The first thing that demands your attention when arriving at David and Holly Jones’s idyllic Dartmouth-based cooking school is the wood-fired ovens standing tall on the terrace. After all, who isn’t mesmerised by the prospect of cooking with wood at frighteningly hot temperatures? Manna from Devon specialises in wood-fired cooking and, as you’d expect, has a stash of state-of-the-art alfresco culinary kit – notably its best-of-the-bunch Bushman Santorini ovens.
It’s not just about pizza, either; Manna’s students learn to master other styles of wood-oven cooking, such as bread baking and roasting – all delivered in an easygoing, down-to-earth atmosphere. There are also classes that focus on cooking fish, as seems appropriate for a cookery school with a vertiginous panorama of the Dart estuary. The school has two B&B rooms on site for anyone who wants to make a break of it and, perhaps uniquely for a British cookery school, Manna from Devon also runs classes in Spain, which sounds like as good an excuse to visit the Sierra Nevada as any, and courses in France, too.
Wood-fired oven cooking: £175
Wood-fired pizza and flatbreads: £150
Artisan bread-making weekend: £275
Fabulous fish: £165
- Fish & Seafood
- Residential courses