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Essential Skills

18th June 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:15 pm£150 inc.

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Suitable for anyone who wants to improve their cooking skills and gain inspirational ideas for practical application

Other Course Dates: Thursday 8 OctoberSaturday 21 November, Friday 22 January 2016, Saturday 20 February 2016, Saturday 5 March 2016

This 75% hands-on course is designed specifically to build kitchen confidence and essential cookery skills with Chef Luke, who was finalist for Best Tutor at British Cookery School Awards 2014.

This comprehensive one-day practical course is perfect for beginners and those looking to develop life skills for greater independence.

If you are passionate about food but currently have a limited repertoire then this is a brilliant place to start.  You’ll receive an introduction to the kitchen, appliances and utensils, advice on safe food handling, fundamental knife skills and a wide range of cookery methods for practical application.

We will quickly put you at ease and help unlock your potential during your time with us, by explaining step-by-step and coaching you along the way.

Skills covered:

  • Fundamental knife skills (basic)
  • Chopping skills
  • Basic butchery
  • Cooking methods: sweating, simmering, caramelising, braising and baking
  • Seasoning and adjusting sauces
  • Accompaniments
  • Making and baking a simple bread
  • Making, baking and icing a simple cake

Recipes covered:

  • Bacon, Leek and Potato Chowder
  • Granary Bread
  • French-style Chicken
  • Orange and Marmalade Cake

This 1 day course includes:

  • Expert tuition and advice throughout
  • 75% Practical experience on behalf of the student
  • Short cookery skills demonstrations
  • Take-home recipe packs
  • Hot and cold refreshments from the bar (including freshly baked biscuits)
  • Informal lunch, enjoying dishes you have created in the morning.

This course is suitable for the amateur and enthusiast.

Take a look at our FAQs which include useful tips.


“Wonderful host/tutor. Delicious recipes, lovely new ideas to try at home. Thank you.” 

C. James

“A very interesting and enjoyable experience with an inspiring tutor.”

P. Sclater

“Very friendly, interesting, learnt a lot and would love to come back.”

M. Linley-Adams

“A really enjoyable group activity. Inspiring tutor and facilities very good.”

P. Butterworth


18th June 2015
10:00 am - 3:15 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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