Cooking made easy as ABC as The Cookery School at The Grand, York opens to children

By Anna Wolfram

The Cookery School, opening in March 2019 at The Grand, York will be offering courses for budding young chefs over the age of eight years old.

With an ever-growing interest among millennials, the story of food has never been a more gripping tale. Young adults are increasingly scrutinising the ingredients in their meals, often looking to identify organic and sustainable food products. Over the past few years, eating has been about much more than just taste, a notion conceptualised by The Grand, York in the development of its brand-new cookery school.

The school will be run by head chef tutor, Andrew Dixon, offering a selection of 43 targeted cooking classes for all ages, tastes and abilities. Bringing with him a wealth of experience in culinary excellence and a postgraduate certificate in education, he is no stranger to the art of teaching and gastronomy.

Andrew and The Cookery School team have put together their programme of classes with a view to making cooking accessible and fun to the younger generations. Learning new culinary skills from a young age not only helps children to develop a better understanding of taste, ingredients and kitchen practices, but it can also aid the development of complex maths and coordination skills as well as demonstrating the gratification of producing your own dish from start to finish.

The classes, starting from £45 (including an accompanying adult over the age of 18yrs) offer parents the opportunity to cook trial dishes with their children, without the responsibility of keeping their own kitchen clean and tidy.

The first of three parent and child classes, the Meatballs Masterclass let’s small hands lead the way in creating meatballs in a delicious tomato sauce, with tuition in cooking the perfect pasta. Their inquisitive little minds will get all their questions answered by The Cookery School’s team of professionals, before rounding off the three hour session with some homemade vanilla ice cream with salted caramel.

The second class on the programme will see children and adults alike enjoy perfecting the art of bubble and squeak, with runny poached eggs and deliciously crispy bacon. Students will partake in a demonstration of a traditional English lemon pot, with a tangy orange caramel sauce for dessert.

The aptly named Ultimate cooking class allows youngsters to indulge in the creation of the ultimate burger. They’ll be taught how to make their own patty, with a grilled bacon topping and cheese, encased in a fluffy brioche bun. The chef tutor will finish the class off with a classic party favourite, strawberry jelly and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Pre-bookings and gift vouchers are now available to purchase. For the entire programme, see here.

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