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
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
LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS, OXFORDSHIRE
The 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
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
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