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Welcome to The Vital Ingredient

The Vital Ingredient offers bespoke, private cooking lessons in your own home, which may be on a one to one basis, or combined with like-minded friends.


My individual courses take place in your own home and I cover a large area of the Cotswolds including Minchinhampton, Stroud, Cirencester, Tetbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester and  Tewkesbury to name a few, please contact me with your location as I am happy to travel to you.

If you're looking for a cookery gift experience for someone special, maybe a birthday, Christmas present, Wedding, Anniversary or simply a treat then why not surprise them with a Vital Ingredient cooking gift voucher? 

My cookery lessons suit those who:

  • will soon be off to Uni, don’t want to spend a fortune but want to create simple and tasty meals
  • have had a change of circumstance and quickly need to get up to speed with the basics
  • want to impress that loved one and surprise them with that romantic dinner for two they never thought you could cook

If any of these are you then I can tailor a cooking lesson just for you.

I am confident that I can help you locate the vital ingredient that’s been eluding you ... and demonstrate first hand that the vital ingredient is not a mystical product or spice from a specialist supermarket, but something you already possess, but maybe never realised and until now has largely gone untapped.

If you wish to discuss your personal requirements further, or simply want to discuss the benefits of a Vital Ingredient gift voucher please contact me.

   individual cookery lessons

Ready Meals or Home Cooked?

Following the horsemeat scandal, preparing and cooking our own meals seems more important than ever.
Why work extra hours to pay for convenience foods when you could spend the same amount of time at home and produce your own home-cooked fresh food.

Just think about it for a moment …no longer feeling that you have little or no choice but to work overtime to pay for convenience food …when you could be at home with your family and friends and cooking great tasting food in the comfort of your own home …and being financially no worse off than before.

I specialise in good home-cooked meals for all the family and I can teach you how.  You can learn to cook tastier, healthier food and know exactly what is in it – let me show you how!

home made lasagne

pasta making



Email : janice@thevitalingredient.co.uk Tel: 0755 348 7577

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