I had this bought for me by my husband as a birthday treat, and it wasn't initially what I thought. It wasn't a hands on cooking course, but the head Chef cooking dishes in front of us. There were 3 other persons at the Sunday session and the dishes cooked were Savoy cabbage and carrot thoran, lamb coconut fry and Allepey fish curry. The Head Chef was ably assisted by Sue to answer numerous questions about the dishes, preparation etc and because the lamb dish took longer to cook, the Chef prepared a wonderful sweet dish with semolina for us to try. We then had an exquisite 3 course meal prepared for us, which included the wonderful dishes cooked earlier, and more. A very worth while experience of which I gleaned quite a few worthwhile tips, Mint and Mustard are starting hands on cooking courses from 14 January 2013 with bags of spices etc. being able to be purchased. Sue and the Staff are very knowledgeable and she told us where we could purchase the spices, coconut powder etc. I will be back to do a hands on cookery course, this is far better than any cookery book, the smells were fantastic.