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Woodfired Cooking



This course opens up a world of possibilities on your barbecue, grill or local beach. As well as covering key skills such as lighting and temperature control, you’ll be learning how to cook killer meals on fire!

Suitable for those who want to learn to cook food other than the standard barbecue fare, our woodfire course shows how to use a “lid-on” barbecue technique to grill, roast, smoke and bake! During the 4 1/2 hours you and your classmates will prepare a variety of different dishes under the guidance of Rupert and using many of the techniques he uses for events and feasts.

Using a combination of charcoal and wood you’ll be taught skills from lighting techniques to controlling temperature and knowing when your food is perfectly cooked.

Open up a world of possibilities on your barbecue.

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Course Overview

Duration: 10:00-14:30

Tutors: Rupert Cooper – Head tutor

Maximum student to tutor ratio: 8-1

Welcome: Meet your tutor and see for yourself the Philleigh Way farmhouse cookery school and garden. Enjoy a morning tea or coffee.

The Day: The day is a mixture of demonstrations and practical hands on cookery. All ingredients and equipment are supplied.

Close: Have a chat with fellow course attendees and members of the Philleigh Way team before heading home. This is a guide to the days activities and may vary depending on the season as well as the group’s interest.

Sample dishes:

Whole smoked chicken

Roasted tomato and feta with thyme & chilli dressing (v)

Sweet potato butter (v)

Homemade burgers and brioche buns and pickles

Roasted pork loin, burnt apple sauce, sweet potato

The perfect steak

Whole roasted mackerel, salsa Verde


Lighting BBQ’s

Temperature control

Barbecue cooking methods – gas and charcoal barbecues

Cooking with direct and indirect heat

Making pizza dough

Roasting and grilling

Cooking the perfect steak


Sauces and marinades

Cooking whole fish

Age suitability: 16+ or 13+ if accompanied by a paying adult.

Additional Information


8th May 2024, 28th June 2024



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