This is one of our most popular classes and it’s easy to see why – knowing how to make all of these sauces is seriously useful!
In this sauce cooking class you will master an area of cooking that is often considered tricky but really isn’t. With a combination of group work, individual work and demonstration, you will learn that with just a few simple ingredients you can make a variety of classic savoury and sweet sauces that can be used as they are or as the starting point for plenty of exciting dishes, such as using your bechamel to make macaroni and cheese. These are all really useful sauces to have in your repertoire to make both everyday or more special dishes.
At the end of the session the class will sit down together to feast on delicious dishes made using your sauces along with a glass of wine. We will email you all the recipes and you will leave us with the confidence to be able to cook these fantastic base sauces on your own at home.
You Will Learn To Make
- tomato sauce
- puttanesca sauce
- white sauce (béchamel)
- Béarnaise sauce
- Hollandaise sauce
- a red wine reduction
- an aioli (from your base sauce – mayonnaise)
- a beurre blanc
- green salsa
- classic pesto
- confectioner’s custard (creme patissière)
- crème Anglaise (custard)
- a rich chocolate sauce
In most classes you will be working in small groups to create the recipes. As a whole class you will make everything listed on the website but the only way we can cover the huge variety of dishes listed is by dividing the class into smaller groups. When there are key skills that need to be learned by the whole class, the teacher will pause the group and gather everyone together to explain/show it so by the end of the class everyone understands how each dish was made.
We are happy for anyone of any age to attend. If they are very young, an adult needs to work with them, in which case we would only charge for one space. We aren’t a creche service though so no dump-and-runs while you go shopping! Teenagers may like to join our Summer Cooking Camp where they will be with other kids the same age.
Sustainability has always been part of our ethos which is why we made the decision not to print recipes for students to take home with them, except when printed recipes are specifically requested. Instead, we email the recipes to students shortly after the class.
You may transfer to an alternative class if you give us notice not less than 21 days before the date of the class. In this case, we will rebook you on to your selected class or issue a voucher valid for one year from date of issue. Transfers or issuing of a voucher will be subject to an administration fee of £15. Confirmed bookings are not eligible for refunds or cancellations under any circumstances. If you cannot attend a class you may send someone else in your place, just let us know the name of the attendee in advance of the class, where possible.
At the end of most classes you will sit down around the Cookery School table and enjoy the food that you have made. Any food that is leftover from this is kept for staff lunches so nothing goes to waste
The exception to this is that you are welcome to take home the chicken that you de-bone in the meat & poultry class provided you bring a chiller bag with you and we provide you with a freezer block. Additionally, many of the items in our baking classes and courses are low risk and safe to take home so you will need a carrier bag of some sort.
We have very little waste as we order based on the number of people in the class. We generally do not allow people to take food home because we have found that many people come into central London, do a class at Cookery School and then go off to the theatre, cinema, clubbing or shopping. During that time the food that left Cookery School in good condition, deteriorates and can cause illness.
Absolutely! If you have been cooking a bit already at home then you are welcome to skip the Beginners course.
Our six week professional cooking course, Cook’s Certificate, is the only accredited course we run. You will receive a Cook’s Level 3 Training certificate from OCN London at the end of this course.
If you would like a certificate of attendance from any other class or course, we are happy to provide one. Just make a note of this in the ‘notes’ section at the checkout.
You do not need to bring anything with you to most classes. However, if you are taking the Ultimate Meat & Poultry Class you should bring a chiller bag for your de-boned chicken and for any baking class or course, please bring a carrier bag to take home some of the items you make.
Please make sure you are wearing closed toe shoes.
Not at all! The majority of our students come alone. We pride ourselves on having friendly staff and our kitchen is very un-intimidating and relaxed so you don’t need to feel scared of attending alone.
Induction hobs use electromagnetic technology which may interfere with cardiac pacemakers or electrical implants, such as insulin pumps. We use induction hobs in our kitchen so recommend that if you use a cardiac pacemaker or electrical implant you remain a safe distance from the hobs.
- At Cookery School London
near Oxford Circus
- You will learn how to cook a range of sweet and savoury sauces
- Hands on experience - some individual work, some group work and some demonstration
- Expert teaching and advice, using standard home kitchen equipment
- Leave with the knowledge and understanding to make the delicious recipes at home
- You will use sustainably sourced, high quality, organic ingredients
- You will never wash up - we take care of that for you always!