You’ve seen them shout, sizzle and swear on TV - now visit your favourite celeb chef's restaurant and put their reputation to the test. Forget kitchen nightmares; why not try one of Gordon Ramsay’s exceptional restaurants? Or, inject a little French flair into your life with a decadent stay at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir. Or savour wholesome seasonal fare at the famous River Cottage.
Whatever tickles your fancy, this is an unforgettable treat that everyone will enjoy - so go the whole hog and surprise someone special in this divine dining experience. One thing's for sure, you'll never enjoy a ready-meal ever again…
Forget Friday night takeaways and cramped tables in the local curry house. This is what eating out is all about. From the fabulous French finesse of Raymond Blanc to the seasonal specialities of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, from timeless classics to cutting-edge creations - take your pick from a lip-smacking array of restaurants and top-notch taster courses. Courtesy of your favourite celebrity chef, you can now grab a slice of the action, tap into your inner foodie and relish this rare chance to sample the very best in fine cuisine. Wining and dining shouldn’t feel this good. Go on - treat yourself!
There are a variety celebrity chef experiences from dining at their restaurant to learning skills at their cookery schools.
Celebrity Chef Restaurant Lunch or Dinner
Generally the dining experiences are for two people. The content - including the type of cuisine, location and number of courses included - will vary depending on the exact voucher you wish to book. It may include a lunch time seating, dinner, or where overnight stays are concerned this will usually entail an evening meal followed by breakfast the next morning. Some dining experiences may include a cocktail or glass of champagne as an aperitif, or a glass of wine to enjoy with your meal.
Typically, the menu will be a 'taster menu' with a number of courses designed to reflect the outstanding quality and ethos of the restaurant. For instance, the Steak and Alehouse includes a range of steak cuts, grilled and roast meats as well as other timeless English dishes, while the River Cottage menu includes seasonal, locally grown or reared produce. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of options for each course.
Bear in mind that in most cases, sides and drinks will need to be ordered and paid for separately.
In most cases there is a minimum age limit and a dress code to adhere to.
Time to eat or cook - What You Need To Know
- WHEN: Meals and classes take place year-round.
- WHERE: Locations vary by chef, but many restaurants tend to be located in and around London. There are some chefs with venues outside the M25 though. Cookery schools tend to be located outside of London too.
- WHO: These foodie experiences are perfect for anyone with a crush on a TV chef. Whether you can't get enough of Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver, there's something here to tempt you - be that a meal at one of their restaurants or a lesson in one of their classrooms.
- OCCASIONS: Posh meals at a celebrity chef's restaurant make excellent Christmas, birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, or Father's Day gifts. Cookery lessons are also ideal for Christmas and birthday presents, or to mark moving into a new home for the first time.
- PRICES: A two-course meal starts from around £20 a head, depending on the chef and the location. Cookery classes start from around £45 per person for an entry-level session. Expect to pay more for more intensive classes or more exclusive dining settings. (correct at the time of writing)
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Celebrity Chef Cookery Classes
These cookery classes are an opportunity to learn tips and tricks used by some of the most famous chefs in the land.
Bear in mind there's a good chance that the celeb won't be there, instead relying on their team of executive chefs to train you in the art of cooking. Read the small print carefully to know what you're getting. Some celebrity chefs host events, while others are too busy so rely on a team of chefs they have tutored.
With that in mind, you might be tempted instead by another cookery class. But if you're keen to learn the skills used by famous TV stars, these experiences are a great place to start.
Top Celebrity Chef Experiences
With a good few hundred options available, picking the best is tricky - especially as we all have different favourite TV chefs. Here's some of the highlights I have found.
Eat: Two Course Meal with Wine for Two at a Brasserie Blanc
Brasserie Blanc from TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE, offers hearty, homely French dishes. With eight restaurants in London, Oxford, Knutsford, and Leeds to choose from, there's an opportunity for many to try his signature dishes. Enjoy a two-course lunch or dinner (starter and main, or main and dessert) from a set menu with at least three options for each course. A glass of house wine each is also included.
Cook: Unbeatable Filled Pasta Class at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School
Jamie's Italian is a nationwide chain of restaurants established by Jamie Oliver and mentor, Gennaro Contaldo. So why would you not head to to Jamie's Cookery School to learn the ins and outs of pasta making? One of his chefs will teach you how to make the pasta, a tasty filling, and how to cook it. You'll also get to munch on your creations afterwards.
Eat: 3 Course Meal and Cocktails at a Marco Pierre White London Steakhouse Co. For Two
Heading to London? Book a three-course meal at Marco Pierre White's restaurant. The menu, devised by the three Michelin star chef, includes classic British food, fish, steaks, and vegetarian options available on request. To top it off, you'll each get a seasonal cocktail too.
Cook: 'Pig in a Day' Cookery Course at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage
Head to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage HQ to learn pork butchery skills plus home cookery skills. The day is split into three sessions. The first is pork butchery. Next, it's time to learn about making pork products such as sausages, chorizo, dry cure bacon, and liver pate. Finally, it's onto a hearty two-course lunch letting you sample River Cottage's pork favourites.
Eat: Kitchen Table for Four at Gordon Ramsay's Savoy Grill, London
Get a front row seat for four at Gordon Ramsay's Savoy Grill in London. The table offers a remarkable view of the kitchen letting you watch the chefs beaver away to create a bespoke seven-course meal. Enjoy canapes and a cocktail on arrival. If it's not too busy you can even put on apron and head into the kitchen for a tour. For an incredible and unforgettable meal, look no further.