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Experienced chef and teacher Katharine Eldridge runs Quince House Cookery School, which she opened in 2008 after 10 years teaching at the famous Tante Marie School of Cookery in Woking as well as running her own catering business. She now teaches everything from basic skills to sophisticated fine dining in small groups at Quince House, near Oxted. In fact, our writer Caroline Harrap visited recently and wrote a piece about her Thai cookery experience, which Katharine adapted for Caroline, who is a committed vegan.

Katharine aims to use local organic produce where possible and always the best quality ingredients, so that her demonstrations are always packed full of good, home cooked food. The idea behind all of the classes at Quince House is for students to leave having gained confidence in the kitchen, whether they're learning rustic farmhouse-style cookery or how to whip up an impressive spread for a garden party.

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Amongst the huge range of classes, demonstrations and workshops on offer, you'll find sessions suitable for adults and children to take together, and even courses designed with specific people in mind, like Men In The Kitchen. Katharine's wish is to encourage her students to cook at home, and steer them away from ready made meals. "I want to give my clients the skills to cook on a daily basis without it being a chore," she says. She's even written a cookery book full of great recipes for doing exactly that.

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Local Food Surrey says

There's no need to be daunted by dinner parties or fearful of fish preparation if you join one of Katharine's classes at Quince House Cookery School.

With her years of experience, Katharine is a safe pair of hands to guide you through essential kitchen skills.