I have just returned from my fifth cookery course at Denman college since first "discovering" that men are allowed to go on the courses as well. As with each occasion I have gone home enthused with lots of new ideas, skills and techniques to improve my cooking and had a hugely entertaining weekend into the bargain.
My choice this time was a Tour de France where we learnt a range of classical French recipes but often with a modern twist to make them more accessible for everyday cooking. Indeed one delicious meal we cooked to bring home took no more than 15 minutes start to finish - Jamie Oliver eat your heart out!
Accommodation is in purpose built, well appointed en-suite bedrooms located right next to the fantastically equipped cookery school. Our tutor on this course, Peter Lien, has received positive recognition from no less an icon than Mary Berry so from a teaching perspective we were in very good hands from start to finish!
The residential courses include three meals a day and whether you fancy a full English breakfast, a light buffet lunch or your choice from an a la carte three course dinner you are guaranteed never to go hungry. Alcohol is also available from the library bar, all at great low prices.
In response to demand, Denman seems to have expanded its range of weekend courses this year so making it much easier to take advantage of the great value courses if like myself, you are in full time employment.
Whilst men are still very much in the minority here, there were several men attending one course whilst their wives did another, and whether you go with friends or on your own, the warmth of the welcome that everyone gets at Denman is fabulous. I cannot recommend these courses highly enough.
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