Circle of Misse

Food & Wine Courses

Aaron Tighe

A message from Aaron (Executive Chef, Wine & Cooking Instructor):

Wow what a spring season we have had. We had one cook back for the third time, on this occasion for the week long A Cook Progresses. It's wonderful to watch people display the skills and knowledge they have developed here, and it's exciting that they return to learn more.

I love the community we’ve all developed here at Misse, and the people who come here to cook are a big part of that. There is nothing our writers love more than to arrive to lunch or dinners cooked by our Misse cooks, it adds a highpoint to the day and stimulates conversation around the table.

We are continuing work on the first Misse cookbook, and with a lot of help from participants as we test and refine recipes. Some new additions from this spring's menu: A clear cool soup using tomato water, a lasagne of endive and Taleggio, potato and black olive pancakes and Fior di Latte ice cream. Many of these will end up in our first book and we hope to have it ready early next year.

So, to those of you who haven't taken the plunge, don't put it off. Find out for yourself why cooks and writers at all experience levels from the UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe and as far away as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, The United States and so many places in between, journey to France each year to cook and write at Misse.

See you soon…
Aaron


Classic Cooking Courses

One and Two-Day Cooking Courses

These two-day and one-day food experiences provide you with an authentic taste of France, something which is becoming harder to find. Read more ››

Misse Wine Experience

Wine Tasting Days @ Misse

Intrigued by the romance of vineyard life? Want to immerse yourself in the lore, culture, and science behind that superb glass of Loire red, white… Read more ››

Wine & Food Weekends

Food & Wine Weekends

A weekend escape to rural France for the foodie and wine lover in everyone. Wine tastings, shopping at a farmer’s market, a vineyard visit… Read more ››

A Writer Begins

A Cook Begins & Prepares

A unique creativity boosting experience that features food and wine as the basis for exploring our senses, learning new skills, broadening our knowledge… Read more ››

A Cook Progresses

A Cook Progresses

This extended version of ‘A Cook Begins & Prepares’ includes an extra couple of days and picks up where the ‘Begins’ experience leaves off, delving deeper… Read more ››


A rustic French farmhouse in a verdant valley, beside a slow-moving river, with fields, meadows and forests; the scent of rosemary, thyme, fresh baked bread and vegetables plucked from the garden moments earlier simmering in the stock pot. A relaxed, gently buzzing kitchen run by passionate cooks who love to share their knowledge, turning out one fantastic plate after another, using only the freshest seasonal local ingredients: the perfect setting for a relaxed and inspiring culinary holiday.

‘Thank you so much for this wonderful cooking experience - every time I cook, even if not using your recipes, I will think of you. I learned so much, and I'll be able to apply my new knowledge to new cooking experiences at home. You are inspiring teachers - I will remember this experience as one of my best ever!’

- Mary (California, USA)

We offer one and two day courses for those of you who want to add a culinary adventure to an existing vacation. Food and Wine weekends for those of you looking for a short escape to foodie heaven and our longer in-depth courses for those of you looking to improve your culinary skills and extend your passion for food and wine.

One and Two-Day Cooking Courses and Wine-Tasting Days @ Misse: One and two-day cooking courses and one and two-day wine holidays. The perfect addition to an existing French holiday which gives you an authentic taste of France that will enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of the sights, sounds and tastes of the Loire Valley.

Food and Wine Weekends: A weekend escape to rural France for the foodie and wine lover in everyone. Eat, drink, learn, discuss. A gastronome's delight.

A Cook: Begin & Prepares, Progresses Unique creativity boosting experiences that features food and wine as the basis for exploring our senses, learning new skills, broadening our knowledge, boosting confidence and learning to seek out and appreciate the lovely things in life. Four day or six day versions.

Whichever strand of wine and food experience you choose, we look after you in great style, allowing you to retreat from your day-to-day, learn new things, explore your creativity, take a deep country air breath, and have a blast. This is your home-away from it all. A nurturing cocoon where your creative development and enjoyment come first.

What can we say, words aren't enough :)
It's been amazing in all ways. Great food, great fun, great company. Beautiful area and home. We are sad to leave, but have many happy memories and lovely smiles on our faces

- Rachel & Michael Meadows (Stamford, UK)

No cookie cutters here. We make each experience unique to the participant. We do this by keeping the groups small and paying attention to every little detail. We employ a holistic approach where visits to farmer’s markets, vineyards and chateaus combine with hands-on instruction to create a highly enjoyable enriching experience that yields enormous results.

Our teaching kitchen and dining area offer lovely views across fields of wheat and sunflowers down to the river and across to ruins of the abbey.

Walk through the countryside. Sip a glass of wine. Nestle in the lounge, choose a book from the library, or discover a quiet corner of the garden under the plum trees. In other words: relax, recharge, and get out of your day-to-day routine. And learn something too.

Browse the tabs above to pick the experience right for you. Whichever food & wine course you pick, we can’t wait to see you in Misse.

Cooking Courses in Pictures