Cookery School


The WI Cookery School welcomes anyone with a passion for cooking to come and extend their range of skills and experience. The school caters for all levels of ability with courses for the novice cook to the accomplished chef – all with local and seasonal produce in mind. There is also a range of courses for families to attend, so even the smallest members of the family can get hands on!

Search below and call us on 01865 391 991 to book. Online booking will be made available soon.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, enjoy Italian cuisine or just want to try out the language to see whether you might like to learn it in the future, this is the course for you. Over the two days you will learn conversational Italian, discover the history and culture of Italy and then cook up Italian favourites in the WI Cookery School. Not to be missed!

 

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Spain is rightly famous for its simple cooking using fantastic produce. From classic paellas to the Moorish inspired cookery of Andalucia, this course will cover some of the most popular Iberian dishes. Plus a selection of tapas dishes and some sweet treats too!

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Create high-end afternoon tea pastries, cakes and sandwiches with a mixture of traditional and modern styles.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join Kelly for a trip stateside, as you bake your way through delicious goodies and desserts including Florida's key lime pie, donuts, bagels, whoopie pies and New York's infamous cheesecake.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Anglo-Indian chef and author Jenny Mallin takes you on a journey of discovery, bringing back the home cooked dishes that her grandmothers once prepared: unearthing those well loved dishes which were made for the family table, such as Mulligatawny Soup which Anglo-Indians call "Pepper Water" (so called as "milagu" means pepper and "tunni" means water). Learn how to make an authentic Chicken Jalfrezi, the right way...without a green pepper in sight! Find out why Jenny's grandmothers retained their love of British food and how they turned it into the first fusion food of its kind. See the grandmothers' original recipes with their charming phrases to "wash the rice sharp" and "place in a nicely heated oven". Re-ignite your taste buds and bring a new repertoire to your cooking skills with the "Flavours of the British Raj". Explore the strong influence of those delicious spices from India where English memsahibs interacted with their cooks to produce unique, tasty and satisfying dishes. With a 500 year old history that links back to Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, who was the first European to reach India by sea.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join Katie for a weekend of inspiration and skill building in the kitchen, touching on pastry, bread, cake and biscuits. Recipes will include, bakewell tart, chocolate chip cookies, cheese and cumin bread and a chocolate cake to be decorated with a black forest twist.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Take your bread making to another level by learning the art of sourdoughs and long fermentation dough. Suitable for beginners and experienced bakers.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



This November, escape to the Mediterranean with Alex. Autumn is a mystical time where the harvests of wild mushrooms, chestnuts and grapes set off a colourful landscape. The food is still light with lots of the remaining joys of summer but warming enough to take you through to winter. This is holiday food made accessible to you at home. This course will be full of dishes that are ablaze with colour and full of vibrant flavours from everybody's favourite cuisine. This course contains pair work.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join Katie for skill building in the kitchen, covering a range of baked goods using seasonal ingredients, including a beetroot and apple bread, lemon and elderflower drizzle cake, plum tart tatin and spiced pumpkin biscuits.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



As the nights draw in and the trees shed their leaves, join us to preserve Autumn fruits and vegetables for the year ahead, using the traditional methods championed by the WI. This course is practical with some tutor demonstrations. Learn how to make Autumn jams and pickles ( sweet and savoury), jelly, chutney, sauce and vinegar. At the end of the course there will be jars and bottles of eight different recipes to take home. For those who enjoy entering competitions, there will be hints and tips from the tutor who is an NFWI Preserves Judge.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



If you are looking for new ideas for products to sell at your local market, join us for this baking course. You will be making a selection of sweet and savoury products including chocolate, beetroot and cherry loaf cakes, peanut butter and maple syrup cookies and lumberjack tray bake slices.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



From Deli Rye and bagels, to Challah and Rugelach you will have a delicious journey with plenty of time to taste and make these breads, and find out about this rich legacy from the Jewish Kitchen and Bakery. Jewish breads like Jewish people come from all over the world. As Jews settled in Europe, other parts of the Middle East, North and South America, and India there was a meeting of cultures and food. Recipes evolved with time and created a legacy of delicious different breads savoury and sweet.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Alison Haigh grew up in an artisan bakery and she will be sharing her experience on this special weekend bread course. You'll learn how four simple ingredients can be combined to produce wonderful breads.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join Linda for an introductory course of bread making, as you learn how four simple ingredients can be combined to produce a variety of wonderful breads, including a muesli loaf, olive oil bread and teacakes, as well as discovering kneading and proving techniques. Linda will also include some delicious complimentary accompaniment recipes including jam, red pepper pesto and hummus.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



You will start with baking using a tried and tested recipe for a well risen and firm cake with good keeping qualities which is perfect for celebration cakes. Then you will look at all the professional techniques to prepare your cake for decoration, cover with sugarpaste and add incredible decorative touches. You will be stacking, dowelling, crimping, colouring, making cut outs and flowers and even doing some royal iced piping. You will come away with everything you need to know to create amazing cakes of your own at home and some professional tips and secrets too.

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WI Member £105.00


Non Member £125.00



Join farmer's wife and cheese maker Louise Talbot for a fascinating course in making cheese at home. Louise will show you how to make a range of soft cheeses using domestic kitchen utensils.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



This brand new course is a journey through the Americas, with stops in Spanish influenced Argentina, Peru, Mexico and the USA.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Curing is a broad, fascinating and addictive subject covering a variety of useful kitchen crafts, including salting, drying, smoking, potting and pickling.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



This course will be a real adventure. Take a journey into cuisines that you haven't tried before. The Caribbean, Middle East, Malaysia, even South Africa – they all have their own curries. So join us to sample fragrant fish, meat and vegetable dishes flavoured with spice pastes and powders.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Spice up your recipe repertoire with an array of creative, exciting, modern and nutritionally balanced vegan snacks and meals.

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WI Member £665.00


Non Member £725.00



If you love Italy and want to know more, this course is for you! Imagine yourself moving from city to city on your own grand tour as you cook delicious food and learn about authentic regional dishes. Learn about the major Italian cities and their attractions and pick up essential phrases to help guide you around the peninsular. Enjoy visits to the Ashmolean Museum and West Wickham House and Garden to see how Italian culture has influenced our own. Relax and enjoy – you will be in good hands!

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



If you are cooking for family, friends or hosting a dinner party you can easily create a piece of artwork on a plate that not only looks impressive, but also tastes great. You will create desserts that can be prepared in advance or on the day. The dishes included in this course are chocolate soufflé and a modern take on lemon meringue pie.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



There’s no gift as special as something homemade so join us for a cookery class that will not only get you in the festive spirit but will also help you reduce your Christmas shopping!

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



As many preserves can be made throughout the year. Join us to make a range of recipes to keep, eat and share, using the traditional methods championed by the WI. This course is practical with some tutor demonstrations. Learn how to make a marmalade, jam, chutney, curd, pickle, syrup, and fruit in alcohol. For those who enjoy entering competitions, there will be hints and tips from the tutor who is an NFWI Preserves Judge. Included in the course will be : sourcing ingredients, choosing equipment, preparation and cooking fruit and vegetables, how to test pectin content, types of sugar and vinegar to use, how to test for a set, finishing and sealing preserves.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Asia plays a huge influence on Peter Lien's cookery, so join him on a journey through the Far East, stopping off in Japan, China, South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Starting with a selection of Pan-Asian street food, which you will prepare for lunch, the course will include miso glazed salmon, mee goreng, beef rendang and dal with roti bread.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Long-legged Italy kicked poor Sicily into the middle of the Mediterranean sea, so says the old school room rhyme. Given this important geographic position and fertile land Sicily, known as the bread basket of the Mediterranean, has long been a meeting point and melting pot of cultures from both east and west. With culture comes food and the traditions of the Sicilian kitchen reflect the island’s rich history.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



The French farm house kitchen is rich in unique and delicious ways of cooking, preserving and serving meat and poultry for the family table. Confits of duck and game, to serve as simple-to-make, dinner party dishes including hearty, salted belly pork, rillettes and rillons of pork for mouth-watering tartes and rich salads, crepinettes (home-made sausages) and ham and parsley terrine for a show stopping party centrepiece.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Gluten free cookery can seem daunting, however this course will highlight how easy it is to create delicious, easy and nutritionally balanced snacks and meals for everyday. Recipes will be made using a range of ingredients without resorting to often expensive 'gluten free' substitutes.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Learn how to make gluten free pasta and other wonderful gluten, dairy and sugar free Italian dishes. Among your recipes: Sea-bass on a bed of potatoes and cherry tomatoes, Polpettone ( Meat Roulade filled with omelette and ham), Involtini di Verza (Cabbage Rolls with potatoes and sausages), Sicilian Caponata with aubergines, Peperonata, Beetroot and horseradish dip. And for pudding? Sorbet and Biscotti! Also plenty of suggestions and ideas!

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Forget limp lettuce and curling cucumbers, salads have gone glam! Salads are no longer an afterthought or a side dish. They can be a real showpiece of the dinner table. Colourful, nutritious, filling and portable, learn the secrets of how to use pulses and grains alongside fresh or roasted vegetables, herbs and nuts to create dishes that work as individual meals or buffet table winners.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Take whistle stop tour around the British Isles to discover an assortment of delicious regional baked goods from our very own shores. This course will cover a rich diversity of recipes with a variety of cookery techniques and skills, including Welsh Bara Brith, Dundee Cake, Banbury Cakes, Bishop Cake and Cornish Saffron cake.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Join Peter to make a selection of his favourite dishes, including curries, pickles, chutneys, breads, and rice, as he shares his Indian heritage.

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WI Member £105.00


Non Member £125.00



Discover the processes of fermentation and how it can be used to enhance our menu planning and health. This course will cover techniques and recipes to create tasty fermented foods and drink like kombucha tea, sauerkraut, labneh, yoghurt and pickles and even create your own sourdough starter for homemade sourdough.

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WI Member £90.00


Non Member £100.00



Little chefs if you love Italian food join Mariella in the kitchen for a day, have fun, get to know Italy, cook a 3 course meal from scratch and even learn a few Italian words. What do you think of: Pizza, Pasta and meatballs? And how about the all time children's favourite pudding in Italy: Chocolate Salame! There will be plenty to take home and show off to family and friends! Member: 1 adult plus 1 child: £90, 1 adult plus 2 children: £130. Non member: 1 adult plus 1 child: £100, 1 adult plus 2 children: £140

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WI Member £155.00


Non Member £175.00



Learn the essential skills needed to prepare meat, fish and vegetables like a pro. In one of Denman's most popular courses, you'll master the different techniques required to dice, julienne, and finely chop fruit and vegetables, fillet fish and joint poultry. You'll also learn how to choose, maintain and store your knives properly.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join Mariella for a sweet-toothed trip around Italy, featuring Italian dessert favourites inlcuding Pannacotta, Tiramisu, Rum Baba and Biscotti. Also, discover and enjoy also lesser known (but equally delicious) recipes like ‘Chiacchiere’ (silly chats!), Torta di Mele (apple pie with olive oil) and Schiacciata with grapes, rosemary and Vin Santo!

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join farmer's wife and cheese maker Louise Talbot for a fascinating course in making cheese at home. Louise will show you how to make a range of soft cheeses using domestic kitchen utensils and cover halloumi, mozzarella, mascarpone, butter, cream cheese, and ricotta, as well as a discussion on the principles of hard cheese

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Join farmer's wife and cheese maker Louise Talbot for a fascinating course in making cheese at home. Louise will show you how to make clotted cream, plus a range of hard cheeses, including cheddar and camembert. She will also share some great recipes that incorporate cheese. This is a follow-on course so it is essential that you have completed the introductory course Let's Make Cheese first as it will have given you the grounding and knowledge to make the more complex cheeses.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



The full description for this course is not yet available. It will be added shortly. In the meantime, if you require further information, please contact Denman on 01865 391991.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Are you looking to reduce the amount of sugary foods, pasta and bread in your diet, but unsure how to keep it exciting and tasty? This course will show you delicious meals that are high in protein, fat and healthy vegetables. The course will cover family favourites that have been adapted to use vegetables and pulses instead of pasta, potato or rice. There will also be dishes that are naturally high in protein like shakshuka baked eggs, or lentil dhal. This course would suit people who want to reduce the refined carbohydrate from their diet due to blood sugar imbalance, weight loss or for generally healthier lighter living. Please note: We do not recommend omitting all carbohydrates from your diet, but healthy balanced eating.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Learn the essential skills needed to prepare meat, fish and vegetables like a pro. In one of Denman's most popular courses, you'll master the different techniques required to dice, julienne, and finely chop fruit and vegetables, fillet fish and joint poultry. You'll also learn how to choose, maintain and store your knives properly.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Food that bursts with colour, sunshine and healthy ingredients. Join our cruise through the Med stopping off in sun drenched ports of Greek islands, North Africa, Spain, France and Italy. We'll make the most of the fantastic ingredients that the region has to offer including olive oil from the groves of Greece, sea bass pulled from the Mediterranean, Italian cheeses, and lavender from the fields of Provence. Try Moroccan Chicken with Charmoula, Salt baked Fish, Lebanese Meze, and Italian Stuffed Peppers. Who needs a holiday?

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Join us for a weekend of mindful baking, using a range of wholesome gluten-free and unrefined ingredients to create healthier alternatives to your favourite sweet and savoury bakes.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Are you or a family member vegetarian? Love to have dinner parties but do not want to cook two different meals? Let us introduce you to an array of exciting, modern vegetarian meals. Even the carnivores will not miss the meat!

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



At the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, the region known as the Middle East has taken its culinary influences from many places and people, including the Moors. Learn about the traditions of Moroccan, Persian and Lebanese cookery and local ingredients such as sumac, salted lemons, pistachios and rose water.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



If you loved Peter's first Moorish and Middle Eastern course, join him for further recipes, featuring a brand new selection of dishes from the region. The group will prepare a new range of mezze dishes for lunch on the first day, and then move on to a variety of slow cooked dishes, and sweet treats.

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WI Member £105.00


Non Member £125.00



Join our authentic Neapolitan cook and tutor Mariella, to learn how to make fresh pasta and extend your repertoire beyond bolognese sauce! In this fresh pasta workshop, learn how to make fresh egg and flour pasta from scratch - tagliatelle, pappardelle and tagliolini, then listen to the story of the perfect marriage between pasta shapes and sauces.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



If you are a fan of the Great British Bake Off or have always found pastry challenging, why not join our masterclass and take your skills to a new level by learning how to avoid crumbly pastry, soggy bottoms and shrinking sides?

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



This course is ideal for anyone who has joined us for our first patisserie course and would like to extend their knowledge. It will bring new ideas and further creative techniques as you make an opera gateau and a Paris brest.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



This patisserie course will cover many of the classics of French pastry work, including sweet shortcrust and choux pastry that can be used to make wonderful tartlets and éclairs. You will also learn how to make fashionable macarons and other decadent petits fours that will impress family and friends.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



If you are a fan of the Great British Bake Off or have always found pastry challenging, why not join our masterclass and take your skills to a new level by learning how to avoid crumbly pastry, soggy bottoms and shrinking sides? You will perfect pate sucree, shortcrust, choux, puff and hot water pastry, which you will turn into an array of delicious goodies to take home.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Indulge your sweet tooth and evoke the memories of days gone by, making a selection of tried and tested delicious puddings to add to your retro repetoire. Recipes will include; sticky toffee pudding with a toffee sauce, upside down pineapple cake, golden syrup sponge, spotty dick, a sherry trifle, roulade, tapioca, stuffed apples, bread and butter pudding, crème caramel and share a chocolate fondue.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



The great diversity of Italian regional food was born out of necessity. Many regions; especially in the south, were poor. This meant that meat was often in short supply. When fresh ingredients were available they were bulked up with pasta, gnocchi, doughs, bread, pastry and lots of imagination, creating dishes that today are world famous.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



How to make the healthy choice without compromising on flavour. Super foods are everywhere you look: in the news, supermarkets, magazines and on television. But do you know which ones you can use to create tasty everyday recipes the whole family will enjoy?

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



Celebrate the arrival of summer, by joining us to make preserves using recipes championed by the Women's Institute. Suitable for beginners and experienced preservers, capture the flavours of summer for the colder months ahead.

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WI Member £105.00


Non Member £125.00



A selection of satisfying, interesting salads that will cover dinner, lunch or both, eat as they are or topped with a piece of fish or meat. No boring packed lunches ever again!

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Learn about the exciting flavours of Thai cookery and the art of balancing the characteristic taste sensations of sweet, sour, saltiness and heat. The course will feature some of the country’s most famous dishes, including salads, noodle dishes and, of course, curries made from home-made curry paste.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Everybody knows that carrots are wonderful in cake, but you may be surprised at what other vegetables can liven up your baking. Many of these cakes use less sugar and some are gluten free. You'll make chocolate and beetroot cake, tropical parsnip and polenta cake and carrot cookies to list a few!

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WI Member £300.00


Non Member £340.00



Under the tuition of Italian cook and food producer Mariella, you'll cook some delicious vegetarian dishes that even meat eaters will love, Parmigiana di Melenzane, Risotto with Sagrantino wine, Rolls with Avocado, rocket and Parmigiano to name just a few.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



If you have ever been lucky enough to stay at Raymond Blanc's Manoir aux Quatre Saisons, your croissants may have been made by Katie Johnson. Learn to make your own pain au chocolate, croissants, brioches and danishes from a true pastry master.

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Escape the dark of winter with a few days of the Med at Denman. Winter food doesn’t need to be drab and this is a course full of wonderful ways to spice up your winter fare. Dishes that sparkle with citrus and spice without too much heat that are both comforting and light. Upside down lemon curd and grapefruit tart, seabass with winter minestrone and a winter version of Greek salad are just a few of the fantastic dishes you will learn. But more than the recipes themselves, you will learn a ton of techniques that you can apply to many other dishes, so that your winter food can sparkle with Mediterranean sunshine no matter what the weather.

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WI Member £340.00


Non Member £380.00



If you are into jam making and preserving, why not try your hand at our winter themed preserving course featuring the likes of cranberry relish, mincemeat, red onion marmalade, pickled onions, confit of duck and potted venison? Great to keep or give away for Christmas!

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Some of the most delicious food in the world isn’t served in fancy restaurants, but from stalls and carts in bustling markets or on busy streets. Why not take your tastebuds on a global cookery tour visiting countries as diverse as Austria, Spain, Turkey, Mexico and Japan?

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WI Member £370.00


Non Member £410.00



Some of the most delicious food in the world is not served in fancy restaurants, but from stalls and carts in bustling markets or on busy streets. Why not take your tastebuds on a global cookery tour by joining Peter for a second instalment of one of our most popular courses?