Ravneet Gill brings you
Damson Jelly Academy
The feel good cookery school, designed to help you become your best self in the kitchen
“I’ve trained teams in kitchens, taught classes online, up-skilled a whole lotta you during the first lockdown on the other side of the screen, and now I want to be able to reach even more of you. Learning how to cook shouldn’t feel scary. Instead, I want to help you develop your instincts when it comes to food and flavour, building confidence and practical knowledge at the same time.”
Damson Jelly Academy Intro
Damson Jelly Academy is here to help you level up your baking and cooking skills with professionally designed online courses that teach you the 'why' as well as the 'what' and 'how' of cooking, so that you can become confident, competent and creative in the kitchen, making delicious things whilst you're at it.
Intermediate baking & cooking
This course is for
YOU! No seriously though, our courses are designed to work for beginners all the way to advanced. Check out our curriculums to find out more.
For every beginners course sold we give one back to a budding chef/baker in a school. We are working towards making our food education programmes accessible for all.
4 week courses & more
Each full course is designed to be taken over 4 weeks with a minimum of 3 video recipes per week. Once you have access to the course it's yours to complete in your own time (within 1 year).
Single courses are also available
Downloadable recipe guides
Audio lectures (beginners course)
Access to course discussions
Purchase our courses individually or as a bundle to receive our lowest ever price.
Want to be a better baker? Love the thought of making the best cakes and desserts for your mates? Maybe you dream of opening your own bakery in the future or perhaps you're a chef who wants to know the fundamentals? Well our courses are for you. We're here to impart our knowledge in a way that's fun, engaging and practical. And yes, very, very delicious
Browse our fundamentals & intermediate courses here
Right from day 1, this course teaches you to make dishes you'll be day dreaming about for weeks after. Trust us on this one. At DJA we teach you how to make restaurant worthy dishes - you know the ones that leave you lost for words wondering how they made something so perfectly balanced? It's all down to kitchen hacks and a handful of tips and tricks that we reveal in a fun and accessible way.
Browse our fundamentals & intermediate courses here
Damson Jelly Experience
Courses to teach you our best lessons
Learn how to make restaurant worthy dishes - you know the ones you can't believe taste that good whilst seeming so simple? Yeah, we're all about that here. We work with seasonal produce and teach you how tow to take core principles and use them to suit you, with substitutions and alternatives so you never need to leave a question in the recipe comments section again!
Making cooking and baking an accessible skill for all
We want to break down the rules around food and cooking, getting you on your way to becoming an instinctive cook and baker; the kind who can tell what something needs just by looking, touching and tasting.
Teachers with combined experience totalling 30 years
The courses have been designed by Ravneet Gill and Mattie Taiano, two chefs who have spent years working in restaurants all over London including; The Anchor & Hope, St. JOHN, The Camberwell Arms, Noble Rot, Llewelyns, Black Axe Mangal, Zuma, Jamavar. We want to take all of our key learnings and pass them onto you.
Rav has recently appeared across all your TVs as the judge on Channel 4's Junior Bake Off. She is a columnist for The Guardian and The Telegraph, founder of hospitality platform Countertalk and has written two books. The Pastry Chef's guide is out now and her second book Sugar, I Love You is out in Oct 21.
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“Rav is a fantastic teacher and an enabler who is always keen on sharing her seasoned knowledge, has the gifted ability to take any complex recipe and break it down to make it understandable even for a novice like me. Her constructive feedback has helped me to gain confidence to venture into baking and create amazing desserts.”
“Ravneet Gill introduced me into the world of pastry, teaching me in a simple, approachable and not intimidating way from the basics to the more advance pastry making techniques"
“Rav teaches in a way that is nourishing, inspiring and memorable. Four years later and the endless skills and priceless kitchen habits she taught me are engrained in my brain like it was yesterday. I’m forever grateful for all the tips she taught me. She instantly believed in me as a pastry chef and always encouraged me to pursue my dreams, the perfect match for my first mentor in the industry."
Who are the courses designed for?The beginners sweet & savoury course has been designed for anyone who wants to start from scratch, as you would at culinary school. Learning the foundations of cooking and baking in a fun and accessible environment. The intermediate courses are designed for anyone who has either taken the beginners course and wants to progress or anyone who has a solid understanding of the foundations of cooking/baking. Browse our curriculums over on the course page to find out what you will be learning!
What about us junior chefs/bakers?Come on in! The beginners courses are available to those ages 13 and above. (Adult supervision is required).
What do the courses entail?Beginners 4 week courses: Videos: Each course contains a minimum of 12 video tutorials spread out over 4 weeks, however you can complete these lessons in your own time. Recipe guides: The course includes recipe guides which are downloadable and contain the written recipes, bonus recipes, information on substitutions and FAQ's. Theory packs: The course also includes theory sheets which include the background as to why the recipes work the way they do. Audio: We've also thrown in some fun audio lectures about the recipes, our personal experiences with them and extra tips and tricks. Once you have access to the course you will also gain access to our community forums where you can ask questions to the DJA team and connect with others on the course. The intermediate baking course contains a deeper level of video lectures, recipe guides & theory packs The intermediate cookery courses contain video lectures by our new chef tutors along with recipe guides
What if I have a full time job or live abroad in a different time zone. Can I still join?YES. You absolutely can, we'd love to have you. The classes are made up of video tutorials and downloadable guides, designed to be used in your own time. Make it work for you!
How long do I get access for?Once you purchase a course you will have access to it for ONE WHOLE YEAR. The recipe guides and theory sheets are all downloadable too!
Are subtitles provided?All of the beginners videos on the course have subtitles. The recipe guides and theory sheets are written and downloadable too. Please get in touch to enquire about intermediate subtitle requirements
Do I need special equipment?Nah, we don't think you need to go out and get a new kitchen just to make great food but a few things will make a nice difference so we've put together a blog which has all of our recommended equipment in it. BAKING KIT LIST COOKING KIT LIST
Are these courses applicable if I want to bake/cook as a career?Hell yeah! The courses at Damson Jelly Academy have been designed by professionals. The courses have been designed by Ravneet Gill and Mattie Taiano who have 30+ years of experience working in restaurants between them. We have put the courses together in a way that takes our most important and helpful lessons and packages them up in an easy & fun way getting you on track to be a better cook/baker or BOTH! The goal here is always to give you the knowledge and confidence to be your best self and support you on your journey in the kitchen. Because we've been there and done it we know exactly what you need to know and have cut away anything unnecessary, keeping it straight to the point and fun - obviously.
Will you be adding more course options here?YOU BET. Big time yes! We've got plans for some really fun stuff here. Keep up to date with us, see BTS filming stories and find out about our next releases over on our Instagram page
What if I have questions?We're here for it! For each week of the course we provide FAQs about substitutions, alternatives and anything else that might come up. For anything else, we also have the comment function available on all videos. The comments are monitored and visible for all students, replies are monitored and someone from the team will get back to you within 48 hours.
Are the courses suitable for people with allergies/dietary restrictions?Beginners & intermediate baking: Recipes include eggs and dairy. There are a few recipes excluding eggs and one recipe excluding eggs and dairy. Currently we do not offer substitutions for these in our recipe guides but keep an eye out for future courses! Any nuts in the beginners course can be left out Beginners cooking: This course is not suitable for vegetarians, however we do have an intermediate pasta course which is suitable for vegetarians. This course contains chicken, fish and shellfish. The dairy in this course can mostly be substituted for dairy free alternatives, details in our recipe guides. The eggs in this course can be mostly substituted, details in our recipe guides. The course is suitable for those with a nut allergy. Check out our curriculum overviews to find out more about what we teach on each course. If you have anymore questions about this please get in touch here
Do I get a certificate once i've completed this?YES! You do, once you've completed the course you can email us for a certificate and proof of completion. We love to see your photos too so keep track of your dishes via instagram using the hashtag #damsonjellyacademy
I think i'm eligible for a free course, how do I apply?"Amazing, get in touch with us here for all of the steps.
I need a VAT invoice, how do I do that?"Your receipt/proof of purchase will be sent to you via email as soon as you have purchased a course. If you require a specific VAT invoice please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I buy the course for a friend?Ab-so-LUTELY, how nice! All you need to do is purchase a gift course from our course section. You will recieve an email with a unique code that can be sent to your loved one ready to get them started.