This week I went to meet the lovely Sophie Horsford, from The Avenue Cookery School. This family run business has recently moved to Wandsworth, their fabulous kitchens are just a 7 minute walk from Wandsworth Town Station.
The Avenue runs two week cookery courses suited to beginner cooks who are looking to learn the basics before potentially starting a career in the food industry, or doing their first family cooking job. I highly recommend their Basic to Brilliant Course for anyone wanting to get into the world of cooking work. Attending this course will teach you all the basic skills you need to know to get you on the path to becoming a brilliant cook. I would recommend any cooks who have attended this course to start off as an assistant cook to gain as much experience in the real working world as possible, before embarking on a job on your own.
If it is a ski season you are looking to do, check out their Chalet Course - a two week course covering cooking techniques as well as how to look after your chalet. You will cover all the cooking needed to work in a small chalet as well as being taught how to make a bed, how to clean a sink and all sorts of other brilliant skills which will stay with you for life! Anyone attending this course could be suitable for some of my host positions in upmarket chalets, so it is definitely worth contacting me to see if we can help. I am also happy to recommend ski companies that you could apply to for work if I cannot help you.
As well as these longer courses, The Avenue offers a range of day, evening, corporate and weekend courses so check out their website for further information.
For any cooks wondering which courses I would recommend to them depending on what they are wanting to do with their life, I would be very happy to speak to anyone to offer my advice. Please contact me and I will hope to be of some help!