The UK’s longest-running independent cookery school, Tante Marie has been through a number of incarnations, premises and owners since it opened its doors in 1954, and now occupies a gleaming new venue slap in the centre of Woking. The focus here is on professional cookery training – mostly through the Academy’s two- or three-term Cordon Bleu Diploma, which has kickstarted the careers of thousands of the UK’s top chefs, or via its newly introduced Ship’s Cook Certificate, which equips seafaring chefs for a career offshore. Alongside, the school runs Gap Year courses that arm students with the skills they need to combine food and travel by working as chalet hosts or similar, as well as a rolling programme of one-off enthusiasts’ sessions, with topics including breads, pasta, pastries, kid’s cookery and Christmas catering. Students train across the academy’s nine Poggenpohl kitchens, each equipped with high-tech Neff appliances, and many also hone their skills in the on-site, graduate-run Tante Marie Restaurant, open to the public seven days a week.
Cordon Bleu Diploma: £19,450
Intensive Cordon Bleu Diploma: £15,750
Certificate Course: £7,950
Food Camps (1-4 weeks): £595-£2,450
Day Courses: £160
- Fish & Seafood
- Knife Skills