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Beside the Sea – £180

28th January 2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm inc.

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Course Programme

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A comprehensive day preparing and cooking local (and sustainable) fish and shellfish in the award winning WhitePepper kitchen.

Try your hand at cleaning, scaling, filleting, pin-boning, skinning, picking, shucking, scoring and trimming. We’ll show you the techniques so that you can confidently cook from start to finish those dishes you’ve always admired.

Our proximity to the Jurassic coast and relationships with the fishermen/merchants means that we’re offered the wet fish before the London markets – at it’s very freshest, normally within 24 hours of the catch.

Filleting a trout
Do you know ‘what to look for’ when purchasing fish? Are you able to categorise fish correctly, to enable preparation? Do you know why it’s advantageous to buy whole fish?

Demonstration of fish filleting

Skills Covered

  • How to identify fresh fish/purchasing points
  • What is sustainable
  • Cleaning and scaling whole fish
  • Filleting, pin-boning, trimming, scoring fish/fillets
  • Preparation of shellfish
  • Shucking
  • Cleaning whole squid
  • Reducing wastage with advice for stocks, sauces and soups
  • Classic European recipes with a modern twist
  • Cooking techniques
  • Sauces and accompaniments
  • Presentation of dishes

Typical Recipes Covered

  • Lemon Sole with Caper and Butter Sauce
  • Beetroot and Celeriac Remoulade
  • Mussels in a Curried Coconut Broth
  • Mackerel and Beetroot Escabeche
  • Crispy Squid with Thai Dipping Sauce
  • Oysters with Shallot Vinegar

Please note; recipes are subject to change depending on season and supply.

Whole crab by the sea

What’s Included

  • Beverages and biscuits from the bar
  • 75% hands-on practical cookery
  • Interactive demonstrations
  • Live feed TV screens to capture expert skills
  • Professional tuition and qualified advice
  • Sit-down lunch
  • Complimentary glass of wine (or non-alcoholic alternative)
  • Local Dorset ingredients
  • Use of WhitePepper training kitchen
  • No weighing up
  • No washing up
  • Recipe packs to take home

Fish and asparagus dish on a plate
We’re also hugely passionate about using the right tools for the job. During your visit there will be an opportunity test various utensils but if you can’t wait until then, some of these items appear in our online Cook Shop

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28th January 2023
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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WhitePepper Chef Academy
+44 (0) 1202280050


WhitePepper Chef Academy
Bere Farm, Wareham Road
Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, BH16 6ER United Kingdom
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+44 (0) 1202 280 050