Half Day 'Essential' Sauces Cookery Class - Devon

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Develop your cookery skills with a half day essential sauce making workshop in Exeter. Learn the techniques used to make some of the so-called 'mother' sauces from a highly experienced chef.

  • Exeter (Devon)
  • Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
£ 65

Half Day 'Essential' Sauces Cookery Class - Devon

Develop your cookery skills with a half day essential sauce making workshop in Exeter. Learn the techniques used to make some of the so-called 'mother' sauces from a highly experienced chef.
As most of us who are into cooking will know, there are a range of traditional sauces, known as the 'Mother Sauces'. These are what 19th Century chef, Marie-Antoine Carême and later Chef Auguste Escoffier claim to be the 5 'essential' sauces for cooking. This half day cookery experience in Exeter focuses on the importance of these essential sauces and will soon have you ditching the jars and creating your own sauces and roux from scratch.

Your half day cookery lesson will take place in a purpose-built kitchen in Exeter's historic quayside. You'll greet your expert chef for the day, along with the rest of your group, before going over a little of the history of these fabulous sauces. Then it's time to put your aprons on, collect your pans and get to work on the first of many sauces you'll be getting to grips with. Whilst there may not be time to perfect all of the 'Mother Sauces', you'll be learning to make a Mayonnaise, White Sauce and Meat Reduction Sauce/Butter Sauce. You'll also get some tips on how to best prepare an oil emulsion (Mayonnaise), a roux (white sauce/veloute), an all-in-one White Sauce, Monte au Beure (mounting a sauce with butter), as well as a reduction of stock (demi-glace) as a basis for a variety of meat sauces. The chef will then explain how to best pair these with shellfish, meat dishes and pasta dishes.

Sometimes the traditional ways are the best ways, especially when it comes to food...so if you've always wanted to learn how to create those delicious staple sauces from scratch then this half day course is just the ticket!

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This Essential Sauces cookery experience runs on selected weekend and midweek dates - usually around twice per month.

Current Available Dates:

26th October 2019

19th November 2019

10th January 2020

Please note: Dates are subject to availability at the time of booking. If you would like to check availability for a specific date, please feel free to give our customer service team a call.


Everyone is welcome to take part in this cookery class.

You must be able to responsibly handle sharp knifes and hot pans. If you are unsure about your ability to take part in the lesson, please feel free to get in touch.

If you have any severe allergies or dietary requirements, please alert the cookery school upon booking and they will be happy to discuss dish possibilities.


Experience Duration: 02:30

Time Spent at Venue: 02:40

This is a 2 and a half hour sauce making cookery class.

Morning session: 9:30-12:00

Afternoon session: 14:00-16:30

Hot and cold beverages will be available throughout your cooking experience.

Group Size & Spectators

Participants: The Half Day 'Essential' Sauces Cookery Class - Devon is for 1 participant.

Max Group Size: 10

Spectators Allowed on Site: No

You will join a group of participants for your cookery class.

The workshop is not suitable for spectators, however there is plenty to do and see in the historic quayside area.

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What to wear

All cooking equipment required will be provided by the school for your experience.

Please wear suitable clothing and comfy shoes, as you will be on your feet throughout your experience - open-toed shoes are not appropriate in the kitchen.

Please be prepared to tie long hair back.


Your cookery class takes place in a newly refurbished cookery school, so should not be affected by the weather. However, if the experience is cancelled by the school due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be able to reschedule for an alternative date.

£ 65