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Share in the theatre of a michelin-starred kitchen at northcote cookery school Inspired by Chef Patron Nigel Haworth’s desire to share his passion for innovative cuisine, Northcote Cookery School puts you at the heart of the action - creating unique dishes and experiencing all the theatre of a Michelin-starred kitchen. Launched just 12 months ago the school, under the watchful eyes of Head Tutor Michael Vanheste and assistant Sonia Marsden, offers a variety of courses to suit everyone from those new to cooking, to the enthusiastic amateur chef. Picture yourself in the beating heart of Northcote, learning new skills whilst all around you the drama of this outstanding kitchen plays out. Courses include entertaining, themed menus and technique. These, together with premium master classes from Nigel Haworth, Lisa Allen and guest chefs, provide an unequalled opportunity to add finesse to your cooking.

Whatever the occasion, Northcote’s Cookery School offers endless opportunities for everyone from the complete beginner to the experienced home chef. Courses are limited to a maximum of eight students. Whether you are a host hoping to impress or a couple planning the perfect dinner party, our classes are tailored to ensure you exceed your culinary ambitions. For that special occasion, our group bookings are a fantastic opportunity for everyone from hen parties to corporate teambuilders to have fun and learn new skills.


Michael is a huge talent and a great teacher. He has a real understanding of food techniques and flavours and is an asset to our team here at Northcote. I know every student attending the school will be inspired by his knowledge and enthusiasm and will end the day having learned new skills whilst also having lots of fun!


Chef and Head Tutor Michael Vanheste Michael is the head tutor of Northcote Cookery School. A former student of Thomas Danby College, Leeds, he has worked for many exclusive UK establishments and honed his talent for teaching as an inspirational tutor at the famous Betty’s Cookery School in

Nigel Haworth Chef Patron

Harrogate. He joined the brigade at Northcote bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and a passion for food which will inspire everyone who joins him at the school.



Not just for beginners in the kitchen but also for those wanting to discover new flavours and techniques. This type of course introduces the fundamental skills required to build confidence and knowledge. The emphasis is on helping delegates understand the ‘hows and whys’ and utilises familiar kitchen appliances and equipment found in most homes.

Whatever your ability, INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Northcote has a course designed to take your skills to the next level.

Designed for adventurous home cooks who like to entertain, these courses enhance confidence and prowess whilst fine-tuning skills and techniques. Delegates need to be


familiar with general cookery methods such

These courses place emphasis

as baking, basic knife skills and frying but no

on learning a new method or specific procedure.

special aptitude is required - the course will cover everything you need to know and may introduce kitchen equipment you haven’t used before.

ENTERTAINING Learn how to create


impressive 3, 4 or 5-course

Tailored for those wishing to cook to a

menus, ready to take home and enjoy.

fine-dining standard, advanced courses concentrate on intricate cookery methods with a focus on presentation skills. Accomplished cooks familiar with the basics


and comfortable with a fast pace will find

Learn techniques used by

these classes challenging and fascinating.

professional chefs the world over with Nigel Haworth, Lisa Allen or our guest chefs.

Delegates will be working with professional kitchen equipment and some experience of basic butchery, fish filleting, sauces, baking and pastry may be required.

The Cookery School seats eight people which enables good one to one tuition as well as group teaching, Qs and As and demonstrations. The ‘classroom’ is well equipped with the latest technology and equipment including everything you could ask for and more.

Your cookery school experience... FULL DAY COURSES • To start the day you will be welcomed into the restaurant to meet your fellow students whilst enjoying a light breakfast • Meet Head Tutor Michael who explains the day ahead followed by an informative tour of Northcote kitchens. • Course commences in the cookery school. Generally up to 6 dishes are demonstrated by the team with students cooking at least 4 themselves. • Enjoy a 2-course lunch and complementary glass of wine in the Northcote restaurant before resuming your course. • Tea and freshly baked scones served mid-afternoon, providing an opportunity to reflect on the day. • Your day ends at approximately 4:30pm. You will depart with your Cookery School apron, course folder and all the food you have prepared in a cookery school bag.* * On certain courses it is more suitable to eat the food on the day.


HALF DAY COURSES Half day courses follow a similar format to the full day option with a welcome reception and tour of the kitchen with Michael before the course commences. • Morning courses commence at 9am with a 1pm finish. • Afternoon courses commence at 2pm with a 6pm finish.

I was bought a one day course by my wife for my 40th Birthday and what an amazing day! I attended the ‘Mid Summer Dinner Party’ course with Nigel Haworth and the Cookery School tutor, Michael Vanheste. The experience was fantastic and I learned to use techniques and ingredients I would probably not have attempted in a domestic environment.

• Under the supervision of the cookery school team there will be demonstrations and ample opportunities for you to gain first hand experience of your chosen course. • You will depart with your Cookery School apron, course folder and all the food you have prepared.* * On certain courses it is more suitable to eat the food on the day.





09 Classic Northcote


12 Northcote at Home


15 Inspired Entertaining


19 La Cucina Italiana


21 Macaroon Masterclass


22 Beginner’s Breadmaking

Wednesday 27 Classic Northcote

For further information on individual courses please visit For bookings or enquiries please contact us at: T: 01254 240 555 E:


29 Let’s Bake!

JUNE Tuesday

02 BBQ Masterclass with Nigel and Craig


04 BBQ Masterclass with Nigel and Craig


16 Northcote at Home


18 Inspired Entertaining


23 Great British Baking


25 Intermediate Bread


27 Steak! (Half day course)

JULY Wednesday 01 Dinner Party Secrets Thursday

02 Mastering Macaroons (Half day course)


03 Beginner’s Breadmaking


07 Classic Northcote


09 Summer Lunch Party


10 Steak!

Wednesday 15 Summer Lunch Party I can thoroughly recommend the Northcote Cookery School. Michael Vanheste’s passion is clearly evident in everything from the attention to detail and the way the course is structured, to the stateof-the-art equipment. Michael is an inspirational chef who made the whole experience very enjoyable.


21 Intermediate Bread


23 La Cucina Italiana


25 Steak! (Half day course)

Wednesday 29 Perfect Jazz Brunch Friday

31 Perfect Jazz Brunch

AUGUST Tuesday

04 Summer by Nigel Haworth


06 Summer by Nigel Haworth


11 BBQ Masterclass with Nigel and Craig


13 BBQ Masterclass with Nigel and Craig


18 Northcote at Home


20 Classic Northcote


21 Let’s Bake!


25 Modern Chinese Cuisine with Yu & You


27 Modern Chinese Cuisine with Yu & You


10 Dinner Party Secrets


12 Northcote at Home

Wednesday 16 Autumnal Flavours with Lisa Allen Friday

18 Autumnal Flavours with Lisa Allen


25 Authentic Indian Cuisine with Aktar Islam


26 Authentic Indian Cuisine with Aktar Islam

Wednesday 30 Christmas Cakes, Puds and Pies


02 Christmas Cakes, Puds and Pies


03 Christmas Cakes, Puds and Pies

Wednesday 07 Christmas Cakes, Puds and Pies Thursday

08 Christmas Cakes, Puds and Pies


12 Diploma Course - DAY 1


13 Diploma Course - DAY 2

Wednesday 14 Diploma Course - DAY 3 Thursday

15 Diploma Course - DAY 4


16 Diploma Course - DAY 5


20 Autumn Comforts


22 Autumn Comforts


03 The Game Larder with Nigel Haworth


05 The Game Larder with Nigel Haworth


10 The Ultimate House Party Dinner Menu


12 The Ultimate House Party Dinner Menu


17 Autumn Comforts


Wednesday 18 Macaroon Masterclass Thursday

19 Great British Baking


24 Mr B’s Christmas BBQ


26 Mr B’s Christmas BBQ


Transform your culinary capabilities in just five days Immerse yourself in the world of professional standard cooking at Northcote with a week


04 Christmas Entertaining


05 Beginner’s Breadmaking


08 Christmas Entertaining

These bespoke courses have been created by Nigel


10 Christmas Entertaining

and Michael to transform you into a Master Chef


11 Macaroon Masterclass

in your own right, covering everything from knife


15 Northcote’s Perfect Christmas

skills to sauces and elegant desserts. Presentation


17 Northcote’s Perfect Christmas

skills are honed to perfection and you’ll be


18 Intermediate Breadmaking

dedicated to revolutionising your culinary prowess.

introduced to the trade secrets of professional chefs. Courses are run from Monday to Friday by Head Tutor Michael, along with master classes from Nigel himself or Head Chef Lisa Allen. Ingredients are an integral part of the experience and this course showcases the region’s best suppliers - putting the finest local produce at your fingertips. This is complemented by a comprehensive introduction to wine matching, ensuring your friends and family will be suitably impressed when you host your next dinner party.

FOUNDATION LEVEL COURSE TOPICS Knife Skills • Stocks Sauces • Desserts Baking Bread, Cakes and Pastry Cooking with Spices Pressure Cooking Butchery Skills • Poultry


Fish and Shellfish • Vegetables Cheese Making • Pasta Making

5 consecutive days run by tutor Michael Vanheste and selected Masterclasses with Nigel Haworth

Homemade Jam • Canapés

Courses commence at 9:00am and finish at 4.30pm


Different training modules each day

Slow Braised Lamb Shank Moroccan Flavours

Master class with the Northcote Sommelier on food and wine matching Lunch served at The Chef’s Table, either enjoying the dishes you have created or a 2-course menu prepared by the brigade with a complementary glass of wine Tea, coffee and soft drinks throughout the day Students are provided with cookery school aprons On course completion, students will receive a certificate, course folder with recipes from the week, Cookery School apron and bag.

5 Day Course - £795 per person Residential packages available on request

Pan Roast Fillet of Sea Bass, Shiraz Sauce, Mashed Potato Chicken and Avocado Salad, Tarragon Dressing Homemade Ravioli, Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Homemade Pizza Northcote Scones Melting Chocolate and Tonka Fondant, Crème Anglaise Almond Tart, Blackberry Jam, Lemon and Wild Flower Honey, Clotted Cream

The perfect indulgence for the discerning ‘Foodie’, Northcote’s Stay and Cook Breaks combine the


luxury of an overnight stay at Lancashire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel with a rewarding day spent in the cookery school. Enjoy dinner in the elegant surroundings of the restaurant before spending the night in a superior bedroom. After waking up to Northcote’s famous Lancashire breakfast, you will be refreshed, energised and ready for the challenges of the day ahead. n

Priority check in. Arrive early afternoon and settle into your superior room


Select from a 5-course gourmet, 7-course tasting menu or Nigel’s a la carte menu*


Start the day with Northcote’s Lancashire breakfast or one of the many alternatives on offer


Join Michael at the Chef ’s Table in the Cookery School for your class

STAY AND COOK PREFERENTIAL ROOM RATE - £130.00 Bed and Breakfast, based on 2 people sharing. Dinner excluded. Arrangements can be made when confirming your booking.

The Northcote Cookery School offers unequalled standards of tuition and cuisine. During the design process and beyond Nigel continues to work closely with specialist kitchen professionals and leading appliance manufacturers to maintain a state-of-the-art facility, unrivalled in the North of England. These partnerships are fundamental to the success of the school and provide the foundations for an exciting future extending the comprehensive range of courses on offer at this unique facility.


GAGGENEAU Founded in 1683, Gaggenau is a leading brand for domestic appliances and has taken a pioneering role in innovation and design ‘Made in Germany’. Dedicated to delivering products of the highest standards the company continually sets new standards in the private kitchen sector with its award-winning products and the Gaggenau name is synonymous with exclusive culinary culture.

DAWSON’S DEPARTMENT STORE Dawson’s is a family run business based in Clitheroe and is recognised as one of the North West’s premier houseware stores. Leading brands represented include; Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Villeroy & Boch, Samsonite and Dorma bedding. Dawson’s are also the largest stockist of Hartman & Kettler Garden Furniture and are a partnership store for the premium range of Weber BBQ’s.

STUART FRAZER & SIEMATIC Siematic is internationally regarded as being at the forefront of kitchen innovation and quality and Stuart Frazer are the Premium Partner in the UK. With over 40 years experience the company has been helping architects, interior designers and developers in North of England and beyond create unique, cutting edge kitchens.

WEBER BBQ Founded in 1952, the Weber name is synonymous with outdoor cooking and the company is the world’s premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills. Known for their quality, high levels of performance, control and ease-of-use Weber guarantee the perfect barbecue experience time after time.

KITCHENAID KitchenAid revolutionised food preparation in 1919, setting the standard in the small domestic appliance market for reliability, flawless performance and timeless design. Today, the brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ovens to refrigerators and whisks to wine cellars.

ZIP HYDRO TAP G4 The Zip HydroTap G4 is the most advanced, energy and time-saving water supply product on the market and has been designed to provide instant filtered, boiling, chilled and sparkling water all from one tap. The intelligent design of the G4 range allows the taps to be situated almost anywhere allowing chefs and caterers to boil, blanch and chill in an instant.

RIEDEL GLASSWARE The finest crystal glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel in their Austrian and German factories. Riedel produces collections for every lifestyle and price range whether for critical wine evaluation, a simple picnic or dinner party, there is a series for every wine lover.

Our thanks to the sponsors and supporters of The Northcote Cookery School


FOR SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL, CELEBRATE OR ENTERTAIN WITH A BESPOKE COOKERY DAY An exclusive service designed to create personally tailored packages from a celebration party to a standout business incentive.

Northcote offer a wide range of Gift Vouchers and they are the perfect solution for you to delight family, friends or colleagues whatever the occasion. Birthday, anniversary, congratulations or ‘just because’ - Northcote will ensure the experience is remembered long after the event.

Birthday Celebrations - a fun and alternative experience for close friends


and family members. Hen and Stag Parties - create a memorable day with cooking, wine tasting


and cocktail making - we can create the perfect day just to suit you. Entertaining Clients - a unique experience guaranteed to make an impression.


Team Building - challenge your staff in the professional environment of


Lancashire’s only Michelin-starred kitchen.

Vouchers can be used for our Cookery School for everything from half day introductory classes, specialist skills or our 5 day Diploma Course.

For assistance and further information on cookery courses, group bookings and gift vouchers please contact our Event Co-ordinators, Robyn or Hannah on 01254 240 555 or via email -

Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire BB6 8BE Telephone: 01254 240 555



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