Curious Cookery Club for Junior Cooks

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For children aged 12–16. Use your natural curiosity to experiment with cooking like Heston Blumenthal!

Whether you want to work in a professional kitchen, become a world-famous food blogger, critic or food stylist, you'll be encouraged to interpret and apply to your own work, traditional cooking techniques and those made famous by Heston Blumenthal!

Heston believes a successful journey through this industry is powered by a strong sense of curiosity, a desire to learn and by receiving instruction that is relevant, authentic, motivating and that sparks imagination. This is aligned with the Activate Learning Philosophy, which is rooted in an understanding of how the brain, motivation and emotions work together to encourage learning

These unique programmes, only available at Activate Learning colleges, are developed in partnership with Heston Blumenthal and the Fat Duck Group to develop and advance your cooking skills.

What I'll learn

You will learn about ingredients, taste, flavour and how to be curious with cooking.

Each week, you will produce a new dish to take home and wow your family with! 


How I'll learn

This is a brand new course designed by the Fat Duck chefs.

Our young cooks will learn to cook the 'Heston' way by being curious about food, ingredients and taste. 

Each lesson will consist of:

  • formal instruction
  • experimentation
  • practical demonstration
  • peer review


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. All you will need is a desire to learn some unconventional cookery techniques and push the limits of your imagination! 

You will need to bring an apron, but all cooking materials are included in the course fee.

Please contact us in advance if you need to check this course's compatability with any specific dietary requirements you may have.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.