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Cooking class in Brittany
First course during Brittany culinary tour
Town in Brittany
Mussels on France culinary tour
Oyster on France culinary tour
Ancient menhir on French culinary tour
Scenic view in France
Brittany courtyard on France tour
B&B exterior on France cooking vacation
Guest house on Brittany culinary tour
Guest house on France tour
Guest house on French cooking vacation
Living room on French cooking tour
Another guest house on French cooking tour
Overview

Cooking in Brittany

Exploring French cheeses in a cooking vacation.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Brittany juts out into the sea from the northern shores of France, and it offers an intriguing mix of Celtic and French cultures. Its stunning, craggy shores, megalithic monuments, and medieval castles seem lifted from Arthurian legend. See firsthand landscapes that have been inspiring awe in visitors for centuries, all while exploring the best of Breton, French, and European cuisine during hands-on cooking courses.

Join us for an intensive cooking week in this mythic land, where French flavors will come alive!


Latest Review

No rating given with this review
Our hosts were passionate about their work and did a great job teaching you to cook delicious food that you can make at home. They are organized and thoughtful in their approach and take time and have patience for teaching (something which in my experience is an art). They are also engaging company with interesting life experiences. Their suggestions with what to do with free time were "spot on." The school is a warm and inviting space. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about learning to cook great food in a wonderful location. The gite was pleasant and we appreciated that we could walk to the school (so we could have wine with dinner). [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] Directions to the cooking school. I would say turn left at the fork and not say there was a square. We had trouble finding the location. A 3D map would help. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Good. All worked fine. Patricia K. and Jeffrey M., NY

Trip Details

Your intensive cooking vacation program will include 9 hands-on cooking lessons, with twice daily courses, except for on Thursday morning, when you instead visit the local market. Your host and Michelin-trained chef has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant and wine worlds. Originally from Denmark, his resume includes international experience, many years running his own restaurant, and membership to many esteemed French and European culinary groups.
Some of the topics you will cover include:

  • kitchen safety
  • seasonal menus
  •  traditional preparation methods and techniques

Itinerary

B&B exterior on France cooking vacation

Day One

  • Arrival in the evening and settle in to your accommodation.
  • Welcome dinner tonight at the cooking school.

Cooking class in Brittany


Day Two

  • Light breakfast at your B&B or gite, then make your way to the cooking school.
  • At 10 am start your Brittany cooking adventure with an introduction to the program, a discussion of kitchen safety, and a review of the menu for the week.
  • Your first cooking class will follow, including making stock for the week. Light lunch to follow.
  • Free time from around 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, when you return to the kitchen to make dinner! Your menu will be based on what is available seasonally, and might include: artichokes in a citrus soup, chicken leg stuffed with langoustine in a mushroom sauce, a selection of local cheeses, and panna cotta.
  • Dinner to follow and overnight.

Scenic view in France


Day Three

  • Light breakfast at your B&B or gite, and make your way to the cooking school by 10 am.
  • Your next cooking class will follow and might include such items as gazpacho and marinated turkey breast with a fresh salad.
  • Free time from around 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • This evening’s class might include grilled scallops with endive soup, veal fillet with roasted vegetables and crème fraiche potatoes, a cheese course, and lemon cake.
  • Dinner to follow and overnight.

Mussels on France culinary tour


Day Four

  • Light breakfast at your B&B or give, and make your way to the cooking school by 10 am.
  • Your next cooking class might include pizza, smoked fish, and a cheese course.
  • Free time from around 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • This evening’s class will follow. Sample menu (will vary seasonally): grilled shellfish with garlic butter, Danish style meatballs, potato salad, cucumber salad, French cheeses, and tiramisù.
  • Dinner to follow and overnight.

Cheese on a culinary vacation in France


Day Five

  • Light breakfast at your B&B or gite.
  • This morning, a special visit to the local food market to select items for this evening’s class (you will need your own transportation to get to the market). You will also sample galettes at the market. If you’re still hungry, stop at a local restaurant for lunch on your own.
  • Free time following the market visit until 6:00 pm.
  • This evening’s class will follow. Sample menu: mushroom risotto, pan fried fish with lemons and capers, a selection of cheeses, and caramelized berries with cinnamon and poppyseed ice cream.
  • Dinner to follow and overnight.

First course during Brittany culinary tour


Day Six

  • Light breakfast at your B&B or gite, and make your way to the cooking school by 10 am.
  • Your next cooking class might include mussel and saffron soup, a caesar salad, and a cheese course.
  • Free time from around 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Your last class will follow, and might include: lobster bisque, beef Wellington, oven-baked vegetables, a selection of cheeses, and poached peaches with sabayon and berries.
  • Dinner to follow and overnight.

Day Seven

  • Light breakfast at your B&B or gite, and departure on your own.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation at a local B&B or guesthouse

Food & Beverages

  • Daily light breakfast (please note that at the _gites_ you will have to preparer your own breakfast)
  • 4 lunches
  • Galette tasting at the market
  • 6 dinners
  • Wine included with all meals (except the tasting at the market)

Classes & Instructors

Your intensive cooking vacation program will include 9 hands-on cooking lessons, with twice daily courses, except for on Thursday morning, when you instead visit the local market. Your host and Michelin-trained chef has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant and wine worlds. Originally from Denmark, his resume includes international experience, many years running his own restaurant, and membership to many esteemed French and European culinary groups.
Some of the topics you will cover include:

  • kitchen safety
  • seasonal menus
  •  traditional preparation methods and techniques

Excursions

  • Local market visit on Thursday (transportation not included)

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included but can be arranged from the local train station (Lamballe). However, we highly recommend having your own vehicle for this trip, so that you can explore during your free time and so that you can get to the market on Thursday.

Not Included

  • Transportation

Accommodation Information

Your home for your cooking vacation in Brittany will be either a local B&B or a gite, or guesthouse. Both options, although simple, offer common areas, en suite baths, and plenty of charm. The gites also have kitchen facilities. Although simple, the living arrangements foster the perfect environment for a completely authentic cooking holiday in Brittany, France. (Please note that breakfast is served at the B&Bs, while at the guest houses you will have supplies for a light breakfast, but you will have to make it yourself).

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:
March through November and New Year's

6-night Program
US$2195 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$150 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for a minimum of 1 person. Don’t see your week listed? Please inquire for additional weeks!

2020
November 1-7
November 8-14
November 15-21
December 6-12
December 28-January 3 (New Year’s Special Week)

2021
March 14-20
March 28-April 3
April 4-10
April 11-17
April 25-May 1
May 9-15
May 23-29
June 6-12
June 20-26
July 4-10
July 18-24
August 1-7
August 15-21
August 29-September 4
September 12-18
September 26-October 2
October 10-16
October 24-30
November 7-13
November 21-27
December 28-January 3 (New Year’s Special Week)

Reviews

No rating given with this review
Our hosts were passionate about their work and did a great job teaching you to cook delicious food that you can make at home. They are organized and thoughtful in their approach and take time and have patience for teaching (something which in my experience is an art). They are also engaging company with interesting life experiences. Their suggestions with what to do with free time were "spot on." The school is a warm and inviting space. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about learning to cook great food in a wonderful location. The gite was pleasant and we appreciated that we could walk to the school (so we could have wine with dinner). [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] Directions to the cooking school. I would say turn left at the fork and not say there was a square. We had trouble finding the location. A 3D map would help. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Good. All worked fine. Patricia K. and Jeffrey M., NY
No rating given with this review
The cooking course was a wonderful experience. Our hosts were warm, knowledgeable, and helpful with whatever we needed to make our stay more enjoyable - for example by suggesting activities during our off time and providing us with directions, pamphlets, and tips on how long it would take to go to a particular place in the surrounding area and what to do once there. Henry

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