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Best-selling cookery writer Claire Macdonald OBE is famed for her practical, realistic recipes. She is also admired for a remarkable willingness to share the secrets of her kitchen, and celebrated for her truly wonderful sense of fun. All of this comes together splendidly in the three-day residential cookery courses Claire hosts at Kinloch Lodge.

Can there be an easier or more relaxed way in which to counter any fear of the unknown? Claire's tuition style, peppered with a wealth of entertaining anecdotes and time-saving tips, is relaxed and informal yet informative and hugely empowering too. Whether complete novices or kitchen-competent, attendees amass a wealth of recipes plus the technical know-how and confidence to realise them with genuine aplomb.

Tuition sessions are balanced with time aplenty to relax in Kinloch's magical setting or explore Skye's wildly romantic beauty. Naturally, the experience includes all the pampering and discreet luxury of this most remarkable of highland hideaways, characterised by its warmth of welcome and beautifully appointed guest-rooms.

New in 2013 and a wonderful addition at the hotel was the Private Dining Room and Chef's Table which we launched in June. We're busy planning some special events including new Cookery Courses for the Spring of 2015. We're very excited!  Click here to find out a little bit more and perhaps join us soon to aspire to be a better cook!

A selection of Claire Macdonald recipes that have been included in previous courses.

Prawn Cocktail

Prawn, Bacon and Garlic Pate

Langoustines in Saffron and Shallot Sauce

Roast Duck with Roast Butternut Squash in Coriander, Lime and Ginger Dressing.

Lemon, Almond and Mincemeat Cake-this is excellent for those who are gluten allergic

Baked Cheese and Thyme Puffs

Dark Chocolate and Rum-Marinated Raisin Terrine

Pickled Beetroot with Smoked Mackerel Mousse

Smoked haddock with Jerusalem Artichoke Risotto

Caramelised Onion and Anchovy Slices

Pork, Chicken and Green Peppercorn Terrine

Pork Fillet Herb Schnitzels

Pineapple, Ginger and Mango Fruit Salad with Caramelised Lime Rind and Lime Syrup

Coffee Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Pastry

How good is that?

Marcello's Table

Come and cook with Kinloch's head chef, Marcello Tully. 
See Marcello in action, creating one of Kinloch's fine-dining menus. 
Learn about the workings of a professional restaurant kitchen. Each evening, enjoy the menu around 'Marcello's Table', matched by fantastic wine and whisky tastings.

Prices range from £450 - £630 per person, dependent on the room and time of year. Prices include, 
two full mornings of hands-on prep with Marcello, dinner, breakfast and a lightly lunch each day

Bespoke Private Cookery Demonstrations

Claire also offers bespoke private cookery demonstrations for anyone, from 1 person to 20 people. 
These can be tailored to specific needs and are charged at £750 for half  day.