Virtuoso Cooking School is a place where you will learn how to cook simple yet creative, nutritious vegan 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 and the benefits that can be achieved, body, mind and soul.
Our classes may comprise of the following:
~ 1/2 day or one day classes
~ Weekend workshops
~ Week long retreats (UK and Europe)
~ Team building workshops (specifically arranged to suit your organisation)
~ Family and couple workshops (specifically arranged to suit your needs)
Typically our classes 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 classes, 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
2018/9 COOKING CLASS &
I looked around for ages to find a vegan caterer and am pleased to have come across Guilda from Virtuoso. I hired Guilda to cater for my daughter’s wedding which included a wedding cake as well as buffet style dinner catering for 150 guests. We had someone else take care of the drinks however everything was top class and we were all extremely happy with the variety, styles and flavours that the team offered. Thank you so much to you all. Ann M. 08.09.18
Recently attended an excellent vegan baking course. Guilda was a great teacher and the recipes were simple to follow and the end results were very tasty! Would definitely recommend this course
My husband and I hired Virtuoso Foods to cater for my son’s graduation party which doubled as an engagement party and we loved all the offerings. The food was all buffet style and was enjoyed by everyone with some wonderful feedback from friends and family. Will definitely hire Guilda and her team again. Margaret & Peter J. 04.08.18
I attended a Vegan baking course after getting fed up of forever making dense, heavy vegan cakes and found the course really helpful. Guilda is an excellent teacher and was able to pass on some great hints and tips. I made a Victoria sponge for my dad and he couldn’t believe it was vegan. Will definitely be coming back for more classes. Kirsten W. 28.07.18
We attended a middle eastern cooking class with Guilda which was fantastic. She’s very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about what she does. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and it was lovely to sit down at the end and tuck into the food – which was beautiful! Thanks a lot; we left feeling very inspired.
Ashley M. 18.08.18
After seeing all the delicious foods and cakes being posted on Facebook I decided to book myself and my mum (late birthday gift) on the Introduction to vegan baking workshop. We loved it, Guilda was informative and patient and guided us to create delicious cakes and cupcakes which we were able to take home with us all boxed up nicely. I recommend this class and we are looking to attend more classes in the Summer. thank you ~ Karen H and Sam (mam) April 2018
Having just become Vegan as part of the Veganuary push in 2018, living in Toddington, I decided to try one of these cooking workshops ‘Introduction to Vegan Cooking & Baking’. I enjoyed the day as I not only learnt how to make quick and easy and tasty dishes, I got to take some home for the family to enjoy. Guilda is also helpful on email with my questions and advise.
Fully recommend thanks ~ Emma S. March 2018
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