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
A day in the life of our French cook Marlene

A day in the life of our French cook Marlene

Our French cook Marlene lives in the sun-soaked ‘garden’ of France, discover what a day in her life is really like… On an average day with the guest I have breakfast around 9.30 and then we’ll head off to meet some of the many fantastic local producers in the region. […]

by June 13, 2013 Our chefs
Our French cook Marlene’s passion for sharing her family’s recipes

Our French cook Marlene’s passion for sharing her family’s recipes

“It always blows me away that people on the other side of the world are producing my 92-year-old grandma’s recipes, I love telling her that.” From the minute our French cook Marlene was old enough to hold a spoon she was old enough to cook – as far as her […]

by June 12, 2013 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs
Italian Cookery Holiday – Antonellas Cookery Book Launch

Italian Cookery Holiday – Antonellas Cookery Book Launch

We are pleased to announce that Antonella, our amazing Chef from Veneto, Italy has released her own cookery book. Antonella’s Italian cooking classes have been a great success and have received fantastic reviews from her students. Her passion for food, skill and knowledge transform simple ingredients into the most delicious […]

by November 17, 2011 Cooking holidays and wine, Our chefs