Cordon Bleu is a renowned culinary and hospitality school with its main headquarters in Paris; however, there are also schools in Ottawa, Canada, Madrid Spain, Istanbul Turkey, and London England. Movie and book lovers will recognize the name Cordon Bleu as the school that Julia Child studied at in real life and in the movie, “Julie and Julia”. A chef’s experience training there was brought to light in the book, “The Sharper The Knife, The Less You Cry” by Kathleen Flinn.
The process to make the macarons is precise and can be tiring. Whisking the egg whites for a long time uses muscles one doesn’t usually work out, but the entire experience is a lot of fun and memorable. You really appreciate the effort and skill needed to make these delicious treats that can cost 2-3 Euros each in patisseries.
There are many different full and half day courses but they fill up quickly so you need to book well in advance. This course, “The Secrets of Macarons” as unique and therefore definitely worth taking.
- sweet meringue-based cookies made with ground almonds, egg whites, and icing sugar and filled with various ganaches
- they are not to be confused with “macaroons”, which are coconut and entirely different.
Cordon Bleu Course:
- there are about 12 students
- is not cheap: was 90 Euros, now 120 Euros
- duration: 3 hours
- Instruction: French chef with English translator, demonstrates and then circulates to correct/help students
- you are provided with the recipe and all of the ingredients are already measured, and the utensils are laid out in front of each participant.
- by the end: each student has made approximately 40 macarons.
Here’s more about the experience and the recipe to make the dark chocolate macarons at home: