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Cooking School in Loire Valley, France

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Walnut Grove:
Walnut Grove, located in Mayenne (3 hours from Paris), north west France, is a Cooking School offering Gourmet Cuisine and Cooking Classes in the beautiful Loire Valley. Experience the reality of gourmet cooking yourself. There is only one way to learn and that is to do it! Top chefs, luxury accommodation, set in France - the home of gourmet cuisine; what more could you ask for?

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Each day, you'll experiment with new flavours and new techniques using the freshest ingredients with expert guidance. Because our courses are run with a professional yet relaxed holiday atmosphere, we believe that this is the ideal way of combining a holiday with culinary development.

Our Aim:

Photo of Cooking School in Loire Valley, FranceEnjoying cooking is all about confidence, being relaxed and understanding your ingredients. Skilfully combining flavours, textures and presentation is within all of us, our aim at the Walnut Grove is to bring these qualities out, so that you have the ability to follow your own flair and imagination.

Tutors:

Your hosts and tutors are acclaimed chefs Maynard Harvey and Benedict Haines, two modern chefs who use the freshest ingredients with an emphasis on distinct flavours and clean, meticulous presentation. Their passion and enthusiasm for cooking will stimulate your own love of food, and their expertise will help you gain confidence and perfect your cooking skills and techniques in the kitchen.

Courses / Programs:

- Learn in a supportive, relaxed & fun atmosphere
- Extensive hands-on time in the kitchen
- Learn professional style presentation skills
- Whatever your skill level enhance your existing abilities
- Individual attention guaranteed.
- Maximum ratio of four guests to one chef
- Absolutely no washing up!
- All classes are in English

Location:
Walnut Grove is ideally situated in Mayenne, north west France, with restaurants, bars and cafes within easy distance. Within a short drive you have the use of some top quality golf courses, sport facilities including canoeing and sailing at La Rincerie (10 minutes drive), or shopping at the nearby city of Laval. If you wish to venture further afield, within less than an hours drive you could explore the medieval cites of Angers, Vitré or Rennes. The closest airport is Rennes which is a 1hr drive. St Malo/Dinard is 2hrs drive, Paris is 3 to 4hrs drive. There is a fast train (TGV) that runs between Rennes and Paris, stopping at Laval train station.

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Address: Le Hunaudiere 53400, Livre la Touche, Mayenne, France
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