Chef for a day

We run cookery days on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays where you can experience cooking and shopping French style.

The format of the day is a morning visit to one of the great local markets to buy our produce, bread baking, and in the afternoon cook a three or more course dinner for the rest of the guests staying here.

We focus on fresh seasonal ingredients, and can adapt our menus to suit your skills, interest, or dietary requirements, whatever they may be. The idea is to have fun, and we aim for a relaxed and enjoyable experience with plenty of hands on activity.

To give you an idea here are some of the dishes we have done this year :

Apricot strudels
Beetroot and goat cheese ravioli
Stuffed rabbit loin
Focaccia bread
Mediterranean style red mullet
Poppy seed tart
Tarte Tatin
Duck three ways
Shellfish feast (6 to 8 different types, bought from the boats that morning)
Cuttlefish ink pasta

The price per participant is 120 euros, which includes everything except accommodation.

Contact us to find out more, and we can put together an experience just for you.

Some guest comments :

“The food was absolutely exquisite”

“We enjoyed the best meals we ate in France “

“We have travelled thru France for the last 18 years and found the food here to be some of the best we've ever had”

“One of the best experiences we've have while traveling Europe”

“We foraged for wild garlic to use in the squid stew, cut beautiful flowers to decorate the dinner table and made a fabulous chocolate beetroot cake”

“I had mentioned I was trying to learn more about cheeses...David bought nine different cheeses - three gruyeres, three goat, a Livarot, a Nuefchatel and a Camembert. It was quite a tutorial!”

“The food was amazing - this is not 'fancy-schmancy' meals but incredibly fresh, local, tasty, home-cooking, and plentiful! “

“The evening was one of the highlights of our three weeks in Europe! “

“I have to say that the meal was simply outstanding. Our daughter demolished it too and it was a nice experience to eat all together outside in the sunshine. The flambe tarte tartin by moonlight was a highlight!”

“The cooking is superb, those cheese-boards almost defy belief. Can't recommend David's Priory highly enough, simply the best.”


And here and here are a couple of blogposts from participants (in French) to give you some more flavour of what we get up to.

duck carpaccio and radish
duck carpaccio

red mullet mediteranen style
mediteranean style red mullet

petoncles gratin
Queen scallops

ingredients for lemon and scallop risotto
lemon risotto\

Duck at Falaise market (Saturdays)
duck for sale

Goat cheese at St Pierre sur Dives market (Mondays)
goat cheese



Take a look at more example dishes here


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