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)
One-Day Cooking Course in 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 now loves to share his techniques, tips, and his own recipes.
This very special one-day cooking course in Paris takes place in Chef Frédéric’s beautiful apartment kitchen, which ioffers a stunning view of the 20th arrondissement. The class begins in a nearby local market, where you’ll choose your ingredients, and then a hands-on class featuring three courses. Or, you may opt for a 3-hour dessert class in the afternoon focusing on 2 delicious French desserts.
Click here to book this one-day cooking class in Paris with Chef Frédéric.
One-Day Cooking Class in Paris with Chef Marthe
Chef Marthe left the restaurant business to teach her excellent recipes in her funny and informative way in her lovely apartment in Montparnasse, next to St. Germain des Pres, the most popular area on the left bank. 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 and can be easily reproduced in your own home.
Your class starts with a visit to the local market to select ingredients, and is followed by the hands-on cooking class in which you prepare a three-course meal. 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.
Click here to book this one-day cooking class in Paris with Chef Marthe.
One-Day Cooking Course in Paris with Chef Dominique
Chef Dominique trained as a chef at the Hotel and Catering School of Paris (Jean Drouant) and worked in a variety of kitchen teams in restaurants around France, including the Crillon hotel in Paris. Your cooking class in Paris with Chef Dominique begins with a stop at the local market, where you’ll choose your ingredients, before returning to create a three-course meal. The class takes place in his private apartment kitchen, which borders the 11th and 20th arrondissements near Père Lachaise cemetery.
Chef Dominique also offers a three-hour afternoon dessert class, in which you’ll learn how make three desserts that you can enjoy afterwards along with a hot drink.
Click here to book this one-day cooking class in Paris with Chef Dominique.
One-Day Cooking Class in Paris with a Pastry Chef
Join us for a hands-on pastry class with a professional French pastry chef at her Pâtisserie in the heart of Paris. Your chef will teach you the secrets and tricks of making croissants macarons, and more. Each pastry-focused cooking course in Paris has a maximum of 6 participants, which ensure the personal attention needed to learn these delectable French desserts.
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.
Special pastry training week also available: 6 nights in Paris, 5 days of intensive instruction! Please inquire for details.
Click here to book this one-day cooking class in Paris with a pastry chef.
One-Day Cooking Lesson in Paris - Lesson at Chef Eric's Atelier (Workshop)
After he honed his craft in restaurant kitchens, Chef Eric opened his own school, founding a lovely space in Paris complete with modern equipment and expert collaborating chefs. You will have the unique opportunity to partake in classes that exhibit the Eric’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 for a visit to a local market for seasonal ingredients. Then you will head back to the school to prepare your four-course meal: appetizer, fish and meat, cheese and dessert. You will be given your apron and the hands-on fun begins! End the afternoon with lively conversation, fabulous food and wonderful wine.
Dessert, croissant, and bread classes in Paris are also available at Chef Eric’s atelier!
Click here to book a one-day cooking class in Paris at Chef Eric’s atelier.
One-Day Tour of Paris - Chocolaterie, Patisserie and Boulangerie
An incredible three-hour guided walking tour in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Prés to sample some of the finest chocolates, macaroons, pastries and breads from top purveyors of Paris. Monday through Friday tour: 2:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday tour: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Click here to book this one-day culinary tour in Paris!
One-Day Paris Tour - Citroën 2CV Tour by Night
The City of Light sparkles in this unique night tour in an open-topped Citroën 2CV! As you enjoy a 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 French-made car.
With the car’s cozy size, the tour is limited to three people. The driver will pick you up for this special one-day Paris tour at Place Vendôme, or any centrally-located Paris hotel.
Click here to book this unique automotive night-time tour of central Paris.
One-Day Paris Tour - The Wine Shops of Paris
Many of the small wine producers in France can’t make enough wine to export, so it’s just for the locals to savor. The good news is that 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 Paris arrondissements via bus and métro.
Donna has lived and worked in Paris for more than seven years. She speaks French and loves 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 on this flavorful one-day Paris tour.
Click here to book this unique one-day wine tour of Paris.
One-Day Paris Tours With Donna
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 any one of three specialized three-hour tours of the city, “Shopping the Depot-Ventes,” “Overview of Paris,” and “Must-See Monuments.” Depending on the tour you book, she’ll take you shopping for second-hand couture and fashion accessories (high-end and vintage brands), on a Paris overview tour or a tour of some of the city’s most well-known monuments. Tour times for these unique one-day tours of Paris are flexible.
Click here to book a one-day Paris tour with Donna.
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.
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