French cookery holiday

Northern France, Brittany, France

7 days from
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Holiday Itinerary

The charming region of Brittany, renowned for its rich sea food cuisine, extraordinary coastline and fine ciders, will be the setting of this 6 night / 7 day gourmet French cooking holiday. Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural France you will find the beautiful village of Kerrouet, the setting for your culinary holiday.

The fun and relaxed atmosphere will have you cooking up a storm in the light and airy state of the art kitchen. Here you will create a wide range of restaurant-standard French dishes from preparation through to final presentation.

Covering a wide variety of preparation skills from filleting fish to meat butchery, you will also be preparing your own stocks and sauces from scratch along with home-made breads and ice creams, French patisserie and much more. This cookery holiday is a true culinary extravaganza guaranteed to fuel your passion for good food, free flowing wine and great company.

During this memorable French cooking holiday your chef Poul, who trained and graduated from one of the best French restaurants in Denmark (Gammel Aalbyhoj - Relais Gourmand - Tradition et Qualitie), will be on hand to help you master new skills and techniques that will take your cooking above and beyond your expectations. Your other host, Niall, will also be on hand to organise every element of your holiday to ensure you return feeling relaxed and refreshed with a great collection of new recipes and techniques to try out on your return.

Accommodation will be arranged for you by your hosts according to your needs and desires. Prices are based on lovely accommodation in a local B&B with your own private room and bathroom - you will be sharing the house with the hosts for a true cultural experience. You can also choose to upgrade to a French gite (cottage), villa or even in an old Chateau.

Who is it suitable for?
- Cookery holidays are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced cooks
- Minimum age 18
- Your host is Danish, but speaks French, German, Norwegian and Swedish, however, all cooking classes are taught in English

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- These cookery holidays make great singles holidays and singles are welcome to join an existing group
- To book a private single room, email or contact us via live chat (click on the ‘start chat’ link at the bottom of this page) or call us to check availability

When can I join?
- All arrivals are on Sunday afternoons on set dates between March and November
- A very special New Year's cookery holiday will take place at the end of the year
- Cooking holidays are for 6 nights / 7 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- If dates appear ‘on request’ please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Holiday itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1- Sunday - Arrival and welcome dinner
- Arrive at your accommodation and enjoy a four course dinner in the evening at the cookery school

Day 2, 3 & 4 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Cooking lessons and free time
- 10am to 2pm: Cooking lesson followed by lunch
- 2pm to 6pm: Break
- 6pm to 11pm: Cooking course followed by dinner

Day 5 – Thursday - Cooking lesson and free time
- Morning and afternoon free to explore the local area
- 6pm to 11pm: Cooking course followed by dinner

Day 6 – Friday – Cooking lessons and Graduation dinner
- 10am to 2pm: Cooking course followed by lunch
- 2pm to 6pm: Break
- 6pm to 11pm: Cooking course followed by Graduation dinner

Day 7 – Saturday - Departure
- Prepare to check out and head back home full of inspiring memories, new skills and recipes you can recreate at home for your friends and family

About your Chef
- Your hosts are Chef Poul (from Denmark) and Niall (from Ireland)
- Poul is your Chef and has gained invaluable experience at some of the world's most esteemed restaurants including Longueville Manor (Jersey Channel Islands), Mietta's Restaurant of Melbourne (Australia) and the world renowned liner the QE2
- In London, Poul worked for Noble Rot (Mayfair) and The Walbrook Club (City of London) with Albert Roux
- Poul has also run his own restaurant in Denmark (Ebeltoft) for 8 years and gained widespread recognition for his cuisine
- Poul has also worked in the wine industry with some of the best wine houses of France; he is a member of some of the world's most esteemed gastronomic organisations including Eurotoque, International Federation Cuisinier Exclusive d'Europe and the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
- Poul’s style of teaching is relaxed and fun
- Given Poul’s restaurant background, there’s also a strong emphasis on presenting food to restaurant standards to impress your friends
- Poul will teach you how to cook with confidence passing on his cooking expertise as well as taking you on a culinary journey of local French dishes and ingredients
- Niall was brought up on a dairy farm in Ireland
- His family was completely self sufficient, making all their own butter, cheeses, sausages, chutney, jams, cakes and breads
- At an early age he was baking cakes, making soups and jams, churning butter and collecting sorrel from the headgerows! 
- He is particularly interested in nutrition for healthy living and food safety
- He developed the 'Kerrouet Royale' - a world class cocktail which is named after the local village
- Niall loves exploring old recipes and developing new ones; he launched a new dessert, rosehip posset, using wild rose hips
- Niall can advise you on great walking and cycling trails in the area and invites students to explore places of interest

What will I learn?
During your cookery holiday, you will learn to cook and prepare a variety of fresh ingredients including (depending on the season):
- fish, seafood & shellfish
- meats & game
- cheeses

You will also learn:
- soups
- sauces
- stock 
- baking, bread & pastry making
- how to smoke ingredients
- preserving
- menu planning
- table setting
- how to pair wines with meals
- the use of knives and kitchen equipment

Sample dishes
Dishes vary according to the season and what food is available but may include:
- lobster bisque
- langoustine-stuffed chicken legs with tarragon sauce
- hot-smoked fish
- remoulade sauce
- veal roast
- homemade ice cream
- pommes anna
- sabayon sauce
- fondant
Please note that if you do have dietary requirements (including vegetarians), some food replacements may not be readily available in France so this must be discussed before booking

Where will I be staying?
- Your accommodation will be within walking distance to the school, in the small village of St Saint-Gouéno in the Brittany region of France
- Accommodation is included for 6 nights / 7 days
- Prices are based on a lovely private room with an ensuite bathroom in a local B&B; please note that you will share the house with local English speaking hosts making this a wonderful cultural experience
- There are no single supplements for solo travellers
- Other accommodation options are available and include French gites (cottage), villas or in an old Chateau - please email for more options
- All accommodation has parking, gardens, TV, heating, and private bathrooms
- Check in anytime after 2:00pm on day 1 and check out by 12:00pm on day 7

Are meals included?
- All breakfasts are included
- Lunches provided on days 2, 3, 4 and 6
- You will enjoy a 3 course dinner every evening
- On Thursday evening, you are free to take dinner wherever you choose (extra cost)
- If you have dietary requests these must be communicated to us at the time of booking

What can I do in my free time?
- This French cookery holiday is packed with culinary delights but in your free time you may want to explore the local area
- The school is only a short drive from wonderful medieval towns and UNESCO places of world historical interest - St Malo, Josselin, Dinan, Moncontour, Carnac, Le Mont St Michel, and Rennes, are all within the region
- Hire an electric bicycle and do local trips to beautiful unspoilt countryside and medieval villages; roads are safe and the traffic light and cyclists are well respected
- The walking tours in the area are world class and famous throughout the world
- The nearest beach is 30 minutes away by car and the coast is also amazing