Monday, 15 April 2013

What’s cooking?

We all love a good Celebrity Chef don’t we?  It’s fortunate really as they never seem to be off our TV screens.  There is always someone cooking up mouth-watering dishes and filling us with the confidence to recreate them at home.  The only trouble is without a little more coaching our attempts at Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals turn into 40 minute disasters.  And there is no way that we can pull-off a Nigella Lawson soiree or mirror her composure whilst our guests look on in horror.

That’s where Celebrity Chef cookery courses and restaurants come in.  Fortunately these gastronomic geniuses are more than happy to welcome us into their schools and eateries.  So if you fancy combining a holiday in the UK and learning some new cookery skills, read on.

Rick Stein is ever-present in the Cornish fishing port of Padstow with not only a cooking school, but restaurants and shops also bearing his name.  This is of course excellent news if you love cooking or just eating fantastic fresh seafood.

For those of you who yearn to know the secrets behind Rick Stein’s cooking success, enrolling in his Seafood School could be the answer.  Courses range from half day, one day, two day and four day courses.  They focus on seafood and shellfish as well as cooking dishes from his Far Eastern Odyssey, Mediterranean Escapes and French Odyssey cookery books to name but a few.  There are also cookery courses for children.

The courses feature a mix of demonstrations by chefs and the chance for you to get stuck in and have a go too.  And the best bit: there are tasters, wine and coffee on offer throughout the day.

If you’re up to speed with your chefs you’ll know Le Manoir is the brainchild of legendary French chef Raymond Blanc.  It is situated in the picture-perfect village of Great Milton in Oxfordshire.  Not only will you find a cookery school here, but also his fantastic two-Michelin starred restaurant.

Again you can choose from a one, two or four day course whilst holidaying in this lovely part of Britain.  The course may not be led by the main man himself – well he is extremely busy – but head tutor Mark Peregrine will guide you with his 30+ years of experience.

Self-catering holidays never looked or tasted so good!

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