Food School Redesign

Restaurant plus cooking school opening in December 2021

The Food School will be re-opening as a restaurant plus cooking school on December 6th. Cooking classes for the public will resume in January 2022. Visit to find out more about the restaurant.


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Knife Skills

Knife Skills

Tuesday 4 January 2022, £85.00
Tuesday 5 April 2022, £85.00

Poultry, Vegetables, Herbs

Boost your confidence in the kitchen. Knives are the essential kitchen tool and every cook needs to get to grips with them.

Tuesday 4 January 2022
Places available

If you are a beginner chef tutor, Charlotte Pike, will introduce you to a variety of kitchen knives and teach you how to use them safely. If you have experience already, she will show you how to refine your skills. You will be taught to sharpen and maintain your blades for ultimate cutting edge precision. Feel free to bring your own knife/knives if you would like to practice with them.

You will learn to use a chopping knife and boning knife and given lots of opportunity to practice. Techniques you will learn include;

Chopping herbs (fine chop, rough chop and chiffonade)
Crushing garlic
Slicing, chipping and dicing potatoes and veg
Chopping and slicing onions
Slicing mushrooms to prepare a mushrooms a la crème recipe using garlic, herbs and mushrooms

The timetable for the session is presented below.

  • 19.00 - Introduction to different knives and importance of sharpening
  • 19:15 – Students to practice sharpening their knives
  • 19:30 – Charlotte demonstrates chopping herbs, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, other veg mirepoix
  • 19.50 – Students to practice chopping
  • 20.30 - Charlotte demonstrates jointing poultry & discusses recipe ideas
  • 20:50 – Students to practice on their own whole, free-range poultry
  • 21.20 - Students finish off cooking e.g. make mushroom a la crème for roast chicken & cook roast potatoes
  • If there is time, Charlotte will demonstrate chopping fruit for dessert
  • 21:30 – Participants sit down to eat and pack food to take home

Leftover food can be taken home so don’t forget to bring take home boxes.

Upcoming dates

Tuesday 4 January 2022
Places available

Tuesday 5 April 2022
Places available

"We enjoyed it so much, we want to do another one. We made some lovely dishes, & learnt a lot in 3 hours. This was a birthday present from a friend, to be recommended ! Frances Byrne"