Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Raymond Blanc's famous hotel, Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, in Oxfordshire, for a cookery class at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School. The school is headed up by Mark Peregrine, who has quite the impressive resume. He started his career more than 30 years ago as an apprentice under Raymond Blanc himself at Raymond's very first restaurant, Les Quat'Saisons. Since then he has worked at numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, including Le Manoir, and was even a chef lecturer at the Cordon Bleu Culinary school.
There are very few blogger events that I will take a day off work for, because I much prefer to use my holiday days to actually go on holiday. But when this invite dropped in my inbox I simply couldn't say no, so I booked the day off and last Friday drove the short 60min drive to Le Manoir.
Now I'll tell you more about Le Manoir itself in a separate post, as we were lucky enough to have a tour of the grounds and afternoon tea as well, which deserves it's own post entirely.
Unfortunately Raymond Blanc himself was hidden away finishing his already-late book, so we didn't get to meet him, but Mark and his team took very good care of us.
^^ This rosemary and Parmesan popcorn was literally the best popcorn I've ever had. It was incredible!
Raymond's own kitchenware brand is used in the kitchens, naturally.
We were shown how to create six different canapes, but my favourites were definitely the crab and mango tart and the chicken liver choux.
If you learn from really hands on teaching then this course probably isn't for you, but if you learn best from watching someone else and having them talk you through it, then you should definitely sign up! Even though chef made everything, we put the canapes together and learnt plenty of tips and tricks along the way, and we got the recipes and instructions to take home to practice with.
Find out some more information below or on the Cookery School website if you're interested, the class is running on 25th November and the 9th December - it's perfect if you're planning on hosting any Christmas parties!
The new course from Raymond Blanc Cookery School: Canapé class.
Whether planning a glamorous dinner or casual cocktails, set the scene with some spectacular tasty treats. Our fun, casual class will show you how to create sensational seasonal canapés that are sure to impress family and friends.
- Half-day course tuition
- Tea and coffee
- Course certificate
- Check in: 1:45pm
- Class starts: 2:00pm
- Class ends: 5:00pm
Price: £185 per person
Do you enjoy cooking? Have you been to Le Manoir?
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