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Swinton Park Cookery School

Address: Swinton Park, Masham, England
Phone Number: 01765 680969
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Masham
Type: Classes/Workshops, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run by the Cunliffe-Lister...
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Type: Classes/Workshops, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: 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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Leyburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I booked the Thai cookery class as a xmas gift for a friend, we arrived not sure what to expect, it was wonderful from the welcome from the hotel staff onwards. Steve Bulmer the chef was fantastic, so helpful, full of tips , advice and lots of fun. I will certainly go again. Joan

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just done a one day course on Northern Italian Food. It was fun, informative and delicious. Steve is a pro. By all means come from London to do this course but you don't need to go to London! Absolutely terrific. Can't wait to do the next one.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Just been to Steve Bulmers cookery class (Thai cookery). It was excellent, very informative, lots of tips, well organised and relaxed atmosphere. I was quite nervous at first but he seemed to put us all at our ease. Will certainly go back and do another course - maybe the italian one. Hotel and surroundings stunning and a real treat. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Steve Bulmer and his staff treated us to an excellent lunch. Which was made even better with his anecdote's and cooking tips. Would highly recommend even for people that are not experience cooks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have attended the cookery school twice now and both times have been absolutely fantastic , very informative and huge fun thanks to Steve Bulmer's relaxed and informal style. I was a little nervous before the first visit and worried that it may be "chef-y" and intimidating , how far from the truth! In beautiful surroundings , the staff are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Stephen and his team delivered an excellent Christmas cookery course. They were patient approachable and made it a really fun experience. I learned loads of new skills, had a great time and prepared all the food I need for Christmas. I have vegetarian guests coming and Stephen suggested alternative ingredients so that that everyone can have similar dishes. If your... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I have been to this cookery school before on a fish course, which was brilliant, and the game cookery course was just as good the chef Steve Bulmer is great he really explains everything that you need to know it was a great day and at the end we had a five course lunch,cant wait for the bread making course.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I spent 2 days with Steve Bulmer and his crew learning how to bake bread, dismantle birds, make pastries, clean/stuff squid, and so much more! We had so much fun and I've left armed with lots of tricks and tips of the trade. The experience was the perfect combination of demonstation, practice, and skill building. Steve does an amazing job... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I attended the 'Dishes for seasonal entertaining course - Winter' hosted by Steve Bulmer and found it extremely informative and enjoyable. All the food we (with a little help from Steve) made we had as our lunch, which was certainly something to get the tastebuds going! I would thoroughly recommend attending a course at the cookery school. I hope to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Spent a marvellous day at the Swinton Park Cookery School, with Stephen Bulmer. We cooked pastry, ravioli, tortellini, and nettle loaf. We made pasta from scratch and used pasta machines to make tagliatelle. Steve demonstrated how to cook Hake to perfection, how to make perfect risotto, and shared his knowledge of the local produce, demonstrated his passion for cooking, and... More 

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