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Walnut Grove Cookery School

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Address: La Hunaudiere | Livré la Touche, 53400 Chateau-Gontier, France
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003343985002
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Two professional gourmet chefs Maynard Harvey & Benedict Haines are...

Two professional gourmet chefs Maynard Harvey & Benedict Haines are waiting to share with you their wealth of experience and to take your cooking to the next level. Classes are fun, informal and inspirational – with no more than four guests to one chef everybody gets the personal attention they require, regardless of their skill level, with extensive hands-on time in the kitchen.

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Fantastic cookery school and fantastic owners.

I had such a wonderful experience at Walnut Grove with my Mum. We both enjoyed gaining new skills and techniques that we will be able to apply to our own cooking when we get home... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had such a wonderful experience at Walnut Grove with my Mum. We both enjoyed gaining new skills and techniques that we will be able to apply to our own cooking when we get home. Freya and Maynard are such fantastics hosts and made us feel very welcome from day 1 all the way through. I would highly recommend joining... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Amelia It was such a pleasure to meet you and your mother, we are so glad you enjoyed your time here. Best wishes with your future cooking/entertaining and I hope we may meet again some time in the future! kind regards Freya More 

Stornoway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

It is surprising these days to find something that exceeds your expectations but Walnut Grove does this. Freya and Chef Maynard run an exceptional program that starts with first enquiries - Freya does a wonderful job in being responsive to all questions and requests - and continues throughout the 5 days of the course. Maynard has immense experience and is... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Reuben Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, it was lovely to meet you this last week, it was just a shame you had a cold! We are so glad you enjoyed the course, so keep in touch and send us photos of your creations from time to time. And have a great time... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The memories of the 5 days we spent at Walnut Grove still linger! Maynard is a perfectionist and imparted this passion onto us; giving clever and impressive plating techniques with wonderful tastes and textures! Fabulous food and I learnt a lot, all tied together with fun, laughter, wine and glorious Maynard and Freya! They really worked hard to have our... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Helen Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, it is much appreciated. It was lovely to meet you when you were here and we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Do keep in touch, we always like seeing how past guests have progressed with their cooking! kind regards Freya More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

It's difficult to imagine how the five-day gourmet cookery course at Walnut Grove Cookery School could be bettered. Chef Maynard is an outstanding teacher whose wide, high-level experience is balanced with a strong sense of pragmatism. Over four long days we scampered through scores of dishes - an astonishing array - with demonstrations and hands-on time, peppered with hints and... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Susan Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to host you & your husband, and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to meet again some time in the not so distant future! In the meantime do keep in touch. best regards Freya More 

Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

When planning our honeymoon to Europe, my husband, a chemist by training who enjoys creating in the kitchen, was very excited to add a cooking school to our plan. He did a bunch of internet research and thanks to the great amount of info available on the website, and ease of communicating with Freya, selected Walnut Grove. I was a... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Orchidlady Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, it was so nice getting to know you & your husband back in May. We are delighted that you have been using your new skills so much since returning home. Please do keep in touch and perhaps we will see you again one day! best regards... More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

I went with my husband as part of a group with 3 other couples. We were a mixed bag of ability but the two chefs coped well with that! I learnt a huge amount and the course has encouraged me to be a little braver in the kitchen and try preparing more unusual (for me!) dishes. Certainly I now understand... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Joanna Thank you very much for your review, we really enjoyed meeting you, your husband and all your friends. Great to hear that you have been more adventurous in the kitchen - do send us some photos from time to time if you fancy it! Keep in touch and best wishes Freya More 

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

The website was so stunning and packed with information... I knew this was the course for us. Freya too responded so efficiently to my inquiry and was so friendly it made me immediately feel that I wanted to book. We had such a fantastic foray into all sorts of techniques and tips of the trade that we had never come... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Karen Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it was lovely to meet you & David and we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Even better to hear that you are still experimenting with the recipes and savoring the results! Best regards Freya More 

Marbella, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

I went on the last course scheduled for this calendar year, and the last one for chef Maynard. Both chefs are brilliant and eager to share their broad knowledge and despite being a chef myself I learnt a lot. There was only 5 students so we each got individual attention. I don't need to gush about the location and the... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Luckytraveler20111 It was lovely to meet you and we are sorry to hear that you felt the dinners were slightly rushed, unfortunately the speed of the courses are dictated by when our guests come down from the mezzanine into the kitchen ready to plate up the next course, which we don't really have any control over. Due to the... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

After looking online for cooking schools all over the world, I kept coming back to their well developed site. After 2 years of wishing, I decided to jump in and and reserve a spot...my husband is a nervous traveler in unfamiliar places...so I took the leap on my own. I've just returned home and keep reliving the experience in my... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Sherry It was great to meet you, we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is greatly appreciated. Have fun practising your new skills, and do keep in touch. best regards Freya More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

In June 2015 we visited Walnut Grove with friends and what an experience to share and enjoy. It was teriffic fun in every way, we learnt such a lot of new skills and it was so interesting to watch two masters of their craft at work, Maynard and Benedict. The accommodation was delightful and Freya was on hand to see... More 

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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this review

Dear Jackie Well - you do know how to make the gin & tonic sorbet now, have you made it yet?!!! (It is a winner!) It was lovely to meet you, Rob & your friends when you came in June and we are looking forward to catching up again when we are over in the UK if it works out.... More 

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