EVENT: Riverside 4 Hour Hands On BBQ Masterclass Course

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4 Hour Hands-on Barbecue Masterclass 10.00am - 2.00pm

About the event:

Be prepared to leave full of food and knowledge!

Our hands-on, 4-hour BBQ masterclass will imbue you with the confidence, skill and technique it takes to create delicious and varied barbecued food at home. Courses are limited to 20 guests, and you will use a selection of top-of-the-range charcoal, gas, electric and wood pellet barbecues, as well as pizza ovens. In the masterclass you will cover grilling, roasting, smoking, baking and more! The next barbecue you host will have you saying ‘move over, burnt sausages and chicken pre-cooked in the oven: there’s a new sheriff in town!’

Our school is located in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside on the banks of a quiet stretch of the River Lea. The school is fully protected from the elements so, come rain or shine, we have you covered (literally!).

What’s included:

  • A breakfast and hot drink on arrival
  • 2 x drink tokens to exchange for refreshments 
  • 1 x embroidered apron to keep
  • Food throughout the day, cooked and prepared by your own fair hands
  • A fully licensed bar to purchase additional drinks
  • Exclusive instore discount on the day of the event
  • Recipes emailed to you after the event

Sample menu:

A seasonal themed menu of approximately 8 recipes will be made throughout the day.

About your chef:

Andrew Dickens: Andrew is a BBQ & Outdoor Cooking Expert, Live Events Host, Presenter, Demonstration Chef, Actor, and Speaker. He has worked with many high-quality BBQ brands, but really loves teaching people the techniques of Outdoor Cooking and BBQ at Riverside, the UK's best BBQ School. Andrew's presenting and acting background make the courses at Riverside a great combination of fun, learning, technique, and entertainment. He has spent the last two decades hosting and cooking for some of the most prestigious Live Food Events and Festivals in the UK & Internationally. Andrew has regularly hosted many other shows, including the BBC’s Top Gear Live Arena Shows, the National Pet Shows,  and The Motorhome & Caravan Shows. You’ve probably also seen him at some point on many of the UK’s Soaps and TV Adverts, but it always comes back to the BBQ! Andrew is never bored!

Tarrant Ablett: Tarrant is a Weber Grill Master, BBQ & outdoor cooking expert, live events host, presenter, demonstration chef and occasionally pops up as a guest chef on ITV This Morning. He has worked as Head Chef at Bird of Smithfield in London, along with doing events at the Ritz under Chef John Williams, the Royal Automobile Club with Chef Philip Corrick, and Cafe Spice with Cyrus Todiwala OBE.
Tarrant’s real passion is outdoor cooking, and he has been running the Weber BBQ Courses around the UK for the last eight years. He is dedicated to teaching people all the techniques and skills for cooking on a barbecue, all the way down to how to bake on a barbecue. (Tarrant will be teaching on the 20th and 21st of April, and the 9th of June.)

Important Course Information – Please Read


Please arrive 30 minutes before the course is due to start and go to our barbecue shop to check in. There is plenty of free on-site car parking.


Please note: no physical tickets will be sent out. Please bring a mobile phone with the confirmation email (e-ticket) on it or a print-out so we can scan the code on arrival or the name it was booked in. For any unforeseen reasons beyond our control we reserve the right to cancel the event at any time. 

What to wear on the course

Our Barbecue School is fully covered and heated - rain will never stop play at Riverside! You should, however, dress for the weather on the day. Check the local weather forecast on the day of your course. Please wear long sleeves, long trousers and sturdy footwear. If the forecast is for cold weather wear several layers and a coat. If it’s going to be hot you should still wear sturdy footwear and lightweight long trousers and tops. We have run courses in January with snow outside where everyone was perfectly warm and happy in the Barbecue School, but of course they all wore the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions!

Allergies / Food Intolerances

Wherever possible we will try to accommodate our guests' food requirements. However, if you have any allergies that can cause you serious harm, we advise you not to attend one of our courses. This is because even if we remove those allergens from our menu (which we are happy to do) we simply cannot guarantee that some of the other ingredients on the course have not come into contact with that allergen from harvesting, through production, packaging or transportation to us.

For any intolerances or allergens that do not cause you serious harm please call us a minimum of 14 days before your course so we can discuss the options. We must make it clear though that despite our best efforts we cannot guarantee that every ingredient on the course will free from those allergens for the reasons above.

Vegetarian and Vegan Definitions

Vegetarians and vegans are more than welcome on our courses. We use the definitions below.

The Vegetarian Society Definition of Vegetarianism

Vegetarians don’t eat fish, meat or chicken. A vegetarian diet does not include meat or poultry, fish or seafood, insects, gelatine or animal rennet, stock or fat from animals. Vegetarians don’t eat products or by-products of slaughter. A vegetarian diet can include vegetables and fruits, grains and pulses, nuts and seeds, eggs, dairy products and honey.

The Vegan Society Definition of Veganism

A plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey, as well as avoiding animal-derived materials, products tested on animals and places that use animals for entertainment.

Booking Tickets

Our courses sell out very quickly, so be sure to get your tickets as far in advance as you can. Remember, the weather is not an issue for us here at Riverside so, barring any extreme weather, the course will always go ahead! If you buy a gift certificate for someone, do advise them to book a date as quickly as possible – even if it is for later in the year!

Ticket Refunds and Different Course Dates

As our courses usually sell out, we buy ingredients for a full course and put into place full staffing resources for every course. For these reasons we are not able to offer refunds or swap tickets to different course dates within 30 days of the event. You are however, more than welcome to transfer your ticket to a friend or family member. All you need to do is call us or send an email with your order number and the name of the person who will be taking your place.

On purchasing tickets you agree to these terms.

Event Type:
4 Hour BBQ Course
Event Times:
10.00am - 2.00pm

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