Ask any AGA owner to tell you what they love about their AGA cooker and you'll soon realise that for them it's much more than a kitchen appliance - it's a way of life, and a gentle one at that.
The simple fact is that an AGA cooker is beautifully versatile - it's easy to use, a joy to live with and produces wonderfully delicious food. And of course, it's a British design icon too. There really is no other household appliance that inspires the same depth of loyalty and emotion or that over time has become synonymous with the warmth and comfort of home.
To really understand everything that an AGA cooker can bring to your home, you need to experience it for yourself. Take a visit to your local AGA shop where our expert team will happily introduce you to our stunning range of heat-storage cookers and give you a taster of what they can do.
Personal Guide to your AGA heat-storage cooker
The AGA name has long been synonymous with good food. A free personal guide to your AGA demonstration with a fully trained member of staff is a great way to discover why the AGA heat-storage cooker is one of the easiest, most versatile cookers to use. Simply visit your local AGA shop to be taken on a simple cooking tour of the AGA heat-storage range cooker, where you can see how it copes effortlessly with grilling, toasting steaming, baking, frying and much more. To book please contact your local AGA shop or call 0845 712 5207.
AGA shops throughout the country hold regular cookery demonstrations. These events are really useful for people considering buying an AGA heat-storage cooker.
As well as basic demonstrations - which show how to get the most from an AGA heat-storage cooker - there are also themed demonstrations covering everything from the AGA Christmas through to chilling out for summer.
The demonstrators are happy to answer questions throughout the demonstration and, best of all, guests get to eat all the delicious food that's been cooked on the AGA heat-storage cooker. Attending an AGA demonstration is also a great way to learn more about AGA cookware, cookery techniques, and new recipe ideas plus lots of interesting shortcuts. The demonstrators are friendly, helpful and brilliant at imparting their top tips and answering all sorts of culinary conundrums.
View our full list of forthcoming demonstrations or for AGA demonstrations outside of the UK please contact your local dealer.
Videos and cook books
If you prefer to unlock the joys of owning an AGA cooker from the comfort of your own home, you can watch our demonstration videos or choose from a selection of books that show you how to cook a selection of favourite AGA dishes.
Whether you want to make the perfect casserole or master a magnificent banquet, AGA approved cookery schools provide courses at all levels to help you make the most of your AGA cooker's performance.
The warm and welcoming new AGA Sheffield concept store offers a wide selection of cookery demonstrations and courses using the AGA heat-storage cooker. Its varied programme of both demonstrations and hands-on Master Class events include basic AGA demonstrations, which show just how easy cooking on the AGA heat-storage cooker is while inspiration can be found in more diverse events such as sausage or chocolate making.
The events are friendly, informative and excellent value for money. Food and wine are served at every evening event and lunch is provided at every Master Class event. To get a more detailed description of all the events a brochure can be supplied by the Sheffield AGA shop.
Examples of Cookery School classes available:
AGA SHEFFIELD goes "Bangers Galore"
Paul Smith is a local rare breed pig keeper who provides cookery classes demonstrating how easy it is to make the perfect sausages on the AGA heat-storage cooker. Paul provides inspired techniques on how to best cook pork as well as fresh bread.
All the pork used is bred and reared by Paul on his small farm in North Sheffield. Paul and his staff run the small holding as a non-profit making interest. To find out more about it visit the website.
Knife Skills with Len Unwin
Knife Skills with Len Unwin is one of the most popular courses at AGA Sheffield. Len will show you how to sharpen knives properly with both steel and stone as well as how to properly gut and prepare fish and dice vegetables, which are then used to cook a delicious meal. Once lunch is over, Len shows you more ways to cut various meat and vegetables and transform them into restaurant quality foods.
Besides learning new cooking skills, you have the opportunity to see the William Abdy Collection of chef knives. Renowned for their high quality carbon steel and hand finish, these are exclusively available at the AGA Sheffield concept store. Alternatively, you can visit their website to view more of their products.
"A treat of a lifetime… at least I have learnt how to use a
knife before it's too late!."
"Very informative and good fun too. Len has a real talent for teaching."
Truly, Madly, Pasta
Truly, Madly, Pasta is the title for the very first AGA Cookery
School Master Class taught by Italian chef, writer and
restaurateur, Ursula Ferrigno. Ursula's passion for food and life
give her a teaching style that's as fun as it is informative. In
her class you'll make pasta by hand and then go on to cook Pasta al
Catoccio, Rotolo Ripient and Vincisgrassi Apertoo.
"Anne and the staff made the event such a treat, nothing was too much trouble for them."
"Ursula taught us so much in one class and made it look so easy."
"I will never buy pasta again."
To book onto a demonstartion please contact the Sheffield shop.
Eckington Manor Cookery School is located just outside the market town of Pershore, Worcestershire on the edge of the picturesque Cotswolds. Situated on its own 260 acre working farm breeding award winning Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle, the school offers a wide selection of cookery demonstrations and courses for the AGA heat-storage cooker, which include:
All of the courses provide a hands-on opportunity for students to learn new skills, try recipes and create delicious dishes while picking up expert culinary tips for an AGA heat-storage range cooker.
Courses are held in a state-of-the-art open-plan classroom that contains a large demonstration unit complete with overhead flat screen TVs displaying close-ups of dishes being prepared. There are 10 individual work stations, each of which is equipped with its own fully stocked refrigerator and AGA heat-storage cookers or Falcon induction ranges.
The courses are run in small groups for all levels of ability under the expert guidance of in-house or visiting tutors. The school is supplied with fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, much of which is from its own farm and flourishing herb, vegetable garden and orchard.
The 15 room luxury 5* gold awarded accommodation for the school is located across the courtyard. Contained within 3 sensitively converted and beautifully restored buildings: Lower End House, the original 12th Century farmhouse; the Cyder Mill; and Milking Parlour. The individually designed bedrooms with en-suite Fired Earth bathrooms and The White Company toiletries provide a relaxing setting after a busy day in the cookery school.
For more information on cookery days, demonstrations, corporate events and private parties please call us on 01386 751600 or visit the website.
Brook Hall is a Grade II-listed Queen Anne townhouse located in the pretty market town of Winslow, close to Milton Keynes and Buckingham. Owned by Stephen and Joanna Bulmer, Brook Hall runs one-day cookery courses for cooks of all ages and abilities. Head Chef Stephen Bulmer was previously Chef/Director of the Raymond Blanc Cookery School at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and has worked at Michelin-level restaurants all over the world.
Steve creates a relaxed and fun learning environment; his enthusiastic teaching style is down-to-earth and practical - peppered with jokes, the odd song and humorous anecdotes from the restaurant world.
The AGA course at Brook Hall brings together Steve's skills as a top restaurant chef with the extensive cooking facilities offered by an AGA heat-storage range cooker. Taking AGA cooking a step further than traditional roasts, stews and baking, Steve will show you how to create sophisticated dinner party food ranging from seared scallops on the hotplate to wonderful brioche in the roasting oven, and fashionable 24-hour slow cooking in the cooler ovens.
As well as great recipes, Steve will pass on his restaurant tips for preparing quick dishes and cooking ahead of time, so you can create fabulous meals with the minimum of stress. There are a maximum of 20 students on an AGA course, so you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Special dietary requirements can be incorporated in all Brook Hall cookery courses, providing these are advised at time of booking.
Gift vouchers for all Brook Hall cookery courses are available on the website and make a great gift.
Other courses include: Seasonal Dinner Parties, Fish & Shellfish, Meat & Poultry, Stocks & Sauces, Flavours of the Orient, Italian Cookery, Barbecue Cookery, Delicious Desserts, Carving Courses and Children's Courses. Preparing for Christmas courses, ideal for both adults and children, are held during November and December.
As well as cookery courses, Brook Hall also offers private dining at Brook Hall, outside catering and corporate events/entertaining. Three guest bedrooms are also available.
For more information on cookery courses and other activities at Brook Hall please call us on 01296 712111 or visit the website.
"Amy Willcock has brought confident modern cooking to the AGA." Rick Stein
"Amy Willcock, hand holder to AGA owners everywhere." Nigella Lawson, Vogue Magazine
Amy Willcock runs Lifestyle and AGA Know How workshops on the Isle of Wight and all over the UK. Amy is a vivacious 'scrummy mummy', married with two young daughters. Born in Chicago, she moved to the UK with her family in 1980 and soon discovered a new form of oven - the AGA heat-storage cooker. For the past decade, Amy has held regular Lifestyle, Cookery and AGA Workshops, described as 'finishing schools for people in their thirties'.
After becoming an AGA demonstrator, Amy launched herself into the world of specialised cookery. Her first book 'AGA Cooking' (Ebury Press) was published in October 2002.
Amy also writes the food and lifestyle column for The Shooting Gazette. Her talent for combining the old with the new is evident all around her home, as well as in the kitchen. Her practical how-to and inspirational information on the British home and lifestyle breathes life into the lost art of living.
For more information visit the website.
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's
city centre, Edinburgh New Town Cookery School offers practical and
professional cookery courses that give students the ability to cook
with confidence on an AGA heat-storage cooker.
The school spans five floors and offers stunning panoramic views across the Firth of Forth. This stunning setting has been renovated to be the ideal venue to host a broad spectrum of cookery courses and activities for every level of ability. It features a fully equipped teaching kitchen, a function room and a demonstration theatre with capacity for 50.
For more information on cookery courses and other activities at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School please call 0131 226 4314 or visit the website.