"6 day" Christmas Itinerary

The course begins on the Friday early evening with champagne followed by a six-course gourmet dinner where you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow guest/participants and sample the style of food you will be learning to cook for the rest of the course. 

The rest of the week comprises of;  Saturday morning we will go shopping in the beautiful market in Laval.  After lunch it will be hands-on in the kitchen, preparing dinner.

Sunday will be hands-on in the kitchen, at 16.00 we will go to Laval to enjoy the Christmas light all around the town and the chateau.

Then it is back in the kitchen for dinner.

A full day in the kitchen on Monday, mostly hands-on. Tuesday again is hands-on until lunchtime.

After lunch we will go to visit the thousand year old medieval town Vitré historical places with beautiful chateau and cobbled street. Time to discover Vitré Christmas light, relax and do some (more) shopping, 

 We shall be back in the kitchen for the finishing touches of cooking and presenting dinner. 

Wednesday is the last day in the kitchen and it will be hands-on again creating dinner.

The aim of this course is to build on each of the clients existing skills so that they leave feeling very confident, with a far greater understanding of ingredients & techniques so that they can take their cooking to the next level. 

Laval Market Chateau-Neuf

The itinerary may be subject to change according to the market in order to take advantage of the seasonal/regional foods.


Arrival in the afternoon

17.00  – Introductory talk with complimentary champagne and canapés,  

Discussing aims and course structure 

18.00 – Dinner 6-course gourmet dinner


Seared foie gras with pear and balsamic reduction

Seabass with Jerusalem artichoke

Champagne sauce

Apple and calvados sorbet

Beef filet tournedos, celeriac and truffle purée

Wild mushroom sauce


Passion fruit and orange bavarois, honeycomb and meringue

Tea and coffee


It’s market day in Laval,

We will spend the morning like the locals, exploring all the fresh seasonal specialties the market has to offer.  Immerse yourself in full French culture with a Market Tour. 

8.45 – Breakfast

9.15 – Off to Laval, market shopping 

Back for lunch at 13h

14h – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

18.00-  Dinner


Caramelised scallops, cauliflower 3 ways with truffle

Gin and Tonic Sorbet

Duck à l’orange, spinach and crispy potato terrine


Iced tiramisu parfait with confit chestnut purée

Tea and coffee


8.45 – Breakfast

9.15 – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

12.00 – lunch

13.00 – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

16.00 – Off to Laval to see the Christmas light

(Christmas market only

on Sunday 10th December)

Back at 19.00

20.00 – Dinner


Langoustine tartar, Carrot mousse and Campari espuma

Bloody Mary Sorbet

Beef bourguignon and gratin dauphinois

(ox cheek or oxtail)


Vanilla and Tonka bean crème brulée, chilli and coconut ice cream

Tea and coffee


8.45 – Breakfast

9.15 – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

13.00 – lunch

14.00  – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

18.00 – Dinner


Foie gras tortellini, pea purée and truffle foam

Crab mini croque monsieur with a 63° egg

Lemon sorbet

Stuffed quail, braised red cabbage, spicy pumpkin tarte tatin

Port and juniper réduction


Grand Marnier soufflé, lemon verbena sorbet, orange marmelade pim’s

Tea and coffee


8.45 – Breakfast

9.15 – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

lunch at 13h

14.00 – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

16.00 – Off to Vitré, medieval town and chateau,

 shopping, and Christmas light

Back at 19h

20.00 – Dinner


Cod filet cooked in fig leaves milk, roasted root vegetable

jus scented with coffee

French onion soup with cheese croutons

Pear williams Sorbet

Duck leg confit, braised lentils and chestnut

 gaufrette potatoes


Christmas yule log 

(buche de Noël)

Tea and coffee


8.45 – Breakfast

9.15 – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

13.00 – lunch

14.00  – In the kitchen, hands-on cooking class

18.00 – Dinner


Paté en croute (Traditional French meat pie)

Venison and pork

Wholegrain mustard ice cream and pickles

Lobster bisque, smoked paprika toast

Mojito Sorbet

Medley of chicken (4 ways) with 

pumpkin purée &

a béarnaise sauce


Coffee and baileys cheesecake with

chocolate and earl grey tea ice cream

Tea and coffee


9.00 – Breakfast

10.00 – Departure

Price "6 day" Christmas Itinerary

Euros € 2495.00 per person,

shared ensuite bedroom with 

twin beds or double bed.

What's included

 – Champagne on arrival
 – 6 night ensuite accommodation
 – All food including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
 – Soft drinks all day
 – All tuition with a professional French chef
 – All equipment needed
 – Excursion to Laval’s market, shopping and Christmas light
 – Excursion to Vitré, medieval town, chateau, shopping and Christmas light
 – Transport from Laval train station at scheduled times
 – Molton Brown toiletries
 – Menu and recipe folder to take home
 – Course certificate
 – Free Wifi

What's not included

 – Travel

 – Laundry (€25 Euros)

 – Wine and alcoholic beverages

Wine and other alcoholic beverages can be purchased from our bar