Cookery Courses & Foodie Experiences in Aberdeen City & Shire

Thursday, 17 May 2018
This post was originally published in 2016 as the result of an enquiry on my Foodie Quine by Claire Jessiman Facebook Page from someone looking for recommendations of foodie experiences in and around Aberdeen that could be suitable as Christmas gifts. It was and continues to be a very popular post and following the announcement of the upcoming closure of Nick Nairn Cookschool it seemed like a timely opportunity for an update...


Please do let me know of any Cookery Courses and Foodie Experiences in Aberdeen City and Shire that I've missed as I'd be happy to include them. 









Cook at the Nook 

CFINE, 2 Poynernook Rd, Aberdeen 


Public Classes 
CFINE's fully equipped modern training kitchen in Aberdeen offers professionally led cookery courses. 
Each class is run by a trained chef/food enthusiast who will guide you in the art of cooking in a number of disciplines including Indian Cookery, Modern Scottish, Fine Dine and Italian Cuisine, sharing their skills and experience in a hands-on environment. 
Trainees will leave ready to impress friends and family with a host of newly acquired skills. 

Corporate team building 
We offer a range of options for your staff team to get involved as part of a team building away-day. The activities can be suited to your needs and are fun and informative, and can prove eye-opening for participants.
The day can be arranged around a number of themes including food waste and food poverty/insecurity.
In the past we have done:
· Ready-steady-cook style competitive games using surplus or 'waste' food
· Creative cooking with an emergency food parcel
· Scenario based challenges like budget planning/cooking on a very low income.

Community Classes
Cook at the ‘Nook are running cooking classes where we aim to use surplus food where possible to make healthy, tasty meals on a budget. Also part of the course is that we work with our partner organisation who could help you or your group whether that be:
· Home Efficiency
· Employability
· Balancing a Budget
What services can we offer the community?
· Join one of our own Cooking on a Budget Courses
· Run your own Cooking on a Budget Course
· Hire Cook at the ‘Nook for a Community Event
· Basic Cooking skills
· Basic Knife Skills 


The Bread Maker
50/52 Rosemount Viaduct, 
Aberdeen

£100, 10am - 3pm, max 6 in a class, everything you make you take home

The Bread Maker is a commercially focused social enterprise. Situated in the heart of the city it offers a very unique course taking participants through the bread making process. 
We will give you the confidence to produce bread in your own kitchen, giving you a real talking point of any meal. 
The course covers every aspect of bread making from scratch, including hand mixing, proving, finishing and firing. Breads covered are un-yeasted breads, various whites, wholemeal, ciabatta, foccacia and pizzas. 


Garioch Community Kitchen 
Wyness Hall, Jackson Street
Inverurie

Garioch Community Kitchen is a Scottish Charity that provides practical cooking sessions for members of the local community.
  • Adults Cookery Classes
  • Childrens Cookery Classes
  • Children's Birthday Parties
  • Private or Commercial Hire


The Mixing Bowl

The Mixing Bowl is a community food interest group that meets monthly for talks, tasting, demonstrations and cooking workshops. The events are run by local food enthusiasts.
Meetings are usually held at St Devenick’s Church Hall in Bieldside unless otherwise specified. Costs vary depending on the event content but are generally between £10 to £15. Everyone is welcome but places need to be booked in advance via the website


Cook’s Day Off - Samantha Pack
Samantha Pack, the owner, Italian-British, passionate about food 
I love teaching; my style is “hands-on” workshops hence the groups aren’t more than 8/10 people (depending on the type of class).

Best selling class is Macarons: people will learn all the tricks of the trade and they are able to reproduce this beautiful delicacy. All my classes are open to any skill level.

Classes I am currently teaching:
  • MACARONS
  • GLUTEN FREE: I finally nailed the right flours combination that allows me to prepare the best fresh gluten free tagliatelle and pizza. 
  • ITALIAN BAKERY: Ciabatta bread and Pizza, restaurant style. 
  • ITALIAN DESSERTS: Tiramisu, almond Biscotti and Amaretti.
  • PASTA PARTY: how to prepare fresh pasta and learn how to use the pasta machine. Preparation of three sauces: tomatoes, basil pesto and Bolognaise.
  • CONFIDENCE TO COOK: open to THREE students only. Allows me to run almost a 1 to one class. It’s perfect to who has a very low confidence on cooking. My program covers all the possible skills. We will start from knives skills and then bakery, pasta and sauces making, puddings.


Angus & Oink
www.angusandoink.com
BBQ School


Cocoa Ooze 
New Jasmine House, Greenbank Place, East Tullos, 
Aberdeen 
2 hour workshop - £38.50 

Come and try our tasty chocolate making workshops with our master chocolatiers. Whether it's someone's birthday, hen party, girls day out or just an excuse to get together and learn the art of chocolate making, Cocoa Ooze can cater to all occasions. 
You and your group will learn how to make truffles & chocolate bars and experiment with flavours. Taste testing is a crucial part in making the chocolates so you will be delighted to hear that we do encourage this. Whatever you make on the day you will be able to package and take home with you. That is of course if you don't eat it all at the workshop.. 


Wark Farm 
Cushnie, Alford, Aberdeenshire
Butchery Experience - half day £75 (Butchery & Meat Cookery) whole day £120 (Butchery, Farming and Meat Cookery) 

Wark Farm is offering vouchers for half and whole butchery and meat cookery days, giving you the opportunity to test your knife skills, learn more about how to cook different cuts and find out what's involved in rearing organic sheep and cattle. 


Eat On The Green 
Udny Green,Ellon 

Chef for the day - half day £100 - includes a light lunch, full day £200 and includes a 4 course dinner 

Offering a unique experience for people of all cookery skills and abilities the Chef for a Day package gives you the opportunity for some one-to-one tuition and the chance to experience the buzz and excitement of a busy professional kitchen; learning new skills and techniques, whilst producing mouth-watering dishes which can be re-created at home. The day starts with a chat with Craig Wilson, owner/proprietor, following this you will meet with the kitchen brigade and then will be put to work helping to prepare for the busy lunch and dinner services. 


Kincardine Cookery 
Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O'Neil, Aboyne 

Group courses start at £75 and include a delicious lunch. Private lessons are tailored to your own foodie interests and tastes, and prices start from £150 plus ingredients. 

Louisa and Rupert were teachers at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London before moving up to Aberdeenshire in 2015. They currently run Kincardine Cookery, a private catering company, that also offers cookery teaching. They run regular courses throughout the year at Kincardine Castle and can provide private lessons for individuals or small groups in your own home. Courses cover everything from how to chop an onion to advanced pastry, bread and butchery skills. 


Brunch & Learn
Classes can be booked at www.joshealthycupboard.co.uk

Nicola and Jo's plant-based classes are held once a month at No1 in Banchory in beautiful Deeside.
The classes are aimed at those who want to learn more about plant-based cooking and desserts.
Nicola has cooked her way around the world bringing international flavours to your plates and Jo runs Jo's Healthy Cupboard and has been making healthy treats and desserts for over 3 years.
Neither are trained chefs but both extremely passionate about plant-based and healthier cooking.
At a brunch & learn workshop you will watch as Nicola and Jo prepare delicious savoury and sweet treats with a different theme each month.
Guests also get to eat their food in a relaxing and fun environment. Everyone goes home with the recipes to make delicious plant-based food at home.


Thaikhun 
Union Square, Aberdeen 

Learn to cook Tasty Thai at Thaikhun - £59 per head 

Our Cookery and Cocktail classes run every Sunday at 10am and can hold up to maximum 15 people.
Course includes - One cocktail (Coconut Mojito), two courses, recipe cards and a Thaikhun apron. 


Chaophraya 
1 Union Terrace, Aberdeen 

Escape your home kitchen for a session learning how to master Thai food with us here at Chaophraya. 
Sessions run every Sunday at midday. £69 per person. 

Cooking classes feature: 
  • Welcome fruit punch on arrival 
  • Introduction to Thai ingredients and where to source them 
  • Watch a short demonstration by our Chef 
  • Try your hand at cooking two dishes 
  • Tasting session 
  • Chaophraya Apron 


Shirley Vass Venezuelan Cooking

Originally from Venezuela Shirley has lived in Aberdeenshire since 2003. 
Cooking workshops are held mainly at Number One, Banchory AB31 5SE. 
Workshops usually last 2 hours and the cost per person is £30.

I am not a trained chef, just a Mum who loves to cook and enjoys teaching others. I just want to initiate people into the world of the Arepa, perhaps the most famous and loved dish of the Venezuelan cuisine. During the workshop, participants will have the chance to learn more about the origins and evolution of the Arepa and actually prepare it along with the 3 most popular fillings. We would also enjoy a traditional Venezuelan homemade lemonade and time permitting we'll learn how to prepare some quick side dishes/tapas. After the workshop, we would all enjoy the product of our efforts. At-home cooking sessions, hen parties and Birthday cooking parties are also available. Arepas are gluten-free, and very versatile, which allows you to adapt it to a vegan or vegetarian diet. 



Pan Asia
64 Bridge Street, Aberdeen
£70/ per person - 3 hour session - every Sunday 5-8 p.m
www.panasiaaberdeen.co.uk
Each lesson will be limited to a group of minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 people.
You must be over 18 years of age to use this experience, all ingredients requiring cutting and chopping will be pre-done for you (sorry no handling of knife).

Impress your guests with your culinary skills. Learn from the finest, both our seasoned Chefs will be at hand to give you a personalized cooking lesson.
One cocktail (or Mocktail for teetotallers) – Start by mixing yourself a cocktail under the guidance of our Restaurant Manager, enjoy the thrill of being behind our bar.
Starter – Learn to cook our famous Thai Tom Yum soup (with chicken or Vegetables), under the supervision of our Chef.
Mains – Lamb Saag (or Paneer for vegetarians) with rice, our Chef has perfected this recipe and he is willing to share his secret with you.



Little Buddha Bakes
Debbie Thornton
https://www.facebook.com/littlebuddhadebbie/
Raw & Vegan Food Workshops



North East Scotland College (NESCOL)
Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen

Part time courses to help you master the art of recreational cooking and baking.
Subjects include breadmaking, cake decoration, can't cook need to cook! fine dining, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Itallan, Scottish, gluten free, vegetarian, home baking, desserts and more.

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