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What should I bring with me?

Your linen and towels are provided as well as soap. You should bring your own toiletries. You should also bring an electrical socket adaptor if you need to charge up your own appliances. Sun cream and a hat could be a good idea if you are coming in the summer. As far as clothing is concerned, although aprons are provided for the cooking sessions, you should be wearing comfortable clothes that you don't mind staining (it happens!). We strongly recommend you do not wear open shoes such as sandals or flip-flops in the kitchen for your own safety. You will not be needing cocktail dresses and high-heel shoes, nor suit and ties. You should also think of being able to tie your hair up during the cooking. In case of rain, your shoes might get muddy if we visit a farm, so choose your footwear accordingly. A few of our previous guests have asked us to recommend that you bring along elasticated clothing as you will be eating "gargantuan meals"!! But most importantly, you should bring your good humour and love of cooking, they will be put to good use!

Meet some of the people we'll visit

Of the many producers we visit on the seasonal french cooking course, Tucked away among the rolling hills of the Lot-et-Garonne, Gilbert has been crafting his wines for many years. As an organic wine producer he grows a selection of grapes including a very special variety unique to the area. His knowledge and experience in wine is what makes visiting Gilbert very special. On our visit, he'll walk us through his grape vines explaining how he uses the natural environment to benefit the vines themselves and the blending methods used to achieve great tasting wine. You'll soon discover his wines have lots of character and flavour as we have a wine tasting over a picnic together.