If you're looking for presents to get for a foodie friend or relative how about a food course? Gone are the days of posh ladies in kitchens showing you how to make cream of mushroom vol au nets. There are now a whole host of modern classes out there and you can learn everything from beekeeping to bread and pizza making. Here are our top six favourites...
1. FOR A FRIEND
Harvey Nichols has teamed up with cult street foodies Pizza Pilgrims to launch new pizza making classes. The class includes learning how to create and knead the dough, pizza spinning and cooking the perfect pizza. Classes cost £40 per person and you can buy vouchers here.
2. FOR HIM INDOORS
Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert are stars of Channel 4’s hit TV series The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Apart from being rather dishy they are a baker and butcher by trade and are a dab hand in the kitchen. They also own a great cookery school Hobbs House Bakery School where you can learn anything from bread-making to meat masterclasses. There's not a cupcake decorating class in sight and perfect for Mr Foodie. Click here for more info
3. FOR THE ADVENTURER
Foodsafari.co.uk offers great one-day courses including beginners’ beekeeping, mushroom hunting and urban foraging in the south east.
4. FOR YOUR MUM - OR SIS
Enrol on the ultimate course for chocolate fanatics by Cactus Kitchens, brought to you in association with Hotel Chocolat, and learn how cocoa beans are made into chocolate and try your hand at making delicious chocolate truffles and bars from scratch. Book here
5. FOR THE SUPER-FOODIE IN YOUR LIFE
Spend a day learning the tricks of the trade from top chef Monica Galetti (the scary one from Masterchef), where she will take you through a spectacular three-course menu. Monica has worked with god of all foodies Michel Roux Jr for ten years. £395, www.cactuskitchens.co.uk
6. FOR YOUR LITTLE BRO’
Beer-loving bloke in your life? Enrol him on one of London Fields Brewery's Craft Brewing Experience days where you are introduced to the beer-making process with a master brewer and go away with a new understanding of grains, malts, hops and fermentations. £95 for the day including lunch, London Fields Brewery. Book here