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Top 10: Luxe cookery lessons in Europe

Having the confidence to prepare a few delicious dishes for your friends or loved ones, or even just yourself, is an invaluable life skill. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, to tickle the tastebuds of your party guests, or more simply rustle something up for dinner, we’ve selected a few of our favourite places to learn to learn how to cook.


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Irish & British Cookery Master Class at Corrigans Mayfair, London, UK

Seasonal cookery classes at Corrigan’s are aimed at novices and cooking enthusiasts alike. Behind the scenes in their Mayfair kitchen you’ll be guided through a culinary journey, which begins with a glass of champagne, canapes and an introduction to the Richard Corrigan ethos of cooking, before you prepare your own four-course lunch. Classes focus on Irish & British cuisine and you can expect to pick up skills such as bread baking, filleting fish, plucking & roasting game, perfecting the perfect pudding and the secrets of a soufflé. The experience culminates in your lunch with sommelier matched wines and a goody bag to take away.

A class is £250 per person, which includes the cookery school and a 4 course lunch. Additional lunch guests at £90 per person.


Sicilian Culinary Class at Verdura Golf Resort & Spa, Sicily

Sicily’s cuisine has been enriched over centuries by the culinary traditions of the cultures that have occupied the island, from Arabic to Greek and French cuisine. And what better way to explore this triumph of flavours than in Sicily itself, under the guidance of a Michelin-starred chef? Alongside Fulvio Pierangelini, or the resort’s executive chef, you’ll learn how to conjure up mouthwatering Sicilian dishes including caponata, hand made pasta and Sicilian pastry, using fresh local ingredients. If you’re interested in other activities to help even out your over indulgences, Verdura Golf & Spa Resort’s 230 hectares includes nearly two kilometres of private Mediterranean coastline, three Kyle Phillips golf courses, a 60-metre infinity pool, six clay tennis courts and a world-class spa.

Lessons at Verdura Gold Resort & Spa are from €100 per person.


‘World of Chocolate’ Masterclass at Cowarth Park, Ascot, UK 

Cowarth Park’s ‘World of Chocolate’ masterclass is one of several interactive classes that cover a range of seasonal cookery lessons. Taught by a true chocolatier, guests will be taken on a smooth journey from blending to presentation, and learn how chocolate can complement and enhance both sweet and savoury flavours within different dishes. The day will also include preparing and tasting chocolate truffles with an insight into their history and production and a special chocolate goodie bag to take away.

Coworth Park Kitchen Masterclasses are priced at £175 per person, require a minimum of seven people per class and can host a maximum of fifteen.


Tuscan Cookery Class at La Tratorria Toscana, Tuscany, Italy

La Tratorria Toscana at Italian boutique hotel L’Andana is Alain Ducasse’s only restaurant in Italy and focuses on delicious Tuscan cuisine. Set amid the 500-hectare La Badiola Estate, Maremma, there are a whole host of recipes which you can learn during the cooking classes at Michelin starred Trattoria Toscana, held by Ducasse’s team. The main chef in charge of the classes is Omar Agostini and besides teaching traditional Tuscan cuisine you can also request recipes you’d like to master. You can even request to be taught how to make a dish that has been a particular favourite during your time at the restaurant.

Lessons take place on request Thursday to Sunday from 4-6pm and cost €180 per person


Greek Cookery at Little Artemis House, Kassiopi, Corfu

The chef at Little Artemis runs private cookery classes for guests at this fully staffed house on the north-east coast of Corfu.  Try your hand at some of the typical Ionian delicacies such as Saganaki, Dolmades, Keftethes, Kelftiko, grilled Kalamari, & Meze such as Tzatziki and Taramasalata. She will also touch on how to create delicious desserts such as Baclava and Kataiifi. Half day courses leave plenty of time to enjoy your dishes in the outside dining and entertaining space, take the heat off with a dip in the villas luxurious private fresh water pool, or keep yourself busy with art classes, guided walks or comparing your culinary creations with the Greek versions at the local tavernas.

Five half-days of one-to-one tutorial costs can be booked through Scott Williams from €500 per person, or €1,500 for 4 people.


Lucknam Park Cookery School at Luckham Park, Bath, UK

The School offers a unique opportunity for cookery lovers to perfect their skills and master new techniques through a variety of innovative courses. Led by Chef Hrishikesh Desai – winner of the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2009 and National Chef of the Year Award in 2010 – with the guidance of Lucknam Park’s Michelin starred Executive Chef Hywel Jones, courses will feature a strong emphasis on fresh ingredients and nutrition. Many of the dishes will include home grown seasonal produce from Lucknam Park’s kitchen garden and fresh herbs picked from the cookery school’s own herb garden. The School is open Monday to Friday and day courses run from 9am to approx 4:30pm.

Each one day course is £175 per person inclusive of: all ingredients, lunch, course folder, cookery school bag and use of apron and chef jacket through out the day. Adult and child and kids only courses are also on offer, priced at £75 per person.


Italian Cooking Class at Palazzo Seneca, Norcia, Italy

Norcia is a food lover’s haven and the capital of the famous Italian black truffle. Palazzo Seneca’s cookery classes will teach you to cook typical local and traditional food, using local products such as cheese, cured meats and truffles as well as learning about the local gastronomy. During the truffle season classes will be truffle-focused and you’ll cook with black truffles, having joined a professional truffle hunter and his dog to unearth some of Italy’s most prized fungi. You can also learn how to make ricotta at the School of Cheese as well as visit the local and traditional farms, which produce all of the meats and salami for the region.

Cookery classes at Palazzo Seneca cost from €90 per person


French Cookery Immersion at Two Bordelais, Bordeaux, France

Two Bordelais offers an experience that goes beyond merely a cookery class – to give a delicious immersion into French life. You’ll stay in a beautiful private home, take meals in different private homes – from 18th century chateaux to farm houses, visit farmers markets, artisans, oyster farms, cheese makers and famous wine chateaux. Each day you’ll visit a different local market with chef Jean Paul, to gather the ingredients for your afternoon lesson in preparing dishes such as leg of local lamb cooked in the fireplace, steamed mussels, duck confit, foie gras and chocolate soufflé. Cooking will be down to earth at the farm with grilling, spit-roasted poultry and a focus on Bordeaux specialities such as duck, seafood, fresh riverfish and vegetables from the garden. At the chateau, the cooking will have an approach of fancier dinners and parties. Jean Paul and his co-hosting wife Denise pride themselves in providing a pampering and intimate experience in Bordeaux while you discover this bountiful part of France.

A one week immersion from June 15th to 20th 2014, is $4600 per person.


Bread baking Course at Annabelle, Paphos, Cyprus

Annabelle, part of the Thanos Hotels Group, offers Let’s Bake classes hosted by Executive Chef, Robert Shipman and the staff at Asteras restaurant. Over two three-hour days you’ll learn how to make different types of bread from ciabatta, to rye and sourdough in the fun, interactive environment of Asteras. You’ll also learn how to make traditional Cypriot breads such as Flaounes ­– a cheese bread made of short crust dough with a cheese, egg and mint filling, and Tyropites – loaves filled with small pieces of cheese rolled in sesame seeds. Outside of the kitchen you can enjoy the lush gardens of Annabelle’s UNESCO waterfront, take a visit to Kouylouka Watermill for a traditional Cypriot breakfast and explore the Vouni winery to taste local grape varieties.

Baking at Annabelle costs from €90 for a 2 day course, during April and May 2014 only.


Big Five Culinary Safari at The Dolder Grand, Zurich

An opportunity to become acquainted with the world of hotel’s cuisine in a grand location that’s hosted legendary figures including Henry Kissinger, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Liz Taylor and Nelson Mandela. The next course themed around “The Big Five” is a ‘culinary safari’ to learn tricks and tips on how to cook bison, wagyu and Swiss beef, lamb, and Ibérico pork. The Dolder Grand features the only two Michelin starred restaurant in Zurich –The Restaurant led by Chef Heiko Nieder. This hands on cookery course includes instruction from the chef of the à la carte Garden Restaurant Patrick Hetz, your course material, a drinks reception and dinner.

The Big Five course runs on 22nd May 2014 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m and costs CHF 310 per person. Other courses will follow later in the year.


For more information about any of these cookery experiences, or to make a booking please make direct contact our contact your Insignia Lifestyle Boutique Personal Assistant.

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