For the foodie there are few as perfect a county to visit than Essex. After all this is a region where Michelin starred venues can be found, where farms can be visited, fruit may be picked and, as is the subject of this page, where new culinary skills can be mastered within a range of Cookery Schools.
The Cookery School at Braxted Park - Witham
The Cookery School at Braxted Park is a perfect example of how a cookery school should be run. It provides for a wide variety of courses (including Authentic Italian, An Introduction to Thai Cooking, Modern British Food, Indian Masterclass, Italian in 20 Minutes and Bread and Cooking for beginners, to name but a few) as well as catering for both individuals as well as for groups (including corporate groups - perfect for the office party or event with a difference). The cooking courses throughout this school, whilst there are many in number, also tend to be seriously popular, so we'd suggest booking well in advance to secure your place upon your course of choice.
Mersea Island Cookery School - East Mersea
The Mersea Island Cookery School in East Mersea is a cookery school that focuses in on fun, interactive and hands-on cooking. The school itself is a beautifully traditional Essex barn and is situated just next to the Blackwater Estuary. It is run by successful chefs from some of the UK's busiest restaurants and each and every class offers the attendees a fun, friendly and informal environment in which to learn. Current classes include; Cake Baking, Sauces Masterclass, Game, Autumn Flavours, Bread Making for Beginners, Advanced Bread Making, Game, Winner Warmers, French bread and Introduction to Patisserie).
The Mistley Kitchen - Mistley
The Mistley Kitchen in Mistley is one of Essex's most well-known, and most revered, cooking schools. What's perhaps most notable about this school is that it attracts both the seriously skilled, advanced cooks, as well as complete beginners. And many who attend these courses note the informal atmosphere that makes creating culinary dishes within the classes so enjoyable. Classes here include: Pasta Masterclass, Pizza from a wood fired oven, Quick and Easy Thai Cooking, Moroccan Masterclass with Paul Bough and Tapas, Sangria and Paella.
Cookywooky Workshop - Rayleigh
The Cookywooky Workshop is a fun focused school that provides cookery classes of many varieties as well as hosting birthday parties and the fun friendly classes of cake and biscuit decorating. There are also half term and holiday clubs for mini cooks aged 2 and upwards.
Beyond cooking there's also craft workshops to look forward to.
The school aims to be fun and engaging for people of all ages, as well as being affordable and undertaken with a focus on a homely environment where students can feel completely relaxed.
Have these cookery schools inspired you to Discover Essex and what else the county has to offer the budding chef? Then be sure to search our directory for other cookery schools, as well as our events calendar for upcoming events, cookery classes and culinary workshops.
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