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Immersive French Cooking Classes and Farm to Table Gastronomy

Chef Duvin, your host and instructor.You have found the intensive French cooking holiday you’ve always dreamed of taking! We are thrilled to partner with the Walnut Grove Cookery School for an intensive and immersive French cooking experience. Led by Chef Duvin, a Michelin trained chef, it offers intensive cooking classes in France that will elevate you understanding of flavors and techniques.

Located just eighty minutes west of Paris, the verdant farm that will be your home for your week-long French culinary holiday is not just a picturesque backdrop, it also provides the raw materials for your French cooking classes. You will learn to coax flavors from the earth to the plate during this true farm to table cooking experience.

Savor gourmet meals crafted with the freshest ingredients while you unwind in the inviting guest rooms, and wake up each morning to the stunning beauty of the French countryside.

Your host, Chef Duvin, will teach you timeless French culinary techniques with meticulously crafted menus and the freshest local ingredients. You will also experience the cultural tapestry beyond the kitchen, while exploring historic sites, charming villages, and stunning landscapes, most within an hour’s drive.


Intensive French Cooking Vacation Trip Highlights

Your fabulous and immersive French culinary vacation will include cozy, deluxe accommodations, intensive hands-on cooking classes, visits to local markets and cultural sites of interest, all meals, and much more!

French Cooking Holiday Itinerary

The exterior of the farmhouse.Please note this is a sample itinerary with sample menus, subject to change. The 2025 version of this itinerary will take things up a notch! Please inquire for sample menus for 2025. 

Day 1 – Friday

  • Transfer from the Laval train station or arrival on your own. (Please plan to arrive after 5:00 pm).
  • Meet Chef Duvin for an introductory talk during which you will discuss the aims of the course, followed by a champagne welcome.
  • This evening, enjoy a 6-course gourmet dinner prepared by your host.
    • Sample menu:
    • Seared foie gras, spicy fig chutney
    • Caramelized scallops, cauliflower medley scented with truffle
    • Sorbet
    • Roasted duck breast aux cerises, crispy potato terrine
    • Cheese
    • Raspberry and lime bavarois, honeycomb and meringue

The kitchen at the farmhouse.Day 2 – Saturday

  • Breakfast of fresh croissants, breads and preserves, orange juice, local apple juice, yogurts, tea, and coffee.
  • Depart this morning for Laval’s market for shopping and sightseeing.
  • Return to the farm, where you will feast on your treasures for lunch before heading into the kitchen for your afternoon cooking class, which will be roughly 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Your first class might include a kitchen orientation, a refresher on basic knife skills, and care of knives. Your class will be a mixture of demonstration and hands-on preparation.
  • At 5:00 pm break for some nibbles before putting the final touches on dinner.
    • Sample menu:
    • Two salmon tartare, roasted buckwheat and Espelette pepper
    • Sorbet
    • Monkfish tail served with a mussel and saffron sauce
    • Cheese
    • Grand Marnier soufflé with lemon verbena sorbet

Making delicious dishes during your cooking classes.Day 3 – Sunday

  • Breakfast, followed by a cooking class this morning featuring pasta dough and desserts.
  • Lunch to follow: homemade tagliatelle pasta with smoked salmon and crème fraiche, cheese, and homemade bread.
  • At 2:00 pm head back to the kitchen to prepare dinner, including a course on chicken butchery.
    • Sample Menu
    • Foie gras tortelli, pea purée and truffle foam
    • Smoked snail bonbons, garlic espuma
    • Sorbet
    • Quail and chicken medley, caramelised onion purée, raisin and port réduction
    • Cheese
    • Coffee and baileys cheesecake in a chocolate teardrop, chocolate and earl grey tea ice cream

A colorful and delicate starterDay 4 – Monday

  • Breakfast followed by your morning cooking class.
  • Lunch will be a selection of cheeses and charcuterie served with fresh bread, pickles, and chutney.
  • This afternoon’s class will be a speical hands-on Master-class with a Traditional French Patissier, during which you will make croissants & macarons.
    • Sample menu for dinner:
    • Scallop carpaccio, mango dressing and Timut pepper
    • Chorizo and saffron crème brulée
    • Sorbet
    • Veal blanquette with a Dijon mustard potato purée
    • Cheese
    • Lemon meringue tart served with an iced lime parfait

Learning to make perfectly prepared fish.Day 5 – Tuesday

  • This morning enjoy a brunch cooking class featuring eggs Benedict, fresh bread, orange and apple juice, yogurt, tea, and coffee.
  • After brunch, head off to visit one of the beautiful nearby villages.
  • Return to the farm for your cooking class and dinner.
    • Sample menu:
    • Lobster bisque
    • Sorbet
    • Beef filet tournedos Rossini, truffle jus
    • Cheese
    • Crêpes Suzette flambées

The tools of the trade during your cooking vacation.Day 6- Wednesday

  • Breakfast, followed by your morning cooking class featuring fish, choux pastry, and more.
  • Lunch today will be a Croque Monsieur/ Madame with green salad.
  • This afternoon head to a nearby medieval town and chateau.
  • Back to the farm in the evening to cook and dine.
    • Sample menu:
    • Duck confit and foie gras terrine
    • 65°c egg, truffle and fleur de sel
    • Sorbet
    • Seared seabass, with a grapefruit beurre blanc
    • Cheese
    • Saint Honoré

Learning the techniques of French cuisine.Day 7 – Thursday

  • Breakfast and departure by 10:00 am. A bientôt!

The beautiful Mont Saint Michel and the pastures of Normandy.Optional Additional Days

Many culinary travelers like to add on a day or two in which to explore the local area. Some options of things to see are:

  • Day trip to Mont Saint Michele
  • Coastal visit to Cancale and Saint Malo
  • Visit of the beautiful village of Dinan in Brittany
  • Excursion to the village Villeudieu les Poeles in Normandy

Please inquire for details and pricing if you’d like to add any of these experiences!


 

Kneading dough during your cooking classes in France.Please note this is a sample itinerary with sample menus, subject to change. Please inquire for sample menus for 2025. 

Day 1 – Friday

  • Transfer from the Laval train station or arrival on your own. (Please plan to arrive after 5:00 pm).
  • Meet Chef Duvan for an introductory talk during which you will discuss the aims of the course, followed by a champagne welcome.
  • This evening, enjoy a 6-course gourmet dinner prepared by your host.
    • Sample menu:
    • Celeriac velouté scented with truffle
    • Seared scallops, cauliflower purée with a pistachio dressing
    • Sorbet
    • Duck leg confit, cider and apple sauce, Duchess potato
    • Cheese
    • Chocolate and passion fruit bavarois

The tools of the trade during your cooking vacation.Day 2 – Saturday

  • Breakfast of fresh croissants, breads and preserves, orange juice, local apple juice, yogurts, tea, and coffee.
  • Depart this morning for Laval’s market for shopping and sightseeing.
  • Return to the farm, where you will feast on your treasures, as well as homemade soup, before heading into the kitchen for your afternoon cooking class, which will be roughly 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Your first class might include a kitchen orientation, a refresher on basic knife skills, care of knives, and filleting of trout. Your class will be a mixture of demonstration and hands-on preparation.
  • At 5:00 pm break for some nibbles before putting the final touches on dinner.
    • Sample menu:
    • Goat cheese soufflé, black garlic ice cream
    • Sorbet
    • Seared salmon filet, served with crushed new potatoes, spinach and a traditional beurre blanc
    • Cheese
    • Crêpes suzette flambées

A harvest from the garden.Day 3 – Sunday

  • Breakfast, followed by a cooking class this morning featuring brioche, chicken butchery, different types of stock, and boeuf bourguignon.
  • Lunch to follow: pickles, fresh bread and salad, followed by cheese and chutney.
  • At 2:00 pm head back to the kitchen to prepare dinner.
    • Sample Menu
    • Home smoked trout mousse
    • Scallop in her shell lutée, leek julienne
    • Sorbet
    • Chicken “4 ways” pumpkin purée and a béarnaise sauce
    • Cheese
    • Lemon verbena crème brulée, chilli and coconut ice cream

Delicious dessertDay 4 – Monday

  • Breakfast followed by your morning cooking class featuring homemade pastas, desserts, and finishing the boeuf bourguignon.
  • Lunch will tagliatelle with a bacon, tomato and onion sauce, followed by cheese and homemade bread.
  • In the afternoon, head to a local sustainable sheep farm that produces cheeses and yogurt.
    • Sample menu for dinner:
    • Lemon ravioli with a sage butter sauce, pistachio foam
    • Sorbet
    • Boeuf Bourguignon, gratin dauphinois
    • Cheese
    • Pear and almond tart, rosemary sorbet in a honey wafer basket

An elegant dish prepared during your cooking classesDay 5 – Tuesday

  • After breakfast, it is time for menu planing for your dinner party! You will prepare a dish as a team, from designing your plate to presenting dinner, and will also prepare your lunch (Croque Monsieur/ Madame with green salad), and start on the rest of dinner.
  • In the afternoon, continue the dinner preparations.
    • Sample menu:
    • Salmon gravadlax scented with beetroot
    • Smoked snail bonbon, garlic purée, rocket oil
    • Sorbet
    • Pork tenderloin CHALLENGE, vegetables and sauce (team presentation)
    • Cheese
    • Coffee and baileys cheesecake in a chocolate teardrop
    • Chocolate and earl grey tea ice cream

Working on the farm during your French cooking vacation.Day 6- Wednesday

  • Breakfast and departure by 10:00 am. A bientôt!

Saint Malo in Brittany, France.Optional Additional Days

Many culinary travelers like to add on a day or two in which to explore the local area. Some options of things to see are:

  • Day trip to Mont Saint Michele
  • Coastal visit to Cancale and Saint Malo
  • Visit of the beautiful village of Dinan in Brittany
  • Excursion to the village Villeudieu les Poeles in Normandy

Please inquire for details and pricing if you’d like to add any of these experiences!


 

Intensive French Cooking Vacations Trip Details

Included in the 6-night Advanced French Cooking Holiday

Accommodations

6 nights in one of the farm’s guest rooms or at a B&B in town

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Classes & Instructors

Your small group, intensive cooking classes will be with Michelin-trained Chef Duvin. With over 30 years of international cooking experience, Chef Duvin pairs his expertise and passion for French gastronomy with his reverence for the land. You will learn the very traditions that Escoffier himself started, with an overriding emphasis on true farm-to-table French cuisine.

Excursions

  • Visit to the Laval Market
  • Visit to local owns of interest such as Vitré and/or Saint Suzanne

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to the Laval train station (Gare Laval)

Not Included

  • Beverages with meals (wine and other beverages are available for purchase)
  • Personal expenses

 

5-Night Intensive Cooking Vacation in France

Accommodations

5 nights in one of the farm’s guest rooms or at a B&B in town

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Classes & Instructors

Your small group, intensive cooking classes will be with Michelin-trained Chef Duvin. With over 30 years of international cooking experience, Chef Duvin pairs his expertise and passion for French gastronomy with his reverence for the land. You will learn the very traditions that Escoffier himself started, with an overriding emphasis on true farm-to-table French cuisine.

Excursions

  • Visit to the Laval Market

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to the Laval train station (Gare Laval)

Not Included

  • Beverages with meals (wine and other beverages are available for purchase)
  • Personal expenses

 

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations for your intensive French cooking holiday will be either in one of the farm’s two elegant, impeccably refurbished guest rooms, or at one of the boutique B&Bs in town carefully chosen by your hosts. (If you are staying at a B&B in town, transportation to and from the school with be provided. You will also be encouraged to take part in the organic farm activities! Gather herbs from the herb gardens, feed the chickens & goats, learn what is planted any why, and learn about the farm’s beehives. 

The 200 year old farmhouse boasts the luxuriously renovated St. Malo and Cancale rooms, both one flight up. Both rooms feature en suite bathrooms and are prefect for 2 guests. 

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If you are not at the farmhouse, you will stay at one of the traditional, hand-picked French B&Bs located in town, just 10 minutes from the Farm. (Transportation each morning and evening is included). 


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Pricing and Tour Dates for Our Intensive Cooking Classes in France

Find pricing and dates for our intensive cooking vacations in France below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.



2024 Intensive Cooking Course Pricing:

6-night Program

US$5175 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    2025 Advanced Cooking Course Pricing:

    6-night Program

    US$6325 per person based on double occupancy

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.

      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


      Intensive 6-Night French Culinary Holiday Tour Dates

      Your French cooking vacation is available the following dates for a minimum of 1, maximum of 6 people. Other dates are also available – please inquire!

      2024
      August 23-29
      September 27-October 2
      October 11-17

      2025
      May 10-16
      June 6-12
      August 8-14
      September 5-11


      2024 Five-Night Gourmet French Cooking Vacation Pricing:

      5-night Program

      US$4280 per person based on double occupancy

        30% deposit due to confirm booking.

        Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

        2025 Five-Night Gourmet French Cooking Vacation Pricing:

        5-night Program

        US$4280 per person based on double occupancy

          30% deposit due to confirm booking.

          Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


          Intensive 5-Night French Culinary Holiday Tour Dates

          Your French cooking vacation is available the following dates for a minimum of 1, maximum of 6 people. Other dates are also available – please inquire!

          2024
          April 5-10
          June 21-26
          September 13-18

          2025
          March 7-12
          March 21-26
          May 23-28
          June 22-27
          September 19-24
          October 3-8

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