Overview

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!

  • Morning market visit and class: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (approx.)

Note: transportation for 2-6 people is included to/from Gilles’ house. For larger groups, please inquire.

Pricing & Dates

Class Pricing

Price per person US$220

Class Dates

Available some Tuesdays and usually every Thursday and Friday for a minimum of 2, maximum of 8. Please inquire for specific dates.

  • Morning market visit and class: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (approx.)

Note: transportation for 2-6 people is included to/from Gilles’ house. For larger groups, please inquire.

Unavailable:

October 17-November 3
December 15-March 15

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Marcey & Adam
IL
Trip taken October 2019
Exceptional team and equally exceptional culinary offerings to enhance travels. Thank you!!
No rating given with this review
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 town and into an area we wouldn't have seen otherwise. The lessons themselves were good because he let us do things ourselves rather than watching. And luckily for is my traveling companion and I were his only students. After all the cooking, the opportunity to eat outside was truly special. Now I'm just waiting to receive the recipes he is going to send so I can try them in my own kitchen! JaneAnn B. & Laura R., KS
_Response from The International Kitchen:_ We're happy to hear what a wonderful time you had! We've contacted Chef Gilles, and he will be emailing you the recipes directly!

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