A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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Cooking Course in France
The Food

On your cooking course in France fresh seasonal produce, united with good clear flavours, will shine with very little fiddling at all...

The great chefs - Rick Stein, Gary Rhodes, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, et al - share the same cooking philosophy: keep it simple

And where better to learn that than on a cooking course, France naturally being the ideal place to start.

All too often, cooks muck about with dishes seemingly just for the sake of it, or perhaps because they believe that simple ingredients, simply presented, can't possibly speak for themselves. Well, they'd be wrong: some of the best food I've eaten has been more or less allowed to present itself.

Yes, of course dishes have to be enhanced and served with complementary ingredients but, as your cooking course in France will reveal, fresh seasonal produce, united with good clear flavours and simple presentation, will shine with very little fiddling at all.

Only the best ingredients will do on your cooking course in France...

That is why, on your course, we'll shop locally for the best ingredients, then bring them back to our kitchen and pay them the respect they deserve (our butcher, by the way, has a list, placed prominently on the wall of her shop, detailing the farmers who supply her meat - and we know all of them).

Together, we'll combine flavours and textures that reinforce and magnify our dishes, introducing garnishes only if they add to the overall eating experience.

Predominantly, we'll use light dressings and vinaigrettes instead of overly-rich cream-based sauces (although one or two unctuous little numbers will slip in every now and then - I promise!), and quickly-cooked dishes from the Mediterranean or the East are favoured in lieu of heavy stodge and groaning plates.

We'll change the way you think about food...

So, if you'd love to cook some of those great classics of French cuisine and would also like a slightly lighter, more modern approach, come on one of our cooking courses in France - it'll change the way you think about food.

If you have an enquiry about the courses we run, or any aspect of this site, please send us an email and we'll get back to you straight away.

(all prices include VAT at just 5.5%)
How to pay 
Terms and Conditions
All inclusive Five Day/Five Night residential cooking holiday
(per person, based on two people sharing a room):

One, Two, Three & Four-Day multi-day courses
(Per person, per day.  Additional B&B accommodation available on request. Evening meal €17 per day - eat what you cook!):

Non-cooking friend or partner
(Five day/five night - lunch @ €12 & dinner @ €17 per person per day):

B&B accommodation
(1/2/3 Day courses - at venue or local B&B. Per person, per night):

Return rail transfers (Per person. Agreed times only - see below. Email us prior to booking tickets):

Single occupancy supplement (5 day/5 night) for an exclusive en-suite room all to yourself (waived when sharing):

Cooking & Painting holiday
(Five day/Five night residential.  Day courses from €130):

We pick you up in our own seven-seater vehicle each Monday afternoon and drop you off the following Saturday morning. Destinations include Limoges airport, and Brive la Gaillarde and Sarlat train stations (see details of our airport and rail transfers).

If you want a transfer at another time or on another day, please EMAIL US or Tel: 0033 (0)553 302405 in order to discuss the possibilities.

Transfers are conducted on a first come first served basis. Detailed dates and times are to be agreed with us prior to booking your travel arrangements, so please do not book tickets until you've agreed them with us.

Accommodation is normally on-site, but, under exceptional circumstances, 1 & 2 day guests may be accommodated at a very pleasant nearby B&B 5km away.

The optimum number of participants on a course is six, but sometimes we have fewer than that and have occasionally taken up to ten.

The itinerary may be subject to change according to the seasons and local weather and is variable in order to take advantage of regional festivals and holidays.















































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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