We were on a family trip to the south of France with 6 adults and two babies; given the unpredictability of the little ones, we wanted to arrange an in-home cooking class and dinner as a special treat for one of our nights there. We were looking for an experience that would give us a taste of Provence food, cooking, and culture, in an informal and friendly way and in our own space so we could also attend to the babies' needs. Tessa was the perfect fit for our family! She was very easy to make plans with - she is organized and reliable, responsive by email, gave us lots of options without pressure, and planned a menu accommodating our family's random dietary restrictions without any issues.
And then the experience itself was just what we had hoped for. The "class" was very informal, which suited our needs well. Tessa brought recipes, and the adults that were free from childcare could help to whatever extent they wanted - just watching or helping to chop things or mix things or whatever. We don't have a lot of serious chefs in our family, so no one was expecting or looking for lessons on special cooking techniques. The preparation of three courses was organized perfectly - there was never a lull in the cooking, and everything was ready at just the right time. Tessa had brought all the ingredients and kitchen equipment with her, some of which she had gotten from the market that morning (for example, fresh squid and prawns) and some of which she brought from her own garden (fresh bay leaves and her homemade sun-dried tomatoes).
Above all, Tessa is warm, friendly, and truly hospitable. We enjoyed getting to know her, and this experience was one of the highlights of our trip! It was a fabulous activity for the whole family!