Woking Academy

Junior chefs (11-15): Pastry

Any baker needs to be confident working with pastry, so get your young chefs started with some essential pastry skills - how to cook perfectly crisp puff pastry tarts and making their own shortcrust from scratch for delicious sweet and savoury bakes that are perfect for sharing.


What to expect

Gordon loves getting his children involved in the kitchen, meaning they’ve grown up really excited and inspired by food. Our Junior chef classes are a great opportunity for young cooks to get stuck in and have fun trying out new things.

It can take years to become a patisserie master but it's never too early to start learning the basics. Your junior bakers will be rewarded with the confidence to cook more with pastry at home - knowing how to top and fill delicious tarts and get that perfectly crisp and flaky golden finish every time.

Using puff pastry to make a quick savoury tart is a fantastic recipe to learn - they'll never be far away from a delicious lunch or dinner with this versatile recipe. Making shortcrust pastry themselves is also a fantastic skill that will mean they can tackle sweet and savoury tarts, quiches, pies and more whenever they like. They'll head off with tarts to take home, plus recipe packs and Academy bags, too.

Class details

Times: 2-hour class in the morning or afternoon, please see individual dates for specific times

Arrive up to 30 minutes before class to check your child in at reception and confirm contact details, then why not book a table at Street Burger downstairs for afterwards?

Class size: Maximum 12 children (please note this class is only suitable for ages 11-15)

Typical recipes and skills (we’ll cook the best available on the day, so we might surprise you!):

  • Versatile puff pastry sheet tart that is a perfect base for different fillings and toppings in the future
  • Making a simple shortcrust pastry to practice baking simple hand pies 

What’s included

  • Expert guidance from our chef teacher and assistants
  • Safe and friendly environment for young children to learn new skills
  • All ingredients and equipment
  • Gordon Ramsay Academy children’s apron to wear in class
  • Recipe wallet and class recipes
  • Refreshments throughout the class 
  • Takeaway containers to take their creations home in (although feel free to bring your own or a cool bag if travelling far)