A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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A Cooking and Painting Holiday in France

Do you and your partner enjoy taking holidays together, but want to do different things?

Or maybe you have a friend who would like to go on a cooking holiday while you come for a painting holiday, or vice versa?

Well, here you'll find the best of both worlds: a combined cooking and painting holiday.

One cooks while the other paints...

So, while your partner or friend paints and draws on the painting holiday, you could be cooking the gourmet dishes that you'll both be eating later.  Over lunch and dinner you'll be able to swap stories about what you've each been up to during the day.

And where better to learn not only the culinary arts, but also the painterly arts, than France: birthplace of some of the greatest chefs and painters in the world.

The cost...

Prices start from just €130 Euros per person and everything you'll need is included in the cost of a standard five day/five night painting or cooking holiday.

But, if you only want to come for a day or two, ask about our One, Two and Three-day courses. 

Either way, contact us for availability.

Your cooking holiday in France chef, Jim Fisher...

Patiently guided and encouraged by your chef, Jim Fisher, you'll quickly become highly adept in the kitchen.

And you won't be punished for every mistake by some starched Fanny Craddock type either - just patient guidance and jovial encouragement from an experienced friendly chef.

Skills you'll be learning on your cooking holiday in France include:
  • Pre-prep
  • Ingredient selection
  • Knife skills
  • Pastry work
  • Butchery
  • Fish and seafood cooking
  • Cakes, desserts and patisserie
  • Sautes and roasts
  • Stocks and sauces
  • French, Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish classic and regional dishes

  and much, much more...

Your painting holiday tutor, artist Gill Mitchell...

As soon as you meet your painting holiday tutor, Gill Mitchell, you'll realise that she is easy to get on with. Naturally chatty, brimming with character, and possessing a great sense of humour, she is a born teacher who'll use her enthusiasm and keen eye to guide and encourage you.

Skills you'll be learning on your painting holiday in France include:
  • Perspective
  • How to 'see' (very important, but much overlooked)
  • Chiaroscuro (the use of light and dark)
  • Preliminary sketches
  • Proportion
  • Preparing various supports
  • Pictorial composition
  • Mount cutting
  • Colour basics

  among many others...































































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5 Day/5 Night Cooking Courses Include:

  • Expert hands-on tuition with British chef

  • All courses conducted in English

  • All cooking ingredients, equipment and aprons

  • A continental breakfast each day

  • Lunch each day

  • Dinner
    (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

  • Tea, coffee and wine

  • An evening meal on the day of your arrival

  • En suite centrally-heated accommodation

  • Recipe pack containing all the dishes cooked during your stay

  • Entrance fees to places visited

  • Private and secluded pool

  • Internet and Email

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    Some of the things you'll be doing on the cooking course:

    Learn how to cook pastries, breads and soups

    Select and prepare the best fish and shellfish

    Butcher common joints of meat

    Cook classic French and Italian sauces

    Construct modern dressings

    Master the art of stylish contemporary food presentation