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Wood Fired Cookery Day

from £240.00

Get back to basics with an alfresco day with Gill Meller where you’ll learn how to master the wood fire and cook delicious fresh food, in a rustic stripped-back style.

****FRIDAY 27 APRIL*****

Friday 27th April sees the first of Gill’s Wood Fired Cookery courses, for 2018. Gill has invited Hugh to join the event at the beginning of the day to welcome those attending, and share his enthusiasm for this new course. Hugh will be with you for an hour or so, and will be happy to sign any books before handing over the teaching and running of the day to Gill.

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Gill will equip you with the skills needed to cook outside in a variety of ways, managing your wood fire, and getting the best out of it. You’ll learn about the range of wood on offer, its individual qualities and how it can contribute to the final flavour of the food you cook.

You’ll cook your own breakfast and then get to grips with trussing lamb for asado roasting, tending it in true Argentinian-style during the day, as well as roasting, smoking and cooking fish in clay and bringing it all together for a sumptuous supper at the end of the day.

"Making a fire and cooking something good to eat over it, is for me, one of the simplest, and most natural ways to enjoy food. The process is timeless, I think it’s priceless and whenever I get the chance to do it, I revel in the quiet joy it brings me." Gill Meller, author of Gather and currently writing the "River Cottage Outdoor Cooking Handbook".

With plenty to eat along the way, you’ll enjoy a packed day with Gill and leave with the smell of the wood fire lingering.

Your day

09:30 - 17:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet Gill and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Session one

    Gill will begin the day by looking at the principles of wood fire and charcoal cooking, the importance of wood and how to manage your fire.

  • Session two

    Now Gill will demonstrate how to truss lamb Argentinian-style for roasting over the fire pit. Everyone will tend to the meat during the course of the day ready for your early supper.

  • Session three

    Now you’ll get chance to cook our River Cottage eggs and home-cured bacon over the fire for your mid-morning breakfast.

  • Session four

    You’ll learn how to roast whole fish on the grill over the fire pit and you’ll try this with freshly made flatbreads, roast tomatoes and salads.

  • Session five

    In two groups, you’ll learn how to salt and hot smoke fish as well as dress whole fish in clay and cook them along with seasonal vegetables in the embers of the fire. You’ll get to try all of this as part of your supper.

  • Early supper

    Gill will untruss and carve the lamb, ready for everyone to help themselves to the supper feast, enjoyed set against the breathtaking backdrop of Park Farm.

  • Departure

    At the end of the day you’ll be whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer, full of confidence to get cooking on your wood fire!

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Sorry, we’re afraid this course is not suitable for those with allergies or specific dietary requirements. However we do run Gluten Free and Veg Cookery courses. Please get in touch in you need further details.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food Reader Awards 2014
  • The British Cookery School Awards 2014
  • Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2015 Gold