Culinary Classrooms | Top Cookery Schools

From home cooking to professional diplomas, our guide to the region’s top five cookery schools…

LE CORDON BLEU, LONDON W1

With more than 120 years of teaching experience, this world-renowned school teaches amateurs and professionals alike. Day courses include shellfish, chocolate and vegetarian cuisine.
Cost: From £175 for one day to £28,465 for the nine-month Grand Diplome
Tel: 020 7400 3900
cordonbleu.net

LEITHS SCHOOL OF FOOD AND WINE, LONDON W1

Learn to cook everything from tapas, dim-sum, roasts and curries at this wellrespected school. With knife skills to teenagers’ classes, cheese-making to food photography, there’s something for everyone.
Cost: From £95 for a day workshop to £21,265 for a three-term diploma.
Tel: 020 8749 6400
leiths.com

LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS, OXFORDSHIRE

cookery schoolsThe school is in the two-Michelin-star Manoir kitchens in Great Milton so you can watch the sous-chefs and Monsieur Blanc at work. Classes are led by head tutor Mark Peregrine and his team.
Cost: £185 for a half-day to £4,300 for a four-day residential course.
Tel: 01844 278881
manoir.com

TANTE MARIE CULINARY ACADEMY, SURREY

Amateurs can sign up to Mastering Macarons, Perfect Pasta or men-only courses, while serious chefs can opt for a range of professional qualifications.
Cost: £155 for a day course, to £20,750 for a three-term Cordon Bleu diploma course.
Tel: 01483 726957
tantemarie.co.uk

THE NOVELLI ACADEMY, HERTFORDSHIRE

Based at Jean-Christophe Novelli’s home in Tea Green just outside Luton, his courses range from French classics to seafood, while resident chefs run classes on Ghanaian, Tuscan and Indian cuisine.
Cost: From £195 for a one-day course to £995 with accommodation
Tel: 01582 454070
jeanchristophenovelli.com

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