms. A guaranteed private room can be arranged at an extra cost, just message us on [email protected] for details.
For those who live further afield there is an option of 5 nights’ accommodation, enabling you to arrive on the Sunday evening.
Breakfast & dinner will be provided every morning and evening from Monday. If you are staying Sunday night you will need to eat before you arrive.

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Wandsworth, South West London
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