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Festive feasts fit for the Lord of The Manor

On Tuesday 24th November, Exeter Cookery School will host the first in a series of exclusive new pop-up cookery courses at Bridwell Park, the home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten in Uffculme. Surrounded by far-reaching views over rural Devon and with its very own deer park, Bridwell offers a sumptuous setting for these intimate cookery courses, which promise to educate and entertain in equal measure.

The first will focus on creating a magical Christmas feast for friends and family, and will take students through a range of classical and modern cooking techniques. Over the course of the day, you will learn how to create three sensational dishes, starting with Sautéed Duck Liver on Toasted Brioche with Onion Marmalade and a Glass of Chilled Monbazillac, closely followed by roast loin of Bridwell venison with confit shoulder, creamed mash, Savoy cabbage and venison chorizo. The piece de resistance, a Louis XV – the decadent multi-layered celebration of chocolate, hazelnuts and meringue – will round off the meal in style.

Lucy Fisher, MD of Exeter Cookery School says: “We are really excited to be launching this collaboration thanks to the generosity of Lord Ivar. We hope this will be the first of several pop-up cookery events we host at this splendid location, where guests will learn how to prepare, cook and eat some tasty alternatives to those Christmas favourites. Jim will also show you how to cook certain elements ahead of time, so you get to enjoy more time with family and friends.”

Students will learn a wide range of culinary skills, from understanding foie gras and its preparation, seasoning, pan-frying, making onion marmalade and presentation of the dish. For the main course, students will discover the art of preparing and cooking venison, including making confit and roasting lean meat, as well as producing perfectly smooth and unctuous creamed mash and creating a flavour-packed venison sauce. For a suitably Royal end to this festive feast, Jim will teach you how to make a Louis XV – from the hazelnut dacquoise, white chocolate croquante and white chocolate mousse to finishing the dessert off to perfection, draping it with chocolate and using gold leaf for an elegant final flourish.

The brainchild of Jim and Lucy Fisher, who recently returned from running a successful residential cookery school in the Dordogne, Exeter Cookery School is set to open its doors after Christmas in a Grade II Listed building on the city’s historic Quayside, currently the focus of a major regeneration strategy. Once open, Exeter Cookery School will offer a host of exciting culinary courses – each packed with cheffy tips, tricks and techniques honed in busy restaurant kitchens, but adapted to use in your home and designed to make cooking for family and friends fun, easy and stress-free.

The Bridwell course on 24th November runs from 9am to 4pm, with lunch included and ending with a celebratory glass of fizz. As well as leaving with a host of new skills, participants will be presented with an Exeter Cookery School certificate, recipe information and a goodie bag to take away. No previous experience is necessary, but a love of fine food is a must.

This exclusive day course costs £185 – places are limited, so early booking is advised if you don’t want to miss out on this fabulous opportunity. To book, contact: Jim & Lucy Fisher, Exeter Cookery School, 07534 635302; Email: info@exetercookeryschool.co.uk;

Full details are available on www.exetercookeryschool.co.uk


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