After two decades of toiling in hotel management for Sofitel Hotels, Eric decided to move out from behind the desk and study cooking, his true love. Following his professional training he honed his craft in restaurant kitchens, but always planned on opening his own school. He found a lovely space to build his cooking atelier and created a lovely, light environment, complete with modern equipment and expert collaborating chefs. You will have the unique opportunity to partake in classes that exhibit the atelier’s love for food in a relaxed and convivial environment.
The morning class will begin when you will meet Chef Eric or one of his collaborators around 9:30 AM for a visit to a local French market, where you will discover seasonal ingredients and fresh produce. All of the chefs that teach at the atelier believe that learning how to select fresh products is the first step in cooking and eating well! You will be able to meet local merchants and, with the help of the chef, ask any questions.
Head back to the school for a discussion of the day’s menu, ingredients and procedures before beginning the preparation of your three course meal: an appetizer, fish and meat, cheese and dessert. You will be given your apron and the hands-on fun begins! Experience the relaxing and aromatic atmosphere a French kitchen has to offer, ending the afternoon with lively conversation, fabulous food and wonderful wine.
Please note: It is advised that you allow about 45 minutes by metro to reach the atelier from the center (either bank). Also, the market on Saturday is the organic market at rue du Poteau, a short bus ride away (bus tickets not included, but you can pay on board [€1.50]).
Dessert and pastry classes also available! Enjoy a pastry class with Chef Pino or another of Eric’s wonderful dessert collaborators. You will prepare, from scratch, 6 pastries or desserts. The chef will guide you through the recipes and will show you some of the great tips learned during their many years of experience as a pastry chef. Possible desserts you might prepare are: creme brulee, Molten chocolate cake, Soufflé au Grand marnier, madeleines or poached pears with red wine and spices. After the class you can eat your desserts, or you can choose to take them with you to enjoy later (except for the creme brulee).
Baking class: You will prepare from scratch 3 breakfast pastries such as croissants, pain au chocolat, and brioche. You can enjoy the results in-house accompanied by hot chocolate, tea or coffee, or you can take them ‘to go’ to enjoy later. The class lasts around 3 hours. (Please note that due to obvious time constraints some of the dough will be prepared before your arrival, as it needs to rest overnight. However, you will go through all the steps of the preparation personally so that you can re-create the dishes at home.)
Please note that all the chefs that teach at the atelier are highly qualified, and that it is not possible to guarantee a particular chef for a particular class.