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French Gourmet Cookery Classes / Courses / Workshops in The Charente, France with Simon Scrutton

Routes de Confolens, Lesterps, Charente, France, 16420
'Learn your own 'Signature' dishes - Email to discuss possibilities (but no cake decorations) - or learn the best versions of French classical dishes, to amaze your friends and family or open your own restaurant!

Courses / Workshops can be tailor-made for two or more people - so please enquire & tell me your needs - and future dates that might suit us all.. Don't be worried about being a beginner, all is gently explained & fun as well as useful! Plus prospective restaurant owners can learn 'winning' recipes - for which customers always return!

Learn to cook top-class French traditional dishes, on half/one day or three days courses – and take your cooking to a higher level - from a chef who has won Restaurant of the Year for Great Britain in one of Egon Ronay's prestigious annual guides.
Delicious food! Many dishes are quick - whilst those that take longer, their time is largely unattended, are saved for our 3 day courses, all recipes leave you free to continue your normal routine. You could even stay in one of our rustic gites (or a gite nearby, and make a cookery course just part of your holiday.
Our half day morning classes are offered, mainly aimed at people living locally who love to cook - but who want to increase their repertoire of dishes. Classes make an deal present, and might also give you delicious food at home!
One day courses, when you will leave with extra skills - and bags of confidence and passion to recreate the many recipes and ideas that you have learned on family and friends – or help you run your own restaurant.
Three day (4 night) residential courses - accommodation being offered in one of our gites, or at comfortable local B&B's. You can chose just to have cookery in the morning - leaving the rest of your day free - our make a day/s of it.

Simon is now based near Limoges – which has cheap flights to London Stansted, Southampton, Bristol, Gatwick, Manchester & East Midlands airports – plus cheap car hire from .
His 3 day courses can be built into your holiday whilst you enjoy our beautiful part of Charente, at the same time!
Following our Spring success, courses re-start in September 2017, after a summer break – more will follow in the early Spring, Summer & Autumn of 2018 19.

For more information, and to discuss a course to suit you, contact and we will keep you informed without obligation. To see more about our Gites, look up 'Gites' on the Gourmet Britain 'Places to Stay' section.

Next Courses, include 'Delicious French-style Tapas dishes' - all day Saturday 13th January, repeated on Saturday 20th - (these are excellent for drinks party's or excellent starters for your next dinner party) & 'Family Meals' on Saturday 27th January - comprising easy to make family meals, good enough for a dinner party. .

Half day courses from 90 euros pp (80 euros each, if two or more people booking together). On day courses 130 euros (including lunch) - 110 euros each, if two or more people booking together; Three days (4 nights) courses by arrangement 300 euros or 600 euros if including 4 nights B&B nearby. Courses to be repeated subject to demand. Signed copy of ‘Foolproof Entertaining’ by Simon Scrutton for all completing courses. All courses can be tailored.

Typical courses include - 'Dinner Parties Made Easy'; 'Fish & Shellfish'; 'French Tapas-Style Dishes'; 'Restaurant Dishes at Home'; 'Ultimate Brunch' (half day) and 'Delicious Sauces Made Easy' - join together with a friend, and we can tailor one to suit you!
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Mon 27th March 2017 by Joyce


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Excellent course, although a lot to take in. Simon even found time for extra technique - ravioli, this one filled with Confit Duck.

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Sat 25th March 2017 by Tim Gray


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Have just completed this course with my partner – which we most enjoyed. Stayed in a small gite on site on a DIY B&B basis. We are keen cooks, so knew some things already, but most was very new & easily repeatable at home – which we certainly will.

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Sat 14th January 2017 by Simon


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Formerly in ‘Restaurants of the Decade’ Byrons Restaurant – Good Food Guide
Simon Scrutton – ‘Shades of Raymond Blanc’ – Good Food Guide

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Address: Routes de Confolens, Lesterps, Charente, France, 16420
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