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One-Day Cooking Classes in France

If you are traveling to France but don’t have time for a full French culinary vacation, we also offer one-day cooking classes in France a la carte. Whether your travels take you to Paris, Lyon, Provence, or any of our other many locations in France, we can help you find a cooking course sure to be the highlight of your trip. Our cooking classes generally last about 3 hours and include the preparation of a multi-course meal, which you enjoy afterwards accompanied by fine local wines. Many of our cooking classes in France also include a visit to a local food market where you can savor the colors and flavors of fresh local produce and of authentic local life. Prices range from $100 to $395 per person, and the cooking courses can usually be confirmed for as few as two people. If you are a solo traveler, please give us a call and we can discuss which classes we have already confirmed for your travel dates.

For more information on our cookery courses in France, please see below or choose the region of interest on the right. If you need help deciding which cooking course in France might work best for you, please write or call, we’d be happy to discuss your options. If you are ready to book, our booking form is available online. Please remember that if you have more than one option for your class date, the class will be easier to confirm.

Our Cooking Classes in Normandy

Benoitville - Lesson with Chef Sinead

Enjoy an authentic day in rural Normandy! Your hostess Sinéad, Irish by birth, has lived in Normandy for over 15 years. Her philosophy is to share her experience of rural life in northern France by opening her home, heart and kitche to travelers from around the world. She will introduce you to the simple yet delectable flavors of Normandy—based on fresh local ingredients and rich flavors.

Your day begins in the morning around 9:00 AM with a visit of the local market in Bricquebec (Mondays) or Les Pieux (Fridays). Sinéad will lead you through the process of choosing the best local ingredients for your cooking course. While you select the fresh produce, you will sample items offered by the proud, enthusiastic stall holders. You might also stop for a coffee at a local café to keep your energy up! At 10:00 AM rendez-vous with Sinéad back at her recently restored 18th-century farmhouse kitchen for your hands-on cooking course. Classes last around 3 hours and generally include the preparation of a complete French meal: an apéritif, generally followed by a seasonal starter, main course, salad, cheese, dessert and coffee…. with the emphasis on seasonal, locally-produced ingredients. Lunch of course will follow, wine included.

If you are not available for the market visit in the morning (Mondays and Fridays only), you can book just the morning cooking course and lunch.

Rooms are also available on a B&B basis. Please inquire for details. If you have more than an afternoon at your disposal, consider the fabulous 3-night itinerary, Discover Normandy.

Our Cooking Classes in Paris (Ile de France)

Paris - Lesson with Chef Frédéric

Chef Frédéric established his career in the management of luxury restaurants. Over the span of more than 20 years, he has worked in the restaurants of Intercontinental and Accor Hotels, as well as La Grande Cascade, a famous Parisian Michelin-starred restaurant. Chef Frédéric decided to leave the hotel industry to start his own business, give free rein to his creativity, and do what he really loves. In his class, for the past three years, he shares his techniques, tips, and his own recipes.

Your French cooking lesson takes place in Chef Frédéric’s beautiful apartment kitchen, which is located on the border of the 20th and 11th arrondissements and offers a stunning view of the 20th arrondissement. The class begins in a nearby local market, where you’ll choose your ingredients for your class. Back in the kitchen, Frederic shares some wonderful tips as you create a full menu, including appetizer, main dish and dessert. He will also teach techniques for recreating these wonderful dishes — such as stuffed lamb shoulder and fruit with honey and thyme — at home! After class, enjoy a tasting of everything you’ve created.

Chef Frederic also offers a dessert class in the afternoon. During the three-hour dessert course, you will learn how to create 2 delicious French desserts based on traditional and creative recipes, and enjoy a tasting of the desserts along with coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Paris - Lesson with Chef Marthe

Chef Marthe, who made the switch from a career in restaurant business to the home kitchen, teaches her excellent recipes in funny and informative classes. She is not a professional chef, but an accomplished home cook, and everything she makes is designed to enhance the flavor and quality of fresh produce. Inspired by some great chefs, but adding her own touches, her recipes can easily be reproduced in your own home.

Accompany Chef Marthe to a local market, where she will introduce you to the art of buying the best products available. Then, it is on to her lovely apartment in Montparnasse, next to St. Germain des Pres, the most popular area on the left bank. She has a beautiful La Cornue stove and her place is very atmospheric, filled with many cook books. Here you will create with her a complete meal of an entree, main course and dessert. Following you will enjoy the fruits of your efforts, complete with a nice accompanying wine. This is a charming and enjoyable way to get an authentic flavor of Parisian cooking with a delightful local!

Chef Marthe also offers a dessert or chocolate class in the afternoon. The three-hour class includes two or three specialties cooked and tasted with coffee and tea.

Paris - Lesson with Chef Dominique

Trained as a chef at the Hotel and Catering School of Paris (Jean Drouant), Chef Dominique worked in a variety of kitchen teams in restaurants around France, including the Crillon hotel in Paris. He later worked in restaurant management and human resources recruitment, until he decided to go back to his first love: cooking. In addition to cooking classes, he organizes cocktail receptions, dinner parties, and food events in wine bars throughout the city of light. Chef Dominique also has a particular penchant for good organic and farm products, as well as natural wines, which is reflected in his hands-on classes.

Your cooking class with Chef Dominique begins with a stop at the local market, where you’ll choose your ingredients. The class itself takes place in his private apartment kitchen, which borders the 11th and 20th arrondissements near Père Lachaise cemetery. With Dominique’s guidance, you’ll create an whole meal, including appetizer, main dish, and a dessert. A sample menu may feature cucumber spaghetti with smoked salmon, veal blanquette with vanilla sauce, and cooked pineapple with honey. Afterwards, enjoy everything you’ve made at lunch.

Chef Dominique also offers an afternoon dessert class, which lasts about three hours. You’ll learn how make three desserts that you can enjoy afterwards along with a hot drink.

Paris - Lesson with a Pastry Chef

Join us for a special experience in Paris: pastry classes with a professional French pastry chef at her Pâtisserie in the heart of Paris. Your Chef will teach you the secrets and tricks of pastry making: such as how to make croissants that are crispy on the outside but melt in your mouth, how to make perfect macarons, what is the different between gâteaux Saint-Honoré and gâteaux Paris-Brest, and more. You need not be an accomplished dessert maker, your chef is wonderfully able to teach everyone, from beginners to experts, in these warm, small, hands-on classes. Each course has a maximum of 6 participants, which ensure the personal attention needed to learn these delectable French desserts. The Chef will demonstrate each technique, which you will then replicate yourself. At the end of the course, you will enjoy your creations with coffee or tea, or your pastries can be packed up for you to enjoy later.

Depending on the class and date chosen, you will learn how to make croissants (butter croissants, croissants with almonds, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins with pastry cream, etc.), puff pastries, (Napoleons, Twelfth Night Cake, turnovers, etc,), French pastries, choux pastries, macarons, cakes, or tarts.

Paris - Lesson at Chef Eric's Atelier

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.

Paris Tour - Chocolaterie, Patisserie and Boulangerie

A tasty tour of chocolate and bread! On this 3-hour guided walking tour in St. Germain des Prés you will sample some of the finest chocolates, macaroons, pastries and breads from top purveyors of Paris. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to the famed shops of Pierre Hermé, Poilâne, Gérard Mulot and more where you will discuss the creation and significance of these celebrated treats. Bring your walking shoes and your sweet tooth!

Paris Tour - Citroën 2CV Tour by Night

See the way the City of Light sparkles at night in this unique tour in a open-topped Citroën 2CV! As you enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne, your tour guide will give you an inside perspective on the city as he drives you around central Paris for two hours in the privacy of a classic car.

On this fairy-tale of a sight-seeing excursion, you’ll soak up the sights by traveling on beautifully illuminated avenues and passing stunning classic monuments including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. A nocturnal tour of the city would not be complete without checking out some of Paris’s best nightlife, including Moulin Rouge and in the Pigalle district. This once-in-a-lifetime trip around Paris is led by an English-speaking beret-wearing Parisian driver. With the car’s cozy size, the tour is limited to three people.

The driver will pick you up at Place Vendome or any centrally-located Paris hotel.

Paris Tour - The Wine Shops of Paris

France’s wine regions are well-known but not always to us in America. Many of the small producers in the country can’t make enough wine to export, so it’s just for the locals to savor. Some wine shops offer tastings by the glass (especially if you know the owner) and there are many “bars à vins” and “cave à manger” scattered throughout the city.

Your guide Donna will take you on a tour to two or three different arrondissements (Paris neighborhoods), and she’ll figure out the most efficient way to get there using bus and métro (you’ll be getting around like a pro by the time the tour ends). We’ll have many options for wine by the glass (cost of the wine is not included) and Donna will talk about the regions and wine making in France.

Donna has lived and worked in Paris for more than 6 years. She speaks French and she loves wandering the city and finding new places to discover wine! You’ll buy your own wines by the glass and metro tickets. Donna will provide cheese, charcuterie and bread.

Paris Tours With Donna

With 20 arrondissements, or neighborhoods in Paris, there’s a wealth of things to do, see, and shop for in Paris. So where should you start? Discover the “real” Paris with our tour guide, Donna, on a three-hour tour of the city of light (such as those suggested below). You’ll travel as the locals do, using the underground metro and city buses, and she’ll show you the many must-see places that she’s discovered in her adopted city. Pretty soon you’ll be moving around Paris like a pro.

Shopping the Depot-Ventes
Donna will take you to some of the best addresses for second-hand couture. Depot-ventes are boutique stores scattered around Paris that sell high-end and vintage brands. You’ll have the chance to buy a Hermes scarf, designer handbags, sunglasses, and more, for a fraction of the price of a new one.

Overview of Paris
Never been to Paris? Donna will take you to a few of the highlights. Perhaps visit a market, or stroll through a popular neighborhood. You can also visit some of the lesser-known cemeteries and pop into some shops all along the way.

Monuments Must-Sees
If your time is limited in Paris, and you’re afraid you won’t get to see it all, Donna can take you on a tour that includes seeing the top four sights in Paris: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Opera, and Arc de Triomphe. You might not be climbing up the Eiffel Tower, but it’s magical either way!

Please note your preferred start time on the booking form.

Our Cooking Classes in Provence/Cote d'Azur

Aix-en-Provence - Lesson with Chef Gilles

Cook near Aix with Chef Gilles, a native of Provence who acquired his love for cooking from his mother and grandmothers! Your cooking day will begin at 9:30 with a visit of the old town food market of Aix-en-Provence. Gilles will tell you stories about the area and the town, and you will have a chance to meet some of his favorite producers. Having lived four years in California, Chef Gilles’ English is excellent. You will select ingredients for the day’s menu based on seasonal availability, and will then head back to Gilles’ home for your class. On the way there, stop by his favorite wine merchant to select wines for the meal, and at the local goat cheese maker’s ranch to purchase cheese.

Gilles’ large, 12-acre property lies just four miles outside of Aix. He will show you his organic vegetable garden before leading you to his kitchen, where you will participate in a hands-on cooking class in which he will teach you the skills and knowledge he has acquired over many years as a French family home cook. Your menu might include such tasty items as tapenade, savory tarts, Provencal mussels, Bourride, rack of lamb, potato gratin, poached pears, apple tart, or crepes. After the cooking course, you will enjoy what you have created in a leisurely lunch. Gilles’ philosophy is that food brings people together and allows them to share a common experience. What better way to spend a day in Provence than by spending a day in Gilles’ shoes and living the day as a Frenchman!

Cadenet - Lesson with Chef Reine Sammut

In the lovely Vaucluse area of Provence, you will find the charming Auberge la Fenière, the hotel and cooking school of the famed Chef Reine Sammut. For more than 30 years, Chef Reine has immortalized traditional Mediterranean cooking with respect for the local products. If you are dreaming of a good ratatouille on the terrace, a hearty pistou soup, cod with spinach, or a real bouillabaise in the sunshine, this is Provencal cuisine!

Chef Reine offers classes on a theme every Thursday morning where you can join in the cooking in the informal bistro restaurant. The cooking class is followed by lunch with wine.

If you are looking for a more intense class, you can book for any day but Thursday in the gourmet restaurant with Chef Reine and her team. This is a private class for two (2) to maximum four (4) people.

Chef Reine Sammut also offers a special 3-night cooking vacation.

Marseille - Lesson with Chef Gilles

Cook in the vibrant city of Marseille with Chef Gilles, a Provence native who learned to cook from his mother and grandmothers, and who after spending several years in California decided to return to his homeland to share the food and culture of Provence! Your day will start at 9:30AM in the heart of Marseille. Walk together to the Old Port fish market, where you will see the fishermen selling their day’s catch and will have a chance to help select ingredients for the day. Next, head to another market to select fresh vegetables for your class. After the market, stop at Gilles’ favorite wine shop to select wine for the meal, and then walk back to his apartment, which boasts a cozy cooking atelier under a covered patio. Gilles will teach you the basic techniques you need to make a full French meal. Lunch will follow on the patio. After the meal, Gilles will walk you back to the Old Port around 3:00PM.

(Note that special a Bouillabaisse menu is possible based on availability.)

Maubec (Luberon) - Lesson with Chef Jean-Marc

Enjoy a hands-on cooking class with one of our favorite chefs, Chef Jean-Marc, in Provence’s gorgeous Luberon region. For years Chef Jean-Marc taught our clients the delights of French cuisine in Lyon. Now, having moved to sunny Provence, he and his lovely wife have opened a new cooking atelier in their home about 25 minutes outside of Avignon. Jean-Marc’s long list of accomplishments includes experience at the one-star L’Alexadrin, the three-star Oasis, and Paul Bocuse’s cooking school, as well as being named one of the finalists in the “Best Professionals of France” of 2000. We are happy to have him back!

The cooking class starts around 8:45 am, when you meet your hosts at their home for a coffee or tea before going with Chef Jean-Marc to buy local products for your class (depending on the day, the shopping will be at one of the local open-air or indoor markets). Next, head back to the atelier for the cooking class. You will prepare a three-course French gastronomic menu (two savory dishes and one dessert), and will then enjoy your creations for lunch with the Chef and his wife (wine included). The class and lunch will end around 3:00 pm.

Tours in Provence - Amazing Avignon

Having lived and traveled extensively abroad, Laurence understands what a difference a native perspective can make! In just one day with Laurence you will discover Avignon (or famous near by Provence sites), through the eyes of a local. She will present many aspects of Provence and together you can decide what you would like to visit, according to your interests and desires. You can make the decisions or allow Laurence to lead the way; she will always make the extra detour to show you something that will make your day even more special.

The most popular sites in Avignon are the Popes’ palace, dating back to the 14th century, and the bridge of St Benezet. Then, through the pedestrian streets, you will also have the opportunity to see a number of remarkable churches, the synagogue, medieval buildings and mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also discover charming shady squares, trompe-l’oeil painted windows, Place de l’Horloge – the living heart of the city, and feel the atmosphere of this bustling town. A walk through the city market will be an opportunity to explore the basics of local gastronomy. During the visit, chat about life in Provence, the Avignon theatre festival, local traditions…etc. She will also give you hints with some of her favorite spots, nice restaurants, unusual shops and more!

Our Cooking Classes in Southwest France

Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Travel to one of the largest wine producing regions in the world to see and experience where some of the greatest wines have been made for centuries. Bordeaux wines are unique for their unusual blending of different grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, and Merlot, for example, that create a variety of complex flavored wines. In this beautiful region, Saint-Emilion is a small historic town with 13th century architecture and narrow, cobble stone streets. Many of Saint-Emilion’s surrounding vineyards have existed since Roman times and continue to produce some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world.

Your wine tasting will begin in the private lounge where you will meet your expert guide who will explain the traditional techniques used to create these prestigious wines. The 2.5-hour long tasting includes a tasting of four different types of wines, as well as a visit to a private chateau that isn’t open to the public! For an even more immersive experience, we also offer a full-day package that includes tastings, tastings, and even more tastings! The full day also includes a gastronomic lunch, and a private chateau visit to round out your taste of St. Emilion.