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Harborne Food School Welcome to Harborne Food School. We offer cookery classes, professional chef demonstrations and unique food experiences in our beautifully designed cookery school within the Grade II listed Clock Tower building on Harborne High Street, Birmingham. Our facilities are ideal for cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, food focus groups, food related training, private parties, private dining, team building and corporate events.

Knife Skills – April 2019 (limited availability)

April 15, 2019
19.00 - 22.00

This class has already taken place.


Boost your confidence in the kitchen. Knives are the essential kitchen tool and every cook needs to get to grips with them. If you are a beginner we will introduce you to a variety of kitchen knives and teach you how to use them safely. If you have experience already, we will show you how to refine your knife skills using recipes that demand cutting precision. Feel free to bring your own knife so we can show you how to sharpen and maintain your blades for ultimate cutting edge precision.

You will learn to use a chopping knife and filleting 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
  • Mirepoix
  • Slicing mushrooms to prepare a mushrooms a la creme recipe using garlic, herbs and mushrooms
  • Vegetarians will prepare a vegetarian main using a combination of chopped veg

Charlotte will demonstrate how to joint poultry and how to fillet a round or flat fish. Participants will then practice their skills in (one whole poultry and fish per person). The timetable for the session is presented below.

  • 18:45 – Students to practice sharpening their knives
  • 18:30 – Dem onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, other veg mirepoix
  • 19:00 – Dem poultry & roast pieces
  • 19:45 – Students to practice chopping
  • 20:15 – Students to make mushroom a la creme & cook roast potatoes
  • 20:45 – Dem filleting flat/round fish & cook veg
  • 21:00 – Sit down to eat supper and answer questions
  • 21:30 – End of session

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

This session can be adapted for vegetarians. If you are vegetarian please contact us before booking as the ticket price is £10 less.

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