Top 5 cooking holidays – the best holidays for food lovers
1. Provencal Cooking Holiday – Michelin Star Chef – Provence Region, Provence, France
Discover the art of fine Provencal cuisine with a Michelin Star chef on this luxury holiday set in the beautiful hilltop village of La Cadière d’Azur. Enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner on your first night then 4 cooking classes in the chef’s 19th century country kitchen. During your stay you’ll visit a local vineyard, honeybee farm, olive grove and cheese farm. Accommodation is set in a beautiful country hotel with two highly commended restaurants, a stunning outdoor pool and a luxury spa with a range of beauty and massage treatments. Immerse yourself in this paradise and pursue your passion for fine French cuisine!
2. Organic Italian Cookery Holiday – Puglia Region, Puglia, Italy
Stay in a luxury 5 * Masseria accommodation and learn how to cook traditional gourmet Italian dishes. You’ll discover the culture of Puglia on a wide range of excursions, such as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello, a wine tasting and visits to local cheese producers. With 300 days of sunshine and as the country’s third largest producer of organic foods – Puglia is the perfect destination for all food lovers. All ingredients for your dishes will be locally sourced from the Masserias own organic farmlands.
This holiday is set in a stunning natural park where you’ll stay in a designer eco-friendly retreat that offers all the amazing things food lovers could dream of. Your cooking classes will have special themes, including a North African and Spanish flavours cooking lesson or a flat bread making class on the wood burning stove. Combined with excursions to local producers, markets and the natural Parks Botanical Gardens to discover aromatic herbs, you’ll get a unique insight to the culture of the region. This ‘eco-chic’ guest house set in 50 acres of farmland in one of Spain’s most dramatic alpine deserts.
4. Cookery Holiday – Bordeaux Region, Bordeaux, France
Nestled between sunflower fields and pine forests you’ll stay in the beautiful Lot-et –Garonne on this 7 day holiday in France. During this culinary packed week, you’ll get to visit local producers, by fresh ingredients from local markets and learn to cook delicious French dishes using recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Join this wonderful French cookery holiday where you’ll gain an insight into local French life and cookery skills that will stay with you long after the holiday is over.
5. Vegetarian Cooking Holiday – Greek Islands, Crete, Greece
This little known haven of tranquillity lies west of Kophinas peak, commanding magnificent views over the Libyan sea and surrounded by mountain wilderness. Kapetaniana is the glorious setting where you’ll combine your vegetarian cooking holiday with an outstanding traditional Greek cultural experience. The area is steeped in history and intrigue and you will visit many interesting places, including the Basilica of St. Titus, the valley of Messaras, the city of Rethymnon and the waters of Argyroupolis. On this holiday you will awake your senses and learn how to cook vegetarian meals from the heart with your chef George, who has worked with the International Vegetarian Society and is well experienced in vegetarian cuisine.