Discover the beauty of rural French countryside and learn the art of gourmet french cuisine with a world-renowned chef! Each day you will experiment with new flavours and techniques in small groups with expert guidance and individual attention. Impress your friends and family with your new cooking repertoire after this stunning getaway.
27th Aug – 1st Sept
10th – 15th Sept
24th – 29th Sept
8th – 13th Oct
15th – 20th Oct
5th – 10th Nov
19th – 24th Nov
Prepare your mind and palette to be transported from the mundane, to an exciting exploration of flavour, smell and texture as you master French cooking from a world-renowned Chef. Discover how our one-of-a-kind cooking vacations will forever change your relationship with food.
While you are fully immersed in our 6-day, hands-on course, you will be learning valuable techniques from professional chefs, all while being surrounded by the beauty of the Mayenne countryside. We provide extensive time in our state-of-the-art kitchens, and set a maximum of 6 guests per chef. This dedicated attention is a rare value, and results in these vacations being in high demand!
In addition to the individualised instruction you receive, you’ll also be learning under the leadership of a well-respected Chef with more than 25 years in the culinary world.
The course begins on the Saturday early evening with champagne followed by a six-course gourmet dinner where you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow guest/participants and sample the style of food you will be learning to cook for the rest of the course.
The rest of the week comprises of; a full day in the kitchen on Sunday, mostly hands-on including bread making, butchery, fish prep, knife skills, sauces, seasoning techniques etc, with a couple of demonstrations and concluding in a six course gourmet dinner.
Monday & Tuesday again are hands-on until lunchtime, including making pasta, smoking, sous vide technique, sugar work, pastry, and dinner preparation.
After lunch we have a master class, making croissants and macarons.
We also visit a sheep farm, which produce, cheeses and yogurt.
Then it is back in the kitchen for the finishing touches of cooking and presenting dinner.
Wednesday is the last day in the kitchen and you are encouraged to use all your new skills in creating that night’s dinner.
There is fun in the garden after a gourmet BBQ, playing croquet and boules (pétanques). The course is concluded with another six-course dinner.
The aim of this course is to build on each of the clients existing skills so that they leave feeling very confident, with a far greater understanding of ingredients & techniques so that they can take their cooking to the next level beyond this holiday.
Do not worry about your current cookery skills because the course covers basic techniques to more skilled in a very supportive environment.
Stay in a “traditional longère”, a renovated farmhouse, set in the heart of tranquil rural France. The house is surrounded by its own gardens, where we grow most of our produces organically.
Coffee and tea facilities in all rooms, free Wi-Fi point.
The property professionally equipped kitchen is located on the ground floor of the farmhouse and has been exclusively designed for these culinary vacations. A spacious lounge area with log fire, high standard ensuite bedrooms and tranquil grounds, makes it perfect for a relaxing gourmet break.
In clement weather, guests are welcome to relax and unwind in this quiet and elegant setting, and enjoy a genuine experience of leisure, pleasure, gastronomy and wellness within the premises.