Cookery Classes

Thyme at Southrop Manor equates to one award-winning barn restoration; two state-of-the-art teaching kitchens; three cottage suites;  five private cottages and one restored manor farmhouse to say nothing of six chefs and gardeners plus one great pub.

Join them for cooking, growing, gardening and foraging courses, as well as bread making, charcuterie and other artisan skills; plus demonstrations, tastings, talks and full-day classes held in the bulthaup kitchens. www.thymeatsouthrop.co.uk Tel: 01367 850174.

The Exmoor Food Safari explores the journey from park to plate in the friendly and welcoming surroundings of The Culbone, Exmoor National Park's highest inn. Overlooking Lorna Doone Valley the location provides a bountiful natural larder where the team's commitment to local produce has already won them several awards. Held over a weekend Saturday is Catch it, Cook it, Eat it day – with a trip to Bellbrook Fishery to learn how to fly fish and catch local trout for dinner. Later on Head Chef Jack Scarterfield will deliver a master class in cooking with fish, using the fish caught earlier for one of the courses. On Sunday guests will see life through the eyes of Exmoor Farmer Simon David at Big Red Cow who farms his herd of Ruby Red Devon Cattle on the National Trust Holincote Estate. Later, guests return to The Culbone's new Cookery School for a master class in cooking beef.

Costs £430 per person. Guests can also choose to add return transport from London Euston Station (£60 per person) or Taunton Train Station (£25 per person) and will be driven in an Escape The City Tours VW Transporter. To book call 01271 410080 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.EscapetheCityTours.co.uk

For more information on The Culbone visit www.TheCulbone.com

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Situated in the heart of Burgundy La Ferme de la Lochère Cookery School is run by professional chef Katherine Frelon. With courses available for up to one week, a stay at La Ferme de la Lochère offers a variety of culinary experiences, from cooking with locally sourced ingredients and private tours of Burgundy's most prestigious vineyards, to demonstrations at Michelin starred restaurant Le Charlemagne, dining at 3* Michelin Relais de Bernard Loiseau and trips to the Dijon market designed by one of France's most famous architects, Gustave Eiffel. Each course is carefully developed to suit chefs of all levels.

The farmhouse itself is over 400 years old, made up of five luxury super king-sized en-suite rooms that overlook beautiful countryside. Outside there are two courtyards with a private dining room, a heated swimming pool and a secret 'potager' brimming with seasonal produce. www.lafermedelalochere.com

Aggie Arts offers a full range of art and craft courses and short breaks on the stunning Cornish coast in UNESCO heritage site St Agnes. Courses also include Cornish pasty making, brewery and beer tasting and wine and spirit tasting.

Cornish Pasty Making: Under the guidance of Giles Docking, St Agnes' champion pasty maker learn about the folklore of pasties; watch a demonstration; make a pasty and eat it! The workshop lasts two hours. End the session with a delicious lunch or snack and a drink from the bar. Price from £17.50per person. All ingredients and utensils will be supplied, including aprons.

Brewery Tours and Beer Tasting: St Agnes' historic Driftwood Spars runs its own micro-brewery and has recently won the prestigious 'Campaign for Real Ale award for Supreme Winter Beer of Britain 2012′. Take a brewery tour learning about the art of brewing, flavours and ingredients followed by a tutored tasting. The tour takes about two hours. Prices from £15 per person.

Wine and Spirit Tasting: Learn about wine and spirits under the tutelage of Iain Hargreaves. Tasting will take about an hour and participants can expect to try about five wines. There is a wide choice of workshops. Price depending on wine/spirit selection from £25 - £35 per person.
Aggie Arts are running a 15% New Year offer for bookings made before 1 March 2013.

www.aggiearts.co.uk

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The Suffolk-based Food Safari runs a programme of food and drink courses and events that go further than a traditional cookery school. On a Food Safari there is the opportunity to meet the experts and learn new skills, as well as sampling delicious food and drink. In 2012 it won UK Cookery School Awards Best Day Course and the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards Pride of Suffolk; and were finalists in the British Cookery School Awards Best Use of Local Ingredients.

2013 sees Food Safari including new courses in London, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire.

London courses cover artisan food and drink producers such as Sipsmith gin, The London Honey Company (renowned for their hives on top of the Tate galleries, Fortnam and Masons and Harrods), Urban Foraging, and England Preserves who will run seasonal preserving workshops.

The first Lancashire Food Safari courses will be a fun hands-on game butchery session Game in a Day at new farm shop Roaming Roosters, near Burnley. Learn all about great British game - its seasons, hanging, preparation and cookery and prepare your own pheasant, mallard and rabbit to take home at the end of the course. Similar courses are available in Suffolk and Derbyshire. www.foodsafari.co.uk

Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection's country house hotel and spa in Berkshire, is once again offering a range of Kitchen Master-classes. The master-classes offer a unique opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from the professionals while gathering an exciting glimpse into the day-to-day operations of running the five-star kitchen at Coworth Park. Classes include The World of Chocolate 11 February, English Asparagus 29 April, Best of British Farmhouse Cheeses 12 August and Christmas Made Easy 18 November.

Guests attending a Coworth Park Kitchen Master-class will be welcomed on arrival at 9.30am with tea and coffee and served a three-course lunch with wine at Restaurant Coworth Park following their master-class. A Coworth Park apron will also be gifted to each guest to take away. Coworth Park Kitchen Masterclasses are priced at £175 per person. For reservations contact Donna Huxley on +44 (0) 1344 756 784 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives offers guests a unique excursion into the heart of a local community on a neighbouring inhabited island to learn how to make a selection of authentic Maldivian dishes. Travel by dhoni boat to a real Maldivian house with the resort's Maldivian chef Naxxa. Along with local Maldivian women he gives a hands-on demonstration on the use of spices and techniques in the making of colourful dishes such as Rihakuru Adhi Valhoa Mas (bread fruit in rice accompanied with local chili paste, fish extracts and smoked tuna).The half-day Maldivian Cooking Class costs US$470.00 per person, minimum two people, plus government tax and service charge.

The Beach House at Iruveli is set on a private island retreat fringed by powder white beaches, coral reef lagoons and a lush jungle-filled interior, facilities include three fine-dining restaurants, an extensive spa, five-star PADI dive centre, 18-hole golf simulator, fitness centre and three swimming pools - www.beachhousecollection.com

The Holiday Place is offering seven nights at this idyllic five-star resort from just £1,599 per person (saving £700 per person with an additional £700 of complimentary value-added activities per couple). Valid for selected departures from April – June 2013, the price includes accommodation in a luxury water villa with a private pool on a bed and breakfast basis, flights from Gatwick with Etihad Airways and seaplane transfers from Malé. Complimentary activities include one jetlag massage per person, free watersports and one free trial dive (subject to availability) as well as non-alcoholic mini bar beverages throughout the stay.

www.theholidayplace.co.uk / 020 7644 1755

Destinology is offering a seven night package to the Royal Palm Hotel in Mauritius from £3,499pp including culinary master-classes with Michelin star chef Tom Aikens.

From 20-28 March 2013, customers will be treated to the culinary delights of one of the UK's most exciting chefs held on a breath taking Indian Ocean island. This package includes seven nights' accommodation at the five star Royal Palm hotel, along with breakfast each morning, plus two morning master-classes with Tom Aikens, three four-course dinners cooked by Tom Aikens and a demonstration of Mauritian cuisine, hosted by Tom Aikens and Michel de Matteis with champagne included. This price also includes return flights from London Gatwick with Emirates. Package based on a seven night stay with two adults sharing a room, departing London Gatwick on 20 March 2013 with an overnight flight arriving into Mauritius 21 March, and departing Mauritius on 28 March 2013. www.destinology.co.uk or call 0800 634 2866.

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Caribbean Culinary Tours specializes in culinary tours to the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Martin and St Lucia. Each island has its own unique culinary individuality and specialities with exotic names like Jerk Chicken, Pepper Pot, Coo, Jonny Cakes, Conkies, Souse, etc.

Professional chef Freda Gore has combined culinary tours with guided group tours and retreats giving guests an inside, hands-on-knowledge of the individual island's culinary culture and cuisine whilst enjoying a relaxing holiday. Guests dine in island restaurants or prepare meals in hands-on cooking lessons with a local guest chef.

Accommodation is in luxurious island villas or boutique hotels. Possible options include visits to local open air farmers' markets, rum tastings, tropical lobster lunch while enjoying a catamaran cruise, off island excursions, a relaxing pool side al fresco picnic, river kayaking, hiking and bird watching. Packages include accommodation, all meals, local excursions and airport transfer. www.caribbeanculinarytours.net

Suffolk, UK

The Swan Hotel

Join a themed Culinary Masterclass at the iconic 15th century Swan Hotel at Lavenham, Suffolk and pick up tips and new culinary skills from AA two rosette Head Chef Justin Kett. Arrive at 10.30am for coffee and homemade biscuits prior to the cookery demonstration, which will include sample tastings. Recipes to try at home are also provided. On 25 October the theme is seasonal Game and on 29 November Getting Ahead of Christmas.

The events are priced at £35.95 per person including a two-course lunch in the Gallery Restaurant with a glass of wine and coffee. Make a night of it and stay in one of the hotel's charming bedrooms from £195 for two sharing including B&B. Visit www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa located in the pristine and undisturbed Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the extreme south of the Maldives is introducing a series of seasonally and locally inspired gourmet workshops.

On hand will be the Head Chef, Chief Sommelier and Resident Marine Biologist to host master classes on the best regional cuisine, local cooking techniques and how to pair it with wine. Excursions will include visiting a local fish factory on the nearby island of Kooddoo, to witness the production and packing of the daily catch; selecting fruits and vegetables from the hydroponics gardens on Vadhoo island before a beachside barbeque; as well as being invited into a family home for a traditional lunch on the island of Gemanafushi.

Hadahaa uses only pure authentic ingredients, most of which are sourced from the atoll itself or grown in the island's garden. www.maldives.hadahaa.park.hyatt.com

'Flavours of France' offer gourmet holiday experiences in Lyon and La Rochelle.

Holidays include cookery tuition from professionally trained French chefs who guide students in how to create delicious dishes, as well as knife skills and food presentation techniques. The courses also include visits to local markets along with wine tastings and flavour matching. 'Flavours of France' offer four and five day cookery courses in Lyon as well as three and four day courses in La Rochelle. Visit www.flavoursfrance.com

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