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 9:00 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 four 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 classes also available! Enjoy a dessert class with Chef Pino or another of Eric’s wonderful dessert collaborators. You will prepare, from scratch, 5 classic French 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).
Macarons class: Discover the techniques and precision of this French delicacy by learning how to make creative fillings. The hands-on course includes making three different types of macarons and their accompanying fillings. Some flavors you may make — and enjoy! — include caramel salted butter, raspberry, or white chocolate with lemon. You’ll leave the class an expert in crafting a crunchy and sweet treat.
Bread class: In this hands-on 3-hour class discover the secrets of classic French breads. The course utilizes ingredients that you’ll easily be able to find when you return home, and you will make three kinds of bread, including brioche, baguettes, and one seasonal bread, such as fougasse. (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.)
Croissants class: Croissants, the quintessential French breakfast pastry. In this course learn how to make the flaky croissant dough from scratch (although some of the dough will need be prepared prior to class due to time constraints and needing to rest overnight). Students will also learn how to roll, form, and finish the dough, as well as craft a sweet pastry cream to make a pain au raisin. Enjoy these flaky and delicious artisan pastries to end the class.
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.