Steve French is a chef and passionate devotee of Spanish + Mexican cuisine...

... whose Tapas bar (Cafe Sol) received accolades from the Spanish embassy and was recognized as one of the ten best in the whole of the U.K. by Food Illustrated magazine.

Involved in the hospitality industry for over 30 years Steve has owned Spanish and Latin American restaurants and worked both in Spain and the UK



His life long love affair with Spain began when he first visited the island of Mallorca on family holidays in the 60's and 70's

Returning there to work as a teenager his culinary interests widened

“I was fascinated by the hams and  sausages hanging in the bars, seduced by little pastries filled with candied pumpkin or spiced pork and peas and garlic laced soups, rabbit stewed with almonds, or the simple pleasures of a chorizo bocadillo – I was hooked!"

 Steve and his family now own Finca 49 restaurant in Pollensa Mallorca and run gastronomic holidays there and in the alpujarra region of Andalucia.

A knowledgable and professional chef for many years, Steve's friendly and relaxed approach will encourage cooks of all abilities to create wonderful dishes whilst having fun and building confidence.

Take advantage of his knowledge and enthusiasm for the food, wine and people of Spain and share in some great gastronomic discoveries!


Spanish Gastronomic Holidays are mostly about having fun whilst indulging a passion for food and drinks.

All trips can be tailored to suit your particular interests and cookery lessons will be conducted in English