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5 Day Foundation Practical Diploma

Mon 6 July - Fri 10 July


Executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and senior cook school tutor Bruno Birkbeck have designed this versatile course to teach you everything you’ll need to know to become a master chef in your own right – regardless of your skill level. You’ll learn a multitude of skills over the five days, from knife skills to making top quality stock and sauces to baking bread and creating the most elegant desserts. Food presentation will not be overlooked, and you’ll be let in on the secrets of the trade. There will be bespoke demonstrations and tastings, showcasing the finest produce from our suppliers, giving you the finest ingredients to cook with and a special module on wine matching.

What you will cook:

  • Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Morrocan Flavours (Ras El Hanout)
  • Homemade Ravioli, Sheeps Milk Ricotta
  • Mussel Linguine
  • Melting Chocolate & Tonka Fondant, Crème Anglaise
  • Pan Roast Fillet of Seabass, Shiraz Sauce, Perfect Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken & Avocado Salad, Taragon Dressing
  • Classic Swiss Roll
  • Sourdough Pizza
  • Northcote Scones
  • Omelette Arnold Bennet
  • Seasonal Almond Tart Clotted Cream


  • Introduction to pastry
  • Basic butchery
  • Spice class
  • Wine masterclass: Wine matching with our Sommelier
    and much more!
Dishes are subject to change due to seasonality.

Included in this course:

  • 5 consecutive days run by head tutor Bruno and junior tutor Emma
  • Different training modules each day
  • Students prepare their own lunch – served at the Chef’s Table with a glass of wine
  • Two course lunch in the restaurant on one of the days
  • Tea, coffee and soft drinks throughout the day
  • Northcote apron replaced daily
  • You will receive a certificate, course folder with recipes and instructions from the week
  • Northcote Cookery School Apron and bag


How to book:

Please contact our events team to enquire about or to book this course.

Tel: 01254 240555

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Mon 6 July
Fri 10 July
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Northcote Road
Blackburn, BB6 8BE United Kingdom
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Class duration
Mon - Fri , 9am - 4.30/5.30pm

Dear Guests,

It is with heavy hearts, that we have made the very difficult decision to follow the Government
advice and temporarily close The Stafford London, Northcote and Norma for the safety of our team,
our guests and our community. While we would love to welcome you with our warm hospitality, we
believe that closing is in the best interest of public health at this time.

We would like to extend our gratitude for your support and loyalty and we hope you and your loved
ones are safe and well. As soon as a re-opening date for our Stafford Collection properties becomes
more apparent, we will be back in touch.

We would like to wish you and your families and friends the very best in these challenging times, and
we look forward to welcoming to ‘Home’ to The Stafford, Northcote and Norma very soon.

Best Wishes

Stuart Procter
Chief Operating Officer