Chateau De Berne
About the location: This cooking school is located in the heart of Provence, between Nice and Marseille near Lorgues, Chateau de Berne’s heart beats to the rhythm of the vines and wine. Here the tradition of winemaking has been deeply rooted since 1750; the winemakers live out their passion and give of their knowledge with generosity, talent and care. Entering onto the property is really like coming to a small Provencal village.
The Chateau de Berne and its Auberge are a luxurious, calm, and sophisticated place, having hosted events for such large international companies as Mazda, L’Oreal, Ferrari. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated with elegant accents, and has its own balcony or sun terrace. The grounds are complete with a luxurious outdoor pool, gardens, tennis and boules courts, and miles of wonderful biking trains. Or, if you prefer, there is workout equipment in a glass enclosure by the pool, where you can watch TV or simply soak in the glorious vistas. Chateau de Berne also has a newly renovated spa, set inside the ancient cellar and dedicated to beauty and wellness, that features a panoramic terrace overlooking the vines and outdoor pool. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is a relaxation area that includes a sauna, herbal tea room, steam room, light therapy shower, and jacuzzi (VIP lodge). Every part of this spa is designed for pleasure and relaxation! Other new additions to this amazing estate include a gorgeous new restaurant in the auberge, and a charming bistro in the winery (complete with a Provencal boutique filled with enticing local products). And in the afternoon, enjoy a stop in the lounge by the fireplace for afternoon tea! Although due to the size of the property this is a somewhat isolated setting in the beautiful Provencal countryside, you will have the feeling of spending time in one of the little charming spots throughout Provence.
About the cooking lessons: Chef Sebastien Nouveau and his team will introduce you to his own style of cooking; an instinctive and intuitive creative cuisine, with his credo of simplicity and authenticity. Chef Sebastien worked in famous and recognized gourmet restaurants, gaining recognition for his work in many Relais & Chateaux restaurants, and ending up at the Michelin recognized “Jacques Chibois.” Chef Sebastien speaks limited English (there is a translator), and will transmit his respect for raw ingredients. He will work closely with the head gardener of the newly installed—and quite spectacular—vegetable, herb and flower garden on the property of the Chateau, choosing the best and freshest ingredients for your hands-on class, as well as seasonal products from the famous market in Lorgues.