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2017 Hands On Practical

Our hands on practical classes offer you the chance to develop your kitchen skills, learn new techniques, gain hands-on experience, improve your cooking confidence and have lots of fun in our newly-fitted cookery school kitchen at The Assembly House.

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

Students are given expert tuition and recipe sheets with step-by-step instructions as they cook at 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, 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 to see if we’re staging a re-run!

Students arrive at 9.45am and after a short introduction, head into the kitchen. After tuition, lunch follows and your day ends at 3pm when you can collect the goodies you’ve made and head off home to take the plaudits!


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 making duck rillettes, pain de Campagne, rabbit i...
The second chapter! More fishy flavours, whilst looking at the preparation, cooking and presentation of restaurant-style dishes with a range of delicious accompanying sauces and garnishes. Our hands-o...
An Indian food array to take away: forget having your local Indian takeaway on speed dial or curry in a hurry from a jar and prepare your own feast for four in our kitchens. You'll be preparing two di...
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...
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...
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