The Mersea Island Cookery School

Interactive, hands-on cooking classes with top chefs from busy successful restaurants in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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The school primarily uses seasonal and local produce with classes that range from pastry and baking to seasonal entertaining and cuisine from around the world. You will be shown how to select fresh ingredients and how to prepare them for cooking.

The courses that we offer are aimed at everyone regardless of ability or cooking experience, from the complete beginner to the more experienced. We also offer classes for those with special dietary needs such as gluten free. The classes are small and intimate, to ensure an attentive and informative experience.

More information about our courses and the latest available course dates.

About us

The Mersea Island Cookery School was set up by Amanda Woodcraft. Ben and Amanda Woodcraft run a thriving business on Mersea Island supplying restaurants with fish and other produce called Ben's Fish. With such wonderful ingredients on their doorstep a cookery school seemed like a good idea.

The school is in a restored, listed, traditional Essex barn, with views accross the Blackwater estuary, and lends itself well to a cookery workshop.

With the expertise and help of Ilia Makri and Jo Mould the school offers a unique and special cooking experience.

Where to find us

The Mersea Island Cookery School is situated, as you might guess, on Mersea Island in Essex. Mersea Island is 10 miles from Colchester which has a direct rail service from London Liverpool Street station which takes just 50 minutes. The school is located in the village of East Mersea and can be found in Rewsalls Lane near the Mersea Island Vineyard.

Directions

From Colchester follow the B1025 Mersea Road towards Mersea. When you cross the Strood causeway to get onto the island take the left hand fork, turning towards East Mersea. After about 1 mile (shortly after the East Mersea sign) turn right into Rewsalls Lane, sign posted to Mersea Outdoors and the Mersea Island Vineyard.

Mersea Island Cookery School is located in the converted barn about 200m down Rewsalls Lane on the left hand side.

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Course Dates

Spanish Tapas
27th February
In the 'Spanish Tapas' course you'll take a gastronomic journey through Spain's diverse regional cuisine.
Classic British Cakes
28th February
Learn the basic methods of cake-making to bake successfully a Victoria sandwich, a Chocolate Swiss roll and Gingerbread.
Effortless Seasonal Entertaining
7th March
Learn to prepare dishes using seasonal ingredients and simple cookery techniques.
Italian breads
9th March
Learn how to make three classic Italian breads; Ciabatta, Focaccia and Grissini. You'll also be making a traditional Pizza dough.
Afternoon Tea
10th March
Learn to make your own afternoon tea, including a range of quintessentially British cakes, sandwiches, pastries and, of course, scones.
One pot wonders
14th March
Learn to make some delicious informal meals, perfect for everyday dinning with friends and family.
Artisan Enriched breads for Easter
17th March
Learn how to make, shape and bake three different types of enriched doughs for Easter breads.
Greek Easter Flavours
21st March
Learn how to make some truly authentic dishes - Kalitsounia, pittas, tzatziki, Kleftiko, lahanosalata and Loukoumades.
Gluten Free Advanced
23rd March
Learn how to make delicious gluten-free brioche, rough puff pastry and choux buns.
Seafood
24th March
Learn how to choose, prepare and cook with different types of seafood - prawns, scallops, clams or mussels, and calamari.
Chocolate Desserts
28th March
Learn how to make bitter chocolate mousse with cherry sauce, chocolate fondants with salted caramel sauce and individual rich chocolate tarts with orange and hazelnuts praline.
Baking for Teenagers
Tuesday 4th April
In this class aspiring young bakers, 13-17 year old will learn the essential baking methods in this hands-on class.
Pasta making for Teenagers
Tuesday 11th April
In this class aspiring young chefs, 13-17 year old will learn how to prepare their own pasta dough, rolling it out and 3 different pasta dishes. They will make lasagne, linguini carbonara and spinach and ricotta ravioli.
Vegetarian Spring Flavours
25th April
Discover some little known gems from the Mediterranean and Middle East, and build an impressive vegetarian repertoire.
Artisan breads
26th April
Learn how to bake light wholemeal and rye loafs as well as sweet buns and how to enhance the flavour of your breads by using pre-ferments.
Pastry
Tuesday 2nd May
In the 'Pastry' course, you'll learn the tricks and techniques to make three classic types of pastry - shortcrust pastry, pate sucre (a sweet shortcrust pastry) and flaky pastry - and make three delicious dishes; a Leek and Gruyere tart, a Salmon en Croute and a Lemon Tart.
Spanish Tapas
Thursday 4th May
In the 'Spanish Tapas' course you'll take a gastronomic journey through Spain's diverse regional cuisine. We will prepare some famous Spanish tapas dishes using a range of authentic ingredients from the region.
Gluten Free Beginners
Friday 5th May
In the 'Gluten-free baking' course, you will learn how to make delicious gluten-free bread, pastry and cakes. This workshop includes demonstrations, instructions and guidance on how to achieve good results with gluten-free ingredients.
Introduction to Bread Making
Tuesday 9th May
In the 'Introduction to Bread Making' course, you'll learn how to make, shape and bake three different types of doughs to create a white loaf, a Focaccia bread and delicious Chelsea buns.
Spring Entertaining
Friday 12th May
In this course we'll be preparing and cooking some dishes designed for stress free entertaining. The aim of this workshop is to prepare dishes using seasonal ingredients and simple cookery techniques.
Macarons & Marshmallows
Tuesday 16th May
In this course, we'll make some beautifully coloured French macarons and will create some delicious marshmallows in various flavour combinations.
Flavours of the Middle East
Thursday 18th May
In the 'Flavours of the Middle East' course you'll take a gastronomic journey through Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt and learn how to make some truly authentic dishes from the region.
French Bread
Friday 19th May
In the 'French Breads' course, you'll learn how to make three different types of French breads: a baguette, a Fougasse and a Pain aux noix (walnut bread).
Vegan Summer Flavours
Tuesday 23rd May
In the 'Vegan Summer Flavours' you'll learn how to transform ordinary ingredients into delicious and comforting dishes. With influences from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, you can create some great tasting food to share with friends and family.
Fish with Mike Keen
Thursday 25th May
Mike will take you through the different stages of preparing and cooking a delicious 3 course lunch and let you into tricks of the trade.
Introduction to Patisserie
Tuesday 6th June
In the 'Introduction to Patisserie' course, you'll learn how to create a selection of patisserie classics. During the five hour workshop, you'll make Profiteroles, Millefeuille with crème patisserie and Glazed fruit tarts.
Artisan breads
Thursday 8th June
In the 'Artisan Breads' course, you'll learn how to bake light wholemeal and rye loafs as well as sweet buns. You'll also learn how to enhance the flavour of your breads by using pre-ferments such as biga and sponges.
Vegetarian Summer Flavours
Friday 9th June
Whether you are a vegetarian wanting to get some ideas for new flavours, or just looking for some great tasting alternatives to meat dishes, you'll find it all here.
Greek Summer Flavours
Friday 23rd June
In the 'Greek Summer Flavours' course you'll learn how to make some truly authentic Greek dishes. You'll make Tzatziki), Dolmades, Spanakopita, Greek salad, Moussaka and Galaktoboureko.

Children's Parties

If you fancy doing something a bit different for your child's party why not try a Cooking Party?

Parties can be booked Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm.

For more information please contact us.