A Chateau Culinary Adventure at Le Calabash - BEST SELLER
Yzeures-sur-Creuse (Indre et Loire)
About the location: Le Calabash Cooking School is located on the river Creuse in the heart of the Indre et Loire region, set in a small French hamlet on the edge of the local forest. The region is home to the finest goat’s cheese producers, and winemaking has been deeply rooted here for centuries. This area is simply known as France’s ‘Bread Basket.’
At Le Calabash you will embark on a French culinary vacation that will open new doors to flavors, techniques and skills that will enable you to follow your own flair and imagination. Initial concerns about the level of cooking skills required are immediately dispelled by the informality of the environment, and the realization that the only qualifications needed are a love for food and the desire to learn about cooking. The kitchen where your French cooking classes are held is a traditional French farmhouse kitchen, fitted to allow you to feel at home. You will work with equipment and ingredients that can normally be found in the home kitchen. The cooking courses provide a hands-on opportunity to develop your culinary skills in a practical and supportive learning environment, as well as being on vacation in the most beautiful surroundings, and the chance to make new friends.
About the accommodations: Your home for the week is a luxury chateau that borders the majestic river valley, which is tucked within the Vienne region with its charming villages and rolling hills. Today, you can still see ancient Roman aqueducts, roads, and ruins that dot the landscape. Built around 1850 and influenced by the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau styles, the chateau was transformed into a luxurious and peaceful residence with just five rooms in 2007. (During certain weeks, the accommodations will in a nearby former manor home, which is now a stunning relais hotel). While the chateau does not have air-conditioning, it does have very thick walls that keep it cool at night. This is a lovely scenic village, very pastoral and charming, a perfect location for a wonderful food and wine experience.
About the lessons: The cooking classes are limited to a maximum of 12 participants, which allow Alison and Sidney to give personal attention to all their guests. Alison and Sidney are award-winning chefs with many years of international experience. After meeting at The Royal Swazi Sun Resort and Spa in Swaziland, they married and have enjoyed a colorful culinary career. They have cooked for several heads of state and celebrities (including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Richard Attenbourgh, Mick Jager, Madonna, Cher, Sylvester Stallone, U2, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), and have won recognition by major food guides and medals at the international level. The philosophy of this husband and wife team is ‘Balade Gormande sans Frontière’–Cooking without boundaries–or as Sidney would like to say, ‘Let’s take a walk on the wild side’: and he would, as he was born and raised on the plains of Zululand! They take traditional French cooking and introduce exotic flavors and traditions from around the world to create an exciting ‘cooking adventure.’
You will leave Le Calabash Cooking School with a new-found enthusiasm and confidence, impatient to return to your own kitchen to use your new skills.