Workshops, Retreats & Events



Virtuoso Cooking School is a place where you will learn how to cook simple yet creative, nutritious foods and drinks.   Taking it further we will look at the benefits of food and drink, the way it is prepared and consumed, the impact on our whole being,  looking at the whole ‘Holistic’ view to ensure maximum benefit can be achieved, body, mind and soul.

Our classes may comprise of the following:

~  One day workshops
~  Weekend workshops
~  Week long retreats (UK and Europe)
~  6 week courses (3 hours per week)
~  Team building workshops (specifically arranged to suit your organisation)
~  Family and couple workshops (specifically arranged to suit your needs)
~  Events

Typically, our workshops and courses are hands-on and will include tutorial and guidance.  Where lunch is included, it will include the wonderful foods and drinks we have created together.

We are more than happy to discuss with you about arranging private classes/workshops/team building events.  Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your requirements.

Although we are based in Bedford, Bedfordshire UK, we travel nationally to host workshops around the country so please contact us to register your interest and enquire further.

To confirm your interest in any of our workshops/retreats, please register your details here and we will contact you with future dates and information.  Register

**All our foods are vegan and suitable to those who are gluten intolerant.  We do not cook with any animal products**

During your class/course you will:

  • Learn how to prepare and cook creative vegetarian/vegan/raw food (starter/snack, main dish and accompaniment, sweet treat, drinks)
  • Develop mindful awareness of your relationship and your creativity around cooking and eating
  • How we consciously approach preparing and eating food?
  • Food combining and the benefits
  • Focus on eating natural whole foods which are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, no added sugar and using only healthy fats
  • Explore the colour, as well as taste and texture and the impact on the body
  • Develop awareness of your own being through gentle movements and meditation
  • Experience how a positive relationship to food is important in ensuring overall energy, health and well-being

This workshop/class is for you if you are:

  • Interested in cultivating a joyous and healthy relationship to food
  • Want to learn new and creative vegetarian/vegan/raw recipes and culinary skills
  • Are willing to engage fully in the programme of mindfulness practice
  • In need of rest, replenishment and renewal
  • Looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life


SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017 10am – 4pm

Representing Virtuoso Foods in Bedford, showcasing some of our most popular cakes, snacks, and treats as well as offering some delicious hot vegan food to tantalise your taste buds.

Come along and support small business in Bedford and see what delicious treats you can try and buy as well as visiting other stalls and seeing what your can source for those special Christmas presents.

We will be there from 10am through to closing, which is 4pm on Sunday 19th November.  FREE parking in all council run car parks so put this date in your diary and come and visit us 🙂

We are also taking orders now for Christmas so if you fancy any of our cakes, snacks or raw treats, then please have a look at our Online Shop and pre-order asap as our time is limited during the next 5 weeks!



We are really excited to let you know that we have secured a venue for our Vegan Pop Up Cafe in Bedford.

We anticipate being busy on this day so if you have any dietary requirements please let us know ahead of time or if you would like to book a table for parties of 6 or more people, let us know.

We would appreciate all payments to be made in cash.

Meal deals available for £10 (main meal, cake and drink)

All foods will be vegan.

Hot drinks will be served with soya and almond milks

We can cater for gluten free sandwiches & pancakes

We will have gluten free cakes available

Any enquiries or to make a booking, please contact Guilda on 07772 502381

FREE 2 hour parking is available at all council run car parks, nearest one being Lurke Street, opposite Lidl.

Booking in advance is recommended for parties of 6 or more people.


~  Introduction to Nutritious Soup Making in BEDFORD, UK
Saturday 2nd December  11-1pm

Come and join us for a morning of hands on preparation and cooking quick, easy, healthy and delicious soups.

You will be shown how easy it is to make a ‘base’ soup as a stock and then add wholesome, nutritious and seasonal vegetables (and fruit) to create the most delicious and good looking soups just in time for those long winter nights.

We will show you how to combine different veggies, herbs, spices and condiments to enhance the flavour of your soups that you can share with family and friends and simply ‘wow’ them.

– Corn chowder
– Sweet potato, coconut & chilli
– Pea & mint
– Chunky minestrone
The above will be accompanied by home-made Raw crackers

All our dishes are vegan friendly and gluten free.

Come and join us for a friendly and fun morning which will leave you with the tools to go home and wow your family and friends.

Book early to avoid disappointment as these classes are proving popular already. Please share with your friends, family and colleagues.

Full payment will be required to secure your place.

Location:  Goldington Road, Central Bedford, UK (address will be given on booking).
On street parking will be available.

Time:  11-1300hrs (arrival from 1045hrs onwards)

Your investment:  £55 includes lunch we have created together and course content or £100 for 2 people.

Bookings:  To book your place(s), contact Guilda on 07772 502381 or via email to enquire further:


~  Edible Christmas Gifts Workshop in BEDFORD, UK
Saturday 16th December
Monday 18th December


This workshop is suitable for the whole family to enjoy learning how to make RAW (not-cooked, not processed, no added sugar, no added bad fats) sweet treats that are not only ‘Healthy’ yes ‘Healthy yet will tantalise your taste buds to a whole new level.

They are not only great for lunch boxes to enjoy at school and at work, of for the occasional treat at home, they are wondeful edible gifts just in time to be given to that special someone for Christmas.

What you will learn to make:
* Energy Balls in different flavours & coatings
* Chocolate Truffles
* Peanut Butter Cookies
* Chocolate & Walnut Brownies

Your investment: £50 per adult which includes 2 children FREE (under 12) and includes recipe cards and a goodie box to take home.
Additional children up to 16 years old: £5 each

Location:  Goldington Road, Central Bedford, UK (address will be given on booking).
On street parking will be available.

Time:  10.30-1230hrs (arrival from 1015hrs onwards)

Bookings:  To book your place(s), contact Guilda on 07772 502381 or via email to enquire further:


**All course content/material and food ingredients are included in the price of your workshop/class**
**FREE recipe cards**

**Workshops and classes will be kept to a maximum of 8 people for maximum focus and effect so booking early is highly recommended**
**We cook with only foods that are in season and organic where possible**

**It is recommended that hair is tied back during the cooking process and that you bring a clean apron with you**
**Payment in full, for cooking classes, must be made at time of booking to secure your place(s)**






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**Please consult your GP before embarking on any dietary changes**
**For local cooking classes, payment for courses must be made in full at time of booking**
**For local cooking classes, refunds will not be given if notice of 1 weeks in advance of course start date has not been given**
**For local cooking classes, if cancellation is made between 1-2 weeks of course start date, 50% refund will be given or if notice of 2-4 weeks of course start date is given, full refund will be given**


I attended Guilda’s cookery class recently. After receiving a warm welcome, the day was explained with handouts and recipes. As a group we worked well together to create the menu for our lunch. Guilda explained the benefits of what we were putting together. And what a delicious, nutritious lunch it was too. I loved this course because it was educational, hands on and very tasty as we got to eat what we made. Guilda is exceptionally knowledgeable, a great tutor and made the day fun.
Carol W. 01.10.17

I attended the Healthy and Tasty workshop and had a fun time making the lunch , using new ingredients and techniques under the guidance of Guilda. Meeting new people on the same course added to the event. Sitting down and enjoying our efforts was a spectacular close to a fun 3 hours!! Would not hesitate to sign up for another course Thank you
Jo S.  14.05.17

Great food, and we had great fun too, will certainly be back for another course
Neil B.  13.05.17

Order my daughters 18th bday cake (she has just turned vegan!!).  We had a mixture of cupcakes (vanilla and chocolate) and it went down a treat.
Sarah W.  24.09.17

After being to the cafe on numerous occasions and sad that it closed, we decided to treat our family and friends to my wife’s 50th birthday party with all ‘Cafe Virtuoso’ style buffet.  Everything was gone (except the sneaky plates we hid to enjoy the next day) and will use them again.  We miss you!!
Harry and Jane P.  02.08.17

Both my friend and I attended a workshop recently, ‘Creative Vegan Cooking’ and amongst 5 other ladies, we thoroughly enjoyed learning about eating mindfully as well as creating some delicious foods (my new favourite being tempeh now I know how to cook it!).  It was fun and what I enjoyed most was actually cooking handson which helped to make the recipes stick in my mind.  Thank you Guilda and we will be back (perhaps see you in London) x
Samara and Julie

I brought my son and daughter along to the Junior Chef workshop and they loved it.  It was a morning well spent which I didn’t have to clear up afterwards for (sorry!).  Along with 6 other kids, the workshop was put together with knowledge and good explanations.
Samantha (Sarah and Tom) S.

I came along to the Health and Tasty workshop and enjoyed the class.  I love the corn chowder, it was so tasty and creamy and will definitely be making this for the family often,  not so keen on quinoa but thats my personal taste and LOVED the shortcake cookies and jam.  I was always under the impression that to make jam you needed loads of sugar, not so.  Will be making my own jams from now on.  Thanks Guilda and will be back again when I have some more free time.
Erica K. 21.05.17

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