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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...

  • I attended the Masterclass on Saturday and would like to say I havent stopped raving on about it since.

    It was absolutely brilliant....Thanks to every one.....

    Alison Shearing , 11th June 2012

    Course: Masterclass

  • Could I just extent my heartfelt thanks to Jean Christophe and his team for the masterclass that my wife Maria attended last Saturday. She had a thoroughly enjoyable day, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since, she was over the moon. She would recommend it to anyone, and is already talking about attending another course at the academy in the future.

    Thanks again

    Simon Black, 11th June 2012

    Course: Masterclass

  • I just wanted to drop you an email to thank you for arranging a great day today. I attended the "beside the seaside" course with Felice and Patti and i thought it was excellent. Felice was an exceptional tutor and Patti was great to have around and was an important cog in the chain in how smoothly it went and on the overall enjoyment factor of the day.

    I'll certainly be singing the praises of the academy and the courses that are on offer and i'm sure i'll see you again in the relatively near future.

    Thanks again

    Simon Jackson, 23rd March 2012

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • I attended the Masterclass last Sat, 3rd March which was absolutely fantastic.

    If possible, please send me all the recipes, tips etc from my day so I can try my best to reproduce the fabulous food I tried and tasted at my Masteclass.

    For the record, on the day and since, I realise that I was in the presence of true greatness, firstly Jean Christophe and also the rest of the supporting team.

    I truly loved my day and I intend to come back for more learnings.

    Thank you for sharing your kitchen with me.

    Yours sincerely

    Roger Benzie

    Roger Benzie, 3rd March 2012

    Course: Masterclass

  • Could u pass on my thanks to Jean Christophe I had the most amazing day and he is such a lovely guy. I have been on courses with chefs before but no one as nice and so down to earth as Jean-Christophe.

    Once again many thanks

    Sharan Summers, 20th February 2012

    Course: Masterclass

  • A regular visitor of the Masterclass…..

    Jean-Christophe teaches with the same unswerving instinct and flair he demonstrates for his craft, regardless of the experience and confidence of his students. Whatever Nathalie and I walked in with, we walked out with so much more.

    The genuine warmth of the welcome set the tone for all that was to follow. It was clear that Jean-Christophe's students matter a great deal to him. He is, indeed, passionate about the whole affair - there really is no other word that quite describes the mixture of excitement and love. Excitment because the food is sure to set the senses alight and love because he never loses sight of the role of food in promoting the good health of those we cook for - our nearest and dearest!

    Nathalie and I had a truly amazing day. Jean-Christophe's enthusiasm is infectious - we can't wait to go back!

    Caroline Davenport & Nathalie Micoud , 20th December 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • Could you please pass on my thanks to Jean, Trish and Felice for an absolutely superb day on Saturday.

    I learnt so much and now have a bit more confidence and renewed enthusiasm to try new things.

    My signed picture is already framed and on the wall in the kitchen and the apron is on the back of the door.

    I hope everyone has a good Christmas and hopefully I'll meet up with everyone at some point in the near future.

    Lee Stone, 3rd December 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved for a memorable, enjoyable and extremely fun day. Patti as front of house was magnificent and very attentive and Jonathan was superb – great knowledge and great fun. For his first time there as well – remarkable.

    Organisation wonderful – would whole heartedly recommend.

    Malcolm Skea, 12th October 2011

    Course: Best of British

  • Thank you very much - I really enjoyed my visit to the Novelli Academy and the food produced was delicious.

    Please pass on my thanks to all who contributed to making the day so enjoyable - especially Anna who worked so hard preparing and clearing up with such a cheery smile throughout the day.

    Elizabeth Humm, 9th September 2011

    Course: French Patisserie

  • Thank you very much for sending me the recipes from the Taste and demonstration day on Saturday. I had a fantastic day on Saturday and enjoyed myself very much.I am very much looking forward to preparing the recipes and so are my family

    Libby Maitland, 2nd September 2011

    Course: Tasting and Demonstration Day

  • I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful day on 2nd June at your "Beside the Seaside" course. Felice was truly inspiring and his food was sensational. I feel so much more confident about cooking fish after attending the course. Both Felice and Patti were so welcoming and warm and I loved the homely atmosphere at the Academy. It really was one of the most enjoyable days I have had for a long time and I am definitely hoping to be back some day for another course. Well done, you've got it spot on - a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational experience! Thank you.

    Rosie Boston, 18th August 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • Thank you very much for sending me the recipes from the Taste and demonstration day on Saturday. I had a fantastic day on Saturday and enjoyed myself very much.I am very much looking forward to preparing the recipes and so are my family.

    Libby Maitland, 30th July 2011

    Course: Tasting and Demonstration Day

  • Wow!!! What an amazing day. I enjoyed every culinary minute. I couldn't believe how much we covered in one day. A fantastic experience and a wonderful day to remember.

    Thank you all for a truly magical day. A fabulous memory to cherish and a wonderful gift from my lovely husband. I haven't stopped talking about it!!! I feel honoured and privileged to have shared kitchen space with Jean, his team and their passion. Thank you all!!

    Nicola Graham, 23rd July 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • I would like to say thanks for the recipes and just to say thank you for such an amazing day.

    Jean Christophe is such a humble guy and I learnt so many things about him and about cooking and its been so inspiring.

    I was truly blown away by the whole experience and it was worth every penny (that my husband paid !). End of the day I was so overcome with emotion that I didn't want to leave.

    So a million thanks to you and to Jean-Christophe, Felicio, Patti and Anna.

    Suki Pickering, 23rd July 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • A Really enjoyable and informative day. The day has given me the confidence to get back into the kitchen!!

    Thank you so much

    Sarah Stubbington, 10th June 2011

  • We had a very enjoyable day and were very impressed by the venue, tuition and menu. We were very well looked after and the food prepared was of an excellent standard.

    Stefan Dixon, 2nd June 2011

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • The course was fantastic and I have and will recommend to all my friends and family.

    Ian Smith, 2nd June 2011

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful day on 2nd June at your "Beside the Seaside" course. Felice was truly inspiring and his food was sensational. I feel so much more confident about cooking fish after attending the course. Both Felice and Patti were so welcoming and warm and I loved the homely atmosphere at the Academy. It really was one of the most enjoyable days I have had for a long time and I am definitely hoping to be back some day for another course. Well done, you've got it spot on - a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational experience! Thank you

    Rosie Boston, 2nd June 2011

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for an unforgettable experience on Saturday, whilst I do not have a lot of time for cooking at home I feel that I will now make more effort to express myself in the kitchen. Outside of my team I rarely meet people that truly have passion for what they you do, you and your team certainly put everything into making the day special and I commend you for that.

    Simon Owen, 14th May 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • I have just returned from a weekend at your academy and just have to tell you that the experience has been amazing.

    The course was all you promised it to be and more. For us to be able to glean from your vast wealth of knowledge was a privilege and we have come away full of enthusiasm. The cookery was outstanding and so was the team work.

    Jean-Christophe is indeed a true master of his trade and as such delights in sharing his skills with others. Allowing us to be guests at his home was memorable. I cannot walk away from this event and not thank-you all. To be part of this magical event has been a treasured memory forever.

    Melinda Davis, 14th May 2011

    Course: Masterclass