Les Petits Cordon Bleus

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy

114 Marylebone Lane

London W1 6HH

(0171-035 3503)

Sample dishes: banana bread, croque-monsieur with mixed salad, tartelettes aux fruits, escalope of turkey with mushroom cream sauce and fresh salad, mince pies, shortbread and gingerbread men, salmon croquettes with tomato sauce, buche de Noel.

Facilities: safe and hygienic purpose-built kitchens. Master chefs teaching and inspiring culinary expertise with a pinch of fun.

Age group: seven-14 years.

Prices: pounds 125 for five sessions; pounds 250 for 10 sessions.

Next course starts 21 July, 10am- 12 midday, Monday to Friday.

Fran Warde

60 Bassein Park Road

London W12 9ST

(0181-749 8449)

Sample dishes: spicy tomato soup, basil and garlic bread, sesame chicken, vegetable noodle stir-fry, seafood stuffed pancakes, chocolate brownies, fruit terrine, home-made yogurt.

Facilities: wonderful large kitchen, demonstration and team-made items, tastings and samples to take home. Saturday workshops organised by request covering speciality foods - Thai, Indian, Californian, cookies and cakes, and festive occasions.

Age group: eight-12 years old and 12-16 years old.

Prices: pounds 125 for five-day course (Mon-Fri) 10am-12midday, Monday to Friday. Summer programme

The Manor School of Fine Cuisine

Old Melton Road

Widmerpool

Nottinghamshire NG12 5QL

(01949 81371)

Sample dishes: home-made bread rolls, carrot cake, chargrilled chicken, home-made chocolates, treacle tart.

Facilities: two teachers to 14 children. Culinary treasure hunt and quiz at the end of the day. The children take home whatever they have created during the day. Can accommodate special diets including nut allergies and vegetarians.

Age group: nine-13 years old and 14-16 years old.

Prices pounds 47 per day, run during school holidays and on Saturdays.

The Murray School of Cookery

Glenbervie House

Holt Pound

Farnham

Surrey GU10 4LE

(01420 23049)

Sample dishes: fillet of pork in filo pastry, banoffee pie.

Facilities: demonstration in the morning and cooking in the afternoon. Half-term practical cookery days.

Age 10-16 years old.

Prices: pounds 20 per day. 10.30am- 4pm each day

Information supplied by Good Housekeeping.

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