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THE COOKERY SCHOOL

WHERE Nick Nairn Cook School, Port of Menteith, Scotland (nicknairncookschool.com)

THE COURSE Nick Nairn’s New Scottish Cookery, £249 for a full day (includes lunch with wine)

TESTED BY Hugh Thompson

The cook school;

WHAT IT’S LIKE Nick Nairn, of TV cookery show and Michelin-star restaurant fame, has thrown himself into teaching others to cook. His purpose-built cookery school is in a beautiful spot, nestled among the trees beside the Lake of Menteith, about an hour’s drive from Glasgow.

The day kicked off with homemade shortbread. Nick swept in, taller than I remember him from The Great British Menu, to call us through, and a noticeable frisson went through the group. A fellow course-goer whispered to me in a Scottish brogue, “Nick’s practically a rock star round these parts.”

I knew there’d be nearly 20 of us so was concerned the class might be too big, but I needn’t have worried – the kitchen is big and well equipped. Nick’s a natural in front of a crowd, keeping our interest with his cooking tips and tales. Above his head large mirrors clearly caught the action inside the pans as we were shown what to do. There was time for questions before we headed to our stations to prepare the dishes demonstrated – with Nick and his sidekick Colin on hand to help if needed.

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