Cooking in Gascony

Situated in the heart of the Gers in South-Western France, this cooking school is the perfect setting for your initiation into French cuisine. The location has been specifically selected by your hosts for the region’s famed gastronomy and the area’s culinary prestige is rivaled only by the beauty of its landscape; a combination of rolling hills, meandering rivers and fields upon fields of golden sunflowers. In addition to the picturesque region’s gastronomic treasures, this corner of the French countryside is saturated with European history. Now one of the least populated areas in France (a fact which enables Gascony to proudly retain its core ‘Frenchness’), Gascony was invaded by the Romans, the Vikings and the Visigoths, each civilization leaving behind remnants of their occupation. From forts and castles to beautifully preserved Roman baths there is a plethora of excursions and sightseeing activities to be enjoyed during your free time at the cookery school. Alternatively, the school is also in easy driving distance of Toulouse and Bordeaux and, for those wishing to extend their European exploration, you are only a train ride away from the Spanish city of Barcelona.

Your home for the duration of the five-day course will be the historic French commune of Gramont. The village of Gramont is a closely-knit community and boasts, in addition to its status as a national heritage site, the Chateau de Gramont, a well-maintained medieval castle and one of just six national monuments in the Midi-Pyrenees region. Your hosts for the week, David and Vikki, are an English couple whose long love-affair with French food and culture finally led them to renovating the old Gascon auberge in which you will be staying.

Cooking in Gascony Reviews

I gave this trip 5 stars
Trip taken May 2018
Loved the classes and going between the school and the auberge across the street. Very different teaching styles and loved them both.
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In early August 2012 we spend a brilliant week in Gascony, far from our home in Los Angeles!  We honed our cooking skills: slicing, blitzing, flipping, flambeing, kneading, filleting, plating, and more.   With patient guidance, we produced delicious and beautiful meals from traditional recipes of Gascony. And, we enjoyed the food in the good company of our gracious hosts David & Vikki, Bernard and friends. The lovely accommodations in the quaint village offer a fine setting for this fun and instructive, exceptional experience. Tim S., CA
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The cookery school provided us two brilliant Chefs, David and Bernard, and one amazing hostess, Vikki. What a great trip! Just the right balance between productive and challenging cooking, and touring castles and surrounding areas. The views were stunning and the accommodations were spacious and absolutely charming. I would and will recommend this trip to all my friends! I was provided with enough information to be sufficiently prepared for the trip. I would recommend however, that future participants bring a little notebook to take down all the little tricks and tips we get from the Chefs. Richard Davis was my contact at The International Kitchen. Richard was awesome. He would return my call or emails almost immediately. He preemptively inquired about all my travel plans and had everything organized and confirmed. I truly felt that nothing was amiss since Richard was taking care of it! Anne B., Ontario
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I really had a great time. The classes were small enough so each person received some 1:1 time with David. Vikki was always happy, positive and helpful. The classes were not too difficult and the recipes used were practical and one's I hope to make once I'm back in the States. The Auberge was nice as well. Good food, good friends, good wine. Angela A., CA