Residential Gold DofE Cookery Course: 5 Days

£950.00 5 days

(inclusive of 4 night’s accommodation)

Please call the office on 01306 730470 for availability

The Abinger Cookery School is an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the residential course meets the requirements for the Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and offers the opportunity for students to learn skills which they will take with them for the rest of their lives. These are the building blocks for the future and all part of their personal development. The chefs will be on hand to support and guide students throughout the course.


Please note the Easter dates have one week starting on a Tuesday due to the Easter weekend. 

Easter –

Tuesday 2nd April – Saturday 6th April

Summer – 

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July (FULL)

Monday 22nd July – Friday 26th July

Monday 5th August – Friday 9th August

Monday 19th August – Friday 23rd August

Autumn Half Term – 

Monday 23rd October – Friday 1st November



Complete your Gold DofE Residential Award and learn brilliant life skills which will look impressive when you apply to university or a job.

This exciting residential course is aimed at equipping you with the confidence and ability to not only cater for yourself when leaving school, but to develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment for cooking. Being able to cook is a skill you’ll use throughout your life.

You will spend five days and four nights away from home taking part in cooking activities with people you have never met before. Our chefs have created fantastic recipes for you to learn and recreate, with an emphasis on healthy eating, affordable cooking and how to avoid food waste. You will learn everything from basic knife skills to tricky seafood and delicious desserts on this intensive 5-day cookery course and you will eat and enjoy all the meals that you cook. A visit to a trout farm is included where we source our fish for the course as well as a visit to the local farm shop which has been growing watercress for many years.

We shall discuss the goals you have achieved, how the experience was and what you have learnt. We will require your DofE number to be able to sign off your assessment online on completion of the course and you will be given a Certificate of Achievement to take with you. Please make sure your objectives are completed on your portal so we can complete your assessment.

Poached eggs, avocado and slow roasted tomatoes
Salt & pepper squid
Spiced butternut squash soup
Chicken Ballotine stuffed with chorizo and basil
Chocolate Mousse with sesame brittle

Shared accommodation onsite
Free wifi
Limited onsite parking
Idyllic countryside setting, easily accessible by road & public transport

Each student will have access to the building, but we request that should they wish to go out they must return by 11pm. Please refer to the Waiver.

You will be asked to sign and return this before attending the course.

  • Please note:
    • Limited parking is available on-site. Please bring containers so you can take home any leftovers.
    • If there are 4 or less people on the course we have the right to postpone the course and offer an alternative date.
  • If you have purchased a voucher please contact us at [email protected] to redeem.
  • For bookings, please phone the office on 01306730470 or email [email protected]

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