Clive was born and bred in Cardiff, Wales, in the UK. He has been a professional chef for almost 20 years, since he started as a trainee chef at a French restaurant whose maste chef is an elite graduate of Cordon Bleu school in France. After having trained there for 6 years while studying at a local catering college, he went on to work at a few prestige restaurants in Cardiff and London, in order to expand his vision and develop new styles of cooking. Clive has worked as a successful head chef (specialising in French-Mediterranean cuisine, with a touch of Eastern taste in several parts of UK).
from Great Britain, September 2017
"Rural Laid-back Restfulness"
This accommodation is in a traditional building with great character, set in a lovely rural setting with great views. This is a truly relaxing place, with Clive and Maki ensuring you can see the best of the surrounding towns, attractions and experiences, if you don't want to just laze by the pool. The cooking experience teaches much about technique, from filleting fish to even chopping herbs. Clive is very organised, clear and gets you involved in hands-on cooking at each stage for delivering the evening meal for all guests, but without being under pressure; focused but stress-free.
a traveler UK
This was a wonderful mini break, cooking in the kitchen with Chef Clive and enjoying staying in a traditional farmhouse in the mountains above Córdoba. Great location, charming hosts and beautiful food!
Andy F. and Marina
We booked a four-day long weekend combined with a fish cooking class in Finca Las Encinas. Maki and Clive were wonderful hosts making our stay a really relaxing and enjoyable experience. The quiet and rural environment added to this. The cooking class was an absolute highlight and we were amazed by how easy it is to prepare a fantastic Spanish dish. Thanks a lot and see you soon!
a traveler Ireland
We stayed last October when we were needing a break. This is an ideal spot. Comfortable without complication and delightfully relaxed. We lay back and enjoyed the food which is hard to beat anywhere around and the calm atmosphere. Clive mapped out a great walk for us through the olive groves that was brilliant and full of archaeological surprises. Great base from which to explore Andalusia. We had history and horse riding, swimming and sightseeing through the local villages and towns. Proper lovely. Highly Recommended by both of us.
The hosts Maki and Clive were very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. Our room was immaculate, spacious, cool and tastefully rustic, during the couple of days with bad weather the underfloor heating was fab, and when it was hot there was plenty of space around the pool with comfortable beds. The views from the pool and patio where meals were served are stunning. What makes this place special is the food, absolutely faultless, Clive is an excellent chef, mealtimes are a real joy. The area is very rural and quiet, there are some pretty rural towns nearby, I think a car is essential to explore this area.
My friend and I had a great time with Clive and Maki. The Finca was gorgeous and it was delightful to learn to cook Spanish cuisine using produce from the gardens! It was unseasonably cold and rainy for early May so we weren't able to use the pool but we did explore the surrounding towns (Priego de Cordoba was a highlight) and Clive gave us a tour of the farm on our last morning. Both Clive and Maki were incredibly friendly and made us feel very welcome. Highly suggested.
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