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Welcome to Richard Hughes Cookery School

***2012/13 Cookery School of the Year ... Here in Norfolk!***


We are absolutely delighted to been been awarded two top national accolades - Best Small Cookery School and the top prize, British Cookery School of the Year. At the first ever British Cookery School Awards the school was judged to be the best from hundreds of entries from across the UK.

We were pitched against some of the most famous schools in the country, including Leiths, Nick Nairn Cook School, Tante Marie and The Novelli Academy, but judges said they were impressed by our school's fun atmosphere - in fact, they said ours was the school they'd want to visit most. Praise indeed!

BBC Radio 2's food and drink presenter and judge for the British Cookery School Awards, Nigel Barden, said "Richard has done brilliantly to win these two awards as he was up against some of the most famous cookery schools in the UK. We were looking for cookery schools that could demonstrate dynamism and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations, as well as showing entrepreneurial characteristics, business nous and sublime cookery teaching skills. Richard's school stood out straightaway." I'm far too modest to comment on such kind words (but he's right!).

I am, of course, absolutely delighted to have brought two such prestigious awards back to Norfolk, and particularly proud that our school is the first ever UK Best Cookery School. We genuinely couldn't have wished for a better result. Of course, we couldn't have achieved such acclaim if it wasn't for you, the customers who keep coming back for our courses and who make our job such a lot of fun. Thank you for all your support over the past five years - we couldn't have done it without you.

*2016 Brochure Now Out*

Make sure you're front of the queue for some of the great courses that are coming up at the cookery school - take a look to see what whets your appetite.

 We are able to offer a host of new courses, aimed to appeal to anyone with an interest in cooking, eating and having fun! Whether you've been cooking for years, or you're just progressing from cheese on toast, we are sure we can inspire you to get into the kitchen and start impressing family and friends with your new found skills: skills that will last you a lifetime! I have been cooking professionally for over thirty years and teaching for twenty, yet I am still thrilled at the reaction of students when they produce a stunning chocolate cake, a simple soup or a loaf of bread. Often it is the simplest things in life that give us the most enjoyment: cooking supper, a quick lunch or even breakfast in bed is equal to the most lavish present!

Classes are informative, practical and, most importantly, fun.  Good cooking comes from confidence, and we will give you the techniques, information and, of course, the recipes to make sure you can reproduce everything you see and do at the Richard Hughes Cookery School. Class sizes are deliberately small so we can give you the attention you require, and everything you make on the practical classes is yours to either take home or eat on the day. Demonstration classes are relaxed and informative: many of our regulars have been visiting us for many years.

Our lives revolve around food, with more TV programmes, newspapers and websites dedicated to cooking than any other subject, but the only place to really get involved is in the kitchen. We invite you into our kitchen - let’s get cooking!




Make sure you're front of the queue for some of the great courses that are coming up at the cookery school - take a look to see what whets your appetite.

The Richard Hughes Cookery School has been an immensely popular addition to The Lavender House, allowing Richard to share his lifelong passion for food with an ever-growing audience.

*New for 2016* Wine Wednesdays: we've got the perfect antidote to the midweek slump. Research has show that Britons are most tempted to reach for a bottle of wine at precisely 6.53pm on a Wednesday evening - let us lead you into temptation with our all new Wine Wednesday line-up of fine wine dinners and food and wine cooking evenings.

Student's Comments

“Very good and thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you! I look forward to making pasta for many years to come! Fresh Pasta SMK, 20th August.”
- Rebecca Start, Diss

“Thoroughly enjoyed my pasta class today. Was such a lovely environment to learn in and Richard was a joy to learn from. Thank you so much for a wonderful day! Fresh Pasta SMK, 20th August.”
- Sinead Hipwell, Pulham St Mary

“Excellent day, very informative. Nice to see a range of fish prepared and cooked. Good mix of instruction and practical work. Fish SMK, 13th August.”
- Paul Weaver, Ling

“A really enjoyable class which has taught me new skills and given me confidence. European Bread Specialities SMK, 6th August.”
- Elena Judd, Norwich

“Brilliant! Lovely to learn some imaginative vegetarian recipes. Vegetarian SMK, 16th July.”
- Gillian Kirk, Norwich

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