Basic ingredients: Food writer and cookery tutor, Christine McFadden, aka the Dorset Foodie, runs hands-on courses at home in the exceptionally beautiful hamlet of Littlebredy near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Classes feature a wide choice of topics that reflect Christine’s travels and first-hand knowledge of some of the world’s great cuisines. Topics range from ‘The Middle Eastern Larder’ and ‘Japanese Home Cookery’, to ‘Terrific Tapas’ and ‘A Taste of New Mexico’. Christine also runs skills-based classes including fish preparation, pasta-making, barbecuing and low-fat cookery. Classes typically run from 10.00–3.30, cost around £100 and include a tutored tasting, recipe folder and lunch.
They say: Christine’s classes are ‘hands-on’ rather than demonstration and limited to seven students, which means everyone has time to try out unfamiliar techniques, ask questions, and learn by trial and error, and tasting. She is an inspiring teacher who combines professionalism with informality and fun.
We say: Despite her global culinary leanings, Christine remains very much local when it comes to ingredients. She writes regularly about Dorset food producers for magazines and is the author of The Farm Shop Cook Book and Pepper: the Spice That Saved the World, which was short-listed for the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year Award.
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01308 482784; www.thedorsetfoodie.co.uk