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A different type of degree set to hit ovens in Cambridge

It’s every parent’s nightmare – little Johnny or Susannah have passed their A-Levels, been accepted at University (somewhere on the other side of the country) and are packing their bags to set off on life’s journey for real.

The only thing is, the greatest thing they’ve achieved to date in the kitchen is to burn the baked beans to the bottom of the saucepan, boil the kettle without putting water in scorching the element, and burnt the fish fingers to matchsticks as they returned to play their Xbox. Okay, they have somehow become dab-hands at cheesy chips with mayo, but that’s the exception that proves the rule. Other than that, you can’t help but ask how on earth they’re going to get on feeding themselves at University.

However, if your child is lucky enough to have got into one of the colleges at Cambridge, they may not fair as poorly as you think. A local pub has decided to host two one-day back-to-basics cookery courses to set students up with at least a little culinary craft so that if the allowance you send them won’t stretch to a KFC bargain bucket, they can at least have a pop at cooking something from scratch and not coming back mid-term half a stone lighter than when they set off in September.

Toby Didier Serre, proprietor of public houses and an award winning chef in his own right, will host the “Moo-niversity Cookery Survival Course” (know, I haven’t got the foggiest, either) at The Red Cow (ah! The penny drops!) before term starts in an attempt to help prevent students spending three years of their lives eating only a fast-food diet, save for the times they return back to the fold during the holidays.

The first cookery class will be held a week tomorrow, the 20th August with the second taking place a fortnight later on Monday September the third. Both days will tackle the absolute basics of cuisine competence, from where to shop to buy the most elementary ingredients – and indeed, what those ingredients are – to finding their way around the basic utensils one would expect to find in a common or garden kitchen drawer or cupboard.

There will also be a section on a veritable menu of basic dishes, whereby Toby will hope to unveil the fact during the cookery courses that culinary expertise doesn’t necessarily mean having to win Masterchef. By delivering instruction in essential cooking techniques it is hoped that University will not only provide food for the mind, but also keep the metabolism ticking over healthily as the young adults strive for their degrees.

For details and prices of this particular offer, see the original article in The Cambridge News.

If your child is off up to Glasgow, York or Wolverhampton and Cambridge is a little too far, why not consider buying them a cookery lesson at a local cookery school, close to you? You can choose from our hand-picked selection of the best cookery courses available in the UK based on our specific search criteria and at least get them graduating from cooking school with honours before tackling the big wide world and all of the pitfalls it potentially possesses for those heading off for three years without the inherent knowledge of how to cook a morsel.

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The make up of your average cookery course student

What type of person enrols on cookery courses? Have you ever thought about attending one, but don’t want to look or feel like the odd one out?

Well let me put your mind at rest – all sorts of people attend all sorts of classes!  Whether they’re bespoke cookery classes aimed at cookery courses for men, for the elderly, for the young or if you enjoy a meat-free diet, there are plenty of vegetarian cookery schools dotted around the country, most notably in Edinburgh (although by no means exclusive to Scotland’s capital).

To highlight just what I mean, a recent blog post on tells the tale of a chef, Kavey, funnily enough, who was invited some time ago to attend a public relations exercise for a well-known brand at Food at 52 – a delightful, family-run, olde worlde cookery school. Since then, John and Emily, Food at 52’s proprietors, have managed to grow its classes and repertoire, move into bespoke premises yet – much to Kavey’s delight upon her recent return – managed to retain all of the olde charme of the original family home school as was in their brand new premises. The retention of the warmth and overwhelming hospitality that she felt on her original visit has been recreated at the new location, between tube stops Angel and Old Street, purely down to John’s previous life experience of running a set-building company for the flicks, which he drew upon to fit out the new cookery school himself. Talented booby.

That’s the scene set, no Bela Lugosi in sight, just Kavey and the revamped kitchen (do you see what I did there?) with its range, custom-made hoods over the ovens and a trestle table to work around so long it could double up as a bowling lane when not in use by budding chefs.

But that’s a little aside from the main point of this article, although is a nice aside as many chefs who blog don’t often go to the extent of giving you a visual. So, who attended this cookery class with Kavey?

Well, first and foremost there is John, the aforementioned set-building half of the duo that run the school, whose background is obviously in construction. However, it is he who teaches the class Kavey has been invited to in order to get her blessing on the school’s new abode, along with an able assistant who (hopefully) won’t mind me saying this, was John’s skivvy for the day.

Then there’s Kavey herself, a renowned chef in her own rite turned pupil for the day.

Other students who joined her at the trestle table, in no particular order, were a professional food blogger whose written content was accompanied by a video review of a series cookery classes they were attending, in this case Food at 52, obviously.

There was then a Scottish mother and daughter team in London for a break who had taken the opportunity to top up their culinary skills. And another mother and offspring team were there, however this second particular team included a red-head mother-to-be and an infant in utero, who was not so many days away from announcing their arrival. She, likewise, was taking the opportunity to indulge in a cookery lesson before the little one came along, limiting this type of activity for the foreseeable future.

And finally, a recently graduated student (unfortunately, Kavey couldn’t recall whether it was physics or an engineering qualification the lad had attained) whose girlfriend had bought him the cookery class as a birthday treat.  Female logic prevailing, if ever their was evidence of its superiority.

So there you have it – a diverse cross section of the UK public enjoys the camaraderie and the satisfaction of partaking in cookery classes with no inhibitions or, if they had them beforehand, are soon dispersed.

So, what’s stopping you? Check out our hand-picked cookery courses or drop us a comment below if you have something to say – all comments will be replied to.