Are We There Yet?: Hey, mum, let's play masterchef

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Cookery holidays are all the rage, which is good news for my eldest, who wants to be a celebrity chef. Where better for a junior masterchef to wreak culinary havoc than a rural Spanish "cocina"? All Ways Spain (00 34 958 223 766; offers some appetising family sojourns in Granada, with cookery lessons run by English-speaking chefs.

Those who prefer their kitchen fun Italian style can book in at the Montestigliano estate with Invitation to Tuscany (0845 838 7421; where your bambini can attend half-day cookery classes. They'll try pizza and pasta making and whipping up a tiramisu. And with two swimming pools and acres of forest, there's plenty to occupy them.

Families who are really serious about cooking should head to the Trossachs, where Nick Nairn's Cook School (01877 389900; runs regular "Foodies and Future Chefs" courses, where you stay in a four-star hotel and bond over chicken stroganoff. How's that for a tasteful family holiday?