is cooking an art or a science? no, it’s passion and instinct
Food of Course
Lou Hutton is one of the ingredients that makes Food of Course a very special place to spend a month. Her ability to instil confidence and enthusiasm, while making cooking great fun, is endorsed by all her students. All would agree that she is able to totally change your thinking about food and cooking whether you are already a competent cook, or whether you have yet to master beans on toast. You will learn to love food. You will realise the enormous pleasure you can give to others through the experience of great food and wine.
A professional cook with over 25 years' teaching experience, Lou was the principal teacher at The Grange in Somerset and then went on to set up her own catering business after freelancing all over the world, including France, New Zealand and Australia. But her real passion is teaching, and her success has been founded on vibrant energy and ability to get you cooking fabulous food of which you are justifiably proud, while imparting a wealth of experience and knowledge. You will find that days disappear in a cloud of fun and laughter, and the end of the day comes around before you have even blinked.
The residential cookery school is based at Middle Farm House in Somerset, in a beautiful 16th century thatched ‘Long House’. The Hutton family originally farmed here in the 18th century, and the house has been superbly renovated by Lou and Roger Hutton, retaining much of its original character. The large farmhouse kitchen, with views over the gardens, provides a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which students can develop their new found cooking skills and confidence. The kitchen has been thoughtfully designed and equipped, and includes an Aga as well as all modern cooking appliances.
The nearby rail station on the UK network at Castle Cary has fast links to London Paddington, as well as to the West Country and Cornwall, north to Bath and Bristol, and south west to the Jurassic Coast. To view directions to the Cookery School from anywhere in England click here.
Accommodation is in fabulous comfy bedrooms nearly all with ensuite bathrooms. There is a sitting room for downtime, with a huge sofa for curling up in front of the TV or for catching up with friends through our wireless internet connection. All accommodation, including sheets and towels, and of course food, is provided as though you were staying in an excellent country house hotel, so all you need to bring is yourself.
You are welcome to stay at weekends, although many people have weekend commitments elsewhere, leaving on Friday afternoons and returning on either Sunday evening or Monday morning.