Cookery and Cake Decorating information

Cookery and cake decorating in autumn 2020

BAEC runs Cookery courses for students of all levels at the Kentwood centre  in our fully equipped teaching kitchen. Cookery courses for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities are run at the Poverest centre. If you are interested in the latter, please contact for further information.

Following the Covid-19 emergency,  we have made changes to the way courses are delivered. Our students' wellbeing and safety is our prime concern and we ask that you work with us to ensure social distancing and safe working practices.

In September 2020, we are  reducing the maximum number of learners in each group to 8. We advise you to enrol early to secure your place. You can enrol with confidence, in the knowledge that, should government guidance prevent the course from taking place, you are assured of a full refund.

You will need to purchase ingredients weekly and bring a basic kit (apron, containers to carry your food home, etc.) that you should not share with other students. The list of ingredients/kit requirements will be emailed to you prior to the start of the course. Other equipment, such as pots and pans, kitchen implements etc. is provided. We realise that this equipment is used by multiple users at times; there will be sanitising facilities in the classroom and a booking system  will be agreed to ensure minimal contact.

There are enough cookers and ovens for each student to have their own workstation, a procedure to use the sinks etc. will be agreed at the first session and  you may be asked to reduce your movements around the room to facilitate social distancing. We have ensured that there is enough room at the shared table for students to work safely.

Your tutor will demonstrate techniques on his/her own dish, and direct you while you work on your recipe. Social distance should be respected at all times, and each student must be the only person touching their work.

We are increasing the frequency of classroom cleaning, but we ask for your cooperation in making sure that your workstation and all shared equipment is wiped down after use.

To assist us in keeping classrooms clean and clutter-free, please only bring what you need and arrive promptly, but not before the start of your session.

Reduced group size means that we may run additional courses later in the year. If you are interested in joining a class, but not yet ready to commit, please email and we will add your name on a waiting list, so we can contact you with further information as soon as possible. Similarly, if you wish to discuss our new procedures in more details, email us and we will forward your enquiry to the curriculum leader.

If you would like to speak to the tutor, let us know and we will arrange for our experienced teacher to contact you.