Basic ingredients: Don your dancing trousers and head for the Cotswolds where you’ll find former BBC MasterChef contestant Alexis Thompson who has been running her own cookery school in an airy barn kitchen at her home since September 2010. As well as having the most originally named cookery school in the country – “because we all have a pair of dancing trousers lurking at the back of the wardrobe” – courses have snappy titles such as A La Start, Can-do canapes and The Italian Job. New courses this year include Vietnamese Street Food with guest chef Peter Lien (head tutor at the WI Cookery School) and a Japanese Evening hosted by fellow MasterChef finalist Andrew Kojima. Alexis knows a thing or two about food – especially baking – and is keen to share her knowledge in a relaxed and friendly environment. The courses generally run from 9.15am to 3pm and are designed to match your level of expertise from complete beginner to experienced cook. Costs range from £49-£165 per head and classes are never more than eight people. Courses can be tailor-made for small businesses and individuals.
They say: We offer straightforward, fun, hands-on courses in beautiful surroundings. We ensure it’s relaxed and sociable – you and your fellow cooks eat the fruits of your labours (all sourced from local suppliers where we can) with a glass of wine and plenty of good conversation.
We say: Dancing Trousers’ well conceived list of courses has been honed and perfected over the past five years and the courses are delivered with humour and passion from Alexis and her team. She has developed a real expertise in baking and patisserie and her salted caramel brownies have even been known to convert non-baking students! You’d be hard pushed not to have a fun day out.
01367 860144; www.dancingtrousers.co.uk