Carol Prior, at By Prior Arrangement, moves with the foodie stars

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French culinary tour: Valli Little and Carol Prior's Magret and Malbec tour.

French culinary tour: Valli Little and Carol Prior's Magret and Malbec tour.

Colourful trip: The market in Prayssac in the Lot, France. Visits to the local markets are an important aspect of the food holidays.

Colourful trip: The market in Prayssac in the Lot, France. Visits to the local markets are an important aspect of the food holidays.

“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.

The Prior tours go all over Europe with experts in the field: Pictured is Daryll Taylor, the chef from Thyme in the Cotswolds.

The Prior tours go all over Europe with experts in the field: Pictured is Daryll Taylor, the chef from Thyme in the Cotswolds.

“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.

Whisking up an adventure: Valli Little will be the star foodie on next year's trip with Leura gourmet adventure travel company By Prior Arrangement. Photo: Alan Benson.

Whisking up an adventure: Valli Little will be the star foodie on next year's trip with Leura gourmet adventure travel company By Prior Arrangement. Photo: Alan Benson.

Delicious goodies: Valli Little, who hosts the trips overseas with Carol Prior, knows all about the art of preparing and presenting beautiful good food.

Delicious goodies: Valli Little, who hosts the trips overseas with Carol Prior, knows all about the art of preparing and presenting beautiful good food.

Delicious goodies: Valli Little, who hosts the trips overseas with Carol Prior, knows all about the art of preparing and presenting beautiful good food.

Delicious goodies: Valli Little, who hosts the trips overseas with Carol Prior, knows all about the art of preparing and presenting beautiful good food.

Easy eating in France

Easy eating in France

Home made: Goodies for offer at the Blackheath Growers Markets with Valli Little and Carol Prior earlier this year.

Home made: Goodies for offer at the Blackheath Growers Markets with Valli Little and Carol Prior earlier this year.

Cooking school: One of the many groups enjoying the culinary holidays in Europe.

Cooking school: One of the many groups enjoying the culinary holidays in Europe.

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