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“We had both heard of one another, admiring each others work, so it seemed a good plan to work together on these fabulous trio of house party style tours to Morocco, the Cotswolds and the lot in France,” says Prior.
Little, who trained at the Cordon Bleu School in London and worked as a consultant on Bill Granger’s books before launching her own titles, said she started working on the week-long tours with Prior because of a couple of reasons.
“I’ve been doing regular cooking tours to Europe –France and Italy mainly for several years now and I’d known Carol for quite some time in the industry … and at events,” Little said.
“We reconnected last year ... we started to chat about it, and it seemed like a great idea, with her expertise especially in Morocco and my experience with France – I speak French – so we put our heads together and organised these three tours."
Little said she was particularly keen to change people’s idea of British food.
“A lot of people have a false impression of English food. I really wanted to showcase that [Cotswolds] region, we’ve really tried to take the best of all the places.”
Is she looking forward to the experience? “Absolutely, who wouldn’t,” she tells the Review.
Prior has grown accustomed to positive comments from her former guests too. Mule riding is often a hit. Their tour which takes in Ouirgane, a small Berber village at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, sees guests out riding mules or just walking through the national park up to a very small village for a typical Berber lunch of salads and Tajines.
“A lot of people have a false impression of English food and I really wanted to showcase that [Cotswolds] region, we’ve really tried to take the best of all the places.”Valli Little, food editor
The tours are set for the middle of next year, but bookings are now open. Details: http://www.bypriorarrangement.com/.
PRIZE FOR READERS:
Carol Prior from Prior by Arrangement is offering a private cooking class for two at her Leura home. The prize will be given to the first pair to book on one of the 2017 trips. Just note the Blue Mountains Gazette article when booking. The pair will also be photographed and appear in the Gazette pages at a later date.