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The ultimate culinary experience …recreate the Roux magic at home!

We are delighted to unveil our exciting, state-of-the-art new Culinary School, complete with 6 individual professional workstations, and Michel Roux Library, based at The Waterside Inn. A first for a three Michelin starred restaurant in the UK, the School is an inspired conversion of Alain’s late father, Michel Roux OBE’s riverside home, with interiors designed by Alain's wife Laura Roux. Created as a unique centre of culinary education and training for our own kitchen and front of house staff, we can’t wait to share it with our wonderful guests too.

A variety of bespoke, unique cookery classes, courses, demonstrations, and immersive masterclass packages are on offer, to enjoy in a fun, relaxed and beautiful setting. Already boasting one of the best training kitchens dedicated to classic French cuisine in the UK, The Waterside Inn’s new School elevates the Roux culinary legacy, offering an exciting resource for people who share the Roux family’s passion for food and hospitality.

Cook with us and we will help you gain a better understanding of the products, the best cooking methods and techniques, not to mention the three Michelin star tips that make all the difference ….!

Culinary School Classes in Bray

More than just another cookery class, we offer exclusive workshops that takes you beyond the cookery book and classroom! A comprehensive, fully immersive yet intimate learning, dining, and social experience like no other! Not only will you unlock some Roux culinary secrets, discovering special insider tips and techniques, to empower you for a lifetime in your own kitchen, you will also have privileged access to his Michel Roux’s private library to seek further inspiration amongst the treasured books that guided Michel, and now Alain, throughout their illustrious careers.

To support your tuition, in the safe hands of Roux protégé, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero, you will be treated to a privileged, fascinating peek behind the scenes, meeting our industrious chefs at work in our main kitchen, one of the most important centres practising and teaching classic French cuisine in the UK.

Alain Roux

One of the world’s finest, most respected chefs and a master pâtissier like his father, Alain brings a personal touch and contemporary flair to the classic French cuisine, for which The Waterside Inn is renowned.

“You’re not just learning recipes; you’re learning to take your cooking to the next level. We will share with you what has taken us years to master, with lots of fun along the way.”   Alain Roux

Chef Instructor, Culinary School photographed by Jamie Lau

Michael Nizzero

Michael’s career took off amidst the skyscrapers of Dubai. It was here that he rose through the ranks to become Chef de Cuisine. Returning to the UK in 2007, he took the Senior Sous Chef role at The Waterside Inn, where he worked alongside Michel and Alain Roux. After four years, Michael took the helm at Hostellerie La Briqueterie, Champagne, France, where at 28, he achieved a Michelin star, becoming the youngest Michelin-starred chef in France at the time. In 2015, he became Premier Sous-Chef at The Ritz, London, before moving to the Bath Priory as head chef in 2017.

Michael’s passion for teaching and his skills in the kitchen, make him the natural choice to lead the Culinary School’s operations.

Course Lessons

King's Fine Food was created by Laura King in 2004 and honoured with a Royal Warrant in 2021 by Appointment to HM The Queen. Laura's daughter, Holly King, is the Sales Executive for this fabulous family business and you may recognise her from her appearance on Channel 4's World's Most Expensive Food. Holly regularly conducts caviar tastings for our Waterside Inn Chefs and you too can now benefit from her vast wealth of knowledge of this gastronomic delicacy.

What you learn:

• Discover the different types of fish and caviar
• History of wild and farmed caviar
• How to become knowledgeable about caviar
• Smoked cream and watercress coulis with Oscietra caviar served with blinis

Your day with us …

08:30 – 14:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and Holly King of Kings Fine Foods, and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Holly King will give her caviar presentation and tasting as well as unusual food pairings for caviar. Chef Instructor Michael will then lead the class starting with a demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipe, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and blinis & caviar, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The inspiration continues, with a chance to indulge in a delicious light lunch with a glass of wine, served in the main restaurant in the company of Holly King. Relax and watch the river flow by!

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• Lunch including apéritif, canapés, two courses and a glass of wine.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £590.00 per person | Register below

This plant-based class will show you just how delicious vegetarian cooking can be!

The recipes;

• Avocado velouté with grapefruit, goat cheese and melba toast
• Ravioli with morels mushrooms, sage pesto and 18yr old Bonini balsamic (vegan)
• Valhrona dark chocolate mousse with granola and cherry sorbet (vegan)

Your day with us …

08:30 – 14:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipe, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and canapés, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The day will culminate in sharing a lunch in the Culinary School eating what you have created with your fellow students.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Eat what you cook
• Recipe wallet to take home.

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £390.00 per person | Register below

Making your own pastry from scratch is simple, once you know how! This class will cover three classic pastry recipes that are sure to boost your cooking confidence.

What you learn:

• Quick puff pastry: Apple tarte Tatin
• Short crust pastry: Scrambled egg and crab tart with meaux mustard dressing
• Sweet pastry: Dark chocolate and raspberry tart

Your day with us …

08:30 – 14:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipe, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

At midday it is time to enjoy an apéritif and croustade, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. Take home what you have cooked to enjoy at home.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.
• Take away containers to take your creations home in

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £390.00 per person | Register below

If your resolution for 2024 is to eat more healthily then having a few Mediterranean recipes at your finger tips is a must. We have some delicious recipes to share with you.

The recipes:

• Selection of flavoured hummus (beetroot, peas & mint, dry tomato) and quick flat bread
• Tomato and watermelon gazpacho, Serrano ham and tomato bavarois
• Seabream and aubergine tartlet with basil and almond pesto dressing
• Crème Catalana and confit oranges

Your day with us …

08:30 – 14:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipes, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and hummus & flatbread, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The day will culminate in sharing a lunch in the Culinary School eating what you have created that morning.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• Eat what you cook
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £390.00 per person | Register below

If your resolution for 2024 is to eat more healthily then having a few Mediterranean recipes at your finger tips is a must. We have some delicious recipes to share with you.

The recipes:

• Selection of flavoured hummus (beetroot, peas & mint, dry tomato) and quick flat bread
• Tomato and watermelon gazpacho, Serrano ham and tomato bavarois
• Seabream and aubergine tartlet with basil and almond pesto dressing
• Crème Catalana and confit oranges

Your day with us …

08:30 – 14:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipes, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and hummus & flatbread, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The day will culminate in sharing a lunch in the Culinary School eating what you have created that morning.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• Eat what you cook
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £390.00 per person | Register below

Get ready for summer entertaining in the garden. We have put together the perfect selection of dishes for outdoor dining on a summer's evening.

you learn:

• Canapes: Salted cod brandade, garlic crouton and black olive tapenade
• Starter: Loch Duart salmon ceviche with avocado guacamole and citrus dressing
• Main: Beef wellington served with glazed carrot, fondant potato and red wine sauce
• Dessert: Chilled limoncello parfait with raspberries

Your day with us …

08:30 – 15:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipes, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and canapés, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The day will culminate in sharing a lunch in the Culinary School eating what you have created that morning.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Eat what you cook
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £540.00 per person | Register below

Something for anyone with a sweet tooth. Master some stunning desserts to round off your dinner party with a flourish.

What you learn:

• Jivara Chocolate mousse, lavender cremeux and berry compote
• Melon and sweet red pepper gazpacho
• Kirsh sabayon with summer fruits berries and lemon verbena oil
• Pistachio crème brulee and vanilla ice-cream

Your day with us …

08:30 – 14:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipes, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

At midday it is time to enjoy an apéritif and canapés, followed by a fascinating tour of The Waterside Inn's kitchen viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.
• Take away containers to take your creations home in

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £390.00 per person | Register below

The name of this full day culinary school experience says it all. You will be learning to cook some classic dishes that have featured on a Roux menu for many years. Could this be the ultimate dinner party menu?

What you learn:

• Oeuf froid Albert with artichoke, truffle and smoked salmon
• Seabass in puff pastry, sauce vierge and fennel salad
• Souffle Grand Marnier

Your day with us …

08:30 – 17:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipes, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and canapés, followed by a fascinating kitchen tour viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The inspiration continues, with a chance to indulge in a delicious light lunch with a glass of wine, served in the main restaurant. Relax and watch the river flow by!

Afternoon session: you will return to the Culinary School to complete your recipe and taste and review the results, together with Chef Michael, before departure.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Lunch including apéritif, canapés, two courses and a glass of wine.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.
• Take away containers to take your creations home in

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £690.00 per person | Register below

Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing medium, suitable for beginners ("I can't draw") and experienced artists alike.

We are delighted that Kasha Lunt will be your Resident Artist for the day. She has been exhibited at many Galleries and Art Fairs - the Mall Galleries, BCAF, Oliver Contemporary, Badcocks Gallery, Whitespace to name a few. She has also been the recipient of the Diana Brooks Prize, WHSmith / Sotheby’s Card Prize and Mollie Staley Award. Her infectiously, bubbly personality will make your afternoon a lot of fun!

During the class you will learn about Marc Chagall, the late Michel Roux's favourite French artist, which is sure to inspire you. Kasha will be there to guide you as you create your own picture in our tranquil riverside setting and there will be time out to enjoy a glass of champagne with cream tea mid-afternoon.

What is included:
All your materials
Expert tuition
1 to 1 guidance
Tea / coffee on arrival
Glass of champagne and cream tea mid-afternoon

What you take home:
Your finished picture / the set of pastels used on the day / a Culinary School apron

Limited to 6 students

£250.00 per person | Register below

A souffle is always a show-stopper at any table. You will be learning from the best; The Waterside Inn have created more than a few over it's 50 year history.

What you learn:

- Haddock souffle with dill and surprise egg
- Twice baked goats cheese soufflé served and tomato coulis
- Grand Marnier Souffle

Your day with us …

08:30 – 17:00

Make yourself at home: meet your friendly host, Chef Instructor Michael Nizzero and share introductions whilst enjoying tea, coffee and pâtisserie, fresh from our kitchen.

Morning session: Chef Michael will lead the class starting with an overview and demonstration of what you will be cooking, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. Then it’s time to don your aprons, and decamp to your individual, fully equipped kitchen stations to commence preparations. Chef Michael will carefully guide you hands-on step-by-step, to help you work through the recipes, offering down to earth, easy to understand advice and practical guidance throughout.

Lunch: time to enjoy an apéritif and canapés, followed by a fascinating kitchen tour viewing at first hand our busy chefs at work. The inspiration continues, with a chance to indulge in a delicious light lunch with a glass of wine, served in the main restaurant. Relax and watch the river flow by!

Afternoon session: you will return to the Culinary School to complete your recipe and taste and review the results, together with Chef Michael, before departure.

What’s included:
• A “welcome” breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries.
• Alain Roux Culinary School apron to wear in class and take home with you.
• A certificate and “goodie” bag, a special present from Alain Roux.
• Lunch including apéritif, canapés, two courses and a glass of wine.
• We do all the tidying and washing up so you can relax and focus on your cooking.
• Recipe wallet to take home.

What to wear and bring with you:
• We advise you to wear trousers and flat, comfortable shoes. Everything else you need will be provided.

Class size: 6 maximum.

Price £690.00 per person | Register below
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Private Cookery Day

Bespoke, fun team-building, corporate and incentive days out…

Whether you’re looking for a lively, hands-on experience to bring you colleagues together, or to create some friendly competition whilst crafting some delicious dishes, cook up your storm with us!  Perhaps you want to spoil some special clients or treat and challenge some hardworking team members?  Whatever the requirement, let us help you create the ultimate, memorable, and deliciously creative day out!  Discover hidden talents whilst enjoying some light-hearted rivalry along the way!

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