Our chefs

Meet Lydia and Mike, our artisan sourdough bakers in the heart of Andalucia

Meet Lydia and Mike, our artisan sourdough bakers in the heart of Andalucia

Lydia and Mike are proud owners of their very own micro-bakery in Andalucia and now teach artisan bread baking to those eager to have a go at this rewarding hobby. With their bakery nestled in the Lecrin Valley with the Sierra Nevadas as their backdrop, the location of their family […]

by May 7, 2019 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Meet Chef Poul who runs our fabulous French cookery holiday in Brittany

Meet Chef Poul who runs our fabulous French cookery holiday in Brittany

If you’re lucky enough to head to Brittany and try Poul’s food, you’ll struggle to find anything else quite like it. During your time with this Michelin trained chef, you’ll learn to make no less than 37 individual dishes. Yes, 37 in one week. In addition to his culinary holidays, […]

by March 15, 2019 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Meet Rita, our Tuscan cookery holiday host with a twist

Meet Rita, our Tuscan cookery holiday host with a twist

Rita really is a very distinctive person, not only in her charming personality and love of life (and singing!), but because when she opens her mouth a Glaswegian accent just tumbles out. Her immersive Tuscan cookery holidays have been a massive hit with our solo travellers as well as friends […]

by March 4, 2019 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Meet Spencer, our chef & cooking holiday host in Normandy, France

Meet Spencer, our chef & cooking holiday host in Normandy, France

There’s no doubt that Chef Spence’s holidays have a unique twist to them. Instead of giving you a list of dishes he expects you to make, Spence let’s you decide what will be on the menu that day. Working closely with local producers and independent shops, Spence knows the best […]

by February 5, 2019 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Meet Oli & Flo, the team behind our Italian gastronomic adventures in Tuscany

Meet Oli & Flo, the team behind our Italian gastronomic adventures in Tuscany

Oli & Flo make a great team. Their previous careers and skills have blended perfectly to create everything great holiday hosts need. Add to that their love of food and passion for locally sourced produce and you get the ultimate foodie getaway off the tourist trail in Tuscany. But how […]

by January 16, 2019 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Meet Mariana and her family, our cooking holiday hosts in the Algarve, Portugal

Meet Mariana and her family, our cooking holiday hosts in the Algarve, Portugal

We have finally found what we have been looking for – a unique Portuguese cooking holiday that ticks all the boxes. Hands-on cooking, gorgeous location and welcoming local hosts. Tick, tick and TICK! Our cookery holidays focus on taking you off the beaten track and to local hosts who share […]

by December 18, 2018 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Famous Shipwreck Bay on the island of Zakynthos

Meet Denia and family, our activity holiday hosts in Zakynthos, Greece

“Antonio and Effie could not have been more attentive than they were. I had a fabulous time with them.” Diane – a solo traveller who has recently returned from our cooking and wine holiday in Greece. Yet another glowing 5 star review for Antonio and Effie’s family who run our […]

by September 20, 2018 Our artists, Our chefs
Tips for beginner cooks from a French chef

Tips for beginner cooks from a French chef

We recently sat down with French chef, Marlene to chat about her cookery school and her top tips for beginner cooks hoping to improve their skills.

Meeting French locals – our Marketing and PR Manager’s journey through South West France continued

Meeting French locals – our Marketing and PR Manager’s journey through South West France continued

Our Marketing and PR Manager Sally’s journey through South West France continued… After thinking I could never eat again from three days of baking, I managed to polish off another pain au chocolat, a pain au raisin and a croissant before we headed off to our next destination – horse […]

by November 20, 2013 Our chefs, Our sports instructors
Introducing Biagio – family man, pizza king and BFG

Introducing Biagio – family man, pizza king and BFG

Biagio is a big man, our very own BFG. This friendly giant was born and bred in Puglia,  world famous for organic ingredients and rustic recipes. At 17 he moved to  (and fell in  love with) Sorrento, where he has remained throughout the birth of his  children and  grandchildren. His […]

by October 9, 2013 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs