With BAFTA Award winning TV show, The Great British Bake Off, still fresh in our minds, maybe now is the time to indulge your inner baker and treat yourself not only to a slice of cake, but a cookery course. That way you really can bake your cake and eat it too!
Thanks to the likes of The Great British Bake Off, hit US shows like The Next Great Baker and Cupcake Wars, along with MasterChef, which has seen success across the globe, it seems that we are becoming more and more likely to want to experiment in the kitchen. It seems cookery schools have tapped into that and are offering great courses not only at home, but abroad too.
Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry
Perhaps you want to follow in Paul Hollywood’s footsteps and try your hand at cooking in Cyprus? Paul spent six years baking in Cyprus at two different resorts, following stints as Head Baker at several prestigious hotels in the UK. The Cookery School Cyprus offers many courses in different types of cuisine. You’ll enjoy learning to cook in beautiful surroundings, just inland from Limassol, where you’ll find a number of our properties just perfect for enjoying your foodie holiday in Cyprus.
Sticking with Paul Hollywood, fans of this culinary ‘silver fox’ will be thrilled to learn of his new British Baking Live Tour, which is set to tour the UK in November and December this year.
Mary Berry fans needn’t worry, the doyenne of all things cake will herself be appearing at several events throughout the UK this year. You can find her at the BBC Good Food Cakes & Bakes Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, along with the likes of Eric Lanlard, Lisa Faulkner, Phil Vickery, Mich Turner, Paul Hollywood and stars of The Great British Bake Off past and present, between the 25th and 27th of October. You’ll also find her at the Good Food Show London on the 14th and 15th of November and the Good Food Show Birmingham on the 28th and 29th of November. We do of course have plenty of options in terms of your accommodation while you enjoy a show or two featuring your favourite celebrity chefs.
Ballymaloe Cookery School
If you’re looking for the ultimate cookery school. Look no further than Ballymaloe in County Cork, Ireland. Situated on a beautiful 100 acre farm and teaching students from all over the word since 1983, under the watchful eye of the famous Irish chef Darina Allen and her brother Rory O’Connell, who himself has twice been voted Ireland’s Chef of the Year, it is a culinary institution. Joined by celebrity chef Rachel Allen, who once attended Ballymaloe Cookery School herself, they make a formidable team.
The choice of courses at Ballymaloe sets it apart from other cookery schools. You can take up a 12 week certified course, dabble in the odd half day course, or spend a few days to a week learning about the subject of your choice. Learn how to create the perfect tea and cake, Italian dishes like pizza, calzone and panzerotti, Christmas dishes, bread making, butchery, sherry and tapas, foraging, how to start your own tea shop or maybe even how to start your own food blog. The list is endless.
Your Own Private Foodie Retreat
Perhaps you’d prefer a foodie break where you can enjoy learning to cook in the comfort of your own holiday rental property. Look no further than Castello Gubbio in Umbria in Italy. It’s the perfect place to relax with friends and family while you enjoy the sumptuous surroundings and get some great one on one tuition in the kitchen. You could perhaps even host a banquet in your very own medieval banqueting hall or hang up your apron for the evening and enjoy the culinary delights of your very own private chef.
Of course the beautiful Castello Gubbio isn’t the only one of our extensive list of properties at which you can learn to hone your cookery skills. If you would like further information on these properties, or you would like information on cookery schools in the area you wish to stay, don’t hesitate to get in touch via customer services or social media.