A new year is a great opportunity to reflect and renew ourselves although we far prefer resolutions that are about doing rather than denying, we love trying something new. If you fancy learning to cook, here are some great courses to try in 2015!
For absolute beginners:
Stein, whose avowed intent was to run a place 'where the whole morning would revolve round lunch,' made a promise to support local fishermen by buying whatever they caught. But it’s not just about fish – the cookery school offers a mix of demos and hands-on cooking, with a choice of interesting day courses. Indian curries, Far Eastern, Italian, Indian street food, Spanish tapas to name a few, plus some wonderful patisserie and bakery sessions. Accommodation is provided in 40 chic and comfortable rooms in Stein hotels and houses throughout the town.
Take part in an exclusive Masterclass with Britain’s best chocolatier, William Curley, at his prestigious Belgravia store and learn how to make your very own Sea Salt Caramels and Truffles which you can take home with you at the end of the day. The Masterclass includes a tasting of different types of exquisite chocolate from around the world, and an insight into the secrets behind making the perfect truffles – how they are infused, blended and prepared, and how to temper chocolate.
For young families:
If your kids fancy cooking in a castle, then this can be a fun way to spend the day. For children: hands-on cooking with an emphasis on real food, good ingredients and exciting flavours. For adults: a few hours off while your little cooks are cooking. Fun starts at around noon, cooking lunch and normally finishes at around 4pm by which time everyone will have made something delicious to take away and share. There’s usually a chance to feed the hens, collect their eggs, feed the goats and pick something from the kitchen garden too. Classes are scheduled throughout the year, but mostly during the main UK school holidays.
For the super experienced/master chef contender:
Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences – and their cookery course is terrific. You learn loads and it's hard work - no slacking - but then you've got dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant to look forward to, and a chance to inspect the hotel's lovely orchards, and water and herb gardens. Or just sit under a tree on the lawn with a well-earned glass of Champagne.
Enter our competition for the chance to win an overnight stay for two to include dinner and a day in The Raymond Blanc Cookery School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, here.