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TOP 10 Bake Off breaks; As Bake Off reaches its exciting climax on Wednesday, push the (gravy) boat out and indulge the gourmet in you with a foodie holiday; Yum fly with me.


1 JAMAICA Seven nights from PS1,499pp

Cook along with Levi Roots at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. The celebrity chef is the host for this Rum, Rhythm and Roots holiday at the Jamaican resort, leading the way to markets to choose ingredients for his cooking masterclasses. And with five-star dining restaurants and eleven bars, foodies will be spoilt for choice at the Sandals Resort as well as enjoying personal butler service.

THE DEAL: A week-long all-inclusive stay at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort starts at PS1,499pp including flights with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick on January 18.

2 MARRAKECH Three nights from PS618pp

Pick your own vegetables and herbs and cook up some delicious tagines and flat breads in the kitchen at La Maison Arabe hotel. The five-star boutique hotel has 26 rooms, many with private terraces and fireplaces, three restaurants, a piano bar and a new spa with a hammam. And with temperatures averaging a spring-like 17degC in November, it's a great excuse for a break from the British winter.

THE DEAL: Three nights at La Maison Arabe start at PS490pp for stays in November. The cookery course costs PS128pp. Lufthansa flies from Manchester to Marrakech with return fares from PS491 in November (

3 SICILY Seven nights from PS188pp

Embark on a multi-sensory tasting and cooking experience in the sou isla and beg ne int ta he mwaSpgTn south-east of the Mediterranean island. Learn how to use herbs spices properly on a trip that begins with a guided farm tour near Ragusa for a heady introduction to the aromas and tastes of local produce. Then help to cook up a four-course menu that includes fava beans with wild fennel, cavatelli pasta and cannoli with local honey. Stay at Villa Hybla with its private pool, ornamental garden and solarium.

THE DEAL: In November seven nights at Villa Hybla, which sleeps up to six, costs from PS1,127 Wish Sicily. Cookery class from 45 euros. Flights extra. mirror.

4 THAILAND Nine nights from PS2,598pp

Get a taste of true Thai cuisine on this culinary trip which uncovers some tasty delights. Starting in Bangkok you can sample Thai wine at a vineyard and take part in a cookery class. The tour takes in Ayutthaya, Khao Yai National Park, Khon Kaen, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Mae Chan, visiting markets, food stalls and restaurants serving spicy boat noodles, pad Thai and coconut pud.

THE DEAL: The nine-night B&B trip with Gane and Marshall starts at PS2,598pp including accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and home stays, most lunches, guides, transportation, entrance fees, excursions and UK flights.

5 MAJORCA Three nights from PS368pp

Pluck oranges straight from the tree, then make marmalade on a trip to Port Soller. Once you've sampled the delights of the local farm, put on your apron for the cookery class ([euro]150) with the chef at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa. Then you can submit to pampering in the hotel's sumptuous Talise Spa.

THE DEAL: Three nights for two at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa costs from PS245 per night in November. EasyJet flights to Palma from Luton start at around PS30 each way (

6 7Learn bush SPAIN

Six nights from PS1,303pp

Discover how to make Spanish staples prawns in garlic, tortilla, and orange and almond cakes with Annie B. Her foodie breaks based in the stunning white-walled village of Vejer de la Frontera in Andalucia include sherry tasting, tapas in Cadiz and a morning visit to the Barbate fish market. Back in her kitchen you can hone your knife skills on the catch of the day.

THE DEAL: A seven-night B&B break at Hotel La Casa del Califa, with its pool and terraces, starting March 9 costs from PS1,303pp including three classes, three lunches, dinner and day trips. Flights to Gibraltar from Birmingham start at PS33 each way with Monarch (


Three nights from PS1,206pp

For the trip of a lifetime with family or friends, this bush adventure combines a masterclass in the art of the braai (barbecue) with spectacular safari drives at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. After learning how to cook impala, ostrich and warthog on a campfire, you can go for game drives and bush walks. Make Melton Manor your base, a laid-back safari farmhouse where you can enjoy the use of a private vehicle, guide and tracker for safari activities. A chef and house butlers are also on call.

THE DEAL: Save up to 50 per cent on the three-night Campfire Cooking package now costing from PS9,650 for stays until January based on eight people. Includes full board, drinks and safari activities. Flights to the nearest airport at Port Elizabeth (100 miles away) start at PS592 return with Qatar Airways through


Nine nights from PS1,040pp

With incredible restaurants and fascinating food markets New Delhi is a culinary hot spot. The capital is the base for a new food sherpa trail that leads you to some of the city's best attractions, from gourmet delights to street kebab stalls. The tour features a 200-year-old joint which serves up chaat made from a special blend of spices, and a visit to Jalebi Wala, renowned for its juicy jalebis - a dessert made from deep-fried gram flour soaked in syrup.

THE DEAL: Nine nights at the five-star ITC Maurya in November costs from PS2.079 for two. The sherpa trail excursion cost PS35pp. Emirates fly from Glasgow with return fares from PS461 in November.

9 ITALY Six nights from PS1,063pp

Head for the hills of Umbria for a delicious taste of la dolce vita on this culinary stay in a traditional farmhouse. Try the local pecorino cheese, olive oil and fine wine on visits to food markets and vineyards. And take a trip to neighbouring medieval towns to source delicious homemade food and pick up great Italian recipes. Accommodation is in a farmhouse in Montegabbione which supports other local producers.

THE DEAL: Six nights in a farmhouse in Montegabbione starts at PS1,063pp in April and May including all meals and drinks. Flights to Perugia are not included.


Eleven nights from PS1,950pp

Experience intrigue and culinary history on a delicious journey. In Hanoi tour the streets of the Old Quarter and markets, sampling classic dishes and French pastries. Then head to Halong Bay and get on board a cruise to try your hand at squid fishing and eat fine seafood. Fly on to Hue where you'll learn to cook spicy delicacies at one of the city's traditional garden houses before travelling to Hoi An to spend time with Chef Duc. The itinerary also takes in Ho Chi Minh City's late-night food stalls, as well as the Mekong Delta.

THE DEAL: The 11-night tailored trip with InsideAsia Tours costs from PS1,950pp in November staying in boutique hotels. Hanoi flights from Heathrow in November from PS431 via For more info or to book any of these deals go to how to make tasty noodles in Thailand, right 4Learn oranges and make marmalade in Majorca 5Pick with Annie B in sunny Andalucia 6Cook dolce vita doesn't come much sweeter 9LA culinary odyssey through Vietnam 10


TOAST YOURSELF After cooking lessons at Sandals Ochi Beach
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