"Hi Ally, just a quick email to say how much we loved the sauce making lesson you gave us. We have been singing your praises every since! We loved the sauces they were very tasty and it has now given us the confidence to try to make others. Val was so pleased you let her join in too - just shows you, we can always pick up new tips and hints not matter how long we have been cooking.
Allison Ellis ( Surrey )
Thank you once again - we loved it."
"I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I've enjoyed the lessons and your company. Bearing in mind that only a few short weeks ago I couldn't boil water let alone an egg. I would not have imagined in a hundred years that I would be routinely cooking my family meals and have now prepared, cooked and presented meals for several sets of friends. As a matter of interest all of them have at least one good cook in the family and one of them is a successful professional cook who actually phoned the following day to congratulate me and another phoned and asked for the recipe! Over the years I have been lucky enough to eat in some of the worlds best restaurants and it is a unique experience to actually help produce comparable food in my own kitchen! This success story is fairly and squarely down to you my friend, you are an exceptional chef and tutor. I look forward to our next meeting. Thank you Ally, Martin"
Martin ( Bexhill on Sea, Sussex )
"Had a fantastic day at home learning to cook gourmet food with the incredibly patient and talented Chef Ally, Highly recommended."
Faye ( Surrey )
"My husband and I love eating good food and regularly eat out at great restaurants, we also cook a lot at home but wanted to learn some new recipes and cooking skills. We choose 'create your own menu' and had such a fun day cooking with Ally. He is friendly, relaxed and obviously a fantastic chef. He was very good at demonstrating what to do when we weren't sure and made cooking amazing food look so simple. We made the best Pana cotta we've ever had and we would both highly recommend the Monkfish! Throughout the lesson Ally gave us tips about cooking in general and answered all our questions. We both cook a lot but we were so impressed with the food we made today, as it was like restaurant food at home. It was exactly what we wanted, we just can't decide what to try next, 'I love Chocolate' or 'Sauces'. Thanks Ally for a great day!"
Sam and Nick (Littlehamton, Sussex)
"My wife bought be a cookery lesson from Beurre Blanc. It was a first class gift. I selected fish as the topic for the day and it was a good choice. Alistair provided the ingredients, equipment and especially the know-how to make three exquisite dishes from start to finish, demonstrating in detail everything from preparation to serving. The session covered knife skills, peeling and paring, filleting and skinning, and making delicious sauces to accompany cod, sea bass and scallops, all served with appropriate 'sides'. I'm happy to recommend this enjoyable and memorable experience without hesitation!"
Mike Steer ( Seaford )
"We are very pleased with the cookery lessons that our 14 year old son had with Beurre Blanc Cookery School. He started as a complete novice/beginner and has truly benefitted from the lessons that he had. Alistair gave him the confidence to be able to prepare a meal himself, and made it very informative and interesting. It was a pleasure to know that home cookery lessons are so available and can be done in the comfort of ones own home. Most importantly it is a life skill and will always be used.
Alec ( Storrington, Sussex )
A big huge thank you Alistair. We will be back."
"I booked a private cooking lesson at our home for my husband and brother-in-law. They both loved it! Alistair was very relaxed and made it fun... And the food was crazily good. Highly recommend!"
Cat ( Farnham, Surrey )
"'After my children bought me a pasta maker for my birthday my wife thought I had better learn how to use it! My present from her after some research, where she found Buerre Blanc Cookery School. They provided a lesson for the two of us with Ally at our house. Ally arrived with everything that we would need and proceeded in the most relaxed and friendly way to take us through the processes so that we produced, ate, three different delicious types of filled ravioli. First a crab, then a tomato, goats cheese and basil and finally a mushroom filling and with each an appropriate accompaniment including a tomato, basil and chilli salsa and a green pesto. These were each professionally plated up for us to savour and enjoy! It was a real pleasure and a really fun way to learn pasta basics and some new kitchen skills. Highly recommended. Thank you Ally for a great day!!'"
David & Valerie ( Tadworth, Surrey )
"“I would like to thank and highly recommend Beurre Blanc Cookery School, I bought as a present a day’s cookery lesson for my newly retired husband who wanted to enhance his cooking skills, Alistair provided the most fabulous and informative day and my husband has found a new hobbie!! Thank you from both us for such an amazing experience."
John ( Basingstoke )
"Hi Alistair, Just thought I would let you know that following my most recent lesson from you, I had a dinner party for 6 and used the recipe you had taught me. Everybody loved it, so thank you. Your advice has helped me significantly and seeing how you do it, makes any recipe come to life. In particular the sauces that accompany each dish ensuring it elevates the entire eating experience. Thank you."
Mike ( Sussex )
"It was my husbands birthday over the weekend and I was racking my brains over what to get him. He has a love for cooking and I remember him mentioning that his New Years resolution is to learn how to cook fish properly. I stumbled across Ally's website and after reading such glowing reports decided to book the half day fish lesson. Ally showed up just before 10am full of fresh ingredients and equipment and did not leave until 3pm. He demonstrated such dedication and passion and my husband absolutely loved it, learning so much. He said Ally was extremely patient and encouraging; a great teacher. I then got to sample all of the dishes which were delicious! I have to say that it truly was worth every penny and more. Thanks Ally!"
Gail & Paul ( Sussex )
"I contacted Beurre Blanc Cookery School to help me refine some key baking techniques for my new baking business. Ally has been fantastic! He was completely flexible and tailored my lessons to ensure that they met the needs of my new business. Ally was there every step of the way ensuring I always had time to ask questions and practise key techniques. Thank you Ally for providing me with the knowledge and confidence to kick start my baking business."
Vicki ( Sussex )
"Oliver my son aged 11 had the most amazing time today, thank you. He really loved his lesson with you and was buzzing all day and evening about it! It has definitely helped getting the ball rolling with confidence in the kitchen. Thank you"
Nicola-Chris Aslett ( Sussex )
"' Ally a big thank you for a day filled with learning new things in a fun filled atmosphere. My fear of the unknown in cooking with fish was swept away by your excellent teaching. You always went at my speed and gave me confidence to prepare fish and make some amazing sauces. There were many kitchen techniques and practices that I learn't along the way too. Looking forward to having you back in the future."
Dave ( Lancing West Sussex )
"I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for all your hard work teaching Dad and I about cooking fish and seafood. We had a great day and really enjoyed your fun but informative teaching style. We both consider ourselves reasonable cooks but you taught us lots of things and passed on tips that we didn\'t know about. We would both highly recommend you to novice cooks and foodies alike! We can\'t wait to decide which of your courses to do next. With thanks and best wishes."
Claire and Doug ( Brighton )
"Thank you Ally for making our first cooking lesson so much fun and informative. We not only created an amazing dinner for the family, but we learned basic fundamentals for future exciting dishes. Cooking is such a highlight for us and you’ve kindly and patiently empowered us to continue our creations! We look forward to future lessons and your delicious recipes."
Kate ( Surrey )
"Before Alistair arrived I was slightly nervous but within a few minutes of meeting him he had put me completely at ease. He showed both skill and patience throughout the lesson. It was a pleasant experience and at the end of the session I felt confident that I could reproduce all we had done and would have no hesitation in recommending Alistair's lessons / Beurre Blanc Cookery School to anyone."
Rita ( Basingstoke )
"Alistair Kidd did a fantastic job helping our thirteen year old daughter prepare an amazing meal. From sharing approaches to meal preparation to multi-tasking, he made the entire experience fun and enjoyable. Alistair is very good at teaching, blending a hands-off approach that allowed our daughter to own the process and empowering her to do the work. At the end of the day she felt confident and proud, and was eager to learn more. We wholeheartedly recommend Alistair to anyone who wishes to learn new techniques in a fun and safe environment. Alistair is a fabulous chef and teacher with passion for the process and the end product. Thank you Alistair!"
Debey Mitchell ( Redhill, Surrey )
"Totally brilliant! I have bought my husband 2 lessons with Ally and he loved it (and I loved the food!) Still enjoying an incredible banana & chocolate cheesecake. Absolutely recommend. Great food & really good fun."
Bruce ( Sussex )
"Dear Ally and Pepe, thank you so much for a fabulous cookery lesson and demonstration. Ally and Pepe went out of their way to make the afternoon great fun and a real success with such a big group (17). The food was delicious and feasting on the bread rolls, focaccia and truffles was definitely a highlight -I can't wait to test out my new skills! Couldn't recommend Beurre Blanc Cookery School enough. A perfect hen do activity. Many thanks indeed, The Bridesmaids"
Pippa & the Bridesmaids ( Sussex )
"Just spend a great day with Ally cooking some fantastic food. Learned a lot both in terms of technique and presentation.
Jane K ( Buckinghamshire )
Really delighted with the food which was quickly devoured"
"Hi Ally, Thank you so much Ally for a really fantastic , informative and fun day. I honestly never thought I'd be able to cook such delicious, beautifully presented food, but under your expert guidance I was very proud of the results. I learnt such a lot from you and the time flew by, with plenty of laughs along the way! A really brilliant day ."
Toni ( Buckinghamshire )
Thanks again Ally."
"We spent a very happy day with Ally learning different aspects of cooking. He answered all our questions ( both basic or otherwise) patiently and simply. One client was vegetarian so Ally had chosen recipes to suit everyone who was taking part. As we went along we were also given useful tips on chopping, flavouring and products to buy.
Jimmy and Christine ( Beaconsfield )
Altogether a very happy educational day with Ally bringing all we needed from utensils, aprons and food. No worries at all for us!!
With many thanks and all the best for the future to Ally."
"I had a full day seafood cookery lesson with Alistair, all the food and utensils were provided by him and he even did the washing up between meals as I ate the dishes we created! We cooked a variety of dishes and sauces, of which my favorite was bamboo steamed sea bream in ginger soya, chilli, coriander and lime with teriyaki and ginger dressing. Other dishes included mussels in a wine and garlic sauce and a scallop starter. Alistair taught me the easiest way to fillet a fish (mackrel) something that I've wanted to know for a while as I'm an avid fisherman. The day was so exciting and interesting and I have already cooked a few of the dishes again for my family and they have all thoroughly enjoyed them. I would recommend this experience to anyone and I imagine the other courses are just as interesting and well planned out. All in all a full on day but well tailored to the individual sharing hints and tips throughout.
Simon ( Middlesex )
Thanks again Alistair, hopefully see you soon for another course!
"“I booked 2 days of cooking with Alistair for my daughter’s 16th birthday. Booking was very straightforward; Alistair got back to me very quickly to discuss the options and we decided on the student course and a beginner’s course covering fish and desserts. On the first day, Alistair turned up with everything that was needed to cook all the dishes. They headed off to the supermarket and Georgia told me she learned a lot as Alistair walked her through the different meats, fish, veg and herbs. When they got back, they got stuck in to the cooking and my son and I were very pleased to be called in to try the kebabs, hamburgers and curry all of which were really good. She has cooked the kebabs for us twice since then and they are becoming a family favourite. It’s burgers and chilli relish this week! The next day she was taught how to fillet fish and produced some lovely fish dishes and the desserts were really stunning. One of the added benefits was that we were left with a variety of extra portions which kept us all fed and very happy for a couple more days. Overall, my daughter’s feedback was that she had a lot of fun, it was interesting and informative and she’d love to do more. Alistair is a lovely guy and it was great to hear them chatting away in the kitchen; they were clearly very interactive sessions. I will definitely be booking my son in when he gets a bit older, but I also think it would be great fun to do this with some friends. I think the courses are very good value, bearing in mind Alistair’s time and all the ingredients he brings. Thank you Alistair.”"
"Ally came to my house for a birthday present for me. We had the "create your own lesson," which was great as it meant we could pick exactly what we wanted to cook. Ally made us feel very comfortable early on in the lesson, and before we knew it we were already tasting the finished dishes.
Jamie ( Surrey )
Ally is a very experienced chef, and was able to give us lots of useful tips. He's also very funny, and the lesson was a lot of fun!
I would definitely recommend Ally to anyone looking for a cookery lesson. It was a brilliant afternoon, and I would seriously suggest you pick the sticky toffee pudding as the recipe was fail proof and delicious (even if I did put too much bicarb in first time around!)"
"Hi ally, I just wanted to say thanks for a great morning in January in chandlers ford. I learnt a huge amount and have put it to good use three times now with a spaghetti and pesto, chicken and mushroom ravioli and tonight a mushroom and bacon tagliatelle. All superb,..in sharp contrast to my first effort prior to the lesson which was inedible. ( Pasta lesson )"
Kim ( chandlers ford )
"Thank you for the most enjoyable day cooking with you. Everything was superb from the excellent fresh produce and ingredients you brought, together with all the utensils and equipment and the thought put into the dishes that we cooked with our sauces. Your teaching was most instructive and you made the cooking great fun for us both. We enjoyed your company and the end product of our cooking was absolutely delicious.
Jenny & Ruth ( Windsor )
This was a 70th birthday present to us both from a friend and it was a great success.
Many thanks again for a wonderful, happy, fun and most of all interesting day.
We wish you every success in the future and will certainly spread the word around our families and friends."
"Dear Ally, I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for making my 50th Birthday supper so special. The meal was amazing and I felt like royalty being waited on hand and foot. A girl could get used to that!! Could you please pass on my thanks to Anderson, who was delightful and so efficient. All of my guests had the best evening and I have had so many lovely comments from them saying how much they enjoyed your food. "Create your own menu" Well done and thank you. I'll be in touch soon as I think we will be organising some sort of cooking 'thing' as a group."
"Ally,Thank you for a most memorable,informative and most pleasant time spent with you on my Home Cooking Lesson yesterday.Having chosen Thai food to experience the subtle flavours generated by an expert chef you exceeded all my expectations and your professionalism,friendliness and expertise was second to none. A true feast was produced of Thai -style crab and prawncakes,with sweet chili dipping sauce,Thai red curry and delicious Amaretto chocolate mousse all created from fresh ingredients. Your manner is very friendly,informative and most pleasant. A day to remember and I wish you continuing success...Thank you."
John Clements (Rustington. West Sussex).
"Just a short note to say thank you to Ally for a fun filled and informative Bread Making Day. The day was a surprise for my partner Robin who has tried, with varying success, to make bread in a bread maker. The skills of making dough from fresh, kneading, proving , baking and then eating were learnt with fun over the course of the session. Ally is a great tutor and makes it all look very easy. We are now confident enough to try our hand at fresh bread making on a more regular basis, the machine may have to be sold on ebay!!
Robin & Helen ( Steyning West Sussex )
Thanks for a relaxed and informative day...trying to decide what to try next!"
"My wife and I enjoy our food so I was really pleased to be given a “Create your own Menu” day with Beurre Blanc by friends for my 60th birthday. We chose the food we would cook; Scallops and Pea Risotto with Crispy Bacon, Rabbit Garlic and lentil Ragu and a Pear Tartin with Vanilla Clotted Cream and waited for Ally to arrive. What a great day it turned out to be. Ally is a really nice guy and brings all the ingredients and equipment with him on the day. After a ‘get to know you’ chat we got down to the cooking and we were quickly impressed with Ally’s mix of instruction and supervision; superbly balanced to our skill level and all done with a great sense of humour and fun. We learnt a lot of new techniques, got plenty of helpful tips and produced three super plates of food.
Mike and Lesley ( Hampshire )
The best thing for me was the extra confidence it has given us to try new things and we will certainly be cooking the dishes again for ourselves and friends. We’d also recommend Ally and Beurre Blanc if you want a great day in the kitchen which leaves you with great recipes and the confidence to cook them.
We’ll be booking again in the New Year. Seafood first I expect. Cheers Ally it was great."
"I have just had my third and fourth lessons with Ally, cooking with meat and deserts, once again I had an amazing day and learnt so much. We cooked a shoulder of lamb with rosemary, garlic, lemon and a hint of chilli which just melted in the mouth, a duck breast with a plum and coriander chutney. And as for the deserts, a raspberry creme brulee, vanilla panna cotta with passion fruit syrup and a sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream. Any one of these dishes would not have looked out of place in a top restaurant. Thanks again Ally I've already replicated some of the dishes and am also looking to book the create your own menu lesson. Many thanks again Ally and I look forward to seeing you soon."
Anthony Eely (Sussex)
Gareth ( sussex )
Many thanks for the lesson. It was informative and fun and resulted in some superb food. I plan to practise the dishes in the near future and hope to impress the family before too long with my new found skills. Having the gift tokens as a birthday present was a great idea and one that others should consider."
Bruce ( Sussex )
Thanks for the pics and for yesterday - Bruce loved his Artisan Bread Making lesson, it was 'Great fun, you were very knowledgeable. Looking forward to trying more courses soon!'
Thanks again. Best wishes, Ellie"
"Hello, my name is Alex, I am thirteen and this summer I had a cookery session with Ally. First he showed me knife skills and (how to chop without losing my fingers ) then we began cooking. We started off with sticky toffee pudding and fresh custard. I was surprised how much I knew and Ally was willing to hear some very stupid questions. He demonstrated and then I would follow. We went on to cook homemade fish n chips, curry sauce and mushy peas. There is not much as impressive to your friends as being able to cook fish n chips properly. If you need a crash course in restaurant quality food or want to learn a new set of meals and skills this is what you need."
"Ally - Today was enormously enjoyable! We did so much and I learnt masses. I shall be putting all the recipes we used into practice as soon as I can! Loads of sauces which are invaluable and as you suggested can be adapted to suit lots of other things. The fish ideas are terrific and thanks to your creativity, it all looked really gorgeous on the plate.... Not only did I learn a lot and boosted my confidence but I had a very happy day! Your professional approach and easy manner made the day completely relaxed and lots of fun. How on earth you manage to arrive with every possible ingredient is a real feat of organisation! I am hugely impressed !! Not only will I ask you back but I shall shout your name from the rooftops of Sussex! Thank you very much."
"We would like to thank Ally for a wonderful evening on Monday with his home cooking event. David was surprised how easy and enjoyable cooking can be with the right teacher! The Pesto was amazing and so simple to make. The pasta was great fun to make, and as for the pasta sauce out of this world with such great taste. This is highly recommended as a great gift for anyone. Ally is a very relaxed and patient teacher-Well Done Ally. The lesson was as a result of an auction to raise money for Grant who was involved in a serious accident, and we are pleased to know Grant has recovered amazingly well."
David and Anne Thwaites (Worthing)
"Many thanks to Ally for 2 superb cookery lessons - a birthday gift from my sister-in-law and myself to my husband Richard. We thoroughly enjoyed learning new methods and processes throughout the lessons under Ally's expert tuition. We choose our own menus from the website and the food produced was delicious."
Vicky and Richard.(Arundel, West Sussex)
"Ally I would just like to thank you so much for today's lessons. I have always enjoyed cooking but never had the confidence to try to experiment or stray from recipes, and have always stayed away from cooking with fish as I have never known what to do with it. That was until today's lesson, we prepared and cooked three fish three different ways and produced amazing dishes. I am now looking forward to cooking with fish on a regular basis. Ally was very well prepared, passionate about food and a very good teacher, giving tips and answering any questions throughout the whole day. I would recommend Ally and Beurre Blanc and am already planning my next lessons. Once again many thanks Ally."
"Ally, Thank you for a great day. We enjoyed every minute of our lesson and had lots of fun - as well as learning to cook our three chosen desserts and they were truly delicious, so now we're busy practising in order to repeat the feat, impress our friends and pretend that we've been cooking these delicacies all our lives."
"Ally and Andy came to my home to give myself and 2 friends a cupcake course where we went through 3 different types of cupcakes. They were very professional and well organised, apart from just being nice guys :) My friends, who bake loads more then me, were very impressed with the tips & techniques that they learned. We had a great time and I am already thinking of the next course I can arrange, with or without friends!"
Michelle (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey)
"Hi Ally. The perfect present. Bought for me as a birthday treat by my husband the “ Create your own menu” experience did exactly what it said on the tin. Ally was well prepared for the lesson , timings were fitted around the school run and I had a great time! I learnt to prepare, cook and present items that widened my existing skills and knowledge. I asked a whole heap of questions , swapped a couple of recipes and came away with lots of tips and ideas to try out."
B Thomas (Dorking, Surrey)
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all my lessons and for making last night go so well. In the end the profiteroles went down amazingly!!!! I've learnt so much and have had an amazing time. Thank you again. (Beginners cookery lessons)"
E Hill (Chichester, Sussex)
"Thank you for today Ally, the food was amazing and i can't wait to recreate this dish and the dessert too."
Angela (Worthing, Sussex)
"Beurre Blanc gives you the chance to learn really impressive professional cooking skills but in a relaxed atmosphere in your own kitchen.The lessons really make a big difference to your cooking range. All ingredients are supplied and the washing up gets done! (Create your own menu lesson)."
Duncan (Brighton, Sussex)
"Hi Ally, Thank you so much for the photos, they're a lovely memento from a great day. My husband was seriously impressed with today's efforts, particularly the Victoria Sponge which is absolutely divine! I had a brilliant day, learning so much and having the unique experience of being guided by a professional chef has really helped me feel more confident in tackling new recipes. I'm especially keen to try making pastry again - something I would never have thought I would make! Thank you so much for such an enjoyable day and a brilliant experience. (Have Your cake and Eat It)"
Jenny (Guildford, Surrey)
"Just wanted to say thank you again for a brilliant afternoon. I learnt so much and am looking forward to experimenting more and trying out the recipes again. (I love chocolate lesson)"
S Jacks (Worthing, Sussex)
"I had a brilliant Beginner's lesson which took me beyond simple basics into stylish presentation; and the resulting lamb and duck were delicious."
C Gibson (Streatham, London)