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An independent Artisan Cookery School tutored by experienced and passionate patrons and chefs. We also have a specialised School of Chocolate running alongside the culinary school, which is unique to East Anglia.

Hunters Academy of Food is created and directed by one of the UK’s top culinary educators, having led Westminster Kingsway College’s famous Hospitality School for over twenty years. Gary has assembled a team of expert chefs who are forerunners of their own specialism in culinary arts and hospitality. We will offer inspirational cookery courses from our wonderful Academy kitchen located deep in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside.

With many cookery courses to choose from, designed to suit novices as well as advanced home cooks we will teach you to cook with creativity, passion and pleasure. If you want to take your cookery skills to the next level, we have a cookery course for you.

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Come and join Gary as you make all you will need for those extra special Christmas baking treats.  This class will be a truly celebratory day of learning to bake all that is wonderful about a Norfolk Christmas.
This one-day practical Christmas Day lunch preparation course will have you planning and preparing the biggest celebratory meal of the year by creating the main preparation points for the day.
Have you ever dreamed about making chocolates? Come and join us on this full day course where we will cover the basic techniques that will provide you with the confidence to create your own personalised range of chocolate products.
The next stage of handmade chocolates is moulding. On this natural progression day, Seminar 1.1 will continue to establish the innovative techniques that will provide you with the knowledge to create your own personalised range of moulded chocolate products.
Learn how to prepare moulded and filled chocolate bars and snacking bars. Developed by Gary, this Introduction to Chocolate Bars recaps on tempering chocolate, preparing elegant moulded and hand dipped chocolate bars, adding flavours and textures, and hand dipping techniques.
Master professional chocolatier skills at Hunters Academy of Food. Designed by Gary, this two-day practical chocolate course builds upon the skills taught in the Introduction to Chocolate Seminars 1.0 and 1.1.
Try this energy-boosting course in making your own Granola to start your day. Packed with heart-healthy oats, seeds, nuts and berries, it's sure to taste good and make you feel good.
Try this sweet toothed half day course in making your own perfect macarons. Packed with tips to make the perfect confection every time, so that they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, with delicious fillings and decorations.
The skill of artisan breadmaking is one of the most satisfying elements of the kitchen. And mastering the basic skills of bread making, learning about the ingredients and the skills in carefully kneading, proofing and shaping the dough is what this introduction to breadmaking is all about.
Discover the ingredients necessary to crafting the genuine flavours of Italian breads, and practice the kneading, proofing and shaping techniques. You will create a selection of baked goods to enjoy during the course and to take away with you, including ciabatta, focaccia, and sweet and savoury pizzas.
For those of you who want to voyage into the depths of bakery further, to understand a little more about specific doughs produced as treats for breakfast or a sneaky mid-morning snack, with some new techniques to master. Suitable for home bakers and professionals alike this full day class will begin by discovering the lamination process of dough and butter. Shaping and moulding the resulting laminated dough to make light airy and buttery pastries.
The bagel originated in Jewish culture before leaping into popularity in New York and the United States of America. Bagels have now become a worldwide favourite. The unique cooking method gives them a delicious, chewy texture and perfect to showcase a multitude of fillings.
Taught exclusively by Gary Hunter, using professional recipes and techniques previously taught to thousands of Gary’s pastry students at Westminster Kingsway College, these pastry classes are a must whether you are baking for your family, entertaining friends or want to learn how to create pastries featured in some of London’s top hotels and bakeries.
Taught exclusively by Gary Hunter, using professional recipes and techniques previously taught to thousands of Gary’s pastry students at Westminster Kingsway College, these pastry classes are a must whether you are baking for your family, entertaining friends or want to learn how to create pastries featured in some of London’s top hotels and bakeries.
We will teach you to make a classic panade based soufflé as well as twice baked soufflés that can be made the day before and reheated. There will also be Gary’s wonderful, sweet soufflés and the secret to their success. You will finish feeling confident that you can whip up a soufflé in minutes using just store cupboard ingredients.
Our full day classic and modern tarts masterclass is indispensable to give you the confidence and skills needed for your next family get-together dinner, entertaining friends or clients, or perhaps you just want to learn how to make and decorate some stunning tarts with ease.
We are delighted to be welcoming Rebecca Heath to Hunters Academy of Food this year for her Hestia Patisserie and Entremets class.
Jose is quite literally a master in his field. A professional deer stalker and falconer Jose Souto will lead you through fur and feather as he demonstrates his art with sustainably sourced wild meat. A chef at the House of Commons for 11 years and with stints at The Ritz, Mosimann’s and The Savoy Grill under his belt, Jose is author of two published and acclaimed books, Venison: The Game Larder and Feathers: The Game Larder. He is a Senior Chef Lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College where he also studied as a student. 
Learn to produce a well-presented, delicious three-course dinner party menu and still have time to spend with your guests. This course will teach you the art of prompt, effective entertaining and you will learn to cook every component of a starter, main course and wonderful dessert as well as how to present your food to a professional restaurant standard
Learn to produce a well-presented, delicious three-course dinner party menu and still have time to spend with your guests.
This course will teach you the art of prompt, effective entertaining and you will learn to cook every component of a starter, main course and wonderful dessert as well as how to present your food to a professional restaurant standard.
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Upcoming courses & events calendar

Introduction to Chocolate Class – Seminar 1.1 (Moulding Chocolates) – 2 March

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

The next stage of handmade chocolates is moulding. On this natural progression day, Seminar 1.1 will continue to establish the innovative techniques that will provide you with the knowledge to create your own personalised range of moulded chocolate products. You will learn to use coloured cocoa butters and other techniques that make your chocolates shine ... Read more

£220.00

Introduction to Chocolate Class Seminar 1.0 – 16th March

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Have you ever dreamed about making chocolates? Come and join us on this full day course where we will cover the basic techniques that will provide you with the confidence to create your own personalised range of chocolate products. You will learn to use couverture chocolate to make the ultimate chocolate truffle selection.

£220.00

Introduction to Chocolate Class – Seminar 1.1 (Moulding Chocolates) – 19 April

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

The next stage of handmade chocolates is moulding. On this natural progression day, Seminar 1.1 will continue to establish the innovative techniques that will provide you with the knowledge to create your own personalised range of moulded chocolate products. You will learn to use coloured cocoa butters and other techniques that make your chocolates shine ... Read more

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Creative Chocolate Masterclass 20th & 21st April

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Master professional chocolatier skills at Hunters Academy of Food. Designed by Gary, this two-day practical chocolate course builds upon the skills taught in the Introduction to Chocolate Seminars 1.0 and 1.1. Throughout this creative chocolate skills course, you will work under close guidance from Gary. You will acquire an extensive knowledge of chocolate theory and ... Read more

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Macarons Wednesday – 3rd May

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Macarons are a massively popular confection that are visually stunning and can be flavoured in so many ways. Try this sweet toothed half day course in making your own perfect macarons. Packed with tips to make the perfect confection every time, so that they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, with ... Read more

Get Tickets £85.00 11 tickets left

Introduction to Chocolate Class – Seminar 1.1 (Moulding Chocolates) – 4 May

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

The next stage of handmade chocolates is moulding. On this natural progression day, Seminar 1.1 will continue to establish the innovative techniques that will provide you with the knowledge to create your own personalised range of moulded chocolate products. You will learn to use coloured cocoa butters and other techniques that make your chocolates shine ... Read more

Get Tickets £220.00 12 tickets left

Introduction to Chocolate Class Seminar 1.0 – 11th May

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Have you ever dreamed about making chocolates? Come and join us on this full day course where we will cover the basic techniques that will provide you with the confidence to create your own personalised range of chocolate products. You will learn to use couverture chocolate to make the ultimate chocolate truffle selection.

Get Tickets £220.00 11 tickets left

Creating your own Granola – 24th May

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

and other perfect breakfast pick-me-ups Try this energy-boosting course in making your own Granola to start your day. Packed with heart-healthy oats, seeds, nuts and berries, it’s sure to taste good and make you feel good. We will pass on some great ideas and recipes that are contemporary and innovative. This course is designed to ... Read more

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Introduction to Chocolate Bars Seminar 1.2 – 1st June

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Learn how to prepare moulded and filled chocolate bars and snacking bars. Developed by Gary, this Introduction to Chocolate Bars recaps on tempering chocolate, preparing elegant moulded and hand dipped chocolate bars, adding flavours and textures, and hand dipping techniques. On this next progression class, you will continue to establish the innovative techniques that will ... Read more

£220.00

Introduction to Chocolate Class Seminar 1.0 – 8th June

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Have you ever dreamed about making chocolates? Come and join us on this full day course where we will cover the basic techniques that will provide you with the confidence to create your own personalised range of chocolate products. You will learn to use couverture chocolate to make the ultimate chocolate truffle selection.

£220.00

The Art of Classic Patisserie – Part 1

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Classic patisserie has so many different types of pastry that we have split this subject into two different full day sessions. Taught exclusively by Gary Hunter, using professional recipes and techniques previously taught to thousands of Gary’s pastry students at Westminster Kingsway College, these pastry classes are a must whether you are baking for your ... Read more

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Creative Chocolate Masterclass 22nd & 23rd June

Hunters Academy of Food Home Farm House, Helhoughton, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Master professional chocolatier skills at Hunters Academy of Food. Designed by Gary, this two-day practical chocolate course builds upon the skills taught in the Introduction to Chocolate Seminars 1.0 and 1.1. Throughout this creative chocolate skills course, you will work under close guidance from Gary. You will acquire an extensive knowledge of chocolate theory and ... Read more

£440.00
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