Classes are suitable from absolutely anyone, from beginner to confident cook. We hold the classes in pop-up venues in and around Oxford, and each class in 2.5-3 hours long. All ingredients and equipment are provided – just bring yourself, and come along to enjoy cooking and eating together.

How to Redeem a Gift Voucher

If you are the lucky recipient of one of our vouchers, all you need to do is send us an email at sophiescookeryschool@gmail.com.  Let us know your voucher number, and which course you would like to attend.  We’ll book you straight in.

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November 2018

INDIAN MUGHAL COOKING with Anita Chipalkatty – 25th November 2018

November 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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The Mughals ruled much of  India for over three hundred years, and part of their permanent legacy is their remarkable cuisine.   They liked their food to be rich and richly flavoured,  often cooking dishes to impress with their stock of rare and aromatic spices, blending milk and nuts into sauces and sweet delicacies to impart luxurious flavours and scents. In this class Anita will be showing you how to make Mughlai classics such as a real Korma, or a lush…

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December 2018

MACARONS with Gaye Perry – Sunday, 2nd December 2018

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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Home-made jewel-like macarons make a wonderful Christmas present, or just a treat for you, your friends, your family.  . Beautiful and delicious and frankly, somewhat temperamental, macarons can be made in an endless variety of flavours and colours.   In this class Gaye Perry of the wonderful Real Macaron Company (www.therealmacaroncompany.com) will guide you through the techniques needed to achieve perfect little almond shells, answering questions and troubleshooting, as well as creating some luxurious fillings to complement them.

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January 2019

BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Thursday, 10th January 2019

10/01/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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This is the course that proves that you do have both the time and the skill to bake your own bread.  We’ll be kneading and shaping and baking a range of yeast-breads including such delights as pitta breads (so much better than supermarket packaged versions), fougasse, and the quickest and most more-ish wholemeal bread.  It won’t be long before the yeasty scent of freshly baked wafts seductively through your house.  

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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – SOLD OUT 11th January 2019

11/01/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford, + Google Map

SOLD OUT - SOLD OUT - SOLD OUT One of our favourite classes: in this course, we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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SOPHIE’S MEXICAN/OXFORD KITCHEN – Friday, 25TH January 2019

25/01/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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For the first 6 months of this 2018, Sophie's Oxford kitchen became the creative power house for a young Mexican chef, Roman Suarez and his partner Florrie Grigson .   From them she learnt to make fabulous black bean and avocado leaf tamales, chilaquiles verde (home fried tortilla crisps with chicken and salsa verde), gorditas (which translates as 'little tubby ones' )  Flan, creme caramel Mexican-style and so much more.  They've headed back to Mexico, leaving Sophie with their secrets for…

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February 2019

EASY PATISSERIE – Friday, 1st February 2019

01/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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If you drool at the sight of a tray of  beautiful patisserie, at those lovely éclairs lined up in sugary rows, or at the neat rectangles of high-stacked creamy-filled mille-feuilles, at the mousses and tartelettes filled with glazed strawberries, then book quickly, and join us to learn how to make (some of) them yourself, and how to rustle up your own unique patisserie creations. Oh yes, you can! The talented Rachel Grenville-Hunt of Rachel's Apron ( will lead you through the essentials.

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PROVENÇAL COOKING – Friday, 8th February 2019

08/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford, + Google Map

Provençal cooking is exuberantly Southern, with its fabulous tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and abundant herbs. Olive oil and lemons, sea and sunshine, all come together to create one of  the great Mediterranean cuisines. We’re spoilt for choice, but we think we may cook up a  pissaldière,  with its cargo of tomatoes, anchovies and olives, a surprising bouillabaisse de poulet, a beautiful vegetable tian, and possibly a decadent orange and olive oil cake.    

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LEMONGRASS LIME AND CHILLI – 9th February 2019

09/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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One of our favourite classes: in this course, we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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Montalbano’s Menu – 23rd February 2019

23/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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An evening inspired by Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano's dedication to his island's fine cooking.   But you don't need to have read the novels or watched the television series' to join us.  Tonight we  will be creating Sicilian dishes such as arancini (filled rice balls), capponata (aubergine relish), pasta 'ncasciata (baked with cheeses, tomato and egg) or alle sarde (with fresh sardines) , rabbit alla cacciatore or tonno alla stemperata (with sweet-sour onions and capers).

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March 2019

LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – 16th March 2019

16/03/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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One of our favourite classes: in this course, we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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