About the Workshops
At Willow Vale Cooking School we plan our calendar around the garden and tailor our classes based on what vegetables are in season, reinforcing our beliefs around living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Bruno will cook and decipher the recipes giving lots of advices, details and “tricks of the trade” making it as clear and enjoyable as possible.
You will have the opportunity to get involved in helping Bruno or stand back, watch and enjoy if you prefer during the 2 and ½ hours workshop.
This will be followed by a 3 courses lunch.
We provide homemade Kombucha, chilled infusions, filtered rainwater and tea/coffee, and you are more than welcome to bring any additional drinks.
Workshops run from 9.30am until 3pm
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Most people, who have experienced good “old school” French food will have been struck by the honest depths of flavours, followed by a soothed, comforting feeling.
We could call it the ultimate comfort food, but don’t be fooled…this is sophisticated cooking.
With the reminiscent of the second World war, food was something taken very seriously in the Loubet home. Everyday my mother, cooked simple food but always with a lot of care, good ingredients, that were cooked and seasoned properly.
Sunday 27th August 2023
Provence could be seen as the quintessential place for the perfect holiday in France. The colourful beauty of Provence has long been recognized by many great artists and influenced their work with it’s blue skies, fields of flowers, local markets, even the scent in the air, has made visiting Provence a bucket list wish for many.
Saturday 7th October 2023
Food is taken very seriously in Lyon and its region. It is blessed with a multitude of amazing delicious produce like “poulet de Bresse”, cardoons, charcuterie…etc. Monsieur Paul Bocuse was the greatest ambassador of french cuisine around the world and his restaurant of the same name near Lyon is still the mecca of traditional French gastronomy. A visit is a must if you are in this beautiful part of France. In this workshop we chose 3 of Catherine’s favourite dishes
Saturday12th August 2023
We all love a good dessert so we have chosen for this workshop 5 wonderful classics that will please the most discerning guests.
So get to learn the why and the what with fool proof recipes and master the technics. Don’t forget that less is more!
Sunday 12th November 2023
The cuisine from Brittany is quite robust. Bretons like to retain a strong identity in their culture. Their dishes make the most of what is around. They are renown for being amazing fishermen but also to grow a lot of vegetables. Artichokes, cauliflowers and cabbages are the meant part of their production. In this workshop, I chose dishes which i think are a good representation of Breton cooking outside Brittany and will tempt you to this amazing coastal region of France.
Sunday 22nd October 2023
I love bread! Maybe a bit too much for my health! Historically bread goes back very far in time. Historians say up to 8000BC in the Middle East. Of course, over time, techniques have been developed and lots of recipes were created around the world.
Saturday 28th October 2023
Mezze originated from the Persian word Maze which means “to taste” or “relish”.
Often served as part of a multi course meal or as snacks with drinks, these tasty little plates will definitely make your guests talk and enjoy the moment.
Sunday 15th October 2023
The complexity of Vietnamese cooking is legendary but for us the “clean balanced” flavours are just mesmerising.
The minimal use of dairy, the abundance of fresh herbs make it a healthy cuisine. In this course we will cook three iconic savoury dishes and a sweet one.
Sunday 25th September 2022
Spanish chefs are often very creative but nevertheless they don’t compromise with Spanish food heritage, giving this amazing parallel between modern and classic. Spain has a lot of coastline, mountains and fertile farmland. It also has a long travel history resulting in many cultural influences. In this workshop, the three classic dishes demonstrated are simply delicious and a testimony to the spanish ingeniosity with food.
Ajo Blanco (bread, almond and grapes chilled soup)
Churros, chocolate sauce
Wednesday 12th October 2022
The festive period is the time of year when you like to share great moments around a table with friends and family. It’s can also be one of the most stressful and busy times of the year.
Lots of planning and decisions! In this workshop we are learning not only to cook delicious impressive “Fayre” but also to plan, and minimize stress!
Saturday 25th November 2023
Saturday 9th December 2023