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Woodlore Bush Chef

Providing for the Camp

The ability to prepare tasty, nourishing and satisfying food is an incredibly important part of living outdoors. On the trail, food provides us with energy, comfort and something to look forward to at the end of a hard day but, by its very nature, it needs to be simple. Once we are living in a fixed camp however, things become very different indeed and we are presented with a wealth of opportunity. Here we can indulge in more complex cookery and provide a repast both sumptuous and delicious as a reward for our endeavours. Join us on a culinary expedition and bask in the welcoming scent of freshly baked bread as you acquire the skills that will lead you to the forest feast.

Further Information

Working entirely outdoors, your team will cook delicious dishes including delicious fresh bread, mouth watering main courses and indulgent deserts. The morale boosting capabilities of hearty meals can never be underestimated and the ability to produce them with confidence and flourish is one of the most rewarding and truly pleasurable experiences that you can have. You will have friends and family thanking you for years to come for investing your time and passion into what most people see as an impossible task: cooking well outdoors.

Rotating through the various dedicated kitchens you will cook two, three course meals each day, experimenting with a variety of ovens and techniques particularly suited to the field. You will be amazed at what it is possible to produce and spend time sharing the well earned meals with your fellow students. Come prepared to work eat and enjoy the company of the camp. We take no responsibility for increases in belt size resulting from participation in this course.

Amongst many other skills you will learn:

  • Hygiene
  • Managing fire & selecting wood for cooking
  • Making a selection of breads
  • Roasting & baking outside
  • Cooking without pots and pans
  • Supplementing your ingredients with wild food

At the end of the course, you will be challenged to design, prepare and cook a celebratory feast to share with the rest of the group. A truly indulgent end to a course packed with culinary treats.

This course starts at 16:00 on Friday and will finish at 16:00 on Monday.


All meals for this course will be provided. You will not live from the land during this course although wild food will be included according to availability. The preparation and cooking of meat is an integral part of this course and is something that you should be aware of if you have any specific dietary requirements.

We provide a kettle, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in a brew box at the main camp fire of the course, under a large parachute. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.

Course Site

The Woodlore Bush Chef course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with no public access with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel, using a screened camp shower and a screened latrine in the woods.

We have a car park at the course site where you your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

Dates, Costs and Bookings

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Course Reviews

Woodlore Bush Chef is rated 5/5 based on 6 customer reviews.

All of our reviews are from people who have attended our courses.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 6

  I had decided that it was time I learnt to cook real food when camping, but I hadn’t expected the fine dining and delicacies that we created over the fire in the woods! From soups and stews to quiches and tarts, curries and breads to cakes and crème brulees, I cooked and ate better in the woods than I do at home. Every meal was a feast and every dish delicious. The leaders were excellent and provided the perfect balance of teaching and opportunities for us to be creative with the ingredients and try new things, building our confidence in the skills we were learning. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to discover what dishes it is possible to produce in camp - as long as you don’t mind forever being nominated camp chef, because when your friends see what you can produce, they will want you to cook for them at every opportunity.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 6

  The base camp chef faces challenges when preparing meals for camp. They need to be adaptable and use their ingenuity when faced with these challenges. The Woodlore Bush Chef course shows just how this is done. Fire management is crucial. Thinking outside the box (or is it 'the oven') with what food and equipment you have or can forage. Wayne, David, Ade and James are experienced, knowledgeable and professional, yet approachable, leaders on this course. The other course members were great, making it another superb Woodlore course. Give it a try if your interest is piqued! It is well worth it.  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 6

  Thank goodness I could let out my belt as I think I gained weight on this course! Set in the woods using a typical Woodlore camp site were four magic tarpaulin kitchens where we learned to make all sorts of delicious food. Expect the unexpected for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you won't be disappointed. I was very impressed by how versatile very simple cookware could be used over an ordinary wood fire. There wasn't a microwave in sight nor a gas-mark indicator, it's all done by judicious use of the naked flame and glowing charcoal. Expertly led by Keith and ably assisted by Wayne & Ade, we learned lots of techniques and were regularly surprised by how good we all actually were so it's full credit to the instructors. I recommend this course to anyone.  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 6

  Last weekend I joined to first issue of Woodlore Bush Chef course in Tunbridge Wells. My expectations regarding course track were a little bit different and expected more emphasis on gathered food, however even in the way the course has been conducted I was more than satisfied. Anybody who has already tried to cook outdoors and failed or has not an idea what can be cooked under the blue sky, should attend this course. During the course you will learn all the basic but really necessary techniques of baking and cooking which will allow you later to prepare some good meals every chef would be proud of. This course is worth all the bucks and those who have failed in preparing foods for some critical moments knows what I am talking about. During the whole course almost not a single meal was spoiled to the point of being inedible. And there is a reason for it; the instructors gave us all the necessary tips and instructions for all techniques and recipes, helped along the cooking processes and results were simply delicious. I started to understand all my previous mistakes during the course and gathered a lot of new cooking ideas. I recommend this course to all who like cooking, but share the same failed attempts as me.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 6

  I have just completed this new course and of all the courses I have attended with Woodlore this was most enjoyable and rewarding. Keith and his team Ade and Wayne were excellent guides and mentors. I wish to commend Keith on his leadership, approach and patience. All the instruction was at the right level and appropriate to the group. Learning to cook by many methods and produce fresh meals in the woods. I can honestly say I have not eaten so well on a Woodlore Course and have had to let my belt out much further. Doesn't matter if you can't cook or you're a master chef I would recommend this course to all, to expand their camp craft skills and knowledge.  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 6

  This course was well thought out. The course students and staff bonded well together and worked really hard to provide some absolutely stunning food.....IN THE WOODS!! Lead by Keith and his two right hand men were Ade and Wayne. The words used to describe these gentlemen of Woodlore are Professional, Professional and Professional. We had laughs, enjoyment, and apprehension too..... waiting for the oven door to open to see if everything had gone to plan... I can safely say that every meal I ate I would of paid money for. Another Awesome course from Woodlore. Thank you again to my fellow students for the incredible laughs and to Keith, Ade and Wayne for your top draw instruction and banter.  


Rated: 5/5

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