Part-Time Essential Skills of Cookery

The Tante Marie Part-Time Essential Skills course consists of 20 evening classes between 18 September 2018 and 13 March 2019. Perfect for those looking to gain foundation skills in cookery and a certificate of attendance. Students may join part-way through the course at a discounted rate.

During the course students will learn a range of essential, culinary skills across several areas of cookery. Students will leave with the ability to cook good food, for all occasions and in any environment.

  • Want to come with a group of friends? We offer discounts for group bookings. Call one of the team to find out more.
Duration20 Weeks
Time6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

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* Subject to our annual fee review in April of each year, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

What you will learn

This course follows the same curriculum and as our 4 week Essential Skills, but is broken in to 20 manageable evening classes, perfect for those who have commitments during the day.

Classes run on Tuesday evenings from 6.15pm to approximately 8.45pm. Each block of classes will follow the academic calendar, breaking for Christmas and Easter.

The Essential Skills courses are perfect for students of all ages and no previous experience is necessary. Sixth form students preparing for university or a working gap year, or home cooks looking to improve their culinary skills who have work commitments during the day – the Essentials Skills course offers everyone skills to last a lifetime!

Each week you will cover a different set of skills and recipes, incorporating practical skill development such as knife skills and moving on to the foundations of basic cookery.

Lessons are designed to include recipes and techniques that will build your understanding of how food changes as you cook. This will enable you to make adjustments and correct mistakes as you go on to produce your own recipes and menus.

You will be taught in a small group of like-minded students and all of your time at the Academy will be spent in our state of the art kitchens.

Coursework & Homework

Although we encourage all of our students to spend time practicing their new skills in their kitchen at home, there is no homework or coursework set on this course.

What’s included?

As with all our courses, there are no hidden extras. The course fee includes everything you need to complete your course. We do not charge extra for recipe books and uniform. The course fee includes:

  • Chef’s apron
  • Tante Marie Recipe file
  • All ingredients and equipment


Exams & Assessment

Some classes include elements of built in assessment during which we assess mastery of the required skills.

Qualifications Gained

  • Certificate of Attendance
Career Prospects

Students who complete the Part-Time Essential Skills in cookery often choose to apply their new skills whilst working a gap year and are often in high demand from ski chalet employers, while others put them into practice during a ski season.

Tante Marie graduates are known for their unsurpassed standards and professional discipline, which puts them in high demand from ski chalet employers. We work with a wide network of companies who regularly offer industry advice and interviews to our students.

Upon completion of our shorter courses, students often find that they wish to take their new skills to the next level and gain a professional cookery qualification. This course has been designed to allow such students to stay on at the Academy and progress their studies on to our 1 term Cordon Bleu Certificate course.

Graduate Success Story

Tante Marie graduate Lyndy Redding

Lyndy Redding

Previous role: School student
Course attended: 3 term Cordon Bleu Diploma, 1987
New career: Managing Director of the UK’s leading events design company
Career earnings: In the millions!

After leaving school Lyndy's 3 terms at Tante Marie in 1987 have turned into a dazzling career running the UK's leading events design and caterer, Absolute Taste, with a £50m+ turnover, contracts with the likes of McLaren and Jaguar, private aviation, world renowned sporting events within motorsport, sailing, tennis, golf, cricket and rugby, restaurants and cafés, high end fixed venues, events such as Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday party in Hyde Park and clients including David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay...

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