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 have..."
Debbie Evans
Sth Africa

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"One of the best courses I've done, cleverly structured so that your confidence really increases as the week progresses. It's great fun too."
Jenni Muir, author of 'A Place to Cook' and 'Cooking School Holidays' and ex-chairman of the British Guild of Food Writers Association.

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"Exceeded expectations in every way possible. Absolutely perfect! The only negative was having to depart. The only frustration waiting to return..."
Walt Green
Newport R.I. USA

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Cookery courses at the Walnut Grove

Gourmet Cuisine and Cooking Classes in the beautiful Mayenne

The Walnut Grove has moved to a new location!!!! 

We, Maynard and Freya, would like to introduce our great friend and fantastic chef; Eric Duvin, the new owner of the Walnut Grove.

He brings you 35 years of experience and is passionate about continuing the Walnut Grove and sharing the secrets and techniques of fine cuisine. 

Check out his new itinerary, dishes and techniques. 

Learn the secrets of gourmet cooking. Cook alongside top chefs. Enjoy exceptional food and wine, great company and luxury accommodation in the Loire Valley County. What more could you ask for?

  • Learn in a supportive, relaxed & fun atmosphere
  • Extensive hands-on time in the kitchen
  • Whatever your skill level enhance your existing abilities
  • Learn professional style presentation skills
  • Maximum class size 6 clients to 1 professional chef 
  • Individual attention guaranteed.
  • Absolutely no washing up!
  • All classes are in English
  • Our guests say "Arrived as clients, left as friends!"
  • Contact us now for a gourmet holiday experience that will last you a lifetime

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A unique gourmet cookery course in France

Cook in a professional kitchen set in a renovated French longiere. Learn about working with fresh, local ingredients, planning dishes, preparing, cooking and seasoning, and mastering the fine art of presentation. Explore flavours, textures and techniques. And leave with new skills and ideas, and a renewed passion and confidence for gourmet cooking.

Cook the food of your dreams

Our cookery course ranges from home-smoking that you can do in your own oven, knife skills, stocks and sauces, chicken butchery, and sugar work to fine dining presentation skills plus many other building blocks that will take you on a culinary journey to achieve your perfect dinner party.

Hands on in the kitchen

You’ll enjoy small groups of no more than 6 pupils with Chef Eric and plenty of hands on practice in the kitchen as he teaches and cooks side by side with you.  And don’t worry about your ability because our cookery course covers the basic skills right through to those tricky techniques.

Great company and the warmth of the kitchen 

You’re here to enjoy. So prepare to be part of a warm and welcoming kitchen where laughter is part of the seasoning. It’s got to be fun and relaxed because that’s what a kitchen should be.  Eric may be an award winning chef but he wants you to enjoy cooking with him and you can expect plenty of lighthearted humour.

Join us for dinner and a room with a view

Cook, taste and learn during the days and each evening sit down to multiple courses of gastronomic delights that you have cooked & presented, fine wines and interesting conversation with like-minded people 

All in all, the perfect end to a spectacular day!

Start prepping today for your cookery course in France here at Walnut Grove. We’ve laid a place for you at the table, so just let us know when you’re coming


Questions? Send us an email