Hilary Finney was trained at the Cordon Bleu in London and has over 30 years experience in the food and hospitality industry catering for many events in her successful outside catering business , cooking for famous personalities in a variety of establishments including 16 years for the Duke of Norfolks family as well as teaching cookery with children and adult education classes.
10 years ago we adapted the large farmhouse kitchen to become Harmony House Cookery School providing cookery courses for small groups to cook a selection of dishes together to gain confidence recipe ideas and presentation skills . Many students passed through the kitchen and went away to go on and cook with confidence and now it is time to open up a new chapter and bring in new demonstrations and combine a love of cooking with sharing techniques and ideas . Theses can be at Harmony house or a demonstration can be brought to you at your own venue. Please contact Hilary for further details.
Hilary no longer holds classes for individuals but hosts cookery days for groups of 4 - 12. You can cook what you would like on a day and time to suit yoursleves. Hilary teaches a variety of classes for individuals to book on to for York Adult Education evening and saturday classes at Huntington, Fulford and Joseph Rowntree Schools
Group Cookery Classes
Bring a group of friends family or work colleagues and cook together at Harmony House. You can choose your own day and what you would like to cook. You can eat in or take it away. All ingredients are supplied as are refeshments and aprons. Why not choose dishes you have always wanted to try but havent the confidence to or choose from breadmaking, show stopper or techincal challenge bake off. The workshops last between 2 and 4 hours depending upon their complexity and if you want to eat in our conservatory. A two - three hour breadmaking or baking workshop for 4 person will cost £180 - £200 A three hour workshop cooking a meal and eating at harmony house is £240 - £280. Additional persons are from £40.
Min 10 persons - A talk and demonstration for 45 minutes followed by afternoon tea or From £16 per person
Food for Thought is a talk covering a multitude of ideas for food and recipes and a demonstration on simple presentation for stress free entertaining. This is followed with an afternoon tea
Simply Entertaining is a talk covering themes and dishes you can cook when catering for numbers of people with a demonstration on simple savoury and sweet nibbles with garnishes and presentation. This is followed with an afternoon tea or savoury refreshments from the demonstration
Simply Cooking with Herbs is a talk covering herbs you can grow in your garden and a demonstration using these herbs in dishes you can easily cook. This is followed by refreshments using the dishes prepared.
You can combine a short break near York with a cookery experience with a group of friends or family.
Cookery Activities for Children
Teaching the younger ones new life skills and to encourage simple home cooked meals is still paramount to Hilarys passion. These 'parties' whether for birthdays or just a group of friends coming together are ideal for having fun together and learning new recipes. All creations will be taken home to show parents- if it can get there without being eaten!!
Cakes and biscuits - Working in pairs you will make your own mini cake or swiss roll and cookies or biscuits which you will be able to ice. Bread and pizza - Working in pairs you will learn how to make knead and prove bread dough then you will make a savoury pizza or stromboli and fruit loaf or chelsea buns. Prices from £150 for up to 8 children
Older children can make one two course meal over two hours - You can choose to learn about sauces and make lasagne or cheese souffle or a rissotto or meatloaf or cottage pie and a dessert from white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate fondants, meringue nest and fruit or a pastry tart. Prices from £175 for up to 8 children.
Cookery Hen Days
Why not choose a 2 hour baking, breadmaking or cooking with chocolate activity or a 3 hour afternoon tea or savoury nibbles making. How about a show stopper or technical challenge to add to the mix of fun? Prices from £30 per person with a minimum of 8 persons and maximum of 12. Prefer not to cook?? why not choose one of our demonstrations ?
Business Away Days -
over 10 years we have provided cookery days for Yorkshire Water, NHS, York Ripon St John, NRM Sony, and many more. From £50 you can choose an informal 3 hour session making an afternoon tea, BBQ, baking, breadmaking then eating it in our conservatory. From £80 a 6 hour formal session team building cooking 2 three course meals concentrating on time planning, menu planning leadership and working together. We have been proud to work with Pro-development for many years who can join you to facilitate the leadership day.