Life is about experiences and one of the great experiences is taking a cooking course in Paris. Besides learning great cooking techniques, you sample delicious cuisine and often get to take food home!
Le Cordon Bleu
The famous Le Cordon Bleu school is worth the visit. There are full day, half day and multi-day classes available. Some are hands-on and some are just demonstration classes. These classes are taught in English and you are provided with aprons and all the utensils, ingredients, and recipes….and food to take home (depending on the type of course you take). My favourite was, “The Secrets of Macarons”. It lasted 3 hours and was a blast. I ended up making about 40 lovely little treats!
In October, 2014, I took part in the Market VIsit and Cooking Class which ran from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We began with coffee and croissants/pastries and then proceeded to the market near Maubert-Mutualitie and picked up the ingredients for our lunch. We were divided into groups (there were 9 of us) and had tasks ranging from mincing the salmon to whipping the eggs and cream to make the vanilla ice cream. We spent approximately 2 hours preparing lunch, while drinking some wine. Lunch was delicious and during our courses we heard many stories about the history of France from Fred, who was a delightful host and teacher. It was an experience well worth doing! Check out: www.lefoodist.com. Here are some of our dishes and our group at lunch:
Other cooking schools in Paris getting good reviews include:
La Cuisine Paris—lacuisineparis.com
Eye Prefer Paris Cooking School–eyepreferparistours.com/cooking-class
Cook’n With Class—-cooknwithclass.com
Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse—www.ecolecuisine-alainducasse.com
On Rue Tatin—award-winning author and journalist Susan Loumis runs cooking classes in Paris and Normandy—-onruetatin.com
Patricia Wells—Journalist, author, and cooking teacher has cooking classes in Paris and Provence—- patriciawells.com/cooking