Rick Stein’s Cookery School will be Reopening and Relaunching in May 2021

Rick Stein's Cookery School will be Reopening and Relaunching in May

The Rick Stein Cookery School will be reopening in May with its signature in-person lessons and corporate cookery workshops in what will be its 21st anniversary year.

Mark your diaries; On May 17th the Rick Stein Cookery School will once more open its doors and just in time to celebrate its 21st anniversary.

Although the past twelve or so months have been challenging for the hospitality industry, this hasn’t held back the Cookery School who’ve introduced virtual cookery workshops along with the hugely popular Stein’s on the Quay pop-up.

Aspiring chefs in the cookery school

However, nothing beats having chefs back in the kitchen. And on May 17th, aspiring chefs will be heading back to work in the Padstow harbourside kitchens along with a brand-new season of cookery courses lead by the school’s Head Chef Lecturer, Nick Evans and Chef Director of Rick Stein restaurants, Jack Stein.

The Cookery School is ready to reopen with a bang, bringing back their popular one-day courses for holidaymakers and locals alike, as well as introducing more advanced, longer courses to celebrate two decades of the school’s existence.

The school is the finest place to learn how to cook fish – you can watch the fish being landed on the estuary from the school window before being taught how to prepare, cook and serve it to perfection. Courses include the likes of all-encompassing ‘Fish & Shellfish’ one-day courses (£198), which includes fishing trips around Padstow and visits to local Cornish farms.

Freshly cooked mackerel in a tin tray

There are also half-day courses (from £95) such as the new ‘Indian Seafood’ course where guests learn to make Prawn Molee, Amritsari fish and Chettinad crab curry or the ‘Asian Street Food’ course, diving headfirst into three of Rick Stein’s dishes inspired by his travels around Asia. These include Kolkata’s famous Kati rolls and steamed mussels with yellow kroeung, coconut milk and kaffir lime leaves.

In addition, they will be running a brand new ‘2021 Celebration Course‘ in honour of the school’s 21st anniversary year. This course centres around six favourites from the last 21 years, and guests are given demonstrations from the experienced chef lecturers, hands-on practice, and of course, a glass of wine to help things along while learning how to cook in the Rick Stein way.

Also available are the short-term residential courses, including a two-night cookery break for two (from £560) for the perfect weekend staycation.

People enjoying one of the cookery demonstrations

The package offers two days at the cookery school, an overnight stay in luxury Rick Stein accommodation in the heart of Padstow, a full Rick Stein breakfast, and a recipe folder to keep and a cookery school certificate to prove newfound skills!

One of these courses is run by Chef Director of the Rick Stein restaurants, Jack Stein, who will be teaching his two-day ‘Cooking with Jack Stein’ course, where guests will join him on a fishing trip to catch their own lunch, meet with local vegetable farmers and suppliers, before heading back to the kitchens to learn how to finesse their newly learned skills.

Someone taking a photograph of a dish with their mobile phone

Rick said, “This year sees us celebrate our 21st anniversary. I started the school to give the chefs at The Seafood Restaurant a bit more intensive training preparing and cooking fish and shellfish. To keep the lecturers, all chefs from the restaurant, gainfully employed, I ran a few courses for aspiring cooks, it was an instant success with the public, and now it’s hard to find slots for the chefs, but the principle remains the same, teaching by chefs who really know what they’re doing.”


  • Half-day course – Starting from £95
  • One day course – Starting from £198
  • Two-day course – Starting from £360
  • Tasting events – Starting from £35
  • Subject to availability on the two-day room stays

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