Big in France offers quality culinary, photography, and yoga holidays in different stunning, large vacation properties in France.
Culinary Vacations (6)
After a long career as a well-known editorial and advertising photographer in London, Roger now lives and works in the Vendee, France. Over the years, he has worked for most of the well-known English magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, Sunday Times, The Times, The Observer, Telegraph supplement, Red, Olive, and BBC Good Food, as well as a legion of advertising clients. During his career, he worked with every possible film format but when digital arrived on the scene, he fully embraced it and has become an expert exponent of Photoshop and digital photography.
With a career beginning in Scotland in 1992, Mark gained valuable experience during a five year stint in Australia, working at some of the nation’s top establishments. He received nationwide acclaim following the opening of his eponymous restaurant in Edinburgh in February 2011,and since then, the restaurant has moved to new premises on North Castle Street, where the awards and plaudits have continued. Mark has a passion for Scottish ingredients and uses only the very best local, seasonal produce, transforming them with modern techniques
Dan Toomb, also known as The Curry Guy, has written his hugely popular food blog since 2010. He spent two years cooking and serving his family nothing but Indian food to gain content for the blog. By travelling around the UK, sampling dishes and learning the curry house kitchen secrets, he has mastered the art of making British Indian restaurant style food at home and made it possible for his 160,000 monthly blog readers to recreate their favorite Indian takeaway dishes.
Chris Wheeler is an executive chef at Stoke Park. In 2016, he won three outstanding awards including Hotel Chef of the Year (Over 250 Covers) - Hotel Cateys 2016, Chef of the Year - Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2016, and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year for Humphry’s- Buckinghamshire Food and Drink Awards 2016. Chris' flexibility as a chef is legendary, if he's not whisking up culinary delights for guests, he's running the marathon dressed as a chef and carrying a stock pot or flipping pancakes all the way, raising tens of thousands pounds for charity.
Emily moved to south west France 13 years ago with her husband Matt, the founder of Big in France. They have four children and love living in this area and working with wonderful instructors doing activities that they enjoy. She prides herself on what they do and the level of service that they offer. Their aim is to create a welcoming environment where you can make magical memories on unforgettable weekend breaks.
Matt is the founder of Big in France and will be your host during your stay. Matt showed an interest in cooking from a very young age, sharing his father’s passion for entertaining and creating fabulous food! He worked in various restaurants both in Buckinghamshire, where he was brought up, and in London during his early twenties. His desire to progress and improve, always testing himself, became more apparent after his move to France. The abundance of incredible produce in the Vendée is inspiring and definitely sparked his imagination.
Ilian began his career in photography as a news photographer before moving to London and starting a new career in commercial photography, developing his own unique style, balancing commercial appeal with an acutely artistic eye. He has over 30 year’s experience working in editorial and commercial projects specializing in food styling and photography, both locally and internationally. He shoots from his Cambridge based kitchen studio. His clients are companies such as Mornflakes, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge University, Manchester University, Hamlyns of Scotland, Bäkehaus, Lacrima, and more.
After graduating with honors, Milen went to work in London, French restaurant Clos Maggiore, an award-winning best wine list and voted the world's most romantic restaurant. He works there 17 hours a day, the discipline is at a high level and compromises on the quality of the food and products and their processing are not allowed. From 2015, he is executive chef and chef instructor at Talents restaurant which is a part from HRC Culinary Academy, where he trains third-semester students. Since November 2018, he is doing master classes, demo cooking, training cooks and consulting restaurants.
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Emily and Matt welcomed us onto the retreat with a lovely snack and a little tipple and from that point on I knew I'd landed in a good place. We were very much looked after, with excellent food (far better than I'd expected) and great company from our hosts, they couldn't do enough for us! The house was amazing, I loved the pool and the dining area and the lovely gardens but, importantly, the yoga room was just perfect for our yoga sessions (which were also fantastic). The atmosphere was welcoming and warm and there was plenty of opportunity to interact with the other guests and lots of space if I wanted some quiet time. I would highly recommend a holiday hosted by Emily and Matt!
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This is the right place for your perfect holiday in France. Emily and Matt made our stay unforgettable. It felt like home. Everything was very well organised transfer, accommodation and the yoga and free time timetable. I can still remember my cosy and comfortable roomâ€¦ lovely flowers on the bedtable and a wonderful view of the woods. The food was so delicious, the swimming pool was clean and refreshing, the smell of lavender reminds me about the beautiful and calm evenings we spent as a group laughing together. After this holiday I've brought back home the feeling of bliss, that sense of floating in the clouds and light radiating from within me. I will definitely come back soon and I can highly recommend this magical place.
Thank you to Emily & Matt.