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Thermomix cookery demo at Middleton Cheney

The Thermomix is just one of those cook at home products that you buy with the greatest intentions of using week in, week out, but inevitably ends up in its box in a cupboard until you feel the need to impress upon someone the fact that

1. you own one, and

2. you know how to use it.

Contrary to this belief, those who have learnt to cook using this machine swear by it and those who don’t prefer it where it is, skulking next to the vegetable microwave steamer underneath your worktop.

But fear not, you would-be Thermomix magicians – a cookery course is on the horizon that will have you whipping out your wand at the drop of a witches hat to amaze, astound and impress your friends. And what’s more, it can actually make your life easier and healthier, too.

At the Pudding Pie cookery school on Weds 28th March there is a FREE demonstration of what the Thermomix can do for you in your kitchen, whilst freeing your time to get on with your life. The cookery course begins at 6.30pm on the dot and runs until 9pm, with free parking and refreshments laid on, to boot.

There is, if you’re either shy or want to take your cooking to the next level with this appliance, a chance to book a private cookery class behind closed doors and away from prying eyes. Don’t want the competition or guests to know your secret, right? You can book the private cookery class on site.

But that’s not all the Pudding Pie cookery school is all about, no!

In the late eighties and nineties we saw the popularity of outdoor pursuits for the purpose of corporate team building eclipse all other manner of company strategy for encouraging communication between staff on similar levels across an organisation.

Whether it’s health and safety or people just don’t want to give up their weekend for three days of getting stomped on and covered in mud in a valley in South Wales, who knows, but cookery courses seem to be the en vogue method adopted by management strategists to break down inter-company barriers, replacing rope bridges and DIY role-play stretchers (yep, been there!). At Pudding Pie Cookery School they have a whole host of flexible cooking classes that the employee with the (somewhat dubious) responsibility of organising the next corporate event can tailor to bring their colleagues together.

From Team Building events to simply hosting a meeting room with accompanying buffet, the culinary experts can accommodate your corporate requirement.

These are simply two niches that the Pudding Pie Cookery School cater for – there are many more on their site, from chalet maid classes, to hosting parties for the gent about to tie the knot with a Bachelor/Stag Cookery party – let’s hope the two don’t fall on the same evening; could get messy! – and the more standard fare of classes and demos you’d expect when enrolling on a cookery course.

There are still spaces available for the Thermomix cooking class, which you can book on site; the location is the Pudding Pie Cookery School in Middleton Cheney.

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Cookery courses in London – for your scrumptious pumpkins

There is never a better age to learn to cook in a safe, professional environment than when your brain is more receptive to new ideas in your formative years. And Scrumptious Pumpkin know exactly that, a cookery school for children based in Woodford Green, London.

The cookery courses are run by two mums eminently qualified to teach children, from pre-schoolers to 16 year olds, a little bit about what they’ve picked up in the kitchen, as well as the values of working in teams in an environment outside the classroom, somewhere Janet would know all about from her background as a secondary school teacher.

With Melissa, a marketeer from The Smoke itself, they put together weekend and a dedicated schedule of cookery classes after school for the budding young chefs and chefesses to add to their extra curricular activity list.

The next ‘blocks’ of after-school, Monday advanced cookery courses are about to kick off, predominantly for secondary school pupils, with a five-week series of classes for 8-14 year olds running from next Monday, 27th Feb through March up to Monday 26th, inclusive. Class times 4.15 – 6.00pm.

The girls then have a well-earned half-hour break until the 14-16 year olds take over between 6.30 – 7.30, that’s for a six-week stint, starting tonight (20th Feb), again concluding on 26th March. Block-booking prices are £100 for the 8-14 year old five-week cooking course and £90 for the six-week 14-16 year band’s lessons in the art of cuisine.

The 4.15 spot is taken over tonight, Monday 20th Feb, by a spot encompassing both sets of secondary school pupils who can attend a pancake cooking class special where, for £20, attendees learn not just how to make the perfect pancake but also a whole host of scrummy fillings to go with. And what’s best, you get to eat everything you prepare, cook and toss!

If tonight’s a bit short notice, why not save yourself for one of the Mother’s Day special cookery classes? On Saturday 17th March (Happy St. Pat’s!), the girls are putting on three two-hour stints for a wide-ranging group of pupils looking to give their mom a break on Mothering Sunday.

The classes are open to 4yrs-teenagers and dads are especially invited for this advance-booking only lesson, too. For £40, one adult and one child can learn to cook a veritable treat of a menu to give mom a break when the big day comes. The three separate classes kick off at 9.45, 12.45 and 3.45, each for two hours, giving Janet and Melissa just about time to do the washing up in between!

With plenty more cookery courses for the eager young chef, find a time to suit your budding Jamie or Nigella at Scrumptious Pumpkin.

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Telegraph cooking course in London – £36! But be quick.

Have you ever wanted to sample a cookery course but never quite been able to justify the sometimes eye-watering prices for an art you may be a total failure at? Well now you can get a whopping 54% off an evening cookery class in conjunction with the Open Kitchen and The Telegraph at Hoxton, in London – making this an ideal sampler for those exotic tastes you thought learning to cook would be forever beyond your budget.

However, you’ll have to act quickly for this one-time only offer from the newspaper; although the class-dates run from February 16th right up until mid-May, the special price is only available for a very limited time and subject to demand.

If you’ve ever wondered just what Irie Caribbean’s all about, or how the Japanese and Thai peoples get their foods so fresh-tasting or you just wanted to be reminded of those lazy days spent around The Med or far-flung adventures in South Africa by the food you prepare, you can choose from anyone of those native menus at this part demo/part hands-on two-hour introduction cookery school.

Not only will you have the benefit of the experience of one of the Open Kitchen’s skilled, professional chefs as an endearing memory of the evening, but you can also keep the apron with which you’ll be provided as well as the recipe card for your chosen cookery class .

The classes, run at the Open Kitchen, 40 Hoxton Street, London, are not aimed at any particular level of culinary expertise, but suitable for all. Yes, they are meant to be informative, but there is also a big dollop of fun involved, too.

The welcome pack you receive on arrival contains all of the evenings ingredients, the afore-mentioned apron and a complete itinerary of what the cooking course entails. It kicks off dead on 7pm, but you are welcome to arrive early for a local beer or English wine.  The focus, as with The Great British Menu with which you may have already associated the ‘Open Kitchen’ name, is proud of locally foraged ingredients and likes to uphold the traditions from the days when Britannia ruled the kitchen!

During the two hour stint, you will learn to prepare your two-course meal in the chosen discipline, watch the professional chef do it properly and then it’s your turn to follow in their footsteps whilst at your very own work station. From Japanese teriyaki to a cookery lesson in Thai vegetables, herbs and spices, from a complete cruise around all-ports in The Med to the other end of Africa with an Angolan treat or a Caribbean Jerk special, the cookery courses really do take you on a trip around the world’s taste buds.

There is a bit of fine print to read as well as details and timetables of cooking courses and how you book and claim your ticket, as well as a little more about the Open Kitchen, whose site you will need to visit to finalise your booking. To get this information on the Telegraph’s pages, click here […] – enjoy!

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More than Basil in this Thai cookery course

If you ever find yourself in Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai District (easy for you to say) in North West Thailand and fancy learning to cook like the locals, then Basil Cookery School is ready and waiting for you six days a week, mornings or evenings, for a four and half hour sortee into every component that makes up your traditional Thai meal.

With a deep commitment to deliver an enjoyable cookery school experience for one of the most popular styles of menu on the globe, the Basil Cookery School have done everything to simplify the process, as you get to do all of the cooking for seven – yep, 7 – different courses. They’ll even pick you up from and drop you back to your accomodation, providing you’re staying within the district of Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai.

There may be many happy memories you bring back with you from Thailand, but this is something very practical you can practise time and again when you get back home. Never remembered anything like that you’ve done before? Don’t worry – for the cookery class price of 1,000 BHAT you get the entire colour Basil recipe book to bring home with you!

Thai food is one of the most healthy of the popular food-styles and you get to choose one from three possible options for the six available courses, plus how to make your own curry paste. The six cooking courses consist of Noodles, Curry, Soup, Stir-fry, Starters, Desserts and then the all-important Pastes.

What sets this cooking school apart is that, whether you opt for the morning 09:00 to 13:30 class or evening 16:00 – 20:30 lesson, numbers are limited to a minimum of one to a maximum if seven people, so you are always guaranteed help close to hand, although the recipes are simplified to be able to easily recreate when you get back home to the UK.

They have the passion and knowhow and are just dying to share that experience in their ‘clean and clear’ kitchens, top-end implements and using only fresh, locally-produced products. All ingredients are grown within the district, bought from the local market and you will learn all about the parts the herbs, spices and vegetables play in delivering that undeniable Thai taste, in the palm of your hands forever once you attend this unique cooking class.

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Forget out-door team-building – go cooking!

Okay, we’ve all been there – you’re sitting at your desk, Friday afternoon envisioning that first froth-topped Stella Artois – and it lands: the e-mail from on high, just in time to ruin your weekend.

Not, perhaps, the weekend you’re planning directly after that first Belgian brew, but coming soon to a team-leader near you: the team-building weekend.

These e-mails have an inevitability – there is always something in the air, someone’s had a sniff of what the bosses have got cooking and you just know what’s coming’s going to leave a nasty aftertaste.

And for what? The chance to get muddy with people you can hardly bear working with, let alone give up your free time for and the added bonus of earache at home because that particular person your better half can’t stand’s going to have to go, too?

The next time you catch wind of this type of activity wafting through the ivory towers, pre-empt them. Cooking classes are now available for just this type of corporate event, such as the one run at The Cook School by Martin Wishart in Leith, near Edinburgh.

These bespoke cookery classes come in a variety of guises for small to medium-sized parties, whether you just want to get together to execute a small dinner party or go for a larger group with a real hands-on team building extravaganza.

And the best of it is, you get to eat your efforts – much better than coming home after three nights in a Welsh valley with nothing but blisters and a black mark against your name because you spoke out of turn around the pool table playing ‘Killer’ for shots – oh, yes – been there!

You really can tailor your one-off cookery course to suit your business needs.

All of The Cook School’s facilities are for hire; if you want to impress friends, relatives and work associates in a more controlled atmosphere, you can hire the designer private room with a demonstration of a variety of set Michelin-rated courses before serving, yourself.

But the guys and girls have put some real effort into offering team-building sessions for would-be cooks’ classes of 15-25 or demonstrations catering for 20 people. But if you want to keep it small, there’s a hands-on cookery class with personal tuition for eight people also available.

À la carte or horse before the cart – I’ll leave that up to you; click through to home for the link to The Cook School to start preparing your corporate team-building day out in Edinburgh.