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A complete cooking and culinary experience

It is surprising these days to find something that exceeds your expectations but Walnut Grove does... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
reubrose
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Stornoway, United Kingdom
Wonderful cooking, fabulous food, stimulating learning experience and good fun!

The memories of the 5 days we spent at Walnut Grove still linger! Maynard is a perfectionist and... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
Helenmca3
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Professional gourmet chef Maynard Harvey is waiting to share with you his wealth of experience and to take your cooking to the next level. Classes are fun, informal and inspirational – with no more than five guests to one chef everybody gets the...more
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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 -...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2016

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2016

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...More

Reviewed 28 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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2016

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: November 2015
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2015

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2015

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2015

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...More

Reviewed 23 August 2015

At the end of June, I went on a 5 day course to the Walnut Grove. I really enjoyed every single moment and was sorry when it ended. I can honestly say that this is one of the very best residential cooking courses that I...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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Freya H, Owner at Walnut Grove Cookery School, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2015

Dear Debbie It was lovely meeting you in June, and sharing so many interesting stories. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, and we look forward to keeping in touch and hopefully meeting again - maybe we'll come to Sth...More

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