The Kent Cookery School is based deep in the heart of Kent, in the picturesque setting of the Mersham-le-Hatch Estate Courtyard, bordering the 190-acre deer park and 1000-year-old woodland. The school was the first purpose built cookery school in Kent. Established in early 2011 and makes use of the old listed barn and picturesque courtyard area.

When the school was designed they wanted students to feel welcome and feel at home - they want all the visitors to relax and enjoy themselves during their time on the location. The guests will not find any cold clinical stainless steel of a professional kitchen, instead, they will find a charming modern kitchen embodying the Kentish countryside in its design, packed with the latest technology and homeware brands such as Kenwood, Zwilling UK, Staub, Demeyere and Miele.

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything they need to create a vast array of dishes from fine French pastries to fresh pasta, with dedicated work stations for up to 12 people and a tutor station, perfect for demonstrations and teaching.

  • Course can take a maximum of 16 participants
  • Large indoor preparation kitchen
  • External court yard barbecue area
  • Situated in beautiful surrounding outside a town location
  • Easy access from M20
  • Free Parking
Book a course now

The Team

The Team image

James Palmer Rosser is the director and chef at this location. He began working in a local fish restaurant Sankey's in Tunbridge Wells, here his passion for working in kitchen's was born and since then he has worked in a number of prestigious venues and cook alongside some famous names in the culinary world. His love of teaching has stretched from becoming a head chef then executive chef, to today where he enjoys sharing not only his skills but his wealth of culinary knowledge gathered over the years.

Since owning the school James, love of grilling has continued to grow, he has a real passion for smoking and low and slow cooking. He teaches how to combine classic cooking techniques and recipes to create some delicious dishes from your Barbeque. He has tested the theory of being able to cook anything on a Barbecue and has even had success with a souffle!

Next available courses