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2018 Hands On Practical Classes

The best way to learn is to get involved, and our hands on practical classes offer you the chance to do just that. You'll develop your kitchen skills, learn new techniques, gain hands-on experience, improve your cooking confidence and have lots of fun in our purpose-built cookery school kitchen at The Assembly House.

At our classes, you’ll learn the best methods to get the best results in the kitchen as you work alongside a chef with four decades of experience who knows how to make cooking simple for you. You’ll be able to ask as many questions as you like in a relaxed home-from-home atmosphere and you can look forward to cooking, eating, drinking and laughing - Richard really does have an anecdote for every occasion!

We believe good cooking is all about confidence: we cook together, learn together and because we're passionate about sharing our love of food with everyone, our students come back for more every year.

Students are given expert tuition and recipe sheets with step-by-step instructions as they cook at their own work stations on a central aisle. Once the hard work is over, it’s Richard and the team’s turn to cook and serve you lunch or afternoon tea, as you relax and reflect with your fellow students over a glass – or two – of wine. You then get to take all the fruits of your labour home to share with loved ones (after all, the proof is in the pudding. Or the starter. Or the main course...!). 

Course dates are often repeated, so even if you can’t make a specific date, it’s always worth calling us or checking the website to see if we’re staging a re-run!

Students arrive at 9.30am and after a short introduction, head into the kitchen. After tuition, lunch or afternoon tea follows and your day ends at 3pm when you can collect the goodies you’ve made and head off home to take the plaudits!

If the man in your life has only just discovered the kitchen - or you'd like him to - we can get him to abandon his man cave for the kitchen. Today's reconstructed 21st century man knows how to let of...
Our perennially-popular game class arms you with the knowledge you need to make the very most of Norfolk's own countryside bounty. We show you preparation, cooking and presentation from fur to feather...
Seville oranges light up the dark winter months, bringing with them a glorious glow and a much-needed pick-me-up in January. While the marmalade bubbles away on the stove, we'll make sugared brioche a...
Dive into a day where we'll guide you through selection, preparation, cooking and presentation of our favourite ingredient: fish. One of our most popular courses, we will be preparing the catch of the...
Become a cut above the rest by learning how to be better with your blades. From chopping an onion and super-fast slicing to filleting and skinning a fish and boning a chicken. We'll show you how to ch...
Join Kate Barmby, from the 2016 Great British Bake Off, for a couples' Valentine's baking class. Date night is now bake night, bring along your partner and make some 'loved up' goodies for this most r...
This has to be the ultimate picnic or Sunday teatime treat. We'll make pressed ham hock and smoked chicken terrine, pork with prunes and pistachio terrine, bread and butter pickles, piccalilli and of ...
Learn how to make your own afternoon tea and the secrets behind Mark's spectacular scones (they're so good he makes 80,000 of them for us every year!). With a career which incorporates Swiss patisseri...
Learn the art of making fresh pasta - is there anything else as impressive that is so easy to make? We show you some show-stopping skills along with the other cornerstone staples of great Italian fare...
If the man in your life has only just discovered the kitchen - or you'd like him to - we can get him to abandon his man cave for the kitchen. Today's reconstructed 21st century man knows how to let of...
Take a culinary tour through the gastronomic capital of the world and discover why this is one of Richard's very favourite classes to teach. You'll be make ham 'hock persillade', moule mariniere, a Fr...
Join Kate Barmby from the 2016 Great British Bake Off this Easter, a traditional time for baking biscuits, cakes and cookies. Includes afternoon tea. * All Richard Hughes Cookery School events are ava...
Thursday night is chef's night! Bring along your Dad, your lad or your best mate for a fun-filled evening of cooking and eating, with maybe a beer or two for good measure. The ultimate in man food, we...
Mastering the art of baking is a skill that you will cherish for the rest of your life - if you can bake a cake, you'll never be short of friends! In this class we concentrate on Great British classic...
The second chapter! More fish inspiration as we look a the preparation, cooking and presentation of restaurant-style dishes with a range of delicious accompanying sauces and garnishes. * All Richard H...
We think this course is the greatest thing since sliced bread: we'll take you on a cross-continental trip where we call in at bakeries across Europe, from Italy to France, Turkey to Holland and ending...
Join Julia, our expert chocolatier, on a chocolate tasting adventure where you will discover how to pick out the nuances of flavour and texture in chocolate thanks to a tutored chocolate tasting sessi...
We make three iconic French classics that are the cornerstone of their culinary history and which will become the cornerstone of your repertoire. Bouillabaisse, cassoulet and beef bourguignon. We'll e...
In Italy, every city and town has its own unique baking traditions and no red-blooded Italian would ever consider they'd eaten a proper meal unless it involved bread. Join us on a journey through Ital...
Become a cut above the rest by learning how to be better with your blades. From chopping an onion and super-fast slicing to filleting and skinning a fish and boning a chicken. We'll show you how to ch...
Cook up a veritable smorgasbord of delights from one of the most influential cuisines of the past decade. On your scrubbed pine table will be gravadlax, pickled mackerel, potato salad, rye and raisin ...
Thursday night is chef's night! Bring along your Dad, your lad or your best mate for a fun-filled evening of cooking and eating, with maybe a beer or two for good measure. We'll teach you how to make ...
This has to be the ultimate picnic or Sunday teatime treat. We'll make pressed ham hock and smoked chicken terrine, pork with prunes and pistachio terrine, bread and butter pickles, piccalilli and of ...
One of our most successful classes from 2017 saw students forsaking the local takeaway and the curries in a hurry from a jar and preparing their very own feast for four in our kitchen. You'll be prepa...
Join Kate Barmby from the 2016 Great British Bake Off to make a glut of goodies with the allotment overflow of berries, soft fruits and orchard harvest. Includes afternoon tea. * All Richard Hughes Co...
Mastering the art of baking is a skill that you will cherish for the rest of your life - if you can bake a cake, you'll never be short of friends! In this class we concentrate on Great British classic...
We're not shellfish, we love sharing our tips and techniques for cracking how to cook crab and lobster! After taking delivery of Cromer's classic ingredients, we get to work preparing a dressed crab, ...
Learn how to make your own afternoon tea and the secrets behind Mark's spectacular scones (they're so good he makes 80,000 of them for us every year!). With a career which incorporates Swiss patisseri...
The second chapter! More fish inspiration as we look a the preparation, cooking and presentation of restaurant-style dishes with a range of delicious accompanying sauces and garnishes. * All Richard H...
After a day in our kitchen, you'll have a gourmet picnic all packed: all you need to do is arrange an outing for tomorrow! A smoked salmon tart, homemade chicken and pork pie, goats' cheese and tomato...
If the man in your life has only just discovered the kitchen - or you'd like him to - we can get him to abandon his man cave for the kitchen. Today's reconstructed 21st century man knows how to let of...
Take a culinary tour through the gastronomic capital of the world and discover why this is one of Richard's very favourite classes to teach. You'll be make ham 'hock persillade', moule mariniere, a Fr...
Learn the art of making fresh pasta - is there anything else as impressive that is so easy to make? We show you some show-stopping skills along with the other cornerstone staples of great Italian fare...
Join Julia, our expert chocolatier, on a chocolate tasting adventure where you will discover how to pick out the nuances of flavour and texture in chocolate thanks to a tutored chocolate tasting sessi...
We think this course is the greatest thing since sliced bread: we'll take you on a cross-continental trip where we call in at bakeries across Europe, from Italy to France, Turkey to Holland and ending...
An Arabian proverb has it that "food for one is enough for two, and food for two is enough for three" - learn more about this magical cuisine packed with colour, textures, scents and flavours in our s...
Dive into a day where we'll guide you through selection, preparation, cooking and presentation of our favourite ingredient: fish. One of our most popular courses, we will be preparing the catch of the...
If the man in your life has only just discovered the kitchen - or you'd like him to - we can get him to abandon his man cave for the kitchen. Today's reconstructed 21st century man knows how to let of...
After an introduction to the basic principles of breadmaking, Kate will teach you how to plait, slash and shape dough to make a stunning savoury harvest loaf from three different doughs using spelt, r...
In Italy, every city and town has its own unique baking traditions and no red-blooded Italian would ever consider they'd eaten a proper meal unless it involved bread. Join us on a journey through Ital...
We make three iconic French classics that are the cornerstone of their culinary history and which will become the cornerstone of your repertoire. Bouillabaisse, cassoulet and beef bourguignon. We'll e...
Join Julia, our expert chocolatier, on a chocolate tasting adventure where you will discover how to pick out the nuances of flavour and texture in chocolate thanks to a tutored chocolate tasting sessi...
Kate will show you the secrets of the perfect pastry, shortcrust, sweet, choux and rough puff. Perfect results, hot hands or not! Includes afternoon tea. * All Richard Hughes Cookery School events are...
Cook up a veritable smorgasbord of delights from one of the most influential cuisines of the past decade. On your scrubbed pine table will be gravadlax, pickled mackerel, potato salad, rye and raisin ...
One of our most successful classes from 2017 saw students forsaking the local takeaway and the curries in a hurry from a jar and preparing their very own feast for four in our kitchen. You'll be prepa...
The second chapter! More fish inspiration as we look a the preparation, cooking and presentation of restaurant-style dishes with a range of delicious accompanying sauces and garnishes. * All Richard H...
Our perennially-popular game class arms you with the knowledge you need to make the very most of Norfolk's own countryside bounty. We show you preparation, cooking and presentation from fur to feather...
Learn how to make your own afternoon tea and the secrets behind Mark's spectacular scones (they're so good he makes 80,000 of them for us every year!). With a career which incorporates Swiss patisseri...
Kate, from the 2016 Great British Bake Off, will show you simple effective techniques to ice a masterpiece! The class includes a delicious traditional fruit cake made to Kate's own recipe to take home...
Kate, from the 2016 Great British Bake Off, will help to make your Christmas memorable for all the right reasons. Stock up ready for your guests with sweet orange pastry mince pies three ways with fra...