Frequently Asked Questions
Questions we are frequently asked:
On the day we provide all ingredients, an apron, drinks and recipes. Just bring yourself and a healthy appetite and comfortable shoes, for a bit of hard work!
After a brief introduction to our school over coffee/tea, you will participate in a fully hands-on course running for either 3 or 5 hours. Depening on the course you will prepare a delicious meal incorporating a starter or sides, a main and dessert, under our guidance giving you many culinary tips along the way.
Sometimes you will work as a team, but you take a delicious meal home to share amongst friends and family. Depending on the course you may also get a lunch or evening feast. If you are taking food home, we will provide suitable containers.
These are popular with groups, couples and family get-togethers, as they are fun and sociable. Or come along on your own if you like to meet like-minded foodies, for a great night out. There will be a food theme where you all get to cook part of the meal, which is then shared as a giant dinner party around the communal table, with banter, music and the wine flowing freely. Very popular!
You have a fantastic time, the best party ever! Apart from that, upon booking your date, you receieve a party pack with a booking form, party invitations, general information and a delicious choice of food theme ideas for the party. On the day the children work together to create a fabulous feast of food, learning cookery skills on the way with much fun, make quite a lot of mess, partake in spoon-licking, then sit at the communal table and tuck into the party meal they have just created. Extras that are provided are healthy side dishes, refreshments, aprons, and a token goody bag with recipes. You are welcome to attend as a parent(s) and take pictures and even partake in the fun. Dont worry, we wont make you clear / wash up - it's a win win situation!
Unfortunately there is no access for wheelchairs, as we are located on the first floor there are stairs to climb.
We have 6 workstations and hobs that fit 12 people very comfortably, but we can accomodate for up to 16 people for parties and gatherings in the evenings.
The minimum requirement for a bespoke class or party is 6 people.
Children's parties start at 6 years, mainly for the practical issue of being able to reach the worktops safely and efficiently.
School holiday workshops runs for children, teens and young adults and we have seperate classes which are task-matched to the appropriate age group. All ages and abilities come to the adult classes, whether you are a school leaver novice wanting to become a self-sufficient or an 80 year old foodie - Everyone is welcome to come and share there passion for cooking and enjoy themselves.
Once you have chosen a class you can pay online via Paypal which is secure, simple and fast to use. Alternatively, if you are local to Newport you can drop in a cheque by arranging it with Maxine. Availability of places is shown against each class description and you can book multiple places if need be. You need to pay upfront to secure your place on any course.
Whether you are ill, have a broken a bone or two, or something unexpected has turned up, as long as it is within 2 days of the date, you can arrange to book onto another class of equal or higher value (paying the extra). Or someone else can come along in your place. No refunds can be given if you cancel within 48 hours due to costs incurred.
If for any reason we our ourselves have to cancel a course, we will rearrange the date or offer you a full refund.
Yes, gift vouchers are available in our shop on the website and can be brought in many denominations. A voucher can be course specific or put towards a class of their choice, as a whole or part payment.
The payment is can be via Paypal, you don't need to have a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card. If you are local you are welcome to pay by cheque. A personalised gift voucher (vaild for 1 year) will be sent to you or the recipient by post.
You can use Paypal as a safe and secure way of paying by credit or debit card. You do not need to sign up to Paypal unless you want to.