Frequently Asked Questions
We try our best to accommodate for special dietary requirements. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 73726108 if you would like to know whether your allergy can be accomodated on a particular course. It is the customer's responsibility to inform us of any dietary requirements at least 3 days before the course and this can be done at point of booking. Alternatively contact the school to let us know in advance so that, where possible, we can adjust the course accordingly for you.
FINCHLEY ROAD: Class sizes are 24 in a class, with 2 people per workstation so you will be working in pairs. There will be a second chef on hand to assist and give you the coaching that you may need
SALISBURY: Class sizes are 16 in a class, with 2 people per workstation so you will be working in pairs. There will be a second chef on hand to assist and give you the coaching that you may need
Mostly, all half-day morning courses will be from 9.30am - 1.30pm, all half-day evening courses will be 5.45pm - 9.45pm and full day courses are from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Our two-hour evening course will be 6pm - 8pm. Please check the website for individual course times.
We have Gift Certificates available to purchase online by clicking on the Gift Certificate link.
Please note that John Lewis Gift Vouchers are not accepted at the school at this time.
There are summaries of the courses on the site but if you would like more information please call either school directly and we will happily talk you through the detail of the course.
Please call the School on 0207 372 6108 and we will try to assist where availability and circumstances allow, however this cannot be guaranteed.
We currently do some family orientated courses or children’s courses with supervision at our Finchley Road Location. We also do allow those aged 16 and above unsupervised on our regular courses.
Our Salisbury location does offer hands-on cookery for children.
All courses are suitable for all levels. The Chefs will ensure that you have the assistance required to enjoy the day and learn a new skill. It would be worth starting with a 'skills' course e.g.: Knife Skills/ Fish and Seafood/ Bread making. Please contact the school if you would like further guidance.
All courses are suitable for all levels. The Chefs will ensure that you have the assistance required to enjoy the day and really develop your cooking skills. If you are an experienced cook, you may particularly enjoy the Secrets of Fine Dining course. Please contact the school if you would like further guidance.
There will be an opportunity to eat all the dishes that you make. All students sit down together after each session to eat. The food is matched with wine and non alcoholic beverages and the chefs will also prepare some accompaniments.
All students will be issued with a Certificate of attendance at the end of the course but this is not a qualification.
Please wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes (no flip-flops or open toed shoes). An apron will be provided on the day. We will provide you with the recipes for each dish from the course, however, please bring a pad and a pen if you would like to take more detailed notes. Please also bring your ticket on the day.
We have a workstation that has been adapted for disabled cooks, and this can accommodate two people.
There will be two students per workstation but there is ample room.
Should you not be able to attend your course due to an unforseeable circumstance, it is no problem to re-schedule. Please ring the cookery school should you need to cancel or re-book your chosen course. Courses are subject to availability. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for full details.
We have a small shop in which you can purchase our Waitrose Cookery School book, Aprons and a good selection of equipment that you use on the course. Our Chefs and Front of House team will be able to advise you if you have any questions.