Woodfired Oven Cooking
Wood fired oven cooking is sweeping the nation. Excitingly we have become the industry experts in all things wood fired cooking and teaching about them right here in south Devon.
We’ve worked with wood fired ovens for over 10 years and have been teaching wood fired cooking since 2008 to over a thousand students. Our “Wood Fired Oven Cook Book” is now in its 5th reprint, bringing regular wood fired queries from all over the world and we have a new series of e-books in the offing.
Our relaxed, informative courses are hugely popular, with students coming from all over the country as well as Europe. Indeed Xanthe Clay, food writer of the Daily Telegraph, says
“…without wishing to gush, if you are getting a wood burning oven you really should do the Manna from Devon course. In fact, I’d say it’s essential”
Restaurants are recognising our expertise too with chefs from all over the UK and Ireland receiving training and we’re very excited to be working with Danish company Morso as brand ambassadors for their stunning new range of wood fired ovens.
We love cooking on wood fired ovens for their utter flexibility – perfect for cooking seafood and meat at searingly high temperatures and for creating fabulous breads, gentle braises and even meringues; so much more than pizzas! We also love the connection to generations of cooks who’ve been before – wood fired ovens are more than 6000 years old.
Our classes take place in our purpose built year-round wood fired kitchen where we’ll teach you everything you need to know about using your own wood fired ovens. Don’t worry if you haven’t got one yet – lots of our students come to see what they can do with one before investing in their own.
Our ‘Wood-Fired 1 Mastering Your Oven’ class will help you understand how the oven works and demonstrate it’s amazing versatility. For those wishing to really make full use of their oven our ‘Wood Fired 2 – Baking and Slow Cooking’ class will teach you how to cook all manner of bread, cakes, braises and roasts using only the retained heat of the oven – exciting stuff!
We also run a series of wood-fired events at Deer Park Hotel near Honiton and at Humble By Nature near Monmouth. We can run private classes and children’s pizza parties at the school or at your own premises. Over the years we have worked with every kind of oven and all over the UK and abroad in restaurants and people’s back gardens.
David and Elizabeth came all the way from Tasmania (!) for our wood fired cooking classes and this is what they had to say –
“We found Manna from Devon on the internet. Our primary focus was a course to learn more about cooking in a woodfired oven. Such courses, apart from the 2-3 hour type aimed at tourists, are thin on the ground. While there are quite a few in the USA, Australia doesn’t seem to have anything serious and even Italy, which would have been our first choice, doesn’t have much in this specialised area as far as we could determine.
The website was very informative and probably most importantly, believable. When you are sourcing woodfired oven schools you don’t start out thinking Devon! So initially there was a credibility hump to get over and the website achieved that. We really had the confidence after doing some research that David and Holly knew what they were about. We try and visit Europe each year, so it was relatively easy to plan our annual holiday around the two courses. It was very convenient to have the breadmaking and wood oven courses on successive weekends. When we started talking with Holly at the end of 2016 she hadn’t yet finalised their programme, so was able to accommodate us when we explained what we were interested in.
The booking process was very easy. The website is easy to use and together with email correspondence it all went smoothly.
Our expectations were high and they were exceeded. Both courses were everything we hoped and we learned so much. The style of instruction is good and it was a very friendly and congenial atmosphere. David is so relaxed cooking three or four dishes at once in two wood fired ovens that it inspires you. Holly prepared ingredients, sauces and dips, drinks and bottomless teas and coffees, and cooked wonderful pastry-based dishes in the ovens. Her easygoing attitude was embodied in her comment “What can go wrong? It’s only cooking!” It was a bonus staying in their very comfortable accommodation, and we enjoyed our time with them, both in and out of school. Dartmouth is delightful and has many good restaurants, although we weren’t very hungry on the second weekend after eating all the food that was cooked.
We would recommend Manna from Devon to anyone who has a genuine interest in cooking good food particularly in a wood fired oven. David and Holly appear to have a huge repertoire and I doubt there is anything they can’t cook – and they make you believe you can, too.”
Our Woodfired Oven Cooking
Wood-Fired Oven 1 - Mastering Your Oven
We give you as complete a picture as possible of how to get the best from your own oven
Wood-Fired Oven 2 - Making the Most Of Your Oven
During this confidence building class we'll use our ovens for a typical day's baking.
Private Woodfired Oven Classes
We can run private wood fired oven classes at the school or at your premises
Wood-Fired Oven 3 - Morso and More
The ideal class for Morso, Alfa and other metal construction ovens.
Pizza and Flat Breads
Some of the easiest and yet most versatile breads to make are flat breads. Made all over the world, flat breads are topped, wrapped, stuffed, ripped and dipped depending on their origin.
Our book, published in 2012, will provide everything you need to use your oven to its full potential as well over 70 inspirational recipes.
You can order it from us or pick up a copy from the school priced just £9.99.
Alternatively get it online from Amazon.
Childrens pizza parties
Our children’s pizza parties are a very popular way to celebrate birthdays and other occasions. Suitable for up to 10 children the session lasts about 3 hours.
Everyone will make pizzas by hand, cooking them in the wood-fired ovens. Then we’ll make our sweet spiced apple pizza to eat with ice cream.
Pizza parties are by arrangement.
Call us on 01803 752943 to arrange a date.