Cooks' Holiday Tours; If You Can't Stand the Heat This Summer, Why Not Get into the Kitchen with a Cookery Course. Here We Sample Just a Few

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Fisherman's friend

Place Padstow Seafood School.

Where Padstow, Cornwall.

What King of seafood Rick Stein offers one- to four-day courses for grownup fish fans and a half-day course for children. A range of themes, but Original Fish and Shellfish Cookery remains the most popular course.

Who Rick Stein set up the school in 2000, but Mark Devonshire is the resident cookery teacher.

Lasting lessons Everything covered from filleting fish to cooking crab, making a classic bouillabaisse or preparing Thai hot and sour fish soup.

Cost From [pounds sterling]165 for a one-day course to [pounds sterling]1,445 for a four-day course with accommodation.

When Practically every day throughout the year.

Contact www.rickstein.com; 01841 532700.

Michelin men

Place The Raymond Blanc Cookery School.

Where The two-Michelin-star Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire.

What Raymond Blanc offers one-day courses (Christmas Dinner Party, Fusion Cuisine And Canapes); two-day courses (Seafood, Vegetarian Cuisine) and the full Raymond Blanc Cookery School 4-Day Course.

Who Raymond Blanc set up the school 10 years ago. Stephen Bulmer is director.

Lasting lessons RB's Christmas dinner does away with boring turkey and veg combination.

Cost From [pounds sterling]225 for a one-day course to [pounds sterling]1,995 for four days.

When Different courses most days.

Contact www.manoir.com; 01844 278881.

Tagine machine

Place La Maison Arabe.

Where Marrakech, Morocco.

What Founded in the Forties, restaurant and place-to-be-seen La Maison Arabe was transformed into a boutique hotel in 1998. The first place to run cookery classes in Marrakech, it runs flexible day courses for up to eight people (residential and nonresidential).

Typically, you either prepare an appetiser and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.

Meandering around Marrakech's lively souks to pick up exotic spices and cooking pots adds to the romance of the experience.

Who The hotel is owned by Italian Prince Fabrizio Ruspoli, son of the film director Mario Ruspoli.

Workshops are conducted by a dada (a traditional female Moroccan cook) with a translator (Arabic, English, French) on hand for linguistic assistance.

Lasting lessons Learn to prepare classic dishes such as chicken tagine with lemon and olives, or orange and cinnamon salad.

Cost Day workshops cost [pounds sterling]98 per person for one or two people; [pounds sterling]37 for groups of three to five; [pounds sterling]30 for groups of five to eight. …

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