Cookery Courses News

A host of cookery courses on offer at Bridge 67

As promised, we’re back in the Midlands today at Bridge 67 Cookery School with a more in depth look at the vast array of one-day cookery courses available in their purpose-built cooking school.

Here on, we try and cover a bit of everything and that sentiment has obviously been adopted by Bridge 67, also. Everything from cooking bread and kitchen basics to learning to prepare advanced dinner parties to suit the season it’s covered here on the farm at Smeeton Westerby (you’d almost expect Jane Marple or Tom Barnaby to be learning to cook next to you at one of the cookery school‘s six Falcon range cookers, wouldn’t you?).

As well as a wide choice of cookery classes, the school also caters for all types of customer, too. There are lessons for the amateur and the advanced chef, hands-on family days and even a cookery lesson for ‘Men in the Kitchen‘, which in itself covers eight fantastic courses, guaranteed to impress the inlaws, prospective girlfriend or even the boss and their partner, should the occasion arise.

The cookery courses are not only for the family or individual. Over winter, team building exercises in the outdoors are never really appreciated, especially when it means sacrificing a couple of days over the weekend for the pleasure of humiliating yourself in a pool of freezing mud in front of you underlings.

There is a move in the market for this type of corporate event to move from the assault course into the safe and warm of the kitchen – the results are similar, working with unfamiliar ingredients to produce a team result but there is something tangible as well as psychological to take from the combined effort and something practical you can take home.

Bridge 67 offer just this type of corporate cooking class. Whereas the focus for the individual cookery classes is very much just that, small groups with close individual attention from their professional chefs, the corporate event can cater for up to twenty hopeful chefs, with plenty of room in the 24-seat dining room above the cooking school kitchen to claim bragging rights after the event.  However, being on the farm whence the cookery class began in 2006, I’m sure they could arrange a dip into the mud if you were truly missing out on that aspect of the team-building exercise!

Join us on Monday when we explore the individual lessons in more detail, and the promised explanation of the title of the last article.  On our home page you’ll find more cookery courses to choose from if Leicestershire’s a bit too much of a trek.

Cookery School News

Bridge 67 Cookery School – above a cut

With cookery courses to suit all levels, every taste and even classes just for men, Bridge 67 Cookery School caters for just about the lot. Conveniently situated in the heart of the Midlands with the majority of its cookery courses ran as one-day affairs on a Saturday, there really is little excuse not to expand your culinary prowess, here in Leicestershire.

Set in a idyllic farm surroundings, where the basic cookery school began back in 2006, Bridge 67 now boasts its own purpose-built dual-floor school-house, thanks in part to an EDMA grant enabling the recent expansion of the business which sees cookery courses every Saturday with a liberal sprinkling of one-off courses mid-week throughout the year (2012 – Sat 7th Jan – Sat 8th Dec inclusive).

Using the original farmhouse backdrop, Jill Vickers began teaching the absolute basics of learning to cook (and before you say it, that’s not necessarily the ethos of the ‘Just for Men’ cookery class that will be showcased four times this year!). Through a deserved reputation of quality teaching, a real farm setting and, judging by the many testimonials of delighted customers on their site from over the years, a very large emphasis endorsing that learning to cook should be fun, the cookery school is now able to bring you many culinary experiences at differing levels to suit your ability.

As it mentions on their home page, it matters not whether you’re a novice and need instruction at level one basis (okay – the men’s class is pitched there) or need more refined skills through levels two and three, the cookery courses are made available to incorporate that requirement. There is even a specialist Italian class one Thursday in every month (except June and December) dedicated to cooking with Firenze and seasonal one-day events for advanced dinner parties to coincide with whichever season we happen to find ourselves.

There are spaces for the majority of the cookery classes left to run this year, all bookable through their online form; if there’s someone you know who’d benefit from the courses, you can even buy a voucher tailored to the specific event (I was going to say for a Valentine’s Day gift, but you’d have to be dead certain that sort of present was given and received in the right light!).

There’s far too much information to go into the details of the courses in one article, there are that many, so check back here tomorrow where we’ll go into the specifics of the best on offer to give you a taste of the menu they’re cooking up every week at Bridge 67 Cookery School.

p.s. the title of this article will be explained tomorrow, also…intrigued?