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Cookery workshops with Ghillie Basan

Ghillie Basan is a writer, broadcaster, and food anthropologist whose food and travel articles have appeared in the Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Tribune, Press & Journal, BBC Good Food Magazine, TasteTurkey, Eatinmagazine, Diet & Nutrition USA, Middle Eastern Travel and various internet sites and magazines. As a broadcaster she has many BBC Radio credits presenting and contributing to a variety of food programmes

A childhood in East Africa was followed by a Cordon Bleu Diploma in London and a BSc in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University. She worked and travelled in Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, North America, India, Southeast Asia, and vast chunks of Africa as an English teacher, journalist, and food and travel writer. Having written over 40 books and numerous articles on different culinary cultures, her latest is "Spirit and Spice", published in 2019.

Spend the day cooking with Ghillie in her incredible home near Glenlivet with views to the hills and a kitchen full of colour, traditional culinary utensils and spices from Istanbul. These workshops are unique and hands-on – you do the cooking; Ghillie the guiding. There are no fancy gadgets, precise measurements or complicated recipes, just sharp knives, mortar and pestles, and lots of chopping, pounding, tasting, laughter and good banter. If you enjoy sharing stories, learning about spices and cultures, and tucking into a feast with a bottle of wine, this is the workshop for you!

“Ghillie Basan is an exceptionally talented individual and an unsung hero of the culinary world in Scotland and beyond. A gifted and prolific writer, cook, presenter, recipe developer, storyteller, tourism provider and so much more, she plays a key role in the country’s food, drink and tourism landscape.”
Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Food and Drink Scotland

"Any encounter with Ghillie leaves you astonished by her knowledge, fascinated by her stories and most of all, hungry, very, very hungry!"
Pennie Latin, Senior Producer and Presenter, BBC Radio Scotland


Choose from:

Mad about Mezze - A feast of traditional Turkish and Middle Eastern mezze dishes

Mezze, Tagines, Couscous - Mezze dishes, Moroccan tagines and couscous

Spice Safari - A journey around the spice routes with dishes from Turkey, the Middle East, North and East Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Caribbean

African Food Safari - A journey through Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa looking at regional dishes and their influences

Veggie & Vegan - Exploring ideas for vegetarian and vegan diets drawing from different cultures

Costs: £450.00 for 2 people, £500.00 for 3, £600.00 for 4-6 – this includes the day spent cooking with Ghillie in her home, all the food, and a bottle of wine. We can also arrange transport if required.