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Walnut Grove Cookery School

We offer 6-day hands-on gourmet cookery holidays. Top chefs, luxury accommodation, set in France - the home of gourmet cuisine.

Instructors 1

Maynard Harvey

Over the years, I’ve seen all kinds of chefs and teaching approaches and I believe that learning to cook should be a pleasure. I’ve got an eye for detail but while I’ll always be passionate about gourmet cooking, you won’t find me taking myself too seriously. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen so it’s got to be friendly and fun.

Reviews 2

Victoria Woodley

from United States, May 2017

"Amazing "

This is quite honestly one of the best holidays I have enjoyed. Maynard, the chef taught us so much in such a short time. The accommodation is comfortable and location superb. Excellent facilities.

Testimonials 5

a traveler

TripAdvisor website

Really great week of cooking. Loved how with a small group any question was answered and that I had the Chef instructors full attention. Many techniques were covered especially 'chef tricks of the trade' and plating composition. Will be going back if more courses are offered for chefs. Definitely worth the money, great location and hospitality.

Donna Canada

TripAdvisor website

From my fabulous "room with a view" to the sensational food we prepared and ate I cannot thank Freya and Maynard enough - and their son Richard, for perhaps one of the best, most welcoming holidays I have ever had. Three cheers for Walnut Grove Cookery! See you all again soon!!!

Robin Butler

Walnut Grove Cookery School Facebook page

If you're looking for a cooking experience in rural France, look no further. The cooking classes are professional and well devised for people of different skill levels. The location is beautiful with the property set within a grove of walnut trees and greenery.

You are taken care of in five-star style, from the beautifully presented breakfast to start the day, rustic lunches and six-course fine dining dinners each evening at a beautifully set table above the kitchen.

Maynard and Freya are professional, warm and generous hosts who take care of all your needs. More a cooking retreat than a class.

My daughter and I loved every moment and hope to return in the future. In the meantime I'll be cooking and plating food at a whole new level!

Amelia Poole

Walnut Grove Cookery School Facebook page

I had such a wonderful experience at Walnut Grove with my mom. We both enjoyed gaining new skills and techniques that we will be able to apply to our own cooking when we get home. Freya and Maynard are such fantastic hosts and made us feel very welcome from day 1 all the way through. I would highly recommend joining a course.

a traveler UK

TripAdvisor website

It is surprising these days to find something that exceeds your expectations but Walnut Grove does this. Freya and Chef Maynard run an exceptional program that starts with first enquiries - Freya does a wonderful job in being responsive to all questions and requests - and continues throughout the five days of the course. Maynard has immense experience and is able to take participants step-by-step through a range of menus that includes not only various French standards but includes bread and croissant making. An important aspect of the course is plate organisation and menu planning and each day we were taken deeper into this process until on the last day, we had to much of the planning ourselves, always under the watchful eye of the master! The location is wonderful to get away from it all, the accommodation first rate and the teaching and application first rate. I have done a few one day courses in Paris but this exceeds anything I have done previously and I go home with many new recipes and the confidence to try out the things I have learnt. All in all - a convivial and wonderful experience that exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Freya and Maynard.

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