Patricia Wells, Provence, France
If you’ve got a little cash in your pocket, indulge your inner chef with this truffle cookery class in beautiful Provencal country. The course is as much about pleasing the soul as tickling the taste buds with truffle hunts, classy dinners and the chance to hang out with one of the world’s most expensive ingredients.
Empanadas Argentinas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you fancy learning to cook a classic dish in a kitchen overlooking a tropical garden, look no further. Empanadas are a South American favourite and the tutor, Teresita, will ensure you leave with the skills to rustle up these bite-sized pasties at a moment’s notice.
Billingsgate Seafood Training School, Billingsgate Market, London, UK
You’ll need an alarm clock for this one. The course starts at 6.15am with a tour around the famous fish market. If you can stay awake you’ll be rewarded with a cooked breakfast followed by a morning introducing you to the intricacies of this delicate Japanese cuisine. Worth the dawn chorus.
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Ireland
The saying goes that ‘there’s no smoke without fire’ but it really is just smoke in this case. The Ballymaloe Cookery School offers this unusual demonstration-led course for people who want to build a smokery and smoke their own fish, meat or even cheese. There’s plenty of opportunity to taste the results.
Costa Rica Creole Cooking School, San Ramon, Costa Rica
If the idea of cooking up some Creole classics in a casita in Costa Rica whets your appetite then just sign on the dotted line. This vacation cooking school allows you to combine relaxation with food preparation as you are guided through the basics of Latin flavours and ingredients against the backdrop of a beautiful nature retreat.
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River Cottage, Dorset, UK
Put on your walking boots and indulge in a day’s foraging on this River Cottagecookery course. You’ll explore the local hedgerows for some wild delicacies and then it’s back to the kitchen for a recipe demo and the chance to savour the foodie freebies of the countryside.
Hoi An Hospitality, Hoi An Vietnam
Here’s a course for anyone who fancies trying to recreate some of the tasty morsels that signify Vietnamese street food. This renowned cookery school in Hoi An is under the attentive tutelage of Ms Vy who guides students through the steps to preparing classic dishes such as spring rolls and crispy pancakes.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat, Reith, Tirol, Austria
Ayurveda is an ancient healthy living system that aims to minimise illness. Now you can clean up your act with this introduction to Ayurvedic nutrition. As well as food preparation, there’s plenty of time set aside for perfecting those yoga poses and generally escaping from the rat race.
Faraway Bay Bush Tucker and Camp Oven Cooking School, Kununurra, Australia
If you harbour secret fantasies of being a bush tucker man, this course in Faraway Baywill give you the essentials for a gourmet outback experience. Once you’ve been out to collect the ingredients, turn it into a meal.
Pecipa Peru, Peru
Many people think of guinea pigs as pets but they’re a national delicacy in Peru. You’ll be treated like an Incan noble on this course, as you take a culinary and cultural tour of Peru. You’ll visit markets and ancient monuments – and of course, cook and sample the best dishes in the country.
The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.
It’s free, there’s plenty of it, and apparently it’s very good for you – but it’s still seaweed! If you can get over your culinary prejudices then this one-day course in Co. Leitrim is packed full of practical advice on cooking with seaweed and how you can use it in everyday recipes.
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