Cooking classes are a great option for so many reasons. Maybe you are coming to London on holiday and you are looking for your next culinary adventure. Maybe you already live here, and you just want something fun to do on the weekend with your date (or boyfriend, or husband, or girlfriend, or wife…). Or maybe you are already a fairly skilled cook, but you are still looking to learn something new…There are many cookery schools in London and the choice is not easy, which is why we had a look at our extensive portfolio of partners to bring you the 10 most interesting culinary teachers you should be looking to learn from, in short, best cookery schools in London.
The Top 10 Best Cookery Schools in London
- The Avenue Cookery School
- Enrica Rossa
- London Vegetarian School
- Wyld Cookery School
- Meri Rasoi
- One n One - Fashion n Pizza
- Greenwich Pantry
- Rozanne's Cookery School
- Bread Ahead
- Pasta n' Play
The Avenue Cookery School is a family-run school based in Wandsworth (South West London). The owner and head chef Diana began her career as a chalet chef before discovering her entrepreneurial side and founding a number of specialist food ventures. Infamously, Diana taught at The Grange Cookery School in Somerset for 7 years before starting The Avenue, where she has been ever since.
The food at The Avenue can be considered classic chic but full of fun twists and turns (ranging from macaroon masterclasses to gluten free baking to simple supper classes). All the classes are taught in the school’s beautiful kitchen facilities in a relaxed environment.
The Avenue is renowned for its’ teaching of youngsters (offering Duke of Edinburgh and Chalet Host cooking courses, amongst others), as well as for its’ supper classes, where every evening you learn a new dish you can cook for dinner, which is why it's one of our best cookery schools in London.
2. Enrica Rocca
The Enrica Rocca Cookery School is situated in Notting Hill and teaches you to serve up a bit of Italy on a plate. Having grown up surrounded by food, made using only the best and freshest ingredients, it’s little wonder that Enrica’s daughters have stepped forward to continue in her footsteps.
Claire and Charlotte are an enthusiastic duo, passionate about the food they cook. There are two classes on offer, one which gets you out and about shopping together on Portobello Market before using the ingredients in the kitchen. Thursday evenings class has you meeting straight at the kitchen to cook up an Italian Feast.
In each class you will prepare up to 10 dishes, including antipasti starters, a traditional pasta or risotto dish and a fresh meat or fish main course. Don’t worry if that sounds like an overwhelming amount to remember – every recipe will be provided electronically after the course.
Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or just want to spice things up in the kitchen – London Vegetarian School has you covered. Located by London Bridge, this boutique culinary school offers the classes and courses that traditional cooking schools won’t.
All classes are taught in small sizes so that you get loads of help and advice throughout. London Vegetarian School is all about service and experience, and it shows. The equipment is top-notch and after your daily cooking-workout you are invited to come and hang-out in “the Peacock room”, where you can enjoy your tasty food over some Baroque music and a drink (and feel free to invite your friends along too).
Whether you are looking to sharpen your skills, learn the latest cooking methods or get the foundations right, The Wyld Cookery School will take care of you with fun, hands-on cooking classes. Boring teaching equals bored students and no-one wants that – Wyld is serious about teaching you the best practices but also serious about having fun whilst doing so.
Whether you are looking for a course to kick off your cooking career, a class to learn a new ninja pastry technique or get some friends together, there is something for everyone. You can learn anything from simple pasta dishes to high-end French cuisine
5. Meri Rasoi
Nidhi of ‘Meri Rasoi’ cookery school will teach you to cook authentic, healthy, delicious Indian food using simple and traditional techniques that are used every day in Indian kitchens. ‘Rasoi’ is a traditional Indian kitchen where simple but delicious food is cooked using recipes handed down and perfected through generations.
Nidhi’s classes are fun, interactive and open to complete beginners as well as serious food enthusiasts and will give you an opportunity to learn not only how to cook delicious home cooked Indian food but also to use spices confidently.
Classes take place at Nidhi’s beautifully kept home in Raynes Park where you cook as a group for approximately 3 hours. At the end of each class you can choose to eat together or take the food away with you. All materials and recipe sheets are included along with aprons and notebooks to use on the day.
Offering something a little different, but still one of the best cookery schools in London. One n One - Fashion n Pizza are, you guessed, a double act offering both fashion and pizza at a great space near Spitalfields market. Have a browse around their small shop before taking part in one of their daily sourdough pizza making classes. Or just order a pizza to have while shopping!
The duo behind this are Martina and Andrea. Andrea is the pizza chef bringing his passion for pizza to the party. In 2015, Andrea wanted to create something special, so made his first sourdough starter and called him Johnny. And so it began - Andrea takes care of Johnny every day, helping him to make pizzas, bread, croissants, pancakes and more!
Andrea gets great pleasure in teaching students how to make their own starter, nurse it, and how to use this to make the best sourdough pizza in London. Martina will be on hand to help you spruce up your wardrobe, and maybe steal a slice of your pizza too...
The goal of Greenwich Pantry is to help people cook and eat well, no matter your age! As a living wage business, they care about their staff and work super hard to put some fun into shopping, cooking and connecting with food.
Life began as a pop up shop on Trafalgar Road in Greenwich SE10 with a love for good food and Greenwich Pantry has stayed true to its ethos focusing on a portfolio of classes that promote healthy eating and ‘free-from’ foods. In recent years, it has branched out and now also offers an online shop where customers can buy special hampers to take home after - I mean how much more convincing do you need?
Rozanne is a wholefood chef and culinary director of Noosphere, a zerowaste test kitchen based in Dublin City University, working on eliminating food waste and improving human and planetary health through better food practices and recipe development.
Although she is probably best known for her distinctive voice on radio with Pat Kenny, food writing and her many years as a cookery teacher. Inspired by global cuisines, fresh produce, interesting ingredients and being mindful about waste. Rozanne runs fun and informative zerowaste onsite cookery demonstrations for universities, companies and food cooperatives.
Join Rozanne for an interactive online cookery class to liven up sad menus and reignite your passion for cooking. Rozanne describes her style of cooking as ‘ish’. Which means she looks to global cuisines, and using a handful of authentic ingredients, gives local produce an exotic flair. So Rozanne's recipes are a nod and a wink, a salutation if you will, to wonderful world cuisines. But with a real depth of knowledge and understanding of what makes that cuisine special. If you're looking for an online alternative, this is certainly one of the best cookery schools in London.
9. Bread Ahead
Founded in 2013, the bakery school for Bread Ahead followed swiftly in 2014. The school is designed to help students understand just how easy it is to bake bread.
Based in the renowned Borough Market, Bread Ahead is amazingly placed to give you a great experience learning and baking in London. Started by Matthew, who spent 15 years learning the ropes with some of the best chefs in London, Bread Ahead and the bakery school have grown hugely.
Book workshops to learn anything from doughnuts to bread, nordic baking to gluten-free - there's a lot you can learn from this school!
10. Pasta n' Play
Pasta n' Play is run by Vicky, who's passion for cooking started more than 30 years ago when she used to watch her Grandmother prepare food for the family, and occasionally helped as a top Nonna assistant. This taught what she needed to know to start running pasta and other Italian cooking classes today.
Vicky's mission is to educate people on how much fun it can be to cook together with family and friends. But the benefits don’t stop there...the classes also teach you how to eat healthier food! The recipes are simple but extremely tasty, made only with the best ingredients. Vicky takes great care of the environment using only organic products and carefully picking my suppliers, and has a zero-waste policy in place.
Vicky strongly believes that everyone should have access to good and healthy food and for this reason, she is an active volunteer in the local community, collaborating with the Camden Health Kick, a project that aims to offer free healthy activities to increase the health of the community members.
Look out for her classes that take place on a canal boat!
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Whether you're looking to learn a specific cuisine, or want to brush up on general cooking skills, our list of the best cookery schools in London will certainly help you to get a little closer to your goal.
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