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Four Week Residential
Cookery Course
One Week Courses
Bespoke Courses
Ski Chalet
Cookery Course
Indian Cookery
One Day Course
Italian Cookery
One Day Course
Yacht Cookery Course
Thai Cookery
One Day Course
Easy Dinner Party
One Day Course


...and our students speak for themselves

  • "If I had to sum up my 4 weeks in one word it would be ‘inspirational’" - Bridget
  • "Fran, you weren't only an amazing cookery teacher but you also were very caring towards us, making sure we were ok in the evenings talking to us" - Zena
  • "I recommend this cookery course to anyone who wants to improve their skills and learn new ones, whether pursuing a career in yachting, chalets, private chefing or solely taking the course for their personal growth"
  • "The other night some French clients asked if I'd trained in France and when I explained, seemed to find it quite incongruous that an English person who learned to cook in England could produce such enjoyable food"
  • "I’ve never worked anywhere that gives so much freedom, respect and support to young people"
  • And that’s just for starters! Click student feedback to see what else our students have said about us and take a look at our interactive map to see where they are now.

6 Great Reasons to choose our Cookery School

  • By the end of our four week cookery course you will be cooking to the standard you would expect to find in a good restaurant
  • On our four week cookery courses you will receive a certificate which is very highly respected within the cookery industry
  • Unlike other many other cookery schools we give you the chance to gain practical and valuable experience by giving you the opportunity to work one or two evenings in local restaurant kitchens during your stay with us
  • Our cookery school has a superb purpose built fully equipped kitchen with plenty of working space and easy visibility for cooking demonstrations which is the ideal environment for you to perfect your cookery skills
  • Our partners personally deal with all your enquiries - you are assured of a friendly informed response
  • For Armed Forces students we are a Preferred Supplier to Career Transition Partnership


Our Cookery School was featured on C4 "Country House Rescue"!

Channel 4's challenging series featured The Gables School of Cookery as a successful example of a friendly and personal cookery school business. In Episode 2, which was aired on the 16th December 2008, Ruth visited Elmore Court, which needed to create a viable business in order to cover its huge annual bills. Ruth investigated the idea of setting up a cookery school at Elmore, and then visited the Gables School of Cookery for inspiration...

Read more about it here or click on the Channel4 symbol opposite to view the program.


The Gables on BBC Radio Bristol

Chris Winston and Laura Graham one of our 4 week students who recently worked on a high profile Royal yacht based in the Indian Ocean, were interviewed by John Darvall about the "5 by 25" national cookery campaign. Go to the link opposite to hear the interview.

(If you have problems playing the audioclip you may download it here and play it with a program of your choice e.g. Window Media Player.)



Inside photo of cookery school

Click the photo above to view a virtual tour
of the cookery school kitchen

Which Cooking Course is Right For You ? Find Out Below:-

  Four Week Residential Cookery Course

In order to give our students the best foundation for working within the world of cookery we offer a four week residential cookery course which is multi-disciplinary. This course gives you all the skills you need to work in hotels to restaurants and from ski chalets to yachts. The beauty of this arrangement is the flexibility that it offers you. Being exposed to such a wide variety of skills and influences within a small and friendly learning environment will allow you to make an informed decision as to which area of the industry is perfect for you. 

This intensive hands-on cookery course is ideal for both the interested amateur and the potential professional. During your stay at the cookery school you will enjoy developing your cooking skills and more importantly your confidence alongside a group of well motivated fellow students using a fully equipped purpose-built kitchen.

We take our students from a basic levels of cookery to advanced skills over the four week cookery course and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will be turning out restaurant-quality food you can be proud of! Our students cook for an average of 6-7 hours a day which allows us to cover  much more than you might expect from a one month course. At the end of the cookery course you will receive our highly respected course certificate and a letter of recommendation. We are also more than happy to give you help with your CV’s and put you in touch with contacts within the cookery industry.

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  Ski Chalet Cookery

If you are interested in working within Ski Chalets then our four week cookery course is ideal for you. We are very proud of our reputation within the Ski Chalet Industry and have successfully trained and placed hundreds of students within ski chalets across Europe. All the skills needed for work within Ski Chalets are covered in our residential cookery course from menu planning to time management and how to manage day to day running of the chalet, we make sure that you are prepared for everything you will face as a ski chalet host. Click below to find out more:

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  Yacht Cookery

Yacht Cookery is becoming an increasingly popular area of the cooking industry and we are proud to offer one of the most highly respected cookery courses amongst yacht cookery recruitment agencies. Our four week residential cookery course prepares you for everything you will face on board, from how to prepare spectacular food with limited space and equipment to how to modify recipes to suit the ingredients available to you whilst abroad. The course is ideal for students who are working or planning to work as chefs on board yachts and super yachts typically in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. We already have many students who have had very successful careers working on yachts following our residential course. Just click below to find out more:

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  Basic Cookery Course for Beginners

Enthusiastic novices will enjoy the One Week Basic Cookery Course. You will acquire a basic set of cookery skills in order to produce a range of delicious dishes for family and friends which you can really be proud of. It is ideal if you are unable to join the four week course due to lack of time or resources. This course covers the same ground as week one of the four week course, and many students having gained their confidence return later to complete the remaining weeks.

The easy pace of the beginners’ cookery course will help you to gain confidence in your cooking abilities and thanks to our small class sizes help is always available for anyone who is struggling. Just click below to find out more:

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  Easy Dinner Party One Day Course

Join our popular Easy Dinner Party one day course to learn how to prepare an elegant array of dishes that will impress your friends and family at your dinner party. Look forward to serving dishes such as Roast Rump of Lamb with Redcurrant Jus and Artichoke Mash, or Duck Breast with Berry Sauce, Cheese & Herb Pate with Melba Toast and Strawberry Custard Cake. This is achieved through teaching and demonstration of techniques aimed at reducing the stress of dinner party cookery including tips and shortcuts. Just click below:

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  Italian Cookery One Day Course

Make the tastes and smells of Italy a regular part of your cooking portfolio. Learn how to prepare and cook exciting dishes such as Calamari, Minestrone, make Fresh Pasta for Ravioli, Basil Pesto, Panacotta with Berry Sauce and much, much more. This one day course is ideal for students who have a basic to intermediate level of cookery skill. Just click below:

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  Thai Cookery One Day Course

Join this popular one day course to explore the cookery of Thailand. Learn how to prepare and cook exciting dishes such as Chicken & Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai), Gaeng Keow Wahn Gai (green chicken curry), Thai Spring Rolls(Poh Pia Tod), Yum Pla Foo (crisp fish salad with chilli lime dressing) and Sticky Rice Custard. This one day course is ideal for students who have a basic to intermediate level of cookery skill. Just click below:

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  Indian Cookery One Day Course

Discover the secrets of just how to produce the authentic Indian Cookery flavours that can be so hard to reproduce at home. You will be encouraged to cook regional Indian favourites such as Beef Madras, Goan Fish Curry, Bombay Potatoes, Aloo Tikka including starters, dips and dessert. Just click below:

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  Vegetarian Cookery One Day Course

Learn how to cook healthy and nutritious Vegetarian dishes that add variety and taste appeal. Whether you are passionate about animal rights or about maintaining a careful lifestyle you will find that the Vegetarian Cookery tuition you receive will help you to expand your imagination and range of cookery ideas. Stimulate your taste buds with dishes such as Chestnut Risotto Cakes, Mixed Vegetable Curry, Mushroom Stroganoff, Potage Parabere and Twice Baked Souffles. Just click below:

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  Basic Food Hygiene Certificate Course

Our cookery school is a registered examination centre for the Royal Society for Public Health and we prepare our students for the foundation food hygiene certificate exam. The half day course and examination is included in the four week residential cookery course fee but external candidates working in the local hotel and catering industry are also welcome to attend the school for this. Just click below:

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