International Cooking School Vacations: France Client Comments
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France - Comments from our guests

Cooking “It was delightful from beginning to end! Very informative – from shopping, to preparing, to presentation and finally to enjoying eating the food we prepared. I particularly appreciated your treating us as friends in your home and not just as customers.”


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Brittany

Cooking In Brittany

Our hosts were passionate about their work and did a great job teaching you to cook delicious food that you can make at home. They are organized and thoughtful in their approach and take time and have patience for teaching (something which in my experience is an art). They are Read More...

Burgundy

Colors Of Burgundy

Katherine is a great chef, very organized and helpful in the kitchen. She organized the classes so that we cooked one thing. This was good because we learned how to fully cook that item. Then before dinner each of us would describe how we cooked the item so the other Read More...

Robert Ash Cookery School

Wonderful experience. I did not anticipate much, a dormitory, perhaps a motel? But, the farm is charming. Our room had the flowing curtains framing the window that you see in movies. The air was fresh and clean. It was home. We were waiting for the rest of the guests to Read More...

Languedoc

Cook On A Luxury Barge

The trip was fantastic. The barge was luxurious, the crew were outstanding, and the food was first rate. We enjoyed the cooking lessons, the tours and most of all the carefree days watching the scenery go by on the canal du midi. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Yes. Everything came off Read More...

Loire

Gourmet Cuisine In France

An excellent experience! Very well-organized. Superb one-on-one instruction. Friendly, open folks. Great, contemporary kitchen. The housing was beyond expectations in a 14th-century totally renovated farmhouse with all amenities including kitchen, full private baths, "snacks" and breakfast served each morning. We were a total of 7 students, with two full-time chef Read More...

Grand Tour Of The Loire

Everything was perfect. The hotel was the best in town and the guide was an eclectic combo of history buff, architectural enthusiast, and raconteur. He was superb! We went to wineries that would have been impossible to find on our own - in fact, none of this could have been Read More...

Normandy

Benoitville Lesson With Chef Sinead

I absolutely loved everything about our experience. From the market visit to the kitchen, Sinead was informative, experienced, and entertaining! I loved the menu she had for us to explore and found many of her tips informative and useful for other recipes. Her sense of humor made the day so Read More...

Discover Normandy

Sinead is a great host and the property was everything we could have hoped for in terms of rustic farmhouse accommodations. The setting is beautiful and Sinead's approach to teaching us cooking and about food and culture in Normandy fully met our expectations. William & Marcella J., PA Read More...

Paris (Ile de France)

A Parisien Rendezvous

I loved the French pastry class the most! The chef was very nice and patient with us. The pastries that we made were easy to make and I liked how she gave us the recipes as well! The traditional French cooking class was great as well! The chef knew a Read More...

Paris Lesson At Chef Erics Atelier

*Dessert and Pastry* It was great that it was taught by an American; no English barrier. The place was charming and welcoming. What we did in 3 hours was impressive. Although we didn't do macaroons, everything we did do was fantastic. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Absolutely great. Christina, Jon, and Julia Read More...

Paris Lesson With A Pastry Chef

We took a one-time cooking class in Paris to learn how to make macarons- had a great time, was well thought, and delicious. Would highly recommend. [Regarding the cooking class voucher:] Yes- plenty of info- easy to find and connect with the class. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Totally helpful- I have Read More...

Paris Lesson With Chef Dominique

The cooking class with Dominique was great. We made three different desserts, each more delicious than the last. Dominique was able to strike the perfect balance between instruction and letting us practice. His home was welcoming and he started the class off with coffee and conversation. It was absolutely perfect Read More...

Paris Lesson With Chef Frederic

Chef Frederic was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and patient with his teaching. Going to the market was great because he explained so much about the different varieties of vegetables and the differences in tastes. He asked after we walked through the market if there was something we would like to incorporate Read More...

Paris Lesson With Chef Marthe

Loved being in the chef's home with a very small group. Loved her knowledge of cooking. Really enjoyed the trip to the market before cooking to pick out the fresh ingredients. Chef Marthe is fantastic! Steve C., TX Read More...

Paris Tour Citroen 2cv Tour By Night

I was always treated with the utmost courtesy by the entire staff at The International Kitchen. Their suggestion of doing a city tour in the vintage Citroen 2CV turned out to be another highlight of our trip to Paris. My teenage granddaughters loved getting a private tour of the city Read More...

Paris Tour The Wine Shops Of Paris

We loved the wine shop tour. Donna and Gina were great. We had a fun and interesting time. Thank you Donna. Roz and Chris P., CA Read More...

Provence and the Cote d'Azur

Aix En Provence Lesson With Chef Gilles

Gilles was great, and I really appreciated his ability to speak English. He was friendly, helpful, and creative. The market trip and explanations of what we were seeing was fascinating. And his market contacts were helpful, funny and engaging. The class location was great because it took is out of Read More...

Bonjour Provence

The Provencal culinary tour included an interesting variety of experiences. It was well planned. The drivers and guide were on time, fun and knowledgeable. We went from markets, to restaurants, mountains to the sea town of Cassis. The cooking classes too were fun and informative, each one very different. One Read More...

Cadenet Lesson With Chef Reine Sammut

The cooking class with Chef Reine Sammut needs to have more details. The class is 2.5 hours in length, followed by a lunch of what has been prepared by the students. The chef and her staff do part of the preparation, due to the time limitations and the chef's estimation Read More...

Chateau De Berne

We really enjoyed Chef Louie - very personable and very knowledgeable - made everyone feel very welcome. Visits to olive mill and market were also very fun and informative Chateau de Berne is a lovely property and staff was great - they helped us with restaurant reservations in the area Read More...

Cooking Passport To Provence

The entire cooking school was absolutely incredible. Chef Berard has so much passion for cooking and showing others how to cook real Provencal food. He was so happy and informative the entire time, creating such a relax and fun environment. He gave a great tour of his amazing garden covered Read More...

Cooking With Chef Reine Sammut

We had a wonderful time and learnt about Provencal flavors, vegetable preparation and serving. It was a pleasure to be part of a team in a one star restaurant and we got on well with all the staff and other chefs. Reine is a charming hostess and chef and she Read More...

Culinary Delights Of Provence

We were delighted with every aspect of the tour and would highly recommend The International Kitchen excursions to anyone looking for a memorable experience. We loved the mix of cooking classes, tastings (wine, cheese, olive oil, chocolate), and sightseeing with English-speaking guides who treated us with warm hospitality. The accommodations Read More...

Discover Provence

We would go again tomorrow if we had the time! While the classes did not offer a great deal of information regarding technique or innovative recipes, we loved the chefs and greatly enjoyed the time we spent with them. Each one was very personable and engaging, and we left feeling Read More...

Marseille Lesson With Chef Gilles

Chef Gilles was fantastic and we had a fabulous day shopping, cooking, and eating local foods. What a treat! Highly recommended. Rose P., Tara L., and Chris L, TX Read More...

Provencal Adventure

We had a wonderful time at Christine's workshop in Tavel, France. Both Christine and Eric went out of their way to make us feel welcome and special at their workshop and B & B. We not only learned about French cooking - the best chicken liver pate we ever had Read More...

Rhone Alps

Cooking In The French Alps

The Chalet in the French Alps was stunningly beautiful for its architecture, interior decor, and nature. The wide spacious kitchen was so well laid-out with 4 ovens, 2 induction stoves, 2 sinks and expansive table for preparation of meals. Nikki's instructions and menus were easy to follow and duplicate at Read More...

Southwest France

A Week In Bordeaux Wine Country

Wonderful hosts and wonderful location. Pascal is not just a terrific winemaker, but also a terrific person and a joy to be around. I don't think we could have picked a better time of year as the weather was perfect and we were there for the harvest. It couldn't be Read More...

Chateau Cooking In Bearn

The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish. The setting was stunning and the Chateau was beautifully renovated and decorated. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the course was just for our friends and us. Larry had lunch ready for our arrival and we spent lunch chatting about what Read More...

Cooking In Gascony

I really had a great time. The classes were small enough so each person received some 1:1 time with David. Vikki was always happy, positive and helpful. The classes were not too difficult and the recipes used were practical and one's I hope to make once I'm back in the Read More...

Gastronomic Retreat In The Quercy

The chateau is a lovely retreat...quiet, well-run, friendly; the setting is splendid and quintessentially French in its detail and perfection. I might not have discovered that part of France on my own and am SO pleased you got us there. The process of getting there had been hectic for us. Read More...