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Where are we? We are based at 75A Main Street, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh, EH4 5AD.Two miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. We can be contacted on 0131 220 2040 and [email protected]

from the 20th of May this is our new address:
same phone number same website!

What are we? CookingMania is Scotland’s first and only purpose-built kids cookery school.  Our 200 square metres of kitchen has been inspired, designed and built with children always in the forefront. At our demonstration kitchen and at each of the 3 specially created work stations there are state of the art induction hobs (link to ‘Why induction hobs? ), an oven, all the cooking utensils and a generous cooking space, ensuring every child has a hands-on experience, because the only way you can learn to cook is by getting your hands dirty.

Who are we? Between us we have over 20 years of cooking experience. We are passionate about cooking and eating good food.

Ethel is a ‘cooking mum’. She has spent the last 14 years enjoying cooking for her family.
Ethel has trained at schools and restaurants around the world, including  Hoffmans in Barcelona with Mey Hoffman the only female Michelin starred chef in Barcelona, Divertimenti in London’s fashionable food mecca and also at Aula Gastronomica de l'Emporda cookery school, Costa Brava.

Kate learnt to cook at her mother’s knee, and then went on to train professionally with Rosie Davies at Pennys Mill, Somerset. Kate worked for as a chalet chef for a market leading holiday company, and as a private cook, cooking for families around the world from the fishing lodges in the north of Scotland to islands in the Caribbean, time between these assignments was spent working for outside catering companies.  

Why a cookery school? Cooking is an essential life skill. We all have to eat, but we shouldn’t just make do with OK food. Eating good food is one of life’s great pleasure and something no one should be denied.
We aim to instil a love of cooking in everyone who comes to our school.

Why a cookery school for kids? Why not! We wanted to show kids how they can cook for themselves and, so, eat really great food. We wanted to have somewhere kids could cook in a fun and safe environment; a place where kids could learn to enjoy making and eating food. We love teaching kids how to cook, they have much more enquiring minds than adults, and are more open to new flavours and ideas.

As kids are learning to cook, they are mastering many other skills too-reading recipes, converting weights and measurements. Baking is often compared to chemistry, requiring the accuracy of a scientist when weighing out ingredients! Cooking brings independence and the amount of confidence that comes from being able to produce
your own food is just immeasurable.

When are we open?
Monday to Sunday, all year except: Christmas, Boxing day and New Year's day.

What is the ratio of staff to children? For up to 10 year olds, the ratio is 1 teacher to 6 children.

Does my child need to know how to cook?
No, that’s what we are here for. Even children who have never cooked before will enjoy getting messy and tasting their own foods.

How old do I need to be to attend a class at CookingMania?
We run courses for school-age children-from 4 to 18 year olds. The classes are split into age groups:
Little Chefs - 6 to 10 year olds
Chefs-in-Training - 11 year olds upwards
But, ultimately, as a parent, you know your child best, so the ages are only a guideline.

What do I need to bring with me? Nothing at all. We will provide all the ingredients and equipment you will need to enjoy your time at CookingMania.

Can I book CookingMania for events other than my birthday party?
Yes, you can celebrate any occasion at CookingMania. For all the party information Click Here

Do you sell Gift Vouchers? Yes, Gift Vouchers can be purchased for any of our courses and can also be used to buy items from our shop.

When do I need to pay for the course? We require full payment before a course starts.

How can I pay? You can book and pay online CLICK HERE or over the phone (0131 220 2040) with a credit or debit card (visa, mastercard, maestro, solo).

What happens if I need to cancel my course?
(cancellation policy in terms & conditions) CLICK HERE

Have the staff been police checked? Yes, all the staff have undergone Disclosure Scotland.

What hygiene qualifications do the staff hold?
All the staff hold an up to date Royal Environmental Health Institute Scotland (REHIS) Certificate.

Do the staff have First Aid qualifications? There will always be at least one member of staff with first aid training on site at CookingMania.

Why induction hobs?
Cleaner, smarter and safer than any other method of cooking. Induction hobs heat up faster and work at almost double of the speed of a gas hob. Unlike gas, there is no risk of overflowing and causing a fire. Our hobs have locks and timers, and only if a suitable pan is placed on the hob will it heat up. Just the pan heats up, rather than the hob, so the kitchen will never become unbearable hot. Once the pan is removed there is very little residual heat on the hob, so cutting the risk of burning hands. It is a ‘greener’ more energy efficient heat source, up to 90% more efficient than gas and electricity.