Bespoke Experiences

Private Parties

Mark and Annie's Cooking Experience Cookery School now operates from a brilliant venue at The Taste Academy in Ipswich, which is the perfect place for a private Hands On Cooking Day for family and friends. The facility is a bright white, State of The Art, working kitchen and cookery school. There are 3 large cooking stations each equipped with 6 NEFF built in ovens and two under counter fridges. We plan the day with you to decide what we are going to cook. We have Grazing breaks and then you sit down at the end to eat the food you have cooked and marvel at your brilliant culinary skills! We do Fun!

Corporate Events

Our venue in Ipswich is ideal for Corporate Team-Building Cooking Days. They are designed to motivate, enthuse and de-stress your team. We have fun, its competitive and not too serious. Our most popular theme is based on Ready Steady Cook, that fast-moving whacky TV show. Rather than being recipe based, we give teams ingredients and let them “fly by the seat of their pants” inventing delicious food from scratch. We can take a maximum of 30 people at The Taste Academy and we can do whole day or evening sessions to suit you. Its a social affair, so wine, beer and soft drinks are provided and included in the price quoted.

Home Visits

We do Home Visits to help expand cooking repertoires, how best to use your cooker and to give you renewed confidence in your abilities. Its your day and you can include other people to defray the cost. We travel anywhere within reason. We source all the ingredients having discussed with you in advance what we are going to cook. You might invite some friends or family for dinner in the evening to help eat all the food we have cooked! We have been doing these for many years and find that some people prefer the one to one sessions for a number of reasons.

AGA Home Visits

These are as for the above but with great emphasis on how to use your AGA, new or old, or inherited with the house you have just moved into. We have been all over our region and beyond with great results. We bring all the ingredients having agreed a cooking agenda before our visit, and we include many Hints and Tips, Shortcuts and th best way to use the AGA. We cover all models old and new. Mark is a seasoned AGA man, with a CV of over 20 years working freelance for the company in AGA shops and private houses and some Food Shows.

Holiday Home Catering

We recently cooked for a large family 40th birthday celebration in a lovely enormous house in Suffolk. Saturday night Gala Dinner and Barbecue Lunch on Sunday for 35 people. We will travel anywhere within reason, including Europe and if in the UK you can use us for part of or the whole of your stay depending on location. Just imagine your holiday villa in the summer heat with resident cook to allow you to relax and enjoy the surroundings. (No need for Marigold gloves!).


Pettistree House, Wickham Market, Woodbridge

Pettistree House, Wickham Market

Are you looking for a venue for a family party or intimate wedding? Look no further!

Pettistree House is huge and has been re-furbished to accommodate up to 35 people in a variety of bedrooms and spacious reception rooms. It is set in spacious grounds in a quiet location near the small town of Wickham Market, but close to the A12 arterial road. The kitchen is massive, well equipped with 2 range cookers, plenty of fridge space, loads of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware, enough seats round a very large kitchen table and the splendid dining room is close by. We catered for a landmark birthday party in August 2017 providing 2 set piece meals over the bank holiday weekend. We can cater for your party for part of or all of your stay as we are only 45 minutes away in Hadleigh. Rather than blind you with set menus, we discuss the meals with you, so bespoke to you. We take over the kitchen and do it all for you which allows you to enjoy the house and grounds, and your family and friends.

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Old Neptune House, Ipswich

Old Neptune House, Ipswich

Right by the busy Ipswich Marina, this very old 15th century building has been brilliantly re-furbished by the owners of Pettistree House, Wickham Market to accommodate 26 people for landmark birthday/holiday breaks all year round. The magnificent original features have been carefully retained. Let The Cooking Experience look after you and cook for your family group for all or part of your stay. We can help you plan Set Piece meals and take the strain off you! You can then enjoy your guests and have the time to explore the marina and all that it offers.

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Contact Mark or Annie David for more information and to discuss your specific requirements and to see how we can help you.

Tel: 01473 827568