The Mersea Island Cookery School

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

2 day Artisan Bread making
17th January 2017

Learn how to enhance the flavour of your breads by using pre-ferments, how to create, look after and use sourdough starters and how to bake wholemeal, rye and enriched breads.

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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

2 day Artisan Bread Making
19th-20th January
Learn how to enhance the flavour of your breads by using pre-ferments such as biga, poolish and sponges, how to create, look after and use sourdough starters and how to bake wholemeal, rye and enriched breads.
Vegetarian Winter Flavours
24th January
Discover some little known gems from the Mediterranean and Middle East, and build an impressive vegetarian repertoire.
Chocolate Desserts
2nd February
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.
Gluten Free Beginners
3rd February
Learn how to make delicious gluten-free bread, pastry and cakes.
Greek Winter Flavours
7th February
Learn how to make some truly authentic dishes - Skordlia, Bakaliaro, Pantzarosalata, Papou salad, Stifado and Ravani.
Introduction to Patisserie
9th February
Learn how to create a selection of patisserie classics - profiteroles, millefeuille and glazed fruit tarts.
Macarons & Marshmallows
10th February
Learn to produce perfect macarons and marshmallows. Tips and tricks on how to introduce flavour variations giving a contemporary twist to your confectionery creations.
Flavours of the Middle East
21st February
Take a gastronomic journey through Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt and learn how to make some truly authentic dishes from the region.
French Bread
23rd February
Learn how to make three different types of French breads: a baguette, a Fougasse and a Pain aux noix (walnut bread).
Fish with Mike Keen
24th February
Mike will take you through the different stages of preparing and cooking a delicious 3 course fish lunch and let you into tricks of the trade.
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.
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.

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.