A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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The Masterchef-Style
Cooking Challenge

As the climax to a great week - and as a bit of fun to boot - we’re going to have a bit of a Masterchef-style cooking challenge…

That probably sounds a bit scary, but fear not!

By Friday, you'll have picked up a plethora of new skills and recipe ideas, so we thought it would be a great idea to allow you to put them to use straight away.

So, early on in the week, and purely for the purposes of the Friday challenge, you’ll form into two or three groups.

And don't worry, you can choose who you'd like to work with and which course you'd like to be involved in because, at the end of the day, if it ain't fun, you won't learn anything!

Devise and prepare a three course Masterchef-quality meal...

Using the skills, techniques and knowledge you'll acquire during a week of intensive cooking, your collective challenge will be to devise a two or three course menu for Friday’s farewell dinner.

Over the next few days, you'll be able to plan your part of the meal using the huge range of tips, advice and recipe ideas that you'll pick up over the course of your cooking holiday.

Spend a morning buying ingredients...

After breakfast on Friday, we’ll descend on nearby Sarlat where each group will be given €20 Euros in order to buy five core ingredients for their chosen dish.

We’ll then return here for a light lunch of local bread and cheese after which each group will be responsible for preparing and cooking one course out of the three i.e. a Starter, a Main Course or a Dessert.

Use ingredients we already have here...

With a full range of store cupboard items already here, a good selection of cookery books to browse through and ex Masterchef contestant, Jim Fisher, on hand to dish out sage advice, a Masterchef-quality dish will be well within your grasp!

(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