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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 our classes, you’ll learn the best methods to get the best results as you work alongside a chef with four decades of experience who knows how to make cooking simple.

You’ll be able to ask as many questions as you like in a relaxed home-from-home atmosphere and you can cook, eat, drink and laugh along with Richard, who 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!

We’ve got a “new starter” at the Richard Hughes Cookery School: quite literally! Star baker Chris Payne is joining the team – the winner of the 2019 Norfolk Home Chef of the Year competition is an inc...
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...
One of our favourite cuisines full of flavour, made for impressing and sharing and as an added bonus, this class is all vegetarian! Learn how to make the perfect risotto milanese, potato gnocchi with ...
Have you caught the sourdough bug? Or do you need a boost after lockdown bakery trials and tribulations? Norfolk’s very own sourdough master Chris Payne will teach you how to make, love and cherish yo...
The position of the sauce chef is the most esteemed in the great kitchens. We will condense 45 years experience into a Saturday morning, looking at the progressing from a simple stock to a classic beu...
A nation that taught us all to eat, and the food that chefs love to cook…and eat!Simple food that offers huge flavours. Country terrine, Pain de Campagne, moule mariniere, Flemish carbonade (beef in b...
Who doesn’t love a doughnut? (We all do, hence the excitement in the House whenever Chris is hosting this class!) You’ll go home with a box of doughnuts, iced buns and a sensational pecan Monkey bread...
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We make three iconic French classics that are the cornerstone of France’s culinary history and which will become the basis of your repertoire. Truly great dishes found in the very best kitchens of thi...
We look at the evolution of the most incredible French restaurants and cook the very greatest dishes from the greatest Chefs. We look at dishes that have literally eaten their way into history. Roquef...
We’ve got a “new starter” at the Richard Hughes Cookery School: quite literally! Star baker Chris Payne is joining the team – the winner of the 2019 Norfolk Home Chef of the Year competition is an inc...
Join Gary Hunter, UK Chocolate Ambassador, for a masterclass in making and tasting chocolates.The class includes a tutored tasting from a world-renowned chocolate expert. Gary, who heads up Westminste...
Under Norfolk’s big skies, the irresistible combination of surf and turf combines to produce one of Britain’s most vibrant larders. We will be showcasing the best the county has to offer, from artisan...
Under Norfolk’s big skies, the irresistible combination of surf and turf combines to produce one of Britain’s most vibrant larders. We will be showcasing the best the county has to offer, from artisan...