Culinary classes

Inititation to French cooking

Cooking classes allow you to acquire simple tricks, master basic techniques, prepare elements like sauces or even full-course menus.

  • Workshops at the Cordon Bleu School (External link) (Paris): this is where Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep in the film Julie & Julia) learned traditional French cooking techniques!
  • "Learn how to manipulate a knife," or "Basic pastry techniques" at Atelier des Sens (External link) (Paris)
  • The seasonal menu at Atelier des Chefs (External link) (big cities in France): under a chef's guidance, prepare an appetizer, main dish and dessert in 1.5 hours, then savour your creation.Thematic cooking classes Everything is possible when it comes to culinary classes: workshops on organic or weight loss cooking, baking or pastry-making classes, and even courses focused on working with one particular product...
  • Organic cooking workshops with What’s for Dinner (Paris): discover the main ingredients of organic cuisine and prepare a full meal with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  • Truffle discovery weekend at Auberge de la Truffe (Sorges, in Perigord): accompanied by chef Pierre Corre, live to the rhythm of the Perigord truffle for two days. Gourmet chocolate workshops at the Valrhona (External link) school (Tain l’Hermitage, in Rhone-Alps): pastry chefs share their knowledge of chocolate.

With a Michelin-starred chef

Experienced gastronomes can turn towards professional cooking schools, or take courses given by renowned chefs.

  • Atelier Guy Martin (External link) (Paris): the chef of Grand Véfour invites you to demystify fine cuisine in the unique setting of a private mansion.
  • Alain Ducasse (External link) Cooking School (Paris): work with noble products and prepare a fine tasting menu.
  • The Saint-James cooking school, near Bordeaux: revisit the classics of French cuisine with Benjamin Bonnay.
  • Scook, Anne-Sophie Pic's cooking school (Valence): the only three Michelin-starred woman chef in France reveals some of her secrets.

Cooking classes at home

A chef shares special tricks of the trade from the comfort of your own kitchen.

  • Les Dîners d’Eloïse (External link) (Ile-de-France and Bordeaux): coached by a chef in your own kitchen, learn culinary basics, professional methods and tips for a beautiful service.