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Address: Swinton Park, Masham, England
Phone Number: 01765 680969

Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run by...

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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Gluten free cookery course-fantastic!

Great day ,full of lots of different recipes and techniques. Hands on , with no pressure as made to feel relaxed thanks to the knowledgeable chef Steve Bulmer.Could ask questions... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great day ,full of lots of different recipes and techniques. Hands on , with no pressure as made to feel relaxed thanks to the knowledgeable chef Steve Bulmer.Could ask questions and learn new methods and ideas.Get to try what you've cooked during the day!Would definitely recommend attending one of Steve's classes.Thanks for a fab' day.

Thank Liz C
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

What a terrific day with top Chef Steve Bulmer! Seven guests were given the very best of instruction on the art of Weber barbequing with charcoal. Steve had five Weber barbeques with the 'Summit' taking pride of place. After a brief but engaging introduction to the order of the day and the menu we were soon getting hands on lighting... More 

Thank Phil T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic 1/2 day course, also paid for lunch only for some of the family. Course consisted of advice, techniques & practice of all areas of the BBQ (we were using the excellent Weber BBQs & equipment) from lighting, learning about the use of direct & indirect heat and cooking to creating some of the recipes (the flat breads are... More 

Thank Dan S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my Masterclass with Steve Bulmer. A reasonably competent home cook, I selected this course to learn new techniques such as pasta making and how to pick a crab. I learned this and a whole load more other things as well as accumulating many hints and tips for the future The course was fast paced and full on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

This was a birthday gift that was greatly received. Steve Bulmer was great, really engaging and informative. We made so many different recipes, I was impressed with everything we made by the end of the morning! I have gained some great tips/techniques and had a giggle at the same time. Using high quality ingredients, equipment and set in the atmosphere... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

A day of Middle Eastern cookery - a tremendously interesting and insightful day. Learned plenty about middle eastern cookery, and also general techniques. Presented in a friendly and informative way. Steve is great - keeps the whole day driving along, talking not just about the subject of the day, but everything else, keeping people involved and engaged, and the whole... More 

Thank Dave A
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

I had an amazing day on the Cooking with star quality course. I learnt so much and picked up some fabulous tips. I would highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

What a brilliant half (almost full) day we had here. Excellent tuition from the talented Steve Bulmer with an introduction to pasta making and the delights of Italian bread much more. This was one of my 60th birthday presents from a group of friends. Take my advice, don't wait 'till you're my age, go now.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

What a fabulous day we had at the cookery school learning about Italian cookery from the very skillful and talented chef Steve Bulmer. A brilliantly organised day with loads of hands on experiences, from making pasta and preparing crab to trimming artichokes plus loads loads more. I took a few pictures during the day to accompany my notes which I... More 

Thank Pauline B
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

Gluten free cookery courses are unfortunately a little like hen's teeth. This half day course at Swinton Park Cookery School was fabulous, fun and SO interesting - can't recommend it enough. Although I've been cooking gluten free food for 2 years now (gluten intolerant husband!), I left with some fabulous recipes and a bucket load of new cooking tips! Thanks... More 

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