About Us

Based in York’s finest hotel, The Cookery School at The Grand opened in March 2019 and offers express, half, full-day and parent & child courses focussing on a selection of International cuisines and speciality classes.
Led by Cookery School Director, Marc Williams, the Cookery School is designed for novice and aspiring chefs, with classes inspired by cuisine from around the world.
Not only is our cookery school the perfect setting for leisure guests, but it’s also set to add a dynamic and immersive element to conference and events for our business clientele.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each guest will have their own personal workstation so that you can get hands on with each recipe, getting the very most out of your time with us. The work stations are grouped into fours so whilst you will be working individually, it’s a very sociable experience!

It’s all yours! Several of the classes are designed to allow guests to enjoy some of the delicious dishes they’ve created in the morning, for lunch. Everything else is yours to take away and impress friends and family.

Yes, we intersperse cookery demonstrations with hands-on cooking so that you can see and taste as many delicious dishes as possible, picking up on all skills, hints and tips that you will need to recreate the recipes at home.

For almost all classes, we will be able to adjust dishes to accommodate dietary requirements. Please let our reservations team know before you book, or provide full details on your online booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you. There are very few classes that cannot be successfully adapted to accommodate a certain dietary requirement, this information is displayed on each class page description. If this is the case, we will be more than happy to recommend an alternative class to suit your needs.

Ideally, comfortable flat shoes with a closed toe and for clothing we recommend trousers. We advise that you bring a long sleeve top that you can put on if needed, for example, to protect your arms when using a frying pan at high temperature. 

All classes aside from our Weber classes are accessible, as Weber classes take place in The Courtyard.

In The Cookery School, our wheelchair accessible work station is approximately 70cm high, there is also a wheelchair accessible space at the demonstration work station. We also have step-free access from street level. Please book via our reservations team over the phone rather than the website, so that we can ensure we help you in every way possible. 

We are based in the city centre, so although we don’t have any parking onsite, there is a NCP multi-storey carpark on Tanner Row, several bus stops nearby and York Train Station is just a couple of minutes walk away.

Our Parent & Child classes are suitable for children aged 8-13 years. 

Those aged 14-17 can attend any class as long as a parent is present and attending the class too.

  • Cancellations made up to one month prior to the class may be refunded or rescheduled at no extra cost.

  • Cancellations made within one month of the class and up to one week prior may be rescheduled at no extra cost. However, we are unable to offer a refund.

  • Cancellations made within one week of the class can be rescheduled with a charge of £20 per person admin fee.

  • Cancellations made on the day of the class are non-refundable and non-amendable. 

If you are a day guest and are not staying at the hotel then please use our street side entrance on the corner of both Rougier Street and Tanner Row. Alternatively, if you are staying with us then our Concierge team can direct you through the hotel.