Ashburton Chefs Academy

Introduction

When you are choosing a cookery course make sure you choose the best cookery school for your training. The Ashburton Chefs Academy has a reputation for inspirational cookery courses, excellent chef tutors, top class ingredients and a stunning location. That's why we have been nominated as "Cookery School of the Year" in the Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards for the last 3 years.

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A TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS

We have been successfully running cookery courses 7 days a week, 350 days a year for the last 10 years, and are rated as one of the most successful cookery schools in the country. We welcome over 5000 students to our cookery school a year.

We have been recognised with the following awards:

  • Food & Travel Magazine – Winner of Cookery School of the Year 2013
  • Small Business of the Year – Winner WMN Business Awards 2013
  • British Cookery School Awards –People's Choice Award Best Cookery School 2013
  • British Cookery School Awards –Winner Best English Cookery School 2012
  • British Cookery School Awards –Winner Best Large Cookery School 2012
  • Food & Travel Magazine – Winner of Cookery School of the Year 2012

More important is the feedback of our students. Students are invited to rate our performance at the end of each course they take - over 3 years we have a 99% positive customer satisfaction rating with over 80% of students rating us 5 out of 5 stars.

A WIDE RANGE OF SCHEDULED COURSES

We offer over 40 scheduled cookery courses from half-day courses and weekend breaks to professional culinary qualifications. You are sure to find a course to meet your skill level, and your area of interest. What's more, because our schedule is published and fixed for at least the next 6 months, you can plan your cookery courses with confidence.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING PATH TO SUIT YOU

We have created a unique range of courses with defined skill levels to suit you whatever your previous cookery experience. Whether you are new to cookery, an enthusiastic home cook or a professional chef, you will find a level of cookery and a route of training that is perfect for you.

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PROFESSIONAL CHEF TUTORS

When you choose a cookery school you need to be sure that the training you are going to receive is to the highest standard. At the Ashburton Chefs Academy, all of our chef tutors are professional chefs with extensive experience in catering, working as head chefs in highly rated restaurants.

They work full-time for the cookery school and they are constantly developing the courses to the highest level. We believe the quality of training offered by our professional chef tutors is unrivaled amongst cookery schools, and is the reason so many of our students come back to us.

SMALL GROUP SIZES

Our average class size is 10 students. Our experienced chef tutors know that not everyone learns at the same pace, or in the same way, and so whilst you will work together as a group and in pairs, you will also receive plenty of individual attention from your chef tutors.

HANDS-ON TRAINING

At The Ashburton Chefs Academy we believe the best way to learn to cook is by actually cooking not watching. Our courses are geared to maximising the amount of practical cookery you will perform during each day. All ingredients are pre-prepared for you for the start of each day, washing up is taken care of, and a kitchen assistant works to assist the chef and students throughout the day.

Our kitchens are designed to feel as close to a home kitchen as possible and you can be sure that any skills or recipes you learn with us can be just as easily replicated at home as in a professional kitchen.

SUSTAINABLE, ETHICAL, LOCAL, ORGANIC

From day one we have been committed to using the finest quality, ethically sourced produce we can. The quality of ingredients in Devon is outstanding and we are lucky to have some fantastic suppliers right on our doorstep in Ashburton.

Our food is grown and sourced locally as much as possible to reduce 'food miles' and to support local producers. We insist on knowing the provenance of our food, and that it is sustainable and ethically produced. The difference in quality can be tasted in every dish.

PRACTICAL COOKERY YOU WILL USE

All of our courses have been designed to be as accessible and practical as possible for preparation at home.

The ingredients we use are easily sourced from everyday suppliers, and you wont find a focus on rare or exotic ingredients that often take longer to find than to make the recipe itself.

For any 'out-of-the-ordinary' ingredients, we will always recommend another alternative that you can find easily. We are also conscious that food budgets need to go further these days, and develop our recipes to be affordable a well as delicious.

A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN

Students tell us that they enjoy the warm and friendly environment at The Ashburton Chefs Academy and they like the sense of 'ownership' of the space they are working in and staying in. There are plenty of quiet areas, both inside and outside for breaks during and after your course, and at the end of a thrilling day in the kitchen, the picturesque town of Ashburton offers some good pubs, restaurants and shops to explore.

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Diploma

Diploma in Professional Patisserie

Campus Full time 20 weeks January 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

Patisserie requires a mastery of technique combined with imagination. Our intensive professional skills courses will teach you the fundamental skills required by the modern Pastry Chef. [+]

Patisserie requires a mastery of technique combined with imagination. Our intensive professional skills courses will teach you the fundamental skills required by the modern Pastry Chef. Our 20 week Diploma in Professional Patisserie course is an intensive, professional level programme designed to give you the skills of the modern Pastry Chef. Pastry Chefs are always in demand in the catering industry from working in top restaurants, creating breads, pastries and desserts in a catering business, or making the delicate delights of the classic patisserie. Pastry and baking requires a different skill set from working as chef de cuisine. An attention to detail, precision, patience and organisation are the traits required to be a successful Pastry Chef. This course has been designed to prepare you for the industry and is lead by our highly experienced Pastry Chef Tutors who will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques required to master this exciting craft. Whilst our course incorporate the necessary theory required, we maximise the amount of practical training and the majority of your time will be spent in the kitchen. WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR? Typical ambitions of those that take this course include: launching a career as a pastry chef; working in a Patisserie; launching a catering business; extending chef skills; personal development WHY CHOOSE US Expert tuition by experienced Pastry Chef tutors. Industry recognised Patisserie qualification. Small class-sizes. Good career prospects. Quality training experience. Patisserie requires a mastery of technique combined with imagination. Our intensive professional skills courses will teach you the fundamentals skills required by the modern Pastry Chef. Course Content Our Diploma in Professional Patisserie offers the full spectrum of training to give you the skills to work as Pastry Chef in a commercial kitchen, launch your own Patisserie business, or extend your culinary skills. Under the guidance of our expert Pastry Chef Tutors you will learn the fundamental techniques and disciplines of the modern Pastry Chef, graduating with the confidence and skills for future success. You will be taught the relevant theory to understand the underlying science and technique, plus you will benefit from regular masterclass demonstrations. However this is an intensive, practical course and you will learn by doing with around 24 hours a week (in addition to theory) working in the kitchen perfecting your craft. You will enjoy working in an enjoyable, modern learning environment with expert tutors with a wealth of experience who will inspire you to become the best chef you can be. SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN Baking Science Bread Baking Viennoisserie Cake Making Custards /Sauces Meringues / Creams / Fillings / Glazes Classical Pastry Biscuit Making Petit Fours Souffle & Frozen Desserts Gelatine Set Desserts Gateaux and Petit Gateaux Plated Desserts Decorative Mediums Typical Recipes Croissant, Brioche, Viennoisserie, Artisan breads. Puff Pastry, Choux Pastry, Sweet pastry, Shortcrust pastry. Genoise sponge, Scones, Sacher-torte. Panna Cotta, Créme Brulée, Chocolate Mousse. Caramel Sauce, Sauce Anglaise, Créme Patisserie Macaroons, Biscotti, Pate Sablé, Arnhem Biscuits Tarte au Citron, Tarte Bourdalone, Mille Feuille Chocolate Tempering, Chocolate Coppeaux Chocolate Truffles, Ganache, Pate de Fruits Iced Souffle, Gateaux, Fruit Compote, Praline Ice Creams, Sorbet, Granita French baguette, Stöllen, Cannelés, Rye Bread, Potato bread. Petit Gateaux: Hazelnut Dacquoise, Japanaise Milk Chocolate Geleé, Jaconde, Financiers, Paris-Brest Pink grapefruit and basil tarte Chocolate Assiette, Schezwan Pineapple, Apple Mille-feuille, Carpacico Pineapple, Basil Sorbet Sugar centre-piece, Chocolate moulding, Nougat Montelimar Madeleines, Tuile biscuits Caramel ice-cream, Lemon sorbet, Pink Grapefruit granita, Brandy Alexandra [-]

Professional Culinary Diploma

Campus Full time 20 weeks United Kingdom

At the Ashburton Chefs Academy our mission is to launch the careers of the future stars of the culinary world. The Professional Culinary Diploma is a prestigious training programme designed to launch your career as a professional chef of the highest calibre, ready to meet the demands of today's employers. [+]

At the Ashburton Chefs Academy our mission is to launch the careers of the future stars of the culinary world. The Professional Culinary Diploma is a prestigious training programme designed to launch your career as a professional chef of the highest calibre, ready to meet the demands of today's employers. Becoming a top chef takes ambition, dedication, passion and skill. The UK is in the midst of a culinary renaissance and employers are demanding qualified, skilled and creative chefs. Despite this demand there is currently a huge skills shortage within the industry for qualified chefs. We extend our training to develop the full range of skills and qualities needed to be a modern head chef from core cooking skills to management to leadership skills and beyond. Over the course of this 6 month programme we will: Develop your culinary skills to a professional level. Prepare you for a career as a head chef. Inspire you to become the best cook you can be. Graduating from the Professional Culinary Diploma sets you out as a committed professional, ahead of the competition, possessing not only excellent cooking skills, but also the managerial skills that employers are crying out for. WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR? Typical ambitions of those that take this course include: launching a career as a professional chef; opening a cafe, pub, bistro or restaurant; launching a catering business; personal development, gap year Certificates & Qualifications Ashburton Chefs Academy Professional Culinary Diploma QCF Level 4 Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety WSET Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Wines Leadership in the Kitchen Course Content Students will receive a comprehensive training programme that will develop the qualities and skills required to become a successful chef. We take a modern approach to chef development working to build the full range of skills and qualities required by today's chefs. Our 'Total Chef' training delivers a modern approach to chef development and is unique to the Ashburton Chefs Academy focusing on three areas of development which we call Hands, Head, Heart. HANDS A chef is nothing without a mastery of the practical skills to create great food. We will teach you all of the fundamental cookery skills required to enter a professional kitchen with confidence, ready to deal with any challenge. Around 70 days of your course content will be dedicated to developing your core cooking skills and a complete understanding of the essential cookery concepts and skills. This will include theory sessions and chef demonstrations, but predominantly you will be working in the kitchen. Real World Experience - Towards the end of your course, you will also experience the pressure and excitement of cooking for paying customers as you prepare and deliver a 5-course tasting menu to guests at the Ashburton Dining Club. Skills You Will Learn Knife Skills Professional Kitchen Skills Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails & canapes Meat, Poultry & Game Fish & Shellfish Yeast Products, Bakery & Pastry Pastries, Desserts & Confectionery Farinaceous Dishes Terrine Dishes Stocks, Sauces & Dressings Soups Vegetables & Salads Presentation Skills Wine & Food Matching Menu Planning Sous Vide and more HEAD A successful chef is a thinking chef, and we will expose you to concepts and ideas from the outset that will build your confidence as a chef. We will explore valuable areas such as: Food Hygiene You will take the industry standard 3 day CIEH qualification for head chefs to ensure you are fully trained in this essential area of catering. Kitchen Management It's one thing to cook a dish, but managing a professional kitchen requires specific organisational skills. Costings. Profit Margins. We will prepare you for that role. Managing the supply chain To find the best flavours, you need to source great ingredients. We will show you how to develop a portfolio of food producers and nurture these relationships to give you the best results. Leadership in the kitchen A professional bespoke 3 day program on how best to manage and motivate a team in the kitchen. Menu Planning You will learn to develop menus taking into consideration event themes, styles of service, seasonality, budgets, and special diets. Wine You will learn to appreciate and identify wine with the WSET Foundation in Wine course. Food Allergies & Nutrition A customer with a food intolerance or dietary requirement is just as important as any other. We teach you what you need to know to be prepared for and accommodate a range of dietary requirements. Wine You will learn to appreciate and identify wine with the WSET Foundation in Wine course. HEART Great cooking comes from the heart! Students that are accepted on the Professional Culinary Diploma are committed, ambitious and are passionate about food and cooking. We will focus your passion to enrich and inspire your cooking. Inspiring Guest Lectures You will meet some of the most inspirational chefs in the region who have earned a reputation for excellence in their chosen area, along with artisans such as master butchers and fishmongers to give you great depth to your knowledge. Field Trips & Visits You will meet some of the food producers behind the ingredients you will be working with and we will help foster an interest and understanding of the importance of the path from land and sea to plate. Ethics & Issues And we will explore some of the ethical choices to be made in catering today and some of the wider environmental issues that affect us all. [-]

Certificate

Certificate in Professional Cookery

Campus or Online Full time 4 weeks November 2016 United Kingdom Exeter

The Certificate in Professional Cookery is an accredited 4-week chef foundation program designed to teach amateur cooks the skills required to cook to a professional standard. At the end of the course you will have the skills to start your career as a junior chef in a professional kitchen, launch your own catering enterprise, or simply enjoy the life skills of an accomplished cook. [+]

The Certificate in Professional Cookery is an accredited 4-week chef foundation program designed to teach amateur cooks the skills required to cook to a professional standard. At the end of the course you will have the skills to start your career as a junior chef in a professional kitchen, launch your own catering enterprise, or simply enjoy the life skills of an accomplished cook. Over 4 weeks, this structured course will give you expert training from our experienced chef tutors in modern cookery techniques. This course incorporates a Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills QCF qualification accredited by the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality. This course offers over 30 hours of practical cookery a week to teach you to the core skills required to cook to a professional standard, whether in a restaurant kitchen, a cafe, a ski chalet or as part of a catering business. WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR? Typical ambitions of those that take this course include: launching a career as a professional chef; launching a catering business; opening a cafe or bistro; working as a cook/host in ski chalets or on boats. life skills and personal development. Certificates & Qualifications Ashburton Chefs Academy Certificate in Professional Cookery CTH Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering Course Content Food safety & hygiene Professional kitchen practices Knife skills Mise-en-place Vegetable preparation Stocks, soups and sauces Prepare meat, poultry & fish Pastry, cakes, biscuits & breads Farinaceous dishes Desserts & Patisserie Vegetarian dishes Canapes Modern Cooking Techniques Plating & Presentation Skills [-]