Gourmet Cookery Course In Rural France

Highlights

  • Master French cooking with professional French chef with 35 years experience
  • Luxury ensuite accommodation set in idyllic rural France
  • Farm to table with extensive gardens to provide ingredients
£2089 pp
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What you'll do

Overview

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.

 

2024 Dates

17-22 Feb

23-28 March

5-10 April

24 – 31 May

7 -12 June

15-20 June

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Arrival Day

Arrive at Laval Train Station at around 15:30 for your transfer to the venue.

Sip your complimentary champagne and get settled into your beautiful surroundings whilst you meet and get to know your host and fellow guests.

17:00: Introductory talk with complimentary champagne and canapés. The talk will discuss the aims and course structure.

18.00: 6-course gourmet dinner

 

Sample Menu:

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Making Soup, Bread & 6 Course Dinner

8.45 Breakfast (to include fresh croissants, breads and preserves, cereals, orange juice, yoghurts, tea and coffee.)

9.15 Kitchen. Welcome, explore kitchen/equipment etc…

Hands-on Basic knife skills; care of knives, safety, sharpening, chop and slice onion, brunoise of carrot, julienne of leek, artichoke, ratatouille,vierge dressing,

11.00  Demonstration of Leek and potato soup served with croutons

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Making Tortellini & Sheep Farm Trip With Cheese Tasting

8.45: Breakfast

9.15: Menu Explanation

Kitchen: Demonstration of Pasta dough

10.45 Demonstration/hands-on Tortellini; filled with chicken and foie gras mousse, ravioli and tagliatelle.

Hands-on croque monsieur, 63° egg

Pea purée, beef Wellington, crème brulée, chilli and coconut ice cream, Brandy snap, caramel cages.

13.00: Lunch Tagliatelle with a bacon, tomato and onion sauce, fresh bread and salad, followed by cheese and biscuits.

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Charcuterie selection & Traditional French Patissier Master Class

8.45: Breakfast

9.15: Menu Explanation

Demonstration /  hands-on

Sugar work, and chocolate piping, honey wafer baskets plus tuile work.

Sweet pastry, choux pastry, teardrop, iced soufflé.

Braised pork belly.

Hands-on Menu prep

French onions soup sous vide chicken, pomme fondante, chorizo and lime sauce

13.00: Lunch Selection of charcuterie, salads, homemade bread & pickles

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Lunch BBQ & Dinner Challenge

8:45: Breakfast

9:15: Menu Explanation. This is the last day in the kitchen and you are encouraged to put your new skills to test  in creating tonight’s dinner!

Your challenge, your design, you are cooking…

Hands-on with spring rolls, gravadlax, pork sous vide, chocolate tarte, mini croquembouche, sugar work.

13:00: Enjoy one of the highlights of the holiday with a Lunch Barbecue with your new friends!

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Departure

9:00: Enjoy your final breakfast and then say your farewells. You will depart full of pride for your achievements and excited to bring your new skills, recipes and techniques to your home kitchen for your friends and family.

Departure before midday. For an included transfer from your accommodation back to Laval Train station for approximately  10:00am train to Paris .

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What's included

Included

  • Glass of champagne on arrival
  • 5 night ensuite accommodation
  • All food including 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Water, tea and coffee all day
  • All equipment needed
  • Transport from Laval train station
  • Toiletries
  • Recipe folder to take home
  • Certificate
  • Free Wifi
Your local host

Eric

From intimate meals to elaborate celebrations, Chef Eric has been providing luxury dining experiences for an array of guests over more than 2 decades.

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.

Eric’s passion for food and sharing his vast culinary knowledge and skills with others is what sets his gourmet cooking holidays apart from any other.Eric’s style of teaching is professional, yet supportive, relaxed and focused on having fun in the kitchen. His goal is to create an atmosphere that is educational, while still being a relaxing retreat for our guests.

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From intimate meals to elaborate celebrations, Chef Eric has been providing luxury dining experiences for an array of guests over more than 2 decades.

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.

Eric’s passion for food and sharing his vast culinary knowledge and skills with others is what sets his gourmet cooking holidays apart from any other.Eric’s style of teaching is professional, yet supportive, relaxed and focused on having fun in the kitchen. His goal is to create an atmosphere that is educational, while still being a relaxing retreat for our guests.

One of the keys to success for our courses is the dedication we have to quality. Whether that be your stunning accommodation while you stay with us, or the exquisite produce we grow in the garden and use in our lessons.

 

Location

You will stay in idyllic rural France in Mayenne, close to the Loire Valley. There is a regular direct train from Paris to Laval taking around 1hr 20mins. You should arrive around 15:30 in time for your transfer with other guests, to the cookery school.  You will stay in a lovingly renovated farm house which provides a comfortable and luxurious haven for guests seeking a relaxing getaway in the heart of rural France. Your return transfer will get you to the train station in Laval at around 10:00 am so please book a train to work with these times.

FAQs

What does breakfast include?

Fresh croissants, bread and preserves, cereals, orange juice, yoghurts, tea and coffee

Can I come if I'm vegetarian/have dietary requirements?

Our courses are not designed for vegetarians so far.

If you have a dietary requirement this will need to be communicated to see what you can/can't have.

Are transfers complimentary?

We offer a free return transfer from Laval Train Station. Collection is at 15:53 arrival time on Saturday and return at 10:03 on Thursday.

Transfers are possible at other times but will come at an additional cost.

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