The top ten food and drink holidays in France for 2015
‘Wilde cooking, Normandy.
Under the enticing name of the Wilde Kitchen, Irish expat Sinéad Allart (née Wilde) offers three-day small-group gourmet breaks in the countryside south-west of Cherbourg. As well as classes in the succulent art of cooking traditional dishes like poulet Vallée d’Auge and teurgoule – respectively, chicken with cream and apples, and the Norman version of rice pudding – the holidays include outings to local markets and restaurants. You also get to visit an organic cider press and cook a full meal in the centuries-old bread oven of a neighbouring farm. Accommodation is in a beautifully converted barn that has two ensuite b & b rooms plus a self-catering apartment.’
‘Sinéad is a very knowledgeable cook and makes everyone successful. These classes aren’t just about learning some new recipes or polishing your knife skills. We have learned so much more about the connections between food and culture. The trips to the local markets were highlights, since going with a local allows you to feel more comfortable asking questions and trying new things.’- Cindy and Jim (U.S)
‘I wish we had organised a few extra day at the Wilde Kitchen cooking school, as while the cooking was terrific, the school terrific, we fell in love with the area and so a couple of extra days to look around would have been marvellous! Sinéad Wilde is the best host – so much fun, and full of knowledge about Norman food and cooking. We had a ball.’ - Christine (Australia)