Ashburton Chefs Academy


When you are choosing a cookery course make sure you choose the best cookery school for your training. The Ashburton Chefs Academy has a reputation for inspirational cookery courses, excellent chef tutors, top class ingredients and a stunning location. That's why we have been nominated as "Cookery School of the Year" in the Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards for the last 3 years.


We have been successfully running cookery courses 7 days a week, 350 days a year for the last 10 years, and are rated as one of the most successful cookery schools in the country. We welcome over 5000 students to our cookery school a year.

We have been recognised with the following awards:

  • Food & Travel Magazine – Winner of Cookery School of the Year 2013
  • Small Business of the Year – Winner WMN Business Awards 2013
  • British Cookery School Awards –People's Choice Award Best Cookery School 2013
  • British Cookery School Awards –Winner Best English Cookery School 2012
  • British Cookery School Awards –Winner Best Large Cookery School 2012
  • Food & Travel Magazine – Winner of Cookery School of the Year 2012

More important is the feedback of our students. Students are invited to rate our performance at the end of each course they take - over 3 years we have a 99% positive customer satisfaction rating with over 80% of students rating us 5 out of 5 stars.


We offer over 40 scheduled cookery courses from half-day courses and weekend breaks to professional culinary qualifications. You are sure to find a course to meet your skill level and your area of interest. What's more, because our schedule is published and fixed for at least the next 6 months, you can plan your cookery courses with confidence.


We have created a unique range of courses with defined skill levels to suit you whatever your previous cookery experience. Whether you are new to cookery, an enthusiastic home cook or a professional chef, you will find a level of cookery and a route of training that is perfect for you.


When you choose a cookery school you need to be sure that the training you are going to receive is to the highest standard. At the Ashburton Chefs Academy, all of our chef tutors are professional chefs with extensive experience in catering, working as head chefs in highly rated restaurants.

They work full-time for the cookery school and they are constantly developing the courses to the highest level. We believe the quality of training offered by our professional chef tutors is unrivalled amongst cookery schools and is the reason so many of our students come back to us.


Our average class size is 10 students. Our experienced chef tutors know that not everyone learns at the same pace, or in the same way, and so whilst you will work together as a group and in pairs, you will also receive plenty of individual attention from your chef tutors.


At The Ashburton Chefs Academy, we believe the best way to learn to cook is by actually cooking not watching. Our courses are geared to maximising the amount of practical cookery you will perform during each day. All ingredients are pre-prepared for you for the start of each day, washing up is taken care of, and a kitchen assistant works to assist the chef and students throughout the day.

Our kitchens are designed to feel as close to a home kitchen as possible and you can be sure that any skills or recipes you learn with us can be just as easily replicated at home as in a professional kitchen.


From day one we have been committed to using the finest quality, ethically sourced produce we can. The quality of ingredients in Devon is outstanding and we are lucky to have some fantastic suppliers right on our doorstep in Ashburton.

Our food is grown and sourced locally as much as possible to reduce 'food miles' and to support local producers. We insist on knowing the provenance of our food, and that it is sustainable and ethically produced. The difference in quality can be tasted in every dish.


All of our courses have been designed to be as accessible and practical as possible for preparation at home.

The ingredients we use are easily sourced from everyday suppliers, and you won't find a focus on rare or exotic ingredients that often take longer to find that to make the recipe itself.

For any 'out-of-the-ordinary' ingredients, we will always recommend another alternative that you can find easily. We are also conscious that food budgets need to go further these days and develop our recipes to be affordable a well as delicious.


Students tell us that they enjoy the warm and friendly environment at The Ashburton Chefs Academy and they like the sense of 'ownership' of the space they are working in and staying in. There are plenty of quiet areas, both inside and outside for breaks during and after your course, and at the end of a thrilling day in the kitchen, the picturesque town of Ashburton offers some good pubs, restaurants and shops to explore.



Old Exeter Road
Devon TQ13 7LG

Exeter, England, United Kingdom