Cooking Passport to Provence
La Cadiere d’Azur, Provence
About the location: La Cadiere d’Azur is a charming ancient Provencal hilltop village in the heart of the Bandol vineyards, where you will find the love of tradition, good living, fine food and wine has been preserved over the centuries. You home for your five-night culinary tour, the Hostellerie Berard and Spa is a delightful country inn in the heart of the village, set amid a cluster of beautifully restored old buildings, including an eleventh-century monastery with vaulted rooms, all surrounding the pool.
The Hostellerie boasts two wonderful restaurants: one an elegant gastronimic restaurant, the other a more casual but equally charming bistro. The Berard family have owned the property since it opened, and running the hotel is truly a family affair. The lovely and charming Madame Berard may be the person who welcomes you to the hotel; Sandra, her daughter, will assist you with any request, and Chef Rene Berard and his son Jean-Francois will oversee your cooking lessons.
About the cooking lessons: Chef Rene Berard was born in this village, and his roots as you can imagine run deep. His cuisine is richly innovative, yet honors the traditions of Provence and the Mediterranean. He has won numerous awards, including a Michelin star, and is one of Provence's most beloved chefs. His passion is the "cuisine of the sun," epitomized in the wonderful garden and orchard at the cooking school, located a few kilometers from the hotel. It is here that you will gather the fine produce, herbs, and fruit straight from the land. His menus are strictly seasonal, like most things in Provence.