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Neil has always had a love for cooking and after taking early retirement, he decided that there was no better time to perfect his cooking skills.

He explains, “Balancing work and home life never gave me enough time to really explore my passion for cooking, so some three years ago, I took early retirement and decided that this was my opportunity for some me time.”

After trying his hand at Spanish Delights at Colours Cookery School, he enjoyed it so much, that he has since completed six more cookery courses; A Taste of India, A Taste of Thailand, Successful Sauces, A Taste of Italy, An Introduction to Fishmongery and Artisan Bread Making.

Neil says, “The value for money is exceptional - not only do you receive fantastic tuition, but the ingredients are also included and of high quality.”

With experienced chefs as tutors and professional kitchens to work in, students get the most out of their course. Neil says, “The environment really gives you a taste of life in a professional kitchen and you get plenty of time to cook rather than just watch. All the Chefs have real-life experience in restaurant kitchens too and the stories they tell whilst teaching you really adds to the fun.”

A key highlight for Neil, during his many courses, was finally perfecting his bread-making skills on the Artisan Bread Making course.

He explains, “I had been trying to bake my own bread for years but many a kilo of dough had ended up in the bin. The chef gave us a foolproof recipe and method to follow. I am pleased to say, I am now a baker and we always have freshly home-baked bread in our house.”

Eager to continue to explore other cuisines and develop his skills, Neil has already booked onto his next course, Curries of the World. He says, “My confidence and repertoire have grown significantly since attending Colours Cookery School and I would recommend to anyone looking to try something new or develop a hobby”.

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