This professional cooking course provides the fullest possible culinary training, for knowledge that will last a lifetime. Participants leave us with a Level 3 Certificate from OCN London, a WSET Level 2 qualification in wine and the confidence to take steps towards a career in food, to become a professional chef or simply a brilliant home cook.

Who is this course suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in cooking who wants to develop their existing skills and repertoire or gain professional chef’s training. The intensive structure will equip pupils with the knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence to go into catering, yacht or chalet cooking or work in professional kitchens. In the past we have had people who simply want to improve their home cooking to those who want to start their own cafes or work in the catering industry as a professional chef.

The course aims

  • To develop students into competent and confident cooks through six solid weeks of cooking, tasting, learning and having a great time
  • To give students a solid understanding of the principles behind cooking so that they can use their knowledge beyond the recipes learnt in class and extend this to other recipes, cuisines and environments
  • To allow students to feel relaxed about producing food that may currently seem overwhelmingly difficult. By the end of six weeks they will be able to approach major cooking tasks with confidence and be able to cook for sizeable groups
  • To teach students to plan, budget and think ahead. The combination of these skills plus reliable recipes will ensure great cooking.

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Why a Cook’s Certificate and not a Chef’s Certificate?

Cookery School was founded on teaching people how to cook good food with confidence. We believe that to be a good cook, you need to master the fundamentals of cooking, which are what you will learn on the Cook’s Certificate course. Although this is essentially a chef training course, the core skills you learn with us are the same as those you would use in a home kitchen. Once you have mastered these, you will be ready to take your cooking to the next level, i.e. learn “cheffy” techniques, through further learning or work experience.

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The course runs Monday – Friday (occasionally there may be a Saturday if the course runs over a bank holiday) from 8.45am – 4.30pm for six weeks with extended classes on certain days. At lunch time students will sit together around the Cookery School table to enjoy and talk about the food that has been made that day.

Class size

The class size is limited to 12 participants and we have a high teacher to pupil ratio. To allow as much time as possible for valuable cooking and learning we make sure that students never have to do any washing up. Every day is entirely devoted to cooking, tasting and learning!


The cost of the professional cooking course is £7,750 which includes the cost of OCN Level 3 certification, WSET (wine) Level 2 qualification, health & safety award, all necessary ingredients and equipment as well as a daily fresh apron. You will need to purchase your own chef’s jacket and trousers but aside from this, there are no hidden extras. This cost is inclusive of VAT.

We are happy to take payment in instalments, with an upfront 50% deposit and the final payment being made at least two weeks before the start of the course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for a professional development loan from the government or you may be eligible for four months credit at 0% interest from PayPal. We do not want cost to be a barrier to taking the course so please do contact us for other options on how you can pay.

This course does not qualify for any special offers or discounts.


If you would like to have a taster session, do enrol yourself on one of our classes or courses and we will deduct this from the cost of the Cook’s Certificate when you sign up. For many countries you do not need a special visa and can simply come on a tourist visa.

Fill in the enrolment form and email this back to us at We will then arrange a time for our Principal to give you a call or to meet with you to discuss the course and ensure that you gain what you are hoping to from it. For further information, call us on 020 7631 4590 or email


We can now offer a residential course with fabulous accommodation available at Vancouver studios in nearby Bayswater. We have preferential rates with them so contact us to find out more.

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Upcoming Courses

  • At Cookery School London
    near Oxford Circus
  • Monday 3 June 2019 - Friday 12 July 2019
  • 8:45am - 4:30pm

£7,750 - payment options available

  • Monday 9 September 2019 - Friday 18 October 2019
  • 8:45am - 4:30pm

£7,750 - payment options available