Some of you might remember me from the last time I was on the boards - I was (and still am) resposible for running Hub-UK (www.hub-uk.com) one of the UK's biggest recipe and cooking sites. Since I was last here a lot has changed in my life.
As a result of my efforts with Hub-UK I was approached by a UK travel company to organise cooking holidays in France and Italy as well as create the content for their web site. After many months of research and writing the web site is starting to become quite effective - and I hope a little better than your average travel web site. (Have a look at the cooking section - http://www.bluediamondtravel.co.uk/s...est.asp?siid=1 )
I would be interested in opinions - some people say I should display the price of each holiday whilst others say I should not. The problem with pricing is that there are so many variables for each holiday that if you say "price starting from" it is almost certain that most people will end up being quoted more for their particcular requirement. I think that would make people feel that they were being conned. What does anyone else think?
I have to say that I would not consider cooking holidays to be cheap but at the end of the day they have limited numbers, often as small as 6, which means that costs will inevitably be higher because they can only be shared between a few people and at the end of the day the chef tutor has to earn a living as well. One or two I have managed to get below £1,000 whilst many of them range from £1,200 to £1,500. Comments?
I have arranged something a little different for October 2003 - a week's cooking cruise around the Med starting at £899 per person (based on 2 people sharing). I might even get to go on one of these as we will be escorting and looking after our guests for the whole week. Do any of you find the idea of a cruise with cooking demonstrations, a day out and lunch on Sicily, a special dinner evening and a final night cocktail party appealing?
These holidays are primarily aimed at the UK market although modern communications mean that theoretically we could arrange these holidays for anyone wherever they might live.
Anyway I was really pleased to land this job as it allowed me to make my living with two of my favourite pastimes - cooking and web design. And next Wednesday we have a stand for five days at the BBC Good Food Show - will I get to meet any of the famous chefs?