Cooking in Brittany

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!

Cooking in Brittany 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.