Learn To Smoke Food

Cooking School in Cumbria. Smoke your own cheese, fish, meat and more!

Featured as one of the 'Top 9 Courses' to do in Europe - Lonely Planet Guide

Shortlisted for the 'Best Food Experience' - UK Cookery School Awards 2012


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Your hosts, tutors and entertainers at Smoky Jo Cookery School in Cumbria are Jo Hampson and Georgina Perkins. Previous owners of the renowned Old Smokehouse when it was based at Brougham Hall, Penrith, they built up the business and when they sold it their customers included Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Nichols and the multi-award-winning Westmorland farm shops.  They also smoked privately for HRH Prince Charles.

Who better to take you through the hints and tips to creating and enjoying smoked food recipes at home?

In 2006 “Smoky Jo's” was born - running courses in Shap for people wanting to smoke food; Jo and Georgina regularly give chef's demos, they have been the expertise behind a number of new artisan smokeries have appeared on TV and radio and are authors of a book on the subject “Smoking Food at Home with Smoky Jo.” (Available in our shop and from Amazon.)

These days there are an enormous variety of home smokers available to buy - but you don't need to spend a lot of money to enjoy smoking food at home. Jo and George may have run one of the best smokehouses in the UK but now they smoke on a variety of home smokers - anything from a wardrobe or a biscuit tin to a BBQ - not to mention their best friend Freddie!

Come and join them for a day or two and enjoy a fun, informative and interesting experience!

 E mail:  info@SmokyJos.co.uk

Phone: 01931 716638


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" Thank you for a lovely weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much. It was everything I hoped it would be and I thought we had a very good group." - Michelle, October 2014

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Georgina and Jo dressed to smoke!

At Smoky Jo's we smoke on a number of smokers - anything from a biscuit tin to a filing cabinet.


Jo with a number of smokers at a recent show.





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