A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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Food Heroes: Rick Stein

It's not often you get the chance to meet one of your food heroes.  Our chef spills the beans on his admiration for the great man...

But to impress a great chef like Rick Stein with your own original dish and have him say "Wow"?  Well, that's exactly what happened when I entered a cooking competition called "Impress Rick Stein with an Original Fish Dish"...

The dish was Chargrilled Seabass with a Pernod Vinaigrette and it won me the £5000 First prize at Rick Stein Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.

Simple ingredients and unfussy presentation...

In all modesty, I think the thing that actually impressed Rick the most was the simplicity of the dish: simple ingredients, a really fresh piece of fish and an unfussy presentation.

But this wasn't the first time I had met Rick Stein - he was my first judge on MasterChef and he helped propel me to the next round.

As a result of our meeting he invited me to cook at his Seafood Restaurant in Padstow where I was slotted in to one of the fastest learning curves I have ever experienced.

I will be forever grateful to Rick for giving me the chance to realise a dream many people can only, well...dream about! But, despite his natural generosity it is, above all, Rick's simple cut-to-the-chase, sympathetic take on fish and seafood that makes him one of my food heroes. He believes that if you muck about with fish too much you destroy its subtlety and delicacy.

A French Odyssey...

Before setting out on our own French Odyssey - the search for a cooking school in France - Rick invited me to help out at his, then new, Rick Stein Cookery School (whilst there, I was asked to help cook for his sister's 50th birthday bash - what a night that was!).

So impressive was the setup that we partly structured Cookinfrance on his model.

All this goes some way to illustrate the enormous influence Rick Stein has had, not only on my cooking, but on me and my family's future.

So, Rick Stein then...

Always charming and erudite (with a sometimes impressive temper, no doubt born of his struggle for perfection), happy to give freely of his immense experience and a chap very much of the people (witness his near God-like stature among a plethora of TV chefs).   Frighteningly eclectic, Rick Stein has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes enunciating on a range of subjects from poetry to politics, law and order to travel.

A great chef, and a pretty great bloke as well.

Food hero, Rick Stein!

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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