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La technique (cookery school)

Our cookery school Madame Gautier ~ LA TECHNIQUE ~ is a method and technique cookery school where you learn, hands on, the skills of classic French Cuisine which has influenced most of the Western World.

With LA TECHNIQUE in it's 6th year, we have now relocated to it's very own building with on site parking; right next door to the Madame Gautier base, in London NW10 (see map).

Our new space is exclusively for our fantastic new range of classes & courses now being offered weekday, evenings & weekends, every week.

Whether it's a one off Butchery Class, a Technique Feast or an 8 week Pastry Course, you can now view our advanced Schedule on-line, choose your class and call or email us to secure your place.

Vouchers - Our classes and courses are a great gift to any friend, partner or family member with a passion for great food. Vouchers can be purchased online and are valid for 6 months.

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Our classes are suitable for all levels, from a total beginner to a budding chef already confident in the kitchen.

Our classes are small and intimate, with a total hands-on approach, to give everyone the opportunity to experience all the techniques first hand whilst ensuring everyone gets lots of individual attention and a fun time is had by all.

Classes are run by our experienced team of chefs, under the guidance of Mark, who taught at London's two best professional catering schools, having taught many of today's up and coming new chefs, trained the chefs for Jamie Oliver's first '15' restaurant & mentored the 2004 'Young Chef of the Year'.

Throughout the classes we will teach, demo and assist you in learning basic knife skills, food preparation & brand new cooking techniques with methods you will be able to adapt & use as a great foundation for your home cooking and culinary endeavours.

We will teach you the SECRETS of many of our very own dishes that you may have already tasted from our Markets and Shop and always wanted to recreate yourself. We are always being asked for our recipes, so here is your chance to come and learn how we do it.

All ingredients, equipment & utensils are provided, we shall even wash up! We just ask for you to bring your own passion and enthusiasm so to maximize your experience.

At the end of the class we send you home with all your many creations, together with extra ingredients to recreate the dishes again.

The classes will run to your individual pace but they will be intense as we hope to fit in as much as possible; don’t worry we will also give you, to take home, lots of notes on the various classic techniques you have learnt and the recipes of the class.

Happy Cooking!

Classes & Courses

Repas Technique

La Technique Feast

(3 hour classes)

A series of 8 classes, which can be taken individually, as a group of 4 classes or as an entire 8 week course. The series also includes a great Vegetarian class. Whilst preparing a sumptuous meal you will learn a whole range of classic French Culinary techniques, timings & methods, an introduction to the principles of butchery and be taught how to adapt the skills learnt to you own recipes. Each Repas Technique class covers different skills and variations to build a classic repertoire for use in your future culinary endeavours We will sit down and enjoy our creations, all together, with a glass (or two!) of our French wine.

Individual class £120; book 4 classes £440; 8 week course £840
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La Pâtisserie


(3 hour classes)

A series of 8 classes, which can be taken individually in any order, as a group of 4 classes or as a complete 8 week course.

Great overview of the different types of classic pastry work and desserts, sauces, garnishes & accompaniments to master the fundamental skills of making, baking and decorating your own pastry and desserts with confidence.

Individual class £105; book 4 classes £385; book 8 week course £735
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La Boucherie


(5 hour classes)

A series of 3 classes: Beef - Pork - Lamb & Chicken.

These classes will teach you the different cuts of meats and how to prepare and cook them. You will learn how to use chefs’ knives with confidence, correct methods of chopping & slicing, how to get the best textures and flavours. How to use up all the bits! And of course how to create fantastic dishes with sauces and garnishes to compliment. You will take home a great selection of fabulous cuts and joints that you have prepared during the class

Individual class £200; book 3 week course £570
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Special Offers

Father's Day Special

(Sunday 15th June 2014, 10am-1pm)

Come along with your Father to this fantastic class where you will both learn to prepare a sumptuous meal of

Galatine of Duck & Sauce Bigarade
Celeriac, Spinach & Potato Galette
finished by
Blackcurrant Soufflé with Berry Compote

all with a glass or two... of French Wine

£120 for the 1st person, 50% off for the 2nd person

La Grande Technique

La Technique Masterclass

(5 hour classes)

A series of 3 individual classes. Our ultimate masterclass of French culinary techniques, covering a whole range of knife and cooking skills that you will be able to master & adapt with confidence at home. You will have an introduction to butchery and fishwork, create a variety of fantastic dishes using different cooking methods, mastering timing, learning preparation and presentation skills, to give you a solid understanding to impress in your kitchen.

You will leave the class loaded with a great selection of dishes to use and cook at home.

Individual class £175
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La Pâtisserie Fine

Speciality Pastry

These speciality sessions will concentrate, in an in-depth manner, on the finer disciplines of classic pâtisserie. These classes will deepen your knowledge and underpin your skills within the more refined aspects of Pâtisserie. We will teach and provide you with the extra skills and knowledge required to increase your ability, timing and presentation, enabling you to create a luxury range of piâtisserie and sweets.

Macaroons - 3hours - £120
Petits Fours - 3hours - £120
Viennoiserie - Enriched Dough - 5hours - £150
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Les Classiques

The Classics

(2 hour classes)

A series of 9 shorter classes to be taken individually. Each class covers a classic dish that will impress. Over this series, you will acquire all the skills needed to prepare and serve a sumptuous three course meal, with starters, main courses and desserts.

And of course staying true to Madame Gautier, classic French culinary techniques, timings & methods will be taught and how to adapt the skills learnt. Each Les Classiques class covers different skills and practices needed to build a truly classical repertoire for use in your future culinary adventures.
After the class, we will sit down and enjoy our creations, all together, with a glass (or two!) of our French wine.

Classes start from £45, see individual classes for prices
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PLEASE BE AWARE - Classes non refundable. Occasionally we may need to cancel a class – you will be given the option to choose another class or get a full refund.

VOUCHERS can be purchased online, they are valid for 6 months, non-redeemable for cash. Any unused balance is non-refundable. Vouchers may only be used for La Technique cookery school.

Please note that classes and courses are subject to availability and need to be booked via email or by phone.

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