Gourmet Cuisine in France

Spend five nights with one of our oldest collaborators enjoying the unspoiled French countryside during this advanced cooking school vacation in France. Your intensive hands-on and demonstration French cooking lessons are designed to instill confidence, with an understanding of natural ingredients.

The cooking school is strategically located in the Loire, not far from the borders of Normandy and Brittany and a short drive to the Chateaux country of the Loire Valley. Set in an unspoiled area of the French countryside, you will enjoy all amenities, which the owners have included for the comfort and needs of their guests when they renovated their charming farmhouse. With beautiful views over an expanse of walnut trees, this property ensures a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Gourmet Cuisine in France

Spend five nights with one of our oldest collaborators enjoying the unspoiled French countryside during this advanced cooking school vacation in France. Your intensive hands-on and demonstration French cooking lessons are designed to instill confidence, with an understanding of natural ingredients.

The cooking school is strategically located in the Loire, not far from the borders of Normandy and Brittany and a short drive to the Chateaux country of the Loire Valley. Set in an unspoiled area of the French countryside, you will enjoy all amenities, which the owners have included for the comfort and needs of their guests when they renovated their charming farmhouse. With beautiful views over an expanse of walnut trees, this property ensures a relaxing and comfortable stay.


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The Walnut Grove School was fabulous. Maynard & Benedict were excellent, patient, teachers. Their recipes were great and they were very organized in their presentations, etc. There was plenty of hands on participation. Everything was very clean, neat and well presented. There were only six of us in the class, which was great. We were treated exceptionally well. Our accommodations were fabulous. I am a very picky person and I can't find anything bad to say about the trip. Bravo !!!! The International Kitchen Chicago staff was great. We had quite a few questions and you were always helpful and quick to respond to our needs. I have already referred many of my friends to your website. Keep up the great work !!!!! Robert W., RI

Trip Details

You will have 8 cooking classes (more or less) during the week, including hands-on and demonstration instruction. Your host and teacher for the course is Chef Maynard, who believes the best way to learn is in a casual and fun atmosphere, where you will have the confidence to skillfully combine flavors, textures and presentation, enhanced by your own imagination. Each day will be filled with combining the freshest local ingredients with techniques that will help you develop your understanding of modern cooking.
The lessons are held in a professionally equipped, yet warm and inviting kitchen that has been specifically designed for the cooking classes. Maynard’s experience includes working with numerous famous chefs, as well as at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London and the Royal Bath House. Chef Maynard and his wife Freya bring sincere passion and enthusiasm to their work: they will both inspire and stimulate your own love of gourmet French cuisine.


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