Testimonials

I really enjoyed today. Likeminded people with similar reasons for being here. Learnt lots of new ideas. Adriana was inspiring. Feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from her. Looking forward to tomorrow! Thank you
As an owner of many, many gluten free cookbooks, it was great to have someone explain the science behind all of the mysterious ingredients like xantham gum and gelatin in the use of bread making. It gives you the knowledge to be able to substitute and experiment, but still have a successful end product.

Victoria Orrow, Gluten Free Bread

Billy was an excellent, engaging and knowledgeable tutor. Thank you.
Totally enjoyed the day. Learnt so much, left wanting more...
Had fun, went so quickly! Loved the teacher, very engaging, great tutor. Loved the staff, very helpful, polite, knowledgeable.
My first cooking course, could become an addiction!
I have really enjoyed the course. I felt the content was appropriate and achievable for my level. I am now confident and inspired to try at home!

Claire Sheridan, Cooking for Beginners

Exactly what I hoped for after seeing Britain's Best Bakery.
A great day, thank you. Didn't know what to expect, quite apprehensive. Billy was fantastic, easy to follow instruction with a friendly, approachable and helpful manner. Would definitely return. I loved the 'Free Spirit' approach which encourages experimentation.
Very Enjoyable - As a complete novice i realize i can cook.
Emma's instruction is full of useful tips and good cookery skills. The atmosphere in the kitchen was great and our food tasted excellent.
Thanks
I thought the course was excellent, the surroundings are beautiful. The staff professional and friendly. This was a gift and I'd recommend any course as the overall experience was a brilliant day. Thank you

Fiona Atkinson, Cooking for Beginners

Many, many thanks for an extremely enjoyable, entertaining and informative day. Everybody at Braxted went out of their way to be helpful and cheerful. The two ladies who helped were brilliant. They 'ghosted' about and did all the things I hate. Mark David was informative, enthusiastic and wonderfully patient.
Again thank you all .
Absolutely brilliant-am definitely inspired-Mum will be very pleased !!
Great course, great teacher, great food, great tips from Peter, lots of interesting stories too !!
David and Lindsay they were great, very helpful and we learnt a broad range of cake and bread. I would come back again. Thank you to them for making it a great day.
I just wanted to say how enjoyable and rewarding I found the whole experience.
First of all the food I took home from the session was delicious and enjoyed by my whole family. Secondly it's been a good 3 weeks since and I've been trying out all the recipes, so if one of your outcomes is to help the participants to get confidence in the kitchen it has worked with me. Thirdly, and I've appreciated this more since I've started cooking. Your choice of dishes were very clever and practical. Not only are they easy to master, they also give you the base to be more creative and adventurous with other dishes. I have strongly recommended my friends to take a class and I will definitely do something else to help take me to the next level.
“I was given a birthday gift of a day’s cooking at Braxted Park and finally chose to take part in the Italian Cookery day. I went by myself and was quickly given a warm welcome and teamed up with another person so that we could work together, enabling us to get through more recipes. Later in the day we all sat down to sample the proceeds of our lessons. We were given useful hints and tips, the day was pitched at the right level of expertise, there was always extra help on hand if required and, above all, we had fun. When I telephoned my sons to thank them for their gift, I was asked if I would like to go again to another class and my answer was a definite yes – the problem is choosing which one!”

Pamela Hatswell, Authentic Italian

An Excellent day - great fun, superb food and a fun learning experience.

Peter Pyke, Moroccan Feast

Very Informative, easy to follow and varied recipes - brilliant! Chef was great.
Professional, Interesting, Informative, Educational in lovely surroundings.
Friendly and Informative in a perfect environment with an inspirational tutor.
Excellent course, charismatic chef, excellent menu with great value.

Jatin Chauhan, Authentic Italian

Amazing. Relaxed.

Melanie Nicholson, Authentic Italian

Excellent - good fun but very informative.

John Chamberlain, Bread for Beginners

Brilliant, fun and professional - very inspiring! Thank you :-) x
Really enjoyable and informative. Inspired to cook new dishes for the family.
Really good, brilliant ideas for home and future barbecuing.
Really informative, learnt new skills, learnt what I was doing wrong with choux pastry! Really enjoyable day. Hopefully I will get another Christmas present this year!

Jane Barnett, French Pâtisserie

Very professional and friendly - A lovely experience!
Thank you for making the day so interesting, enlivening and rewarding.

Hulya's enthusiasm was infectious and her unfussy approach suited my clumsy 'unsophisticated, peasant' manner perfectly so I never felt foolish or at loss.

Hulya is a great asset to the school and I wish you and all the team the very best for the future. The family much enjoyed the fruits of our labours. I will strongly recommend your work to my friends and, hopefully, I may return for another helping in the future.

Hugh Winn, Moroccan Feast

Excellent, will be looking at a second course.
Fantastic day, excellent teacher who was a huge support and easy to follow and fantastic ingredients.
True passion shone through from the chef - great teacher.

Sarah White, Authentic Italian

Guy was brilliant! Even I could do it!
Superb - informative yet informal. An excellent day.

Sarah van Poortliet, Modern British - 2

Excellent. Thoroughly recommend it and shall book more.
l just wanted to say how much l enjoyed my Moroccan Feast Cookery class on Sat 8th Feb. with Chef Hulya Erdal. It was a present from my wife and I had a great day with cooking 7 different dishes which we all eat/tried or could take home what we couldn't eat.
This was the first Moroccan Feast course and it went smoothly with explanations of the recipes and best way to do things. There were new flavours and combinations to try alongside new techniques and skills advice to take away for future cooking. We were split into groups of 2 or 3 to create our own dishes in a friendly and environment without any fear of failing or letting anyone down. Working in small groups encouraged us to discuss what we liked and our own little tweaks and takes on dishes and recipes.
It has given me the bug to want to do more courses, which l will do in the future when l can.
Thanks to Hulya, our kitchen assistants and Julia/Dan for a great day.

Steve Clarke, Moroccan Feast

I attended a cookery course on the 24th October 2013, this was on the subject of Modern British Food with William Grinstead, although I left feedback at the end of the course that day I would like to comment further.

Not having been on a cookery course before I was not sure quite what to expect, my fears were soon put to rest by the friendly welcome and atmosphere at Braxted Park. Everthing was well explained by those involved throughout the course. The chef had an excellent friendly teaching manner that encouraged participation, no one was made to feel intimidated or foolish.

I feel that my level of cooking was elevated as a result of the course and look forward to participating in a future course when possible. Please forward my thanks to those involved.

Mr Chris Sleap

Mr Chris Sleap, Modern British Food

Superb day, great staff, excellent chef and easy to follow recipes.

A. Perryman, Brilliant Baking

Thank you so much for a wonderful day in a beautiful setting. This was booked for me as a birthday surprise and it was the best birthday present ever!!!

S. Julian, Brilliant Baking

Professional environment, motivational and a pleasure to attend.
Mark is the perfect person to have for this kind of cookery class. So easy to talk to, so willing to answer questions. Lovely day!
Wonderful setting for an enjoyable course with lots of great tips.
Lived up to expectation. Well organised and very good kitchen.
Very well organised, fun, easy, tasty food, great recipes.
Fantastic experience! Very well organised. Coming home with a lot to try.
Enjoyable relaxing day, good food, good company.
Good content, easy going and well delivered.
Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable whistle-stop tour of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Really enjoyed the experience - fun and new techniques, thanks!
Lots of fun, great teacher and good class mates!
Superb! Best day out in ages. Ursula you are an Italian inspiration!

H. Hare-Scott, Authentic Italian

I have never participated in anything like this before, or indeed, would never have attempted pasta, although I've wanted to, but Ursula has given me the knowledge and confidence to try.

Amazing lady, organisation and good group!

J. Connolly, Authentic Italian

The tutor was first class - very thorough and easy to follow. Thank you for a great day.
Really good introduction to Indian food and very enjoyable. Thank you.
Very well run, very clear, all questions answered.
Had a lovely day, 1st class!
Fun, friendly and informative. Perfect pace and level of expectation.
Loved every minute of it!
Hands-on! Exactly how a cookery class should be!
Our chef, Ursula Ferrigno was an amazing teacher and we made some fantastic food - thank you so much...I'm inspired!
Very professional and well run. Amazing number of
Canapés covered and prepared!
This was a very enjoyable, relaxed and fun day! Great food - Stuffed!!
Thank you so much for a great day! I really enjoyed the course and didn't want the day to end, I have picked up so many tips to take home and cant wait to use them.

Mark was great fun, very inspirational and made it very enjoyable and easy to follow... what a lovely guy. Sara was great too and worked so hard behind the scenes.

I really want to come back one day, I have already told my husband it would make the perfect gift in the future.... hopefully see you soon!
I have just completed the course with you today.

It was a birthday present from my wife and it will go down as one of the best to date. Billy was a fantastic tutor and, clearly, a talented chef. Sarah works tirelessly and the day wouldn't be possible without all of her hard work.

The menu was great, familiar food, but with Billy's own twist, and there was plenty of time to ask questions.

The new facilities are excellent and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Tapas next, I think!
Thank you for another wonderful day,

Excellent courses. I have now been on two courses and have booked a third. The taster sessions are fantastic and will leave you wanting more, treat yourself and a friend to lunch and watch them enjoy helping to prepare a tasty dish.

The organisation is excellent the whole team are fantastic and the whole day course or a couple of hours taster is fun, informal, informative and inspiring, 5 star *****
Food was excellent. Made plenty of dishes and had more recipes from the chef. Mark was excellent and very inspiring.

S Sullivan

Really practical day as all stuff I would cook again, entertaining, most enjoyable way to learn.

D Wilkinson

Was very interesting as we were able to see quite clearly what was going on, and take part in a lot of the cooking process, and enjoyable eating at the end. A lovely day!

A Smith

Chef fantastic, easy to understand and delicious food!

A Brown

Very enjoyable, just the right pace, a good sized class, ample opportunity to be involved and ask questions.

I Wilson

Fun and informal, with a good course content - plenty of dishes to cook & eat.

M Hurst

Great day. Inspired to try more cooking at home.

N Roots

A very relaxed atmostsphere and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

M Pemberton

Loved Mark, loved the recipes and spontaneity, loved the food. All brilliant and the staff were great!

O Huntingford

Incredible time at the day long cookery course at Braxted Park with Mark Webb and Polly. It teaches you all of the basics as well as giving you an insight into the finer points of dining. Then you sit down to a fantastic 3 course meal that you have cooked yourself!! What more can you ask for?! I am now looking at the seafood course later on this year with immense enthusiasm!! And to think that I didn't have a clue in the kitchen before. A big thanks to everyone involved

S Laight