Food Experiences
food experiences

Think about the best meals of your life. What do you remember? I’m willing to bet that it’s not just the exquisitely delicious food that causes these to rise like cream to the top of your list of happiest foodie memories. It’s the company you’re with, the fact that you couldn’t stop laughing, the pride on your daughter’s face as she served you something of her own invention for the first time, way the sun flooded into the dining room and lit up the flowers on the table… Each of these little pieces of the puzzle contributes to the atmosphere of the day, and the enjoyment of the dinner.

I’m proud to offer a range of food experiences for you to enjoy; from intimate, laughter-filled supper clubs, to decadent afternoon tea and hands-on cookery classes. Get in touch to discuss or book a place.

Meaningful experiences with food are just that: experiences, and at Gourmandises Académie, it’s my goal to present you with a meal that’s happy and heartfelt as well as delicious; that nourishes your soul as well as your stomach.

Cook and Enjoy

Time to get your hands dirty

Part cookery class, part dinner, my Cook and Enjoy experiences put you at the heart of my home – the kitchen. With my guidance, you’ll create the dishes that will be gracing our table. I’ll let you into some of my kitchen secrets and family recipes, and we’ll have a giggle and a glass or two of wine as we cook together. Then, it’s time to eat. Take a seat at my table and enjoy the fruits of your labours.

Cook and enjoy, is an experience that can take place either here at the Académie or in the comfort of your home.

food experiences
food experiences

One to One Coaching

My undivided attention

What do you want to learn? Whether it’s the perfect blend of spices for a tropical island curry, the smoothly flavoured crème pat to pipe in the centre of your favourite tarts, the perfectly delicate-yet-crackable shell on a macaron or anything else you can think of, my one-to-one classes give you access to my culinary knowledge and put you in the driving seat. No matter your level of experience, these half-day or full-day classes will give you focused guidance and a host of top tips to build your confidence and hone your skills in the kitchen.

To find out more, get in touch and let’s have a chat about your requirements, and how a class with me could look.

Your Own Private Chef 

Bringing the secrets of my kitchen to yours

If you’re planning a dinner party, celebrating a birthday or looking for a way to treat yourself and your loved ones to a romantic evening in, then why not book me as your own private chef? I’ll consult with you to design a bespoke menu, and will travel to your home to create a delicious meal for you and your guests.

For more information, email me contact@gourmandises.co.uk

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Le Bistrot Clandestin

A little piece of Réunion in the heart of Cambridgeshire. 

Prioritising flavour over fancy flourishes, this pop-up restaurant invites food adventurers to my home to experience the cuisine of the island I love so dearly. The portions are hearty and so is the laughter, so come along to share a meal and some stories with your fellow diners, and enjoy the spice and the sunshine of my homeland.

Find out more information and book tickets at the next bistrot evening here

Patisserie Privée

It’s afternoon tea, but not as you know it…

My sweet tooth is both voracious and fine-tuned – it’s something I’m rather proud of. I absolutely believe that a meal can sometimes begin and end with dessert, and with Patisserie Privée, indulgence is the name of the game. This is the sort of decadent afternoon tea that Marie Antoinette dreamed of. I’ll create a sweet grazing table groaning with miniature patisseries and tiny mouthful sized desserts. These are classically French inspired, with a hit of the tropical flavours that have become my signature. Treat yourself and your inner hedonist, because why should the savoury courses have all the fun?

Find out more and book your own Patisserie Privée event here

food experiences