Lewis Davis and Fish&Pips open a new cookery school in Abinger. Catherine Whyte finds out more
The old Abinger Arms in Abinger Hammer has been given a new lease of life: it is poised to open as the HQ for Surrey’s latest culinary seat of learning, the Abinger Cookery School.
The school is the brainchild of property developer and Godalming resident Lewis Davis, who has teamed up with gourmet ski chalet operator Fish&Pips and its Guildford-born head chef Vincent Clist, who was named Times Chalet Chef of the Year in 2010.
Courses, which commence this month, include hosting and preparing an evening wine and canapé event, mastering ‘dude food’, a two-day pastry course and getting the most out of British produce.
“The one-day courses will appeal to people who just want to learn about a specific cuisine,” says Lewis.
“The three-day and five-day courses are aimed at those who want to do a ski season or work on a boat, or who are heading to university, or who simply want to improve their skills and confidence in the kitchen.
“We have something on offer for everyone – classical and contemporary cooking alike – and for all levels.”