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Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

We pride ourselves on the work that we do here at the Academy, so it is always a pleasure when our happy students leave us some feedback.

Video Testimonials

Some students have recorded video to give feedback about their experiences...

Please take a moment to read what they have to say...

  • Hello Jenny

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course today.

    It was hosted so well by Patti, she is really vibrant and friendly, and she made me feel extremely welcome.

    Felice was a sheer delight to watch and I learnt a lot from his demonstrations - he made it all look so easy!

    Jean Christophe - it was an honour to be in the company of such a highly skilled chef. He was charming and I really enjoyed watching him cook with such passion. I will certainly spread the word to my friends about not adding salt and sugar in cooking and reducing saturated fats…it’s such a sensible and healthy way to prepare food.

    The atmosphere was so relaxing and the lunch was absolutely delicious. It is always a pleasure to eat good food in company that you enjoy.

    Please pass my sincere thanks to Jean Christophe, Felice and Patti for organising and presenting such a perfect day and, of course, thank you too for your clear communication and administration of the day.

    Kind regards

    Deirdre (Rogers)

    Deirdre Rogers, 19th June 2014

  • Please could you pass on my huge thanks to Jean-Christophe Novelli for a truly wonderful day.

    He made the whole cooking experience exciting, fun and totally engrossing. The day literally flew by and I have learnt so much. It really was an unforgettable, special day.

    Thank you again.

    Rosalind Jain, 2nd February 2014

    Course: "Masterclass" - Including SUNDAY bookings

  • Just wanted to say a quick thank you for last Friday. I had a terrific day and picked up a few handy tips along the way. The day was very easy going just the way cooking should be!

    Please will you pass on my comments to Jean-Christophe and the rest of his team.

    Nikil Samani, 27th February 2014

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • Dear Jean-Christophe,

    On behalf of Jennifer and myself, i would like to express our sincere thanks for hosting such a wonderful day at your academy. We both felt so welcome, really loved the experience and , as such, your passion and enthusiasm for cooking always shines through.

    Please also extend our thanks to Patti and Felice who are a super asset to your school.

    with warmest regards

    Liz Wilson (LWK Kitchens)

    Liz Wilson, 20th October 2013

  • “I wanted to send an email to say thank you for such a wonderful day.

    From the moment the gates opened and we were greeted by Patti I felt at ease and was looking forward to the rest of the day.

    The whole experience was excellent and the fact that you welcomed us into your own home, made it feel personal and not commercialised in the slightest.

    I will definitely be back again soon.”

    Tom Hunter, 13th September 2013

  • I have been on lots of cooking courses but this is by far, the best. Interactive, fun and wonderful dishes. Lots of tips, to have a fuss free dinner party by pre cooking... i am going to have to have a dinner party now!

    Sara McCutcheon , 17th May 2013

    Course: Dinner Party

  • The whole day has been a pleasure. It’s great to learn recipes that are so simple, using readily available ingredients that taste so delicious. I know I’ll be able to have a go at home.

    This is my second time at the cookery school and, once again, the welcome has been so warm and the atmosphere so friendly. Thank you so much for another amazing day.

    Rosie Boston , 5th April 2013

    Course: A Taste of Tuscany

  • Everything has been brilliant – the food, the venue and the people here.

    Felice is a fantastic chef and tutor, and meeting Jean-Christophe was cool too!

    100% I am defiantly coming back again!

    Samantha Baker , 4th April 2013

    Course: A Taste of Tuscany

  • The whole day felt very informal and comfortable. Loads of great cooking tips and advice. A lovely enjoyable day. Excellent service and easy booking system I would love to come back.

    Emma Chamberlain, 4th April 2013

    Course: A Taste of Tuscany

  • Absolutely fantastic day and would recommend to any friend who wanted to experience a great cooking adventure.

    Simon Howard, 26th March 2013

    Course: Dinner Party

  • An absolutely wonderful day yet again. I learnt new techniques and recipes which I will be putting to use soon. The rapport between the course attendees and the chefs was wonderful. I can nor wait to come back on another course and will be recommending the Academy to my friends. Thank you to all who made the day.

    Gae Webb , 25th March 2013

    Course: Dinner Party

  • I had a excellent and memorable day at the Novelli academy last Friday. Everyone was really friendly and the atmosphere was relaxing and fun. The chefs were entertaining as well as informative. It was a wonderful surprise when Jean-Christophe joined the group to give a demonstration – one I shall be talking about for years to come, he was (of course) brilliant. The meal at the end of the day was a delicious finale and I ate far too much. Overall it was an amazing experience and good value for money – so I will definitely be booking another course. Thanks so much for making my birthday present really special.

    Amanda Gill, 25th March 2013

    Course: Dinner Party

  • I always wished I had spent more time with my grandfather before he passed away learning to make the deserts he was so good at. On hearing this, my wife enrolled me on the French Patisserie course on March 8th 2013 as a birthday present. I was originally a little apprehensive that this course with the renowned Jean ChristopheNovelli and hands on with Felice Tocchini would be at a level beyond my experience, as my cooking skills are so far limited to savoury dishes. However this concern turned out to be totally misplaced, the atmosphere was relaxed and fun throughout the day. I had a wonderful day at the academy learning new skills and techniques to get me started and give me a base to experiment with, and I feel much more confident to do this now. The tips and tricks we were given during the day along with the hands on made the day a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to start out exploring the world of French Patisserie. Chris

    Chris Sandford, 12th March 2013

    Course: French Patisserie & Desserts

  • I felt welcome from the moment I entered the academy to the moment I left. Patti gave us all a fantastic welcome and set the tone for a wonderful day. Jean Christophe's informative but informal style went down very well and he was always open to the comments and questions of our group. I look forward to my next session, already booked in May.

    Nicholas Walker, 12th March 2013

    Course: French Patisserie & Desserts

  • I had the most brilliant day at the academy. Everyone was so friendly and helpful it was a delight to be there. The day was extremely well organized and it was wonderful to watch Jean-Christophe demonstrate French Patisserie. So many "top tips" were picked up and that's the benefit of seeing a brilliant chef in working mode. Our taste buds were subjected to some wonderful delights during the day and we finished with a fantastic meal, wine and good conversation and banter between the participants. Special thanks to Felice and Pattie who were excellent. I am so excited at receiving the recipes that we covered and can't wait to try them out for myself. The hands-on part of the day was fun and we all enjoyed "having a go". I have told so many of my friends and family what a great day and experience it was and I hope to do it again in the near future.

    Christine Moore, 11th March 2013

    Course: French Patisserie & Desserts

  • What a fantastic day we all had on the French Patisserie course (8th March)! Having never been one for making anything sweet, I was a little apprehensive but my hesitations were completely unfounded! We were all immediately made to feel welcome and at ease by the wonderful Patti - and Felice's lavender shortbread and a gorgeous cup of coffee was a perfect start to the day. My late mum was such a wonderful baker, confectioner and cook and I have always said, as much as I adore savoury cooking, I missed the 'sweet' gene! My husband Matt decided that with this in mind, he would treat me to one of Jean Christophe's French Patisserie course's for Christmas. I am so pleased he did! We watched, learnt, laughed, ate, got hands on making lots of sweet treats & got very creative! Jean Christophe and Felice passed on excellent tips for us to utilise at home - and the recipes are just great. I am very proud to have had the newly discovered sweet potato, white chocolate, beetroot & cocoa marble cake named after me and I am pleased to report back that, having made a batch for a recent school fundraiser, they went down a treat here in Hampshire! Thank-you for making the day such a relaxed yet incredibly informative one & I am looking forward to coming back again soon.

    Nicola Swinnerton, 9th March 2013

    Course: French Patisserie

  • Hi Jenny

    Thank you so much for the recipes. I am looking forward to trying some.

    I had a wonderful day last Friday and hope I will be able to come again when I may try one of the ‘hands on’ courses.

    Thank you again


    Maureen Bonner, 5th March 2013

  • Hi Jenny, Jean-Christophe, Patti and Felice,

    Thank you so much for another fantastic day at the Academy on Friday.

    Diane and I had a lovely time. It is always a really special day and I'm still eating the choux pastry and tarte tatin we made!

    Thank you also for my lovely flowers - you are very kind

    Valerie x

    Valerie Winter , 24th February 2013

    Course: French Patisserie

  • Hi Jenny

    Hope you are well

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today's Taste of Tuscany's course with Felice and Patti. I learnt an incredible amount whist having fun and a good laugh, so thanks to all!! And to top off the perfect day, Jean Christophe joined us at the end for a chat. Actually one of our friends/neighbours Stuart Miles from Heart Radio recommended that my husband book this course as a Christmas present for me and I can't thank him enough.

    Many thanks

    Leigh-Ann Beel

    Leigh-Ann Beel, 21st February 2013

    Course: A Taste of Tuscany

  • I would like to thank you so much ..... My husband and I had a Taste of Ghana class with Patti - it was a amazing - cant wait to do it again she was a fab teacher and made it a fun day .... once again thank you for setting it all up for us - it was a day we will never forget!!!!

    Best regards

    Alex and John Antoniou

    Alex and John Antoniou, 10th December 2012