Great workshops for food lovers

Great workshops for food lovers

French gastronomy has always been a firm favourite with food lovers and as if these traditional tastes and flavours were not enough, innovative and audacious recipes are now taking French cuisine to new heights… Although novel approaches are also recognisable within the sophisticated decors and cosy designs of restaurants, reinvigorating the dining experience, the underlying aesthetic remains the same with wonderful service geared towards an outstanding culinary result, ready to impress and draw in the connoisseur. This is not all; learn the secrets behind these superb dishes from the great chefs themselves within the ideal location of cookery workshops. Pierre Gagnaire, a top chef of worldwide acclaimPierre Gagnaire, recognised as one of the most inventive chefs on the planet, remarkably contrasts salt and sugar ingredients, creating subtle combinations of fresh flavours. His cooking methods are equally as original, working in partnership with Hervé This, a Doctor in chemistry and real pioneer of molecular gastronomy, to create elegant dishes with a modern but refreshingly elegant presentation and all in the name of a formidable taste! For more information, please visit: www.pierre-gagnaire.com Thierry Marx, a chef with a unique styleThierry Marx sets himself apart from the start, not only with his celebrity Bruce Willis look, but also with his strong personality making its mark on the cooking world as a self-taught chef, owning him a two star Michelin rating. He runs the splendid ‘classic’ Cordeillan-Bages restaurant located in the prestige setting of a Pauillac vineyard in the Bordeaux area. But he regularly experiments and runs workshops open to the amateur, events for expressing avant-garde cuisine. For example, he appears at Food Festivals or at “The Laboratory”, an astonishing place dedicated to the latest technological ideas.For more information, please visit:www.thierrymarx.com www.cordeillanbages.com Atelier des sens, learning to cook is a fun experienceAtelier des Sens, established in 2004, was the first to create the “cookery workshop” concept, where passionate cooking amateurs are offered a fulfilling two hour experience of first preparing the food and then eating it, ideally located at one establishment in the Bastille area (Opéra Moderne) and the other in Beaubourg (near the contemporary art centre). This thrilling opportunity will develop your cooking skills and knowledge through the discovery of local flavours, Mediterranean specialities, oenology (the art of wine making) and even the real vintages of olive oil (rated by AOC, appelation d’origine controlée, confirming quality and origin). For more information, please visit: www.atelier-des-sens.com L’Atelier des chefs, a lively cooking experienceL’Atelier des chefs is a cookery workshop with a convivial atmosphere, started up by two brothers, also in 2004, and located in several French cities, making your stay in France that little bit ‘tastier’! Improve your culinary skills with young talented chefs who have many cooking tips and techniques to share with you. For more information, please visit: www.atelierdeschefs.com Le Cristal, an original ‘molecular’ restaurant located at the Futuroscope (high-tech theme park) Situated at the heart of a cutting edge high-tech theme park near Poitiers, Le Cristal reflects its location with innovative textures and inventive and futuristic recipes. Getting to the theme park is easy, with a direct TGV service, only an hour and a half by train from Paris. For more information, please visit: www.futuroscope.com Il Vino by Enrico Bernardo, the world’s champion wine waiter! Enrico Bernardo, an Italian, has become the youngest sommelier champion, with the best score ever in this event to his name. Setting himself up in Paris saw his passion for wine take the form of a restaurant dedicated to wine in partnership with an equally inspired chef. The menu, original in itself, reverses the roles with everything listed according to wine bottles! This foremost expert also offers “blind” tastings, designed to promote discovery of the great vintages to the little known AOC wines, eliminating preconceived notions, following Enrico’s guidance and ones’ own preferences. For more information, please visit: www.ilvinobyenricobernardo.com Scook, cookery courses with Anne-Sophie Pic: France’s only female chef with a three star Michelin rating!Located in Valence within the Drôme area, Scook is surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of the Côtes-du-Rhône region and is run by Anne-Sophie Pic, daughter of a highly reputed chef also with a three star Michelin rating, carrying on the family tradition. Her exciting cookery workshops are renowned for their intimate atmosphere, taking place in small groups and at no set time (availability is limited) but she also offers children’s classes in a safe and fun environment, getting them cooking “hands on” from a young age.For more information, please visit: www.scook.fr L’école Escoffier, within the Ritz The Ritz is a professional cookery school, bearing the name of a legendary chef and located within the famous palace of the place Vendôme in Paris (4 hours, starting from 135€). This course will provide you with all the necessary cookery skills: from bread making to the subtle creation of a splendid sauce. For more information, please visit: www.ritzparis.com Alain Ducasse’s cookery school: his extraordinary team may turn you into a cooking pro!This cookery school, located near Paris and run by Alain Ducasse, one of France’s most exceptional chefs with the highest Michelin star rating ever, offers a unique experience: teaching you the difference between cooking and patisserie: one involves a great deal of creativity and improvisation but the other demands a rigorous and controlled technique, respecting proportioning rules.For more information, please visit: www.atelier-gastronomique.com Olivier Roellinger, a distinguished Breton chef with a passion for spices! Firmly rooted where his heart is, in North Brittany, this three star Michelin chef is famous for his “cottage” restaurant near the charming fishing port of Cancale with its splendid “traveller” cuisine and traditional Saint-Malo appeal. Now though, his great restaurant is no longer but he is following a refreshingly different culinary path: specialising in spices (and no doubt including cookery courses). Evidently, with this speciality under his belt, his next move is well worth looking out for…For more information, please visit: www.maisons-de-bricourt.com La Villa des Chefs, in a designer location near Aix-en-ProvenceThis superb country house boasts a fabulous design and is not only located in the land of the impressionist painter Cézanne but is also situated next to a beautiful city renowned for its Art de Vivre (ancient town of the Renaissance, cours Mirabeau etc…) and its Mediterranean vineyards. With a super equipped kitchen, this establishment runs workshops on several Saturdays each month and brings in a highly reputed chef of the region to teach the classes according to a specific theme. For more information, please visit: www.lavilladeschefs.com More: top ingredients in various regionsCaviar d’élevage, near Archachon and BordeauxA long time ago, people once fished for the precious sturgeon in the Gironde estuary around Bordeaux and over the past fifteen years, a few breeding farms have restarted the sturgeon egg trade with the purpose of developing French caviar, faithfully reproducing the lifecycle of the sturgeon in artificial reservoirs. This natural and luxury product has been recreated through immense expertise: sold on site and group visits are possible. For more information, please visit: www.caviardegironde.com Maison de la truffe et du vin, Ménerbes, a jewel in the heart of the Luberon in ProvenceThis picturesque village in the Luberon is famous for its truffles, the highly sort after and rare black mushroom. Sixty percent of real French truffles are found in Provence (the rest in Périgord) and this establishment organises discovery classes between October and November (the “cavage” session consists of picking and tasting etc.). For more information, please visit: www.vin-truffe-luberon.com Cité de l’huître, in Marennes-OléronThis spectacular region owes its famous oyster trade to the “Claires” reservoirs located along the Charente riverbanks and the Atlantic Ocean coastline. A complete guided tour can be made of an eco-museum in wooden huts on stilts, reflecting regional heritage and the natural value oysters bring to one’s diet and health! For more information, please visit: www.cite-huitre.com