Cookery Butchery School

Cookery Classes in Harrogate

At Elite Meat, we offer butchery/cookery classes to help improve all aspects of your culinary skills. As one of Britain’s best butchers, we try to encourage as many people as possible to take on our classes, to learn the best cut and the best cooking technique for the whole animal. These elements ensure you get the best value, flavour, succulence & enjoyment out of our fabulous meat.

The intensive cookery classes address how to best select and cook the vast range of meat and poultry available in today’s market. You will learn about different cuts of meat and how to cook them correctly. All red meat used in our cookery classes is locally reared & ethically farmed near Harrogate.

During butchery/cookery classes held in our cookery school near Harrogate, Gordon will teach you simple butchery skills, a range of cooking methods to get the best results from locally- sourced, ethically-farmed meat and how to waste nowt. You will also learn how to sharpen and use a knife, like a butcher, safely and effectively. We do have chain mail gloves available so you shouldn’t cut yourself.

Cooking classes are designed for everyone who want to pick up new skills and learn more about what they eat, best cut, best cooking method etc. We also talk about where the animals came from & why all meat is not the same.

Then we sit down & eat what we have prepared & answer any questions.

Get the most out of cookery classes in Harrogate and:

  • Take home the skills and knowledge need to create great meat dishes at home
  • Receive expert tuition from one of the UK’s best butchers
  • Get proper hands-on experience
  • Learn why we use ethically-farmed, locally-sourced produce and the benefits of doing



Pork (learn how to butcher a side of pork and how best to cook it)

Beef Fore Quarter (learn how we butcher beef and how best to cook it)

Lamb (learn how to butcher a side of lamb and how best to cook it)

Chicken (learn how to butcher a chicken, portion a chicken and several different ways to cook it)


For a really enjoyable, informative evening, I can’t recommend anything more strongly than Elite Meat’s Beef butchery/cookery masterclass. I was slightly unnerved by the word masterclass, but in fact Gordon Atkinson’s teaching made even quite complex procedures accessible and fascinating. Watching him butcher an entire side of beef at lightening speed was a delight. We learnt an enormous amount about ethical sourcing, knife sharpening, and safe handling of meat. However, the undoubted high point of the evening was cooking and tasting. I came a away with not only a better understanding of beef, but the feeling of an evening very well spent!”



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