Behind Annie’s Kitchen Door
Annie ran her own successful catering and corporate hospitality company in London for 15 years before deciding to head for Vejer. Her love of Spanish food, wine, Sherry (she qualified as a Sherry Educator in October 2011), music and culture led her to the fabulous diversity of Andalucia.
Passionate about food and wine, Annie has that rare talent of being able to pass along her huge enthusiasm for her subject at the same time as making her cookery sessions great fun, specialising in maximising the deliciousness at the same time as minimising the hard work.
Casa Alegre, Annie’s lovely home is the official centre for Peña Gastronómica de Vejer – The Gourmet Association of Vejer – with regular food and wine events held to promote and experience the delights of the area. The house, set within the old town of Vejer was completely refurbished in 2003, transforming a centuries old Andalucian patio home for 5 families into the stunning residence it is today. The azotea (roof terrace) is where everyone gathers to relax, have a pre lunch or dinner drink and relish stunning 270-degree views from the east to the south west, over Vejer and over the Straits of Gibraltar towards North Africa.
If the azotea is the house’s crowning glory, Annie’s kitchen is its heart and whilst retaining many original features, is sleek and contemporary, colourful with Spanish and Moroccan pottery, flooded with sunlight and features the best 21st-century equipment money can buy.
Want to meet Annie and see for yourself what her Spanish Kitchen is all about? Check out the range of cooking courses we’ve got to offer.
Looking for the full Annie B experience? Have a look at the range of cooking holidays we offer…
Fly-by-night visit to Vejer planned? No problem. We also offer day classes to introduce you to the best of Spanish food…
People Love Annie B.
Here’s what they have said
“A Highlight of Our Trip”
I was lucky enough to get into a day class with Annie during our trip to Portugal and Spain on October 3rd. All I can say is what a wonderful experience! She was also very helpful with my friend and her husband who needed to visit the medical clinic nearby. My husband joined us for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the meal, and the others present. I will be returning! And my husband is currently at the grocery store picking up the items I need to re-create the menu!
“So much more than cooking”
I loved my day with Annie. As I hoped, we did a bit of shopping at the start of the day and got some local information on the way. Annie has a knack of making you feel as if you have known her for ages and the day was fun and informative. Eating the fruits of our labour up on the fabulous terrace with my fellow students was lovely and my daughter who was visiting me at the time was able to join us. Next time I hope to do a sherry food pairing experience, I know it will be great based on my first course with Annie and the lovely Peppie her assistant.
“The most fun you will ever have in class!”
What a great decision it was to book a couple of days in Annie’s Spanish Kitchen. From the first contact Annie was so friendly and helpful – and patient with all my questions as I tried to work out how to get to Vejer from Seville by public transport!
“If you’re in Andalucia, make the detour!”
Just one day at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen makes you feel like you’re at a good friend’s kitchen, making wonderful food and sharing laughs. I was lucky enough to spend a few days at Annie B’s; once for a special event (Moroccan pastries) and once as a private class.
It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Your first glimpse of the town is as a blinding flash of white on a hilltop against the bluest of blue skies. Up close it’s just as easy on the eye, too – a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets winding its way between quiet squares, churches and handsome historical buildings, it’s a photographer’s dream.
Whether it’s your first time here or you need help organising a large group, getting to Vejer de la Frontera could hardly be easier.
You’re spoilt for choice! Private terrace? Spectacular views? Use of private pool? Hotel? B&B? Apartment? Vejer is filled with lots of wonderful places to stay.
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