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Swinton Cookery School – The Swinton Estate. Masham. Yorkshire

Swinton Cookery School is a relaxed, open demonstration kitchen housed in a converted Georgian stable wing adjacent to Swinton Park hotel, excellent for the preparation and skillful handling of great food and fine wine.

Set in 20,000 acres of idyllic countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Swinton Cookery School is renowned for making the most of local game and fresh produce. Using fruit, vegetables and herbs from its four-acre walled garden, alongside venison, rabbit and smoked trout from the Swinton Estate, you’ll learn how to cook sustainably through each season.

The Location

Swinton Cookery School is located at Swinton Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The school sits adjacent to the magnificent Swinton Park Hotel – a luxury Grade II listed family owned estate, home to Earl and Countess of Swinton –  it’s easy to combine your course with a well-deserved overnight break, if you choose, and a plethora of outdoor pursuits including foraging, fishing,  and even staying at their Swinton Bivouac glamping site with luxury tree lodges and meadow yurts!

The Cookery School

Awarded by our ICSA inspectors as a ‘Centre of Excellence for Game’, the cookery school is housed in a converted Georgian stable wing, surrounded by open parkland as part of the private estate, including their walled wild gardens and planters which feed both the cookery school and two restaurants. Step into the relaxed, open demonstration kitchen, and you’ll enter a world of culinary delights – from masterful baking to the secrets of cooking for health and wellbeing, overseen by Chef Tutor Marc Williams.

How to Book

Booking a course at Swinton Cookery School is easy. Contact them direct, and mention your interest in ICSA, Here

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The Team

Courses at Swinton Cookery School are led by head chef tutor, Marc Williams. Marc is passionate about using produce grown on the estate to inspire students of all abilities with seasonal flavours. Having worked alongside distinguished chefs including Shaun Rankin, Lisa Allen and Tommy Banks, Marc – who previously received a Michelin Bib Gourmand award when Head Chef at the local two AA Rosette General Tarleton restaurant – has a natural aptitude for teaching and a flair for innovation.

Known for his accomplished culinary background Marc Williams combines a natural aptitude for teaching with technical skill and a flair for recipe innovation.

“I really enjoy using the Estate’s abundant seasonal produce to develop recipes for our students that are not only packed with flavour, but accessible for cooks of all abilities. Whether you’re an experienced chef or keen novice, 5 or 95, I’m sure there is a course for you to choose. For those with a specific interest in fine dining we have a Michelin Secrets course which passes on the skills I have picked up over the years at some of the top restaurants.”

The Courses

Whether it’s a half-day course or a full residential programme, there’s something for every budding chef. Swinton’s current cookery courses include:

• Seasonal | Learn how to cook with the seasons and make use of what’s grown locally at different times of year.

• Wellness | Discover how to cook for better health and heal your skin from within with Swinton’s specialist wellness cookery courses, hosted by expert nutritionists.

• Baking | From artisan bread making to melt-in-the-mouth pastries and rich gateaux’s, you’ll learn the key techniques required in the world of baking.

• Game | Watch the experts as they show you how to prepare, cook and serve a rich variety of seasonal game, from pheasant to venison.

• Meat & Poultry | Mastering meat dishes is a fine art; discover what it takes to prepare, cook and carve the perfect Sunday lunch, then enjoy the fruits of your labour.

• Fish & Shellfish | Bring more healthy fish dishes into your diet and learn how to fillet, break down and perfectly cook fresh fish and seafood.

• International Dishes | From the traditional Fresh brasserie style to a masterclass in the flavours of the Middle East, explore our international cookery courses.

• Kids Courses | Learning how to cook is a fun activity that the whole family can get involved in. Swinton runs half-day courses for ages 6-9, and 10-14.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the Chef’s Table experience. Relax and let their Chef serve, as he prepares a gourmet menu for you and your guests, passed at the kitchen counter. With a wealth of experience from all over the world, the Chef brings cooking to life with an array of skills and anecdotes that will fulfill anyone with a love for food. Up to 100% of ingredients sourced from the Swinton Estate grounds. Read more on Chefs Table Experiences and purchase Cookery Experience Certificates here

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Swinton Park Estate Cookery School.
North Yorks

Telephone 01765 680900


Swinton Estate Cookery School. Yorkshire.

Celebrating 25 years if inspirational cookery courses, Ashburton in the heart of Devon is one of the UK’s top, private cookery schools.

Offering more than 40 different cookery courses, lessons are taught by professional chef tutors who have worked in some of the UK’s most prestigious kitchens. Courses are aimed at home cooks of all standards, with a Chef’s Academy for the career cooks.

Whether your aim is to take your cookery skills to the next level, to cook for family and friends, or you want to learn to cook as a professional, Ashburton has a cookery course for you. The school also offers offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation to students in historic houses in central Ashburton. For more serious cooks, the school is currently enrolling for its 20-week Professional Culinary Diploma and new 20-week Patisserie Diploma, both commencing in January.

Stella West-Harling MBE founded the cookery school in 1992 choosing Ashburton for its beautiful location and local organic food producers. She was an early pioneer of organic restaurants in the country.

Ashburton Cookery School, Devon

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