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Mersea Island Cookery School

Rewsalls Lane - East Mersea - Colchester - Essex - CO5 8SX
Add Your ReviewTel: (01206) 386335Website: www.merseaislandcookeryschool.co.uk
 

Mersea Island Cookery School is set in the peaceful and picturesque village of East Mersea, just over 9 miles south of Colchester town centre.

A good cookery school is always a fabulous find and the Mersea Island Cookery School certainly tops my list.  Whether you want to build your confidence and start off on the road to cooking prowess, hone your already adept skills by learning new techniques from the professionals, or just have a fabulous day out and enjoy excellent food prepared by your own fare hand, do try one of these classes, they are excellent.

The Cookery School is housed in a large, light and attractive, converted listed barn.  The long, open plan room is kitted out with wall to wall modern appliances, abundant cookware and enough spacious worktops to provide plentiful workspace for up to 10 people to practice and prepare with room to manoeuvre.

The classes are hosted by a number of acclaimed and award winning chefs, including Chris Gillard, head chef of the Michelin starred St.John restaurant, renowned for seasonal ‘nose to tail’ eating; Karl Goward, head chef of Fay Maschler’s Drapers Arms in Islington, and also responsible for setting up 'St.John Bread & Wine' in Spittalfields, London.  And Gerard Baker, a freelance chef with over 25 years experience, a regular broadcaster with Radio Four's the food programme and a columnist with The Kitchen Garden. 

The calibre of chefs may appear a little daunting; however be rest assured, the teaching methods are very down to earth, friendly, informative and enjoyable.  Think more of a day out, cooking, learning and building your confidence, whilst questioning, laughing and chatting - rather than being placed at a workspace and instructed.

The ingredients used for your delicious 3 course meal are superbly fresh and seasonal.  Being as The Mersea Island Cookery School is the sister business of ‘Ben’s Fish’ you are assured the freshest fish and seafood available, usually caught locally that very morning, as well as crisp fresh local vegetables and freshly picked herbs.

The menu you will prepare consists of straight-forward, sumptuous dishes that can easily be recreated at home; the emphasis is on fabulous ingredients, professional preparation and superb flavour.  After, selecting, preparing, cooking and learning, you will enjoy the fruits of your labours with a bountiful feast.

This is hands on cooking, using the finest of ingredients with tips, shortcuts and excellent tuition, individual attention and encouragement from a top chef.  I could not think of a better day out.

Our Summary
A good cookery school is always a fabulous find and the Mersea Island Cookery School certainly tops my list.  Housed in a large, light and attractive, converted listed barn the various classes are designed to suit beginners and professionals alike.  The classes are hosted by a number of acclaimed and award winning chefs that utilise very down to earth, friendly, informative and enjoyable teaching methods. This is hands on cooking, using the finest of ingredients with tips, shortcuts and excellent tuition and encouragement from a top chef.  I could not think of a better day out.

Classes & Workshops
The courses at The Mersea Island Cookery School change seasonally to reflect the best of produce available. Please see website for all of the latest courses.
- Seafood Suppers
- Seafood Feast - Let's Barbeque!
- Thai Seafood
- Nose to Tail Game
- Holiday Kitchen for Children
Apple & Rhubarb Muffins.
Steamed Cockles with Cider, Lovage & Parsley.
Whole Seabass with Asparagus & a Herb Vinaigrette
Rhubarb Fool with Oatmeal & Almonds
Adult Classes: £120.00
Childrens Classes: £20.00

Classes are inclusive of all food, drinks and full recipe pack.
Fact File
Course Tutors:
Each course is run by a different master chef to give you personal guidance. Tutors include renowned chefs such as Rose Sykes, Trish Hilferty, Chris Gillard, Gerard Baker and Karl Goward.
Number of Students per Session:
The courses are designed to accommodate up to 10 people.
Group Bookings:
Group bookings are welcomed, including corporate team building, or family days.
Booking Info:
Courses can be booked by contacting the cookery school via their website or phoning 01206 386335.
Gift Vouchers:
Gift vouchers are available which can be redeemed for a choice of classes within 12 months of purchase - a fab foodie gift.
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Teaching Style: 5/5     Facilities: 4/5     Food: 5/5
I have been to quite a few cookery schools in the area as I enjoy cooking and learning. I understand this school is quite new and had never heard of it before my husband informed me that he had treated me to a class. I must say that I was very impressed with the calibre of the schools chefs and completely enjoyed my day. The food was wonderful and I learn't so much. Certainly one to try.
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