Have you ever fallen in love with the local food of the place you were visiting, but then come home with no idea of how to prepare it for yourself? Then it looks as though On the Menu, established in 2004, have something for you. On the Menu offer specialist cooking holidays that will appeal to people who love a holiday with something to do, especially if that something involves gastronomic delight. On the Menu was established in 2004, and offers a selection of cooking holidays that allow you to sample, and learn to cook many of the lovely foods around the planet. With the express aim of delivering a hands on cooking experience in sublime locations, they have now partnered with seventeen carefully selected cookery schools in destinations all over the world. The classes are small, the recipes authentic and regional, and the produce fresh and local. The teachers at the schools range from renowned chefs to local people who are experts in their local cuisine. All the holiday itineraries include trips to nearby markets to see first hand the type of produce that is available locally.
Currently On the Menu run trips to Australia, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam and within the UK. The latest innovations include fusion cooking with Tina Pemberton in Norfolk, discovering new cuisine in County Fermanagh in Ireland, a gastronomic adventure through the olive groves of Andalusia and the wonders of modern and traditional eating in Portugal. On the Menu are now also offering tasting only tours to the Rioja region for a fiesta of tapas and fine wines.
If you like to get really up close to the food of the place you are visiting, and learn all the local secrets – then this looks like a good sort of holiday.