Are your kids heading off to uni? Prepare them to fend for themselves with our five-day Cooking Bootcamp

Weʼve all heard (or experienced) the horror stories about university eating habits ““ from living off baked beans or frozen pizzas to blowing student loans on takeaways. Leaving home without knowing how to cook can be seriously unhealthy and very bad for the bank balance!

So why not treat your son or daughter to our five-day Cooking Bootcamp at The Cooking School at Dean Clough from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September? Running right at the end of the summer holidays itʼs the perfect time to help freshers brush up on their cooking skills right before their first term begins.

Bootcampers will work under the guidance of professional chefs to develop the skills and techniques needed to create a range of impressive dishes. With the state-of-the-art facilities at Dean Clough, this really is the perfect atmosphere to learn these skills.
With five whole days of learning, Cooking Bootcamp covers a range of different recipes and skills.
By the end of the course, bootcampers will have mastered bread making; puddings anddesserts; preparing and cooking meats, fish and shellfish; vegetarian cooking and all-important chefsʼ skills such as knife skills.

Cooking Bootcamp is the perfect leaving home present for young people but is also fantastic for any other age group too. Running from Wednesday to Sunday to limit time off work, itʼs a great break for anyone looking for an alternative getaway or thinking of starting their own café or B&B.

Director of The Cooking School Matthew Benson-Smith comments: “We ran our first Cooking Bootcamp back in May and it was an incredible success with an eclectic group of bootcampers. We decided to schedule our second Cooking Bootcamp right before students start their first term at uni as weʼre passionate about the importance of young people being able to cook. However, the course is open to everyone so weʼre looking forward to teaching a broad range of customers.”

Hereʼs what some of our previous bootcampers said about the course:
“ “It was a great opportunity to be taught so many cooking skills by top chefs – the course was full on but lots of fun and I would recommend it to anyone.” Rebecca
“ “I had a great five days and especially enjoyed jointing chicken, filleting fish and making tuille biscuits.” Mark
“ “I loved everything. Itʼs the best course I have ever done at The Cooking School at Dean Clough.” Sally

The next Cooking Bootcamp runs from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September from 9.30am ““ 3.30pm every day and places cost just £495. To book a place on this, or any of our courses, head to or phone 01422 383912. We can also advise on accommodation in the area.