Basic Ingredients: Homely style hands-on baking, pasta-making and winter pudding classes run out of a fully fitted kitchen in a barn in the Purbeck Hills near Corfe. The resident tutor Giuseppe Sinaguglia trained in Sicily and has worked for Marco Pierre White at The Criterion and spent two years as Head Chef at the first Carluccio’s in London. Small class sizes that make the most of Dorset’s local bounty – in fact, Olive Tree has launched its own range of artisan products called Veru -Truly Sicilian. From £75 for half day to £120 to full day.
They say: We’ll help you to hone your skills. Our courses are informative yet relaxed, with time to cover questions, presentation techniques and tips on adapting the recipes.
We say: A classic weekend away course with a seasoned chef and team. Combine it with a coastal walks trip – the sea is just a few miles away. Local stables can organise rides over the nearby heath and on the beach. Cosy B&Bs abound around here.
01929 477260; www.olivetreecookeryschool.com