Gordon has always been passionate about sharing his love of food and the Gordon Ramsay Academy is where this is brought to life, offering guests of all ages and all levels of cooking ability the chance to enjoy fun, relaxed and informative cookery classes.
With multiple kitchens and a large demonstration room upstairs, the Academy is set up for a real hands-on experience in every class. There’s plenty of space for both intimate sessions and larger groups, plus inspiration from our cookbook library and room to relax with a coffee in our comfy lounge.
“The Academy is something I’ve been passionate about for a long time. Not only will we offer guests of all ages and abilities the chance to learn in what I hope will be fun, relaxed and also really informative classes, but there’s also so much potential for more – exciting events, Michelin-starred dining and development opportunities for chefs, home-cooks and anyone who loves food.
The thing about cooking is that you never stop learning. It’s a journey and I can’t wait to share it with you all.”
We can't wait to welcome you to the Academy in person, but in the meantime, here's a little look inside...
Enjoy a friendly welcome in our airy reception – check in for your class, pop in to make a booking, buy a voucher or one of Gordon’s cookbooks to take home. Any questions, our reception staff are on hand to help you out.
Gordon’s mantra: Watch, listen, learn and dedicate. So, where better to start than in the demonstration room where our experienced chefs will introduce the class and take you through the key processes and recipes you’ll be recreating. With mirrors and cameras to help you see every process in detail, plus the chance to taste the food as they go along, you’ll be fully prepared to tackle any dish or ingredient in the kitchens. This is also where we host online classes via Zoom, as well as Demonstration evenings that allow you to sit back and relax with a drink while we inspire you with some fantastic food, tips, tricks and stories from our chefs and experts.
Our four home-style kitchens are where you’ll get hands-on with some delicious ingredients and cook up a storm. Equipped with every bit of kit you might need, there’s plenty of space to work solo, in pairs or groups (maximum 10-12 in a class) with our chefs always on hand to help you out as you go.
Learning to love cooking doesn’t just stop there – with so many cuisines, ingredients, techniques and chefs to learn from, we’ve gathered together a huge collection of cookbooks in our cosy library to excite and inspire. Driven by Gordon's own love of recipe books (he has a dedicated reading area at home), we hope you'll enjoy finding some new ideas here, too.
A chance to relax – there’s no rush and no pressure here, come and chill out in the lounge with a coffee, chat with your fellow classmates and enjoy some of the delicious food you’ve been cooking up.
Michelin-starred chef, global TV star, cookbook author, restauranteur and businessman, Gordon is hugely respected as one of the greatest names in the culinary world. The Academy is founded on Gordon’s vision of making cooking accessible to everyone and he drops by whenever he can, although doesn’t get to host a class very often!
Our amazing chef teachers are here to guide you through every step, and to make sure you have fun! We’re always keen to learn, too, so look out for special guest chefs and experts in our upcoming classes.
Head of Culinary
Top tip: Weigh liquids on scales rather than in a measuring jug - it's more precise and much easier, you can weigh straight into your mixing bowl or pan.
Top tip: Put any veg scraps and peelings in a bag in the freezer, they're great for making homemade stocks and soups and reduce food waste.
Top tip: Use a pestle and mortar instead of a food processor to make pestos and curry pastes - you can control the texture and pounding releases more flavour than chopping.
Prep Chef Manager
Top tip: Grow your own herbs. You don't need a garden, a little box or pot on the windowsill will do, they last much longer than the shop packets and add instant flavour.
Top tip: For super easy peeling, after topping and tailing a kiwi fruit, peel one strip with a knife then run a dessert spoon around inside the skin to peel it perfectly. Ta dah!
Top tip: I use a potato peeler for everything! Shavings of Parmesan or chocolate, cucumber, carrot or courgette ribbons in salads, big strips of citrus zest... it's so handy!
Top tip: Save the rind from Parmesan cheese to add extra flavour to soups, sauces and risottos, just chuck it in with your ingredients and let it simmer away for a rich savoury taste.
Social Media and Marketing Executive
You might see Ella running around with a camera in hand ready to capture your cooking triumphs - you might be the star of our next social media post or email newsletter!
A short hop from London, there’s plenty to discover, wherever you’re travelling from.
Explore the shops in The Peacocks Shopping Centre and browse the stalls in Market Walk Catch a show at the New Victoria Theatre Or the latest film at Nova Cinema Get inspired by arts, crafts and exhibitions at The Lightbox Visit the WWF Living Wildlife Centre to see what amazing conservation work they’re doing around the world Follow the Wells in Woking Heritage Trail to discover where H.G. Wells wrote the famous ‘War of the Worlds’ Take a breath of fresh air and wander through the beautiful RHS Wisley Gardens
Stroll the cobbled streets of the pretty market town of Guildford Enjoy a tipple or two in Surrey’s award-winning vineyards Discover a world of innovation in aviation and motor sport at the Brooklands Museum Play a round or two of golf at one of the many outstanding local courses Tackle the famous Box Hill or other walks over the Surrey Hills and North Downs for spectacular country views
Hop on a train to London Waterloo (25 minutes) and make the most of everything the capital has to offer, with world-class museums, galleries and theatres for culture-lovers, London Zoo, the Thames and parks for the great outdoors, and of course, amazing restaurants and bars… Book a table at a Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in London – will it be the iconic Savoy Grill, Asian-inspired Lucky Cat or the ultimate dining experience at the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay?