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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 can't thank everyone enough for such a magical day on Saturday. I'm still on cloud 9, and boring everyone with my stories....the whole thing was totally superb, and I would relish the chance to come back and do it all again at some stage in the future.

    Anne-Marie Etherington, 14th May 2011

    Course: Masterclass

  • I enjoyed the opportunity to observe Jean-Christophe techniques, to try out a few of them and to experience the ways in which flavours develop at different stages of cooking. Some fabulous hints too. I now feel empowered to be more experimental and creative in the kitchen in future.

    Caroline Davenport

    Course: Masterclass

  • Thought it was great, had a fantastic day, can't wait to visit again.

    Gilly Severn

    Course: Masterclass

  • The day was really enjoyable as it was SO relaxed (..) I was really worried about it being really ‘cheffy' but it was lovely having the opportunity to ask questions and having hands on experience in most things (..) The whole experience was the most fantastic day of my life next to getting married and giving birth but perhaps this is the experience I would most like to experience AGAIN.

    Coral Harding

    Course: Masterclass

  • Thank you all in making my wife's day with you so special. Claire said yesterday that it had exceeded their expectations! (..) Once again thank you for an utterly professional job from yourselves.

    Brian Haddock

    Course: Masterclass

  • The bread making was really interesting. Jean and his approach to cooking throughout the day was an amazing experience. The close up nature of the day added to the enjoyment as did the way you were shown things as they were prepared. The hospitality shown by Jean and the informal way the day went was fabulous.

    Liz Jack

    Course: Tasting and Demonstration Day

  • We were totally impressed by the professional way the day was handled from start to finish. Jean-Christophe was superb and immediately put everyone at ease; the size of the group was great, not too big but a good variety of folk."

    Susan Burns

    Course: Tasting and Demonstration Day

  • It was all just a wonderful experience. A truly memorable day, it was good to have Keith Floyd there as well as JC's wonderful enthusiasm."

    Clifford & Jean Smith

    Course: Tasting and Demonstration Day

  • The whole weekend was excellent, great tips for everyday cooking. The bread making was something I will use on a regular basis (..) I would like to congratulate and thank the Novelli team for making us so welcome and ensuring the two days were so enjoyable. Thank you all."

    Nick Payne

    Course: Tasting and Demonstration Day

  • Great day. Nice informal atmosphere with loads learnt. Well done to you all.

    Charles Kemp

  • Enjoyed everything about the day. Setting, staff, information, hands on, food and meeting Jean!!

    Bernadette Leonard

  • I had a fantastic time - even though I consider myself to be a competent cook already, I learnt so much and improved my skills. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful and made the experience one to be remembered. I will definitely be saving up to do more courses.

    Audrey Pearce

  • What we enjoyed the most was the great informality and friendliness of all involved. I have to mention a special "thank you" to the team who absolutely worked their socks off on the day - so friendly and helpful and they made everyone feel so at home.

    Kevin & Maureen Douglas

  • The course was brilliantly organised and delivered and just really good fun.

    Andrew Shotton

  • Relaxed, informal atmosphere but with clear aims and objectives. Well run with lots of support by staff.

    Trish and Anne responded really well to differing levels of knowledge and experience within group - with patience and interest. Good team as well. Great day - thanks.

    Jeraint Hazan

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • It was a wonderful day, the venue, the food but best of all your lovely team. Thank you."

    Debbie and Andrew Dady

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • It was a wonderful day, relaxed and enjoyable, and above all, very informative.

    Nicola Fletcher

    Course: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

  • I enjoyed the whole day but the most fun was sausage making!. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

    Roger Collings

  • Thanks for an enjoyable day staffed by friendly people.

    Steve Anthoney

  • Most enjoyed learning about the various techniques for cooking curry - the prospect of putting together a medley of dishes is far less daunting now! Excellent course - friendly tutor with lovely mother - very enjoyable!

    Gary Standing

    Course: Spice Up Your Life! An Easy Guide to Indian Cooking