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I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel that I have learnt a lot. Vanessa knows her stuff but more than that she has a passion for sourdough/good food and a passion for teaching. She is truly inspirational. As a complete beginner, what I really liked was that she took time and effort to explain the basics (starting the culture, what a successful leaven and dough look and taste like etc). She really hit home for me when she explained that making sourdough (which is a long process) is about getting into a rhythm which suits your individual circumstances. At the end of the weekend, we were all raring to have a go in our own homes and what makes that easier is being a member of the Sourdough Club. This is a wonderful addition because we can continue to get advice, try new recipes etc. The whole experience has been a positive one.
This may have all been said before, but I had the most inspiring, pleasureable, tiring, exhilarating sourdough experience. I felt honoured be welcomed in as a member of the 'family', the weekend Sourdough intermediate/advanced course was about mucking in, helping to prep and tidy as well as to absorb the information and teachings from Vanessa. It created great teamwork from our group, I think it all helped to enable me to absorb maximum benefit from the course. But it doesn't stop there! The huge benefits of being a member of the sourdough club will become apparent as time goes on and I start building my baking experiences. This club I feel is worth the course fee on its own. A huge thank you to Vanessa and her team for the most unforgettable experience!! Oh and the food.....what can I say?? !!
Thank you Vanessa for an inspiring day and welcoming me to your home. I loved your tips and absorbing your scientific brain about digestabiity and sustainability. The size of the class was just right, the flexibility of your schedule was perfect and the one to one advice about how to be a better baker was really appreciated. Looking forward to doing your high hydration course next and I can't wait to start practising my bread making! X
Vanessa thank you so much for such an inspiring course! Not just by demystifying the process of making delicious sourdough bread, but the whole ethos that you presented, the food you so casually whipped together to feed us lunch and your charming and vibrant personality. The lunch… (feel like Pavlov's dogs here...) ...homemade pickles, kimchi, sourdough pizza, cake, the different drinks, kefir... (Yes all homemade!). I think that on its own was worth the trip & money! Thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Vanessa is certainly the guru of sourdough and extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It was a hugely instructive day being guided through the science and complexity of sourdough and bread making interspersed with entertaining stories by Vanessa. The loaf we took home was absolutely delicious. I’m very inspired to reach that same standard and with Vanessa’s detailed instructions and online advice, I’m confident I’ll be able to.
Not just another bread course….If you find yourself struggling though another recipe trying to find create that perfect loaf of bread….stop right there. I had heard via the grapevine that Vanessa’s course was the place to go to learn the ins and outs of sourdough and she did not disappoint! But that’s not all you’ll get from her instruction. She is vivacious, knowledgeable and a charismatic instructor. She not only teaches you the technique of how to create that perfect artisanal loaf, but the chemistry of why it all comes together. Vanessa captures you the minute you walk into her class. Her hands on lectures teach you about the basics of bread, the fundamentals of creating a great loaf, but her story also weaves you through the importance of eating well. Her discussions on food and sustainability methods left an impact on me into why it is so critical to choose and source our ingredients carefully. Her seminar was also a cultural walk of sharing experiences, of laughter and of devouring her incredible organic feast at mealtimes. But most of all she laid the principals and foundations of confidence that we all needed to experience in order to create a simple, wholesome, beautiful sourdough loaf. And that in essence becomes a sharing & gifting of our time with the ones we love.
An excellent course that demystified sourdough. Having tried and failed in the past to make the divine loaf I learnt very quickly exactly where I was going wrong - pretty much every stage. Vanessa is welcoming, funny and incredibly knowledgeable not just about bread but about the science behind the making and eating of it. I was very interested in what she had to say about gut health and digestibility of sourdough. A great day out and a great experience; as an added bonus, lunch was fabulous and I took home a loaf of proper sourdough! I have now bought all the kit I will ever need to make a proper loaf, the Vanessa Kimbell way.
Had previously made Sourdough but wanted to gain more knowledge about the process and particularly the starter and leaven so this course proved to be the cajones. Vanessa imparts a lot of her considerable knowledge in an understandable format and her able assistant Issy adds to the homely feel. Learnt a lot and have now produced some good whole grain breads so delighted !! The lunch was excellent with some lovely green leaves from the garden, bresaola, jamon, home made houmus and of course some great bread. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
The weekend course on digestibility and nutrition with Nick Barnard and Vanessa.....a very informative and most enjoyable two days...with opportunity to hear latest developments, to enjoy tasting healthy food made, to practice skills needed in sourdough bread making and given advice where needed on how to improve... in very pleasant surroundings together with others who are also passionate about sourdough and fermentation...
An amazing weekend - learnt a lot and laughed a lot.
Busy Saturday in Vanessa's kitchen.Good fun , practical and comprehensive.. All my mistakes cleared up and am now producing reliable sourdough loaves – most of the time anyway
Here we have a Guru of sour dough that has character and the ability to make you feel relaxed and digest (sorry!) all the info thrown at you and at the same time help you to feel confident that you will eventually get to producing a decent well balanced loaf.Vanessa has HUGE knowledge and understands why things can go wrong as well as right and imparts you with names l cannot remember but gets you to the finishing post. A enjoyable day, funny and witty not only by her and her considerate assistant but with the other 10 women who surrounded my self and Antony with constant laughter and fun.Would l return again, yes l would drive the 4.5 hours up and 3 hours down from Kent but next time l would want to spend 2 days getting my techniques right and getting deeper into the subject.
With Vanessa leading and us following what a great day I had! I have for ages wanted to move on from traditioal bread making to soughdough but books, websights, utube just didnt do it! I gave up! But now thanks to your enthusiastic and explanitary teaching, I have had ago! After refreshing my starter! Which initself was me taking control I managed the French one day. Even my husband was impressed! I still have a great deal to learn but am readyto have a go at the San Francisco at the weekend . I am facinated with the technics and the science and feel I am learning a whole new skill. Thanktyou and to Kurt for a great day. If you still want a willing student for your photo shoot do let me know.
What Vanessa offered that no book or website could ever teach was a real understanding of the importance of using your senses when making sourdough, you simply CAN'T make the perfect loaf by just following instructions. My sourdough baking since finishing the course just a few days ago has become much more intuitive and instinctive, which also makes the whole process far more interesting and enjoyable. I simply can't imagine other sourdough courses would have got this across quite so well as Vanessa can, on top of teaching all the basics and demystifying the role of the sourdough starter.The day itself was so much fun, Vanessa was a brilliant tutor in a very relaxing space. I didn't want to leave! Thank you.
I attended the one day course last weekend and what a great introduction to baking sourdough. To be honest I have never had much luck with baking bread but I love eating sourdough so thought I would give the course a try. I am so glad I did. Vanessa is an energetic teacher and was able to make the complicated process of making sourdough sound simple, so that someone like me who has never made any before left feeling inspired and fairly confident that I could give it a try at home. I made my first loaf at home the following day and was amazed at how it turned out. Attending the course means you can pick up all the little tips it is almost impossible to gain from reading a book. Thank you for a great day Vanessa and looking forward to continuing my sourdough journey!
I did the one-day course last weekend having been given this as a present from my husband. I've been baking bread the traditional way for years but wanted to be able to make the authentic sourdough you can buy easily abroad but which is so hard to find here. I can only echo what everyone else has said here: Vanessa is a force of nature and her teaching style is inspirational. Never a dull moment! Above all she gave us not only the basic skills but also the tips which inspire confidence in beginners. I've just taken my first batch out of the oven and the bread is delicious so although I have a lot of finessing to do it's a big thank-you to Vanessa and Carl
The weekend experience at the sourdough school was superb from start to finish. Although I had been making sourdough bread for nearly a year the school and especially Vanessa gave me so much confidence to try out new ideas, to master loaf-shaping and to experiment with other uses of sourdough starter. Vanessa herself put everyone at ease and enabled everyone to take part, her enthusiasm is infectious! The group number of 10 worked well. Saving up for my next course.
2 Day course in October 2016My partner Rosie and I are hoping to open a bakery one day and came to Vanessa's 2 day clinic to get our fundamentals straight, we got far more than we imagined.Not only was Vanessa knowledgable, relatable and a clever sourdough teacher, she was an inspirational to change and transform the way we see all food, not only bread. We thought we could have gotten by without a course or formal training, but we learned many priceless methods and tips. She was prepared and dedicated, she made a concerted effort to make sure everyone got out what the came for.Impressively she answered all questions Rosie, who has a food science background, had about bread baking processes and (importantly) how sourdough affects gluten and your health.Our bread baking hero!!
My wife purchased this 2 day weekend course as a Christmas present. I just had a fabulous time from start to finish - learning, which for the first time since leaving school in 1980 was quite amazing for me.I have to say that I was nervous about the thought of being at school, it sounded scary and what about the people on the course with me what would they be like? I asked myself... Vanessa greeted me with the biggest smile and welcome as she did all the students and from that moment on it was just fun, laughter, chat and learning, Vanessa uses her own great teaching skills by imparting knowledge in a fun way that just make you remember what is being taught.The bread of course was amazing (even mine was pretty good too, I have to say). Dough balls, cake and Pizza just a total food heaven. Lunch was prepared in front of us as we were in class all sat around the large wooden farmhouse table, we ate an Italian themed lunch of roasted vegetables – Pizza – Garlic Dough Balls – Artichokes – Cured meats – Wine (from one of the UK's best wine producers) Fleur Fields VineyardSpecial thanks to Ian, and an enormous thank you to Vanessa – Your enthusiasm and passion shines through, everything you do is from the heart and that is what makes your work very special, for you to share this is amazing.Thank youPaul
I attended Vanessa's sourdough clinic making bricks and came home with a light fluffy sourdough loaf! I learnt so much during the day and met some fantastic people. I would recommend a visit to The Sourdough School to anyone.