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Tortuga Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Dubai I will admit that I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of my lunch at Tortuga, as I have never been certain as to my opinion on Mexican cuisine! However, having spoken to some colleagues who are regular...  Read More »

Exeter Cookery School Exeter, UK

French chefs have a long history of scoffing at English food, so it takes a lot of confidence for a couple of Brits to go to the Dordogne’s gastronomic heartland and set up a cookery school. But that’s exactly what Jim and Lucy Fisher did in 2000. Fast-forward some 16 successful years and...  Read More »

Cactus Kitchens or The Michel Roux Jr Cookery School

Bumping into famous chefs at Cactus Kitchens is a little like seeing a member of the royal family at Buckingham Palace – not entirely surprising, but thrilling nonetheless. This cosy school, tucked under the eaves of St Luke’s Chapel in London’s leafy Clapham, was co-founded by Michel Roux...  Read More »

Padstow Seafood School Padstow, UK

It’s no secret that Rick Stein’s influence reaches far and wide in the pretty Cornish fishing village of Padstow. In addition to his three restaurants, fish and chip shop, deli, fishmonger, patisserie, gift shop and three hotels with 40 guest rooms, there’s the Padstow Seafood School. But this isn’t a...  Read More »

Ballymaloe Cookery School Cork, Ireland

As I watch Ireland’s long-reigning culinary queen, Darina Allen, tease some very small shrimps into a quails egg, I am instantly transported to a childhood visit to Windsor Castle, where I stood transfixed by the most famous doll’s house in the world. An exact replica of an aristocratic home on the tiny scale...  Read More »

Culinary Boutique – Dubai

With Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, fast approaching what better way to enjoy pancakes than make them yourself. Culinary Boutique in Dubai will be hosting complimentary 15-minute cooking classes between 9am and 1pm on Tuesday February 9. Why not try Culinary Boutique’s signature homemade pancake with Halva ice cream, vanilla...  Read More »

Moti Mahal – Covent Garden, London. UK

Bringing exotic flavours to Covent Garden for ten years, Moti Mahal has established itself as one of the capital’s leading lights of Indian cuisine. At the helm, head chef Anirudh Arora (‘call me Ani’) has created a varied menu that draws on the cuisine of northern India’s famed Grand Trunk Road. On a typical day,...  Read More »

Leith’s – Shepherds Bush, London. UK

Gizzi Erskine, Lorraine Pascale and Florence Knight: Leiths School of Food and Wine has a star-studded list of alumni, and this year will celebrate 40 years of setting the standard in culinary tuition. The UK dining scene would just not be the same without it. But it doesn’t only cater for budding professionals, because...  Read More »

HH & Co Backstage – Hampshire UK

Arriving at Lime Wood hotel in the New Forest early on a Thursday morning, I instantly fall into the country house luxury vibe as we are met by the concierge and settle down for quality coffee and pastries. I’ve high hopes for this new cookery school run by Hartnett Holder & Co – the formidable chef pairing of Angela...  Read More »

Ashburton Cookery School – Devon, UK

Set on the edge of Dartmoor, two-time Food and Travel Cookery School of the Year winner Ashburton has long been on our radar. It may be surrounded by rolling countryside, but this place is no provincial backwater. The quality of the teaching complements the school’s spacious footprint – think grand-scale public school...  Read More »