Vegetarian cooking can be daunting when you decide to start eating less meat. Whether you are a new or a seasoned vegetarian cook, a vegetarian cooking class is a fantastic way to discover and improve new skills. You can explore different cuisines, learn new techniques or find out about new ingredients.
A vegetarian cooking class also makes a fabulous gift and can benefit anyone in their everyday life.
Here is a list of cooking schools running vegetarian classes where you can unleash your potential.
Established in 1982, the Cordon Vert School is based at the headquarters of The Vegetarian Society at Parkdale, a Victorian mansion in Cheshire. They offer both courses and/or workshops for professionals, adults, kids and teens. From French cuisine to Indian and the Far Eastern there is a wide selection to suit all tastes. You can also hone your skills at vegan and seasonal cooking and even truffle making. A number of cookery workshops are hosted at a satellite venue near Tower Bridge in London. The Cordon Vert School has also gift vouchers available that make great presents. For more information go to www.cordonvert.co.uk
The Vegetarian Cookery School courses are run by Rachel Demuth along with other experienced tutors. For 25 years Rachel Demuth, a professional vegetarian chef since the early 80s, ran the award winning Demuths Restaurant (now Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen) in Bath. The Cookery School is based in the centre of Bath in a wonderful Georgian building with stunning views of Bath Abbey and Parade Gardens. You can choose from day courses, master classes, half-day, evening sessions or gift vouchers. The cuisines vary from English to Far Eastern and Middle Eastern. If you fancy something a bit further afield, why not register for one of their cooking classes abroad? For more information go to www.vegetariancookeryschool.com
Since 2002 The Veggie Kitchen has offered pure vegetarian cookery courses in Stanmore, Middlesex. The classes will take you on a culinary journey around the world including Indian (North and South), Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese & many more. Classes can also comprise of Baking, Desserts, Barbecue etc. There are a variety of classes to suit beginners, intermediates and advanced cooks as well as children and teens. Gift vouchers are available. For more information go to www.veggiekitchen.co.uk
Jay Morjaria is founder and Executive Chef of Sutra Kitchen located in Carnaby St, London. Sutra Kitchen offers practical, hands-on and affordable classes such as Spanish Tapas, Thai & Oriental, Flavours of India, Middle Eastern, Italian and Raw Vegan. Sutra Kitchen has become a favourite with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Sutra Kitchen can also organise kids, hen and birthday cooking parties. Gift vouchers are available. For more information go to www.sutrakitchen.co.uk
Based in Malvern, Our Lizzy gives you the opportunity to learn how to cook a variety of recipes in a relaxed friendly setting. Small group, hands-on vegetarian cookery courses are open to all – regardless of cooking ability. Vegan and gluten free cookery are also available. Our Lizzy offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the Malvern Hills, which can be combined with a cookery course, or used as a base to explore the hills. Gift vouchers available. For more information go to www.ourlizzy.com
While not purely a vegetarian cooking school, Ashburton Cookery School offers a class in Modern Vegetarian available as a 1 day course or weekend course. This course is an ideal way of improving your vegetarian cookery or simply learning how to prepare meat-free dishes which are healthy and beautifully presented. The focus of this course is on skilful cooking using garden-fresh Devon produce to create mouth-watering meals which are light and easy to prepare yet visually stunning and simply delicious. Gift vouchers available. For more information go to www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk
Based in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, the Harts Barn Cookery School offers a variety of classes including Raw food, Vegetarian Cookery Classes, Vegan Cookery, Dairy Free Cooking, Gluten Free Cooking and Gluten Free Baking classes. Gift vouchers available. For more information go to www.hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk