Some people love to cook, others can't stand being in the kitchen. Whether you want to learn to master your next dish, or just want some basic cooking skills so you can stop spending so much on takeout, cooking classes can be a fun way to learn some new skills. So where is the best place to sharpen up your culinary prowess?
We've compiled a few places that are worth checking out, but we want your recommendations to help us find Southampton's best cooking schools.
Lemon & Soul offer a variety of cooking masterclasses. You can join in on a class, book them for a special event, or even get some one-on-one private tuition if you're really serious in the kitchen. They've also got a range of recipes on their website, so once you've been along to a class there's plenty of inspiration to keep you cooking.
The Season Cookery School at Lainston House has courses that cover everything from your perfect pizza, to perfecting your knife skills, to themed kids cookery classes. You can choose between half and full day courses and you'll get all your recipes to take home with you. A lot of the produce comes from the kitchen garden, which means everything is very fresh, and you'll be taught by a team of qualified and experienced chefs.
For something a little bit different there's also the courses at the Minstead Study Centre. They're less about general cooking and more about mastering specific techniques to help make you more self-sufficient. As well as learning about growing your own fresh produce to cook with at home, they also tend to have some great bread making courses available. Nearby, the New Forest Cookery School take things a little more seriously and have a range of courses for budding chefs and passionate home cooks.
For a bit of a wildcard, there's also Chef Bernie's Live Cookin' demonstrations. These aren't hands on classes, but you'll get to watch Bernie whip up some Caribbean delicacies and you get to sit down and eat them at the end. You can take all the recipes home, so even though you don't get to cook on the day you can still expand your repertoire.
So which cooking schools have you tried? Do you have any spots that aren't on the list? Let us know your top recommendations for the best cooking schools or cooking classes in Southampton.