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Swinton Park Cookery School

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Address: Swinton Park, Masham, England
Phone Number: 01765 680969
Description: Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run...
Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run by the Cunliffe-Lister family. Set in 200 acres of parkland on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the castle combines the style and elegance of a stately home with the comfort and exemplary service of a luxury hotel. The Cookery School at Swinton Park has been running since 2003 and has consistently achieved high acclaim, most recently as a finalist in British Cookery School Awards 2012. Located on the ground floor of the Georgian stable wing adjacent to Swinton Park hotel, the teaching kitchen is a light and airy room, furnished in country-kitchen style and fitted with the latest appliances and equipment. The cookery school also benefits the hotel’s location at the heart of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate. The Estate supplies the cookery school and hotel with game birds, venison and foraged ingredients such as elderflower, wild garlic and wild mushrooms, while, closer to the hotel, the four acre Walled Garden provides a wide range of fruit and vegetables throughout the year.Stephen Bulmer joined the cookery school as Chef Director in January 2013. He is also is widely acknowledged to be one the leading cookery school tutors in the UK, having been Chef Director of the Raymond Blanc Cookery School at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons for 6 years and also run his own cookery school at Brook Hall in Buckinghamshire. He combines his top-level cookery skills with a gregarious personality - a winning combination. ’He is one of my most experienced chefs and a great craftsman – his enthusiasm is completely infectious’, commented Raymond Blanc.Whilst his career has taken him to work at Michelin restaurants all over the world, Stephen hails from Yorkshire and so has returned to his roots. He spent his childhood in a village on the North Yorkshire Moors, with his first cooking job at The Goathland Hotel before going on to train at The Box Tree in Ilkley.Stephen has created a schedule of half day, one day and two day courses at Swinton Park, which are open to residents and non-residents of all levels of ability. Courses cover a wide range of cuisines and techniques, with themes ranging from Flavours of the Orient to Regional French Cuisine, Barbecue Cookery to Delicious Desserts and Tapas to Bread Making. There are also courses for children, teenagers and professional chefs. Guest chefs teaching occasional classes include celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager and number of other specialists running courses such as Wild About Food (foraging for wild edible ingredients) and a monthly Curry Club. We have two courses for Christmas cooking – Festive Fare and the innovative ‘Christmas in a Box’, which includes a meal for six to take home.The cookery school also provides a relaxed, informal setting for Chef’s Table demonstration dining evenings, where Stephen prepares and serves a gourmet meal in front of you. The school is also available for private hire and for corporate, incentive and team-building events.
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My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her experience today. A non stop morning rustling up Parkin, tea cakes, apple pie, fish cakes, tartare sauce and Yorkshire droplet. Delicious! The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her experience today. A non stop morning rustling up Parkin, tea cakes, apple pie, fish cakes, tartare sauce and Yorkshire droplet. Delicious! The teaching was top notch, atmosphere was very friendly and both my daughter and son now want me to book them on a course soon. Thanks for a wonderful day.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My two daughters aged 6 &8 attended the mini chefs course. They both loved it. Brilliant is the way they described it. They made four things, fat rascals, moggy cake, Yorkshire Rarebit and ginger biscuits. We left them to it and they worked independently. They said the two chefs, Julie and Maggie were very kind. They'd love to go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who loves cooking whether a beginner or confident cook already. Not only does Stephen Bulmer put everyone at ease as soon as you enter the cookery school but his relaxed, informative and passion for food is evident throughout the day; along with a wonderful sense of humour! You will get a lot... More 

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Garstang, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My partner bought me a place on the one day foraging course. We spent two hours in the woods with Chris the expert and the chef and his assistants. Stopping every so often to look, pick and taste. Then back to the cookery school where Steve the head chef demonstrated a number of great dishes which we got to taste.... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I attended Stephen Bulmer's cookery course to hone my skills in the kitchen. Not only did I really enjoy everything about the day, it also gave me the opportunity to develop my knowledge, skills and confidence in the kitchen. Stephen made the day fun and relaxing. Would strongly recommend.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and made things fun and inspiring. Well recommended. Sheffield lad to boot as well!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

To say I was impressed by the cookery course is a huge understatement! I attended Steve Bulmers French cuisine: cooking with star quality, and I was blown away by the quality of the recipes, what I learnt, how much we got through and the high standard of the tutoring. I've always been a passionate cook, but came away with renewed... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I went on this course with a friend in January and we both absolutely loved it. We both said it was the best thing we had done in ages. Chef Steve Bulmer, who runs the school, strikes a perfect balance between teaching and hands on experience. He is highly entertaining and provides a constant stream of informative, interesting anecdotes. As... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I attended a Bread Making Course using a Virgin Experience day voucher that had been bought for me.The course was fab Steve was informative & an excellent demonstrator.There were 6 of us on the course we made numerous types of bread which we got to take home there was a super lunch with wine which my husband joined us for.Swinton... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This was a surprise gift so I didn't know what to expect. I would have liked to do more hands on cooking but it was only a half day course. Steve was great fun and thankfully the other guests were nice too! My husband had been recommended a strict medical diet since he booked the course for us and Steve... More 

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