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Bod Griffiths

Bod Griffiths runs Vale House Kitchen with his wife Annie, and after six years of working with a whole range of fantastic tutors is excited to start leading his own courses. He grew up helping his Grandmother in the kitchen, and it’s from her that he got his love for traditional skills like baking bread and making preserves, as well as a profound appreciation for cooking in tune with the seasons. As an adult, he lived and worked in London, but regularly escaped the capital for shooting and fishing excursions, as much to obtain fantastic fresh ingredients as anything else.

In 2009, Bod was starting to get fed up with city living, and took a ‘grown up gap year’, exploring Guatemala, The Alps, Hong Kong, Egypt, diving the Great Blue Hole in Belize and more. He returned to London to work but the seeds of a different kind of life had been sown, so when in 2011 he suffered a serious car accident, followed by the loss of his employer in the financial crisis, he and Annie decided to take it as a sign and leave London for another kind of adventure. They set up Vale House Kitchen in less than a year and opened the doors to the first visitors in September 2013. Their vision was for a completely ‘field to fork’ cookery school, where you could have the experience of cooking with ingredients freshly gathered by your own hands.

Bod has been a keen sportsman for many years, hunting, shooting and fishing, and is equally at home in the kitchen cooking and baking. He counts himself lucky to have learned from some of the best experts in the business over the past six years of Vale House Kitchen, and will be sharing his love for smoking and curing as a way to create the most fantastic ingredients for home-cooking.

January 2022

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Marmalade Making Course

There’s nothing quite like hot buttered toast topped with gorgeously tangy marmalade – and if you’ve only ever tasted supermarket versions, you’ll be blown away by the difference between that and the proper homemade stuff. Join us on this Marmalade Making Course with Vale House Kitchen Founder Bod Griffiths. Bod first made marmalade with his grandmother at the age of 5 and has loved that ‘sunshine in a jar’ ever since. Skills • Shredding peel • Simmering and boiling ingredients…

Course date: 23rd January 2022

Price per person: £175.00

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Virtual Salami Making

Join us for an hour of salami making on zoom. On this virtual session Bod will talk you through the science behind making these delicious cured treats, the cuts of meat that are best and preferred flavour combinations. He will then demonstrate how to pipe salami, talk you through how to tie them off and where to let them hang to cure. You will be sent a recipe pack prior to the course. This session will be hosted on zoom…

Course date: 25th January 2022

Price per person: £25.00

Half Day - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Introduction to Game Butchery and Cookery

Our Game Butchery & Cookery Courses are always one of our bestsellers, so thanks to popular demand, we bring you a half-day Introduction to Game Butchery and Cookery focusing on preparing feathered game (in particular pheasant and partridge) from butchers’ block to table. If you’re interested in learning more about game cookery, this is a fantastic course to start with. Skills: • Plucking and drawing Partridge • Quick and easy Pheasant Butchery • Curing and hot smoking • Delicious recipes…

Course date: 29th January 2022

Price per person: £95.00

Half Day - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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February 2022

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Introduction to Game Butchery and Cookery

Our Game Butchery & Cookery Courses are always one of our bestsellers, so thanks to popular demand, we bring you a half-day Introduction to Game Butchery and Cookery focusing on preparing feathered game (in particular pheasant and partridge) from butchers’ block to table. If you’re interested in learning more about game cookery, this is a fantastic course to start with. Skills: • Plucking and drawing Partridge • Quick and easy Pheasant Butchery • Curing and hot smoking • Delicious recipes…

Course date: 2nd February 2022

Price per person: £95.00

Half Day - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Virtual Soda Bread and Pesto

Join us for an hour on zoom and learn how to make Soda Bread and Pesto. On this virtual session Bod will demonstrate how to make the quickest and most delicious of breads, soda bread. This unleavened bread can be ready in as little as half an hour and is great with soups and dips. To go with it Bod will be whizzing up a simple pesto. Recipes will be sent out prior to the session and you are more…

Course date: 9th February 2022

Price per person: £25.00

Half Day - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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March 2022

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Introduction to Smoking and Curing

This half day Introduction to Smoking and Curing Course is aimed at introducing you to the surprisingly straightforward techniques of smoking and dry curing. You can then use these skills at home to transform fresh ingredients into something seriously special. Skills • Making a Dry Cure • Dry Curing • Hot Smoking • Cold Smoking • Hot smoked Fish • Bacon • Chroizo/Salami The course will focus on the technical skills behind home dry curing, using ingredients freshly prepared for…

Course date: 5th March 2022

Price per person: £95.00

Half Day - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Introduction to Smoking and Curing

This half day Introduction to Smoking and Curing Course is aimed at introducing you to the surprisingly straightforward techniques of smoking and dry curing. You can then use these skills at home to transform fresh ingredients into something seriously special. Skills • Making a Dry Cure • Dry Curing • Hot Smoking • Cold Smoking • Hot smoked Fish • Bacon • Chroizo/Salami The course will focus on the technical skills behind home dry curing, using ingredients freshly prepared for…

Course date: 15th March 2022

Price per person: £95.00

Half Day - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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