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Fervent foodies, beginners who struggle to chop an onion, lifelong cooks – everyone is welcome to come and learn French cooking with the locals. Get to grips with flavour combinations, develop your culinary skills, sample the freshest local ingredients and, most importantly, share stories & a glass of wine with other passionate cooks.

From classics like onion soup and beef bourguignon to cutting edge cuisine, in stunning locations from Provence to Paris, Brittany to Bordeaux, come and learn to cook like a local in a country madly passionate about food.

Culinary adventures in France

The French view food as absolutely central to a content way of life, and we agree. It’s something that brings people together, to bond a group of friends or family.

And French food is about so much more than cheese, croissants and coq au van, (though they are classics for a reason). A cooking holiday in France will reveal to you the complexity of French flavours and the balance of each individual dish – all whilst helping you understand French culture and how is reflected in their food.

A French cooking holiday will help expand your knowledge of food combinations and allow your creativity to flourish in your own kitchen. Understand the elements of local French ingredients and intuitively know how to combine them, and – most importantly – share stories and a glass of local wine with other foodies, over a meal you’ve prepared together.

With local chefs, fourth-generation cooks and French artisans showing you the way around the kitchen, you’ll return with new skills and satisfied tastebuds.

Where to experience cooking courses in France

Explore one of the many diverse regions in France on a pure cooking holiday, or combine your French cooking classes with another passion like yoga, jewellery making, or learning to speak French.

Cook hearty stews with a stunning view of the rolling hills and fields on a French cookery break in Gascony, or discover the stunning French Riviera with one-day French cooking classes in Nice.

Find the freshest French ingredients in the enticing daily markets of in Brittany or craft incredible seafood dishes along the rustic coast of Normandy.

Head to the buzzing cities of Lyon or Toulouse and learn the gastronomic secrets of these two powerhouses of French cuisine with French cooking classes during the day, and then soak up the addictive urban atmosphere by night.

Whatever your tastes, you can find a cookery holiday in France to indulge your inner chef and a group of like-minded people to experience it with. Never settle for an ordinary French holiday again.

Who are our French cooking holiday guests?

Fervent foodies, beginners who struggle to roll fresh dough, lifelong chefs – everyone is welcome in the kitchens of our French cooking schools.

You’ll meet people of all ages and nationalities on cooking holidays in France, from solo travellers to couples to friends. Some love local, seasonal food, others are simply looking for a getaway that blends relaxation with life-enhancing activities (and excellent meals).

All that’s required is a passion for food, a love of learning and a refusal to be boxed in. Sound like you?

Thousands of people have already discovered that our eclectic mix of cooking holidays in France are as diverse as the people who go on them. Come and join them.

Why choose Not In The Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across France, from the Mediterranean coast to the wild beaches of Britanny. Choosing a Not In The Guidebooks holiday in France means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.