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“Excellent day cooking shellfish!”
Review of Padstow Seafood School - MOVED

Padstow Seafood School
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I was given a trip to the cookery school as a birthday present and decided on the Shellfish 1 day course. Initial dealings with the school were very easy to book and the staff were helpful and informative.

Arriving in the morning you are sat down in the 'classroom' with a folder containing the days recipes and a cup of coffee and have a chance to chat to the other 'students' for the day. From that point on was a series of being shown the dish cooked by Mark, our tutor and one of Rick Steins head chefs, cooking the dish ourselves in pairs and then getting to eat your own cooked food. The teaching method is excellent and really helps you understand not only the dish you are cooking but countless other hints and tips. The facilities are excellent and every time you return to your bench to start cooking the ingredients are waiting for you, placed there by the staff - many thanks in particular to Keith who assisted throughout the day and gave plenty of help in cooking!

With a day full of excellent food the wine is also brought out around lunchtime and continues flowing throughout the afternoon. Throughout the day we cooked:

- Stir-fried mussels and clams in black bean and chilli.
- Singapore chilli crab.
- Seared Scallops with lentils and a tomato and herbs de province dressing.
- Grilled Lobster with fines herbs.

And we finished with a demonstration of mixed cooked shellfish which Mark cooked and we ate! I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in cooking (shellfish in particular) and plan on returning to the school for another course in the future.

Thank you very much to everyone there!

1  Thank happystimpy
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Had a brilliant day at the school learning to prepare and cook fish and seafood. Keith and his staff were very helpful, Keith was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to, the day went by so quickly. We watched and learnt how to cook several different dishes and best of all got to eat them all as well. We were in a group of 6 friends so we had a bit of banter and of course competition between us all! Would definately recommend this to people.

Thank Loraine F
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Move over Rick, Jamie, Nigella. Hackett has now attained his Certificate to say that he attended the Padstow Seafood School "Original Fish and Shellfish Cookery Course". While I amused myself in Padstow, he went to school with 13 other people of varying backgrounds and abilities. I went to pick him up at 4pm but class didn't finish until 5.15 but no one seemed bothered and everyone was raving about the day. The school is well set up - a large space with a huge picture window overlooking the estuary and masses of Falcon gas stoves. The routine for the day is that Chef Mark (Rick's Right Hand Man) demonstrates the dish then the students in groups of 2 or 3 go and make it for themselves then enjoy eating what they've made at the large dining table by the window. Demonstrations were easy to watch as overhead TV screens were set up with cameras pointing at the work and cooking area. My man can now not only cook dishes like Tandoori Prawns and Thai Red Seafood but knows the best way to kill live crab and lobster. Apparently the wine started to flow by lunchtime and everyone was very mellow by 3pm. His only negative comment was that in cooking a tiny fillet of skate, much of the beautiful marine animal (stingray) that had donated it was wasted. My only negative is that by supplying a "Kitchen Fairy" to do all the students' washing up throughout the day, Padstow Seafood School has created a monster at home! Apart from the certificate of attendance, students receive an A5 folder of recipes, lists of ingredients and information on fish preparation. There is also lots of merchandise available for purchase. A relatively expensive day (198.00) but great value and a memorable experience.

Thank PollardHackett
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Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

Booking was easy in fact they booked us into 2 Stein hotels & 3 Stein restaurants and on the cooking course at the same time . couldn't have been easier. We learnt to cook mackerel, crab, plaice and debone & prepare fish properly. We ate what we cooked, tuition was great and we were served plenty of accompanying wines throughout the day. On our day Rick was there & he was happy to sign books & our course folders that we took away.

Thank ASJN
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

I had a day at the seafood school Padstow and it was a great experience . There are a number of courses to choose from and I did the classic fish / shellfish day . The head chef demonstrated the dishes and then we all got to cook and eat our prepared food . We had to work in pairs so if your not too sociable check this out at the time of booking . There was plenty of wine to go with the meal . Health and safety was kept to the necessary minimum ( knife safety/ hygiene etc) so the atmosphere was relaxed and good fun . The dishes we prepared I initially thought complex but there was plenty of help on hand and it just proves that if you try then you can do it . Also there were plenty of staff to clean up so no piles of dishes . I loved this day and am very keen to try other courses

Thank Julia L
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