I participated in the patisserie class with seven other clients. I haven't had many cooking classes so it's hard to compare, but the course felt more like an assembly experience: ingredients were pre-measured and it was mostly a matter of putting ingredients into the mixer. Techniques and tips were discussed very quickly-too fast to write down. They provide a recipe book but skipped around so it was hard to follow along in order to annotate. In addition, the recipes were large so any attempts to make these at home would require some significant adjustments.
The staff was friendly and stepped in anytime we asked, and the facilities were clean and comfortable. Those who arrive early are treated to coffee, tea, or hot chocolate-very smooth.
In the end I went back to my hotel with over 21 pieces of cake. This would be great except my room did not have a fridge and between my husband and I, it was too much. We did become the favorite customers at our hotel as we gave almost all of it away to staff there. The course at the time I took it was 75 pounds and that works out to 3.5 pounds per piece. I think the shop in town (classes are just outside of town right now) offered pieces for around that price so the course price was great...if you plan to eat all that cake.
While I don't regret the experience, I'd probably just stop in the town shop and enjoy the end result unless I had a large group to feed at the end of the class.
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