Cook up a storm at Chequers Cookery School in Deal

Phoebe Shipton  ·  10th June 2015
fillet of fish in a dish

If you are looking for a foodie weekend away, then the Chequers Kitchen and Cookery School in Deal has a profusion of exciting cookery classes running over the summer months. All the classes and demonstrations take place in a purpose-built, fully equipped teaching kitchen and are taught by their in-house team or a visiting expert. It’s a fun way to learn new cookery skills whilst meeting like-minded people.

Pieter van Zyl the owner says, “Chequers Kitchen is an homage to my mother’s kitchen. My childhood was so enriched by the wonderful, abundant, natural food she prepared with great love and a passion for flavours and freshness. I hope we can inspire our guests in a similar way and make Chequers Kitchen a place of laughter and friendship as well as wonderful food.”

Try a cookery course on your next visit to Kent

The Chequers carefully crafted classes include: Thai cooking; preparing Mediterranean inspired dishes; a fish masterclass where you prepare, cook, serve and eat fish; artisan bread making and learning to chop, pare and slice at the knife skills class. Truly inspiring sounds an African kitchen safari taking you all the way from Cape Town to Cairo. There is also a South African class that covers fish filleting, smoking and curing of fish, bread baking and salads that includes lunch.

The Chequers Kitchen is also a restaurant open for coffee at the bar, lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, supper on Wednesday and Friday evenings that features amazing rotisserie roasted free-range chicken suppers, for just £10. Pieter says “A platter of roasted chicken, roasted potatoes and amazing salads, accompanied by Luke’s super sumac aoili makes a scrumptious feast for all the family. Have it with a choice of starers and puds, or just pop in for the platter”. There is also table d’hote on Saturday evenings and on selected dates ‘demo and dine’ evenings.

Deal cookery school and restaurant

The Cookery School is located between Deal and Sandwich and can be easily reached on the Ancient Highway that passes by. Prices for the courses start from £25. To book a cookery course or table call 01304 362288.

Come and stay in Deal, Kent

Why not combine your class with a stay at the Chequers Lodge, part of the Keepers Cottages portfolio of holiday cottages on the East Kent Coast. Situated behind the Chequers cookery school, the Lodge is one of a row of quaint, white painted clapboard cottages with far reaching countryside views towards Sandwich Bay and out over the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club – so also perfect for golf lovers. The accommodation sleeps 4 in two bedrooms and boasts a lovely lawned garden with patio area. Call 01304 370 939 or email

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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