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8 Day Intensive French Cooking Course

From £3152 pp

France, Gascony

7 Nights / 8 Days

Join a Group (1-6)

8 Day Intensive French Cooking Course

From £3152 pp

What You'll Do

Enjoy this immersive experience in which you will be able to learn all about French cuisine with a world class Michelin star chef. Make everything from scratch and impress your friends and family with your new found skills when you get home.

One date only! 1-8 October, 2022

This is a once a year opportunity limited to 6 participants.

Have an amazing time discovering the fantastic food, wines, history and culture of South-West France. This tailor-made tour will give you a hands-on insight into French cuisine and its delicacies. You will stay at a private 180-year-old farmhouse set in 50 acres where your every need will be met by your specialist team of staff who are on hand to ensure an unforgettable stay.

This hands-on and immersive course in English & French has been designed by our chef for those with some skill and a lot of passion for cooking.

Jerome, a Michelin star trained chef and a walking encyclopaedia of French cooking, will take you on an incredible learning journey over the course of the week. You will create some amazing dishes from scratch as Jerome guides you through their ingredients, creation and presentation.

Breads, pastries, pastas, meats, fish, sauces, desserts and much more, picking up invaluable hints and tips along the way. Jerome will be there to guide you, but this is a hands-on course where you will perform all the tasks required to complete each dish from raw ingredients.

There will be free time to ensure your holiday is not frantic but rather a relaxing and fulfilling experience. Enjoy wine and Armagnac, explore all the best Gascony has to offer in this once in a lifetime trip. Take home new skills learned in your hands-on cookery course. Meet new people or come as a group.

Date Available: 

1st-8th October

Experience
Highlights

Learn new techniques and skills during your cooking course

Be taught by a Michelin star chef

Visit markets and interact with locals

Your Local Host:

Caroline & Adam

Caroline is a qualified teacher from the UK and her husband Adam is a passionate cook. They moved to South West France looking for a change of lifestyle and now run their hugely successful jewellery making and activity holidays from Baron-Figués, where you will be staying. Caroline has been a qualified jewellery teacher for over 20 years and has experience in setting up and running training centres teaching practical skills. She is a senior instructor in both PMC and Art Clay and has experience in using a wide range of clays and other materials. Adam is a serious gastro enthusiast, as much in love with the local seasonal produce as the Gascons, and entirely committed to cooking the most incredible traditional dishes for guests as well as providing wonderful cooking courses. A passionate teacher, he can show you how to make traditional dishes such as Brandade de Morue (salt cod and potato) or Garbure (vegetable soup). For the painting course, the are joined by passionate local artists with huge knowledge and experience of the area as well as art to ensure you are taken to the right places to inspire your paintings.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

You will arrive sometime in the afternoon and be greeted by your hosts. You can be collected for free from Agen train station but airport pick ups can also be arranged upon request for a supplement.

Then you will be taken to your accommodation which is an old farmhouse where you will have some time to settle down and relax after your journey.

In the evening you will get to enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen and you will be told more about what to expect over the coming week.

 

Market and Boutique Wines

After breakfast, we will head to a local village market where we will have coffee and croissants with the locals and learn a bit about the history of this region.

When we return to the farmhouse you will have some time to relax by the pool before lunch. After this, we head to explore the wines of the region. We sample some amazing wines and learn how to select the right wine to accompany your meal.

Dinner will then be served back at the farmhouse. Afterwards you are free to do whatever you like, whether thats relax by the pool, play some table tennis or even cycle around the grounds. It’s up to you.

Cooking School

Everyday, after a leisurely breakfast it will be time to go to the kitchen and start your cooking class. We will be focussing on making delicious meals made from local ingredients. You will be making Lunch and Dinner everyday with the occasional visit to the local market where the head chef will show you what to look for in good ingredients.

During this course you will make all the meals from scratch, don’t worry your head chef will guide you through the steps. But it’s not a demonstration course, you will be the one doing the work. So make sure you don’t mess up your lunch or dinner because you have to eat it!

You will learn to  make typical French dishes as well as dishes like pasta. You will learn all of your chefs tips and tricks when it comes to preparation as  well as their favourite cooking techniques.

Finally, you will also get the chance to visit and interact with some locals over wine and Armagnac.

Departure

After breakfast, you will be asked to check out by 10am. However, if your flight isn’t until later in the day you are more than welcome to relax by the farmhouse and enjoy some free time.

You will return home a much better and well rounded chef as well as being able to show off some of the new skills you learnt to your family and friends!

Location Information

Set in the heart of Gascony surrounded by 50 acres of private unspoilt meadows, the your farmhouse accommodation is tucked away in the Gascon countryside. Although the farmhouse is a rural retreat, the bustling picturesque towns of Nérac and Condom are within easy reach.

Nearest airports:
Toulouse (1hr 40min), Bordeaux (1hr 40min), Pau (2 hours) or Bergerac (2 hours)

Complimentary pre-booked train transfers:
Return transfers to and from Agen train station (30 minutes) are included in the course price.

Trains run to Agen from across the SNCF network from where you can take advantage of the free transfer. Optional private airport transfers can be booked for an additional cost.

  • Free transfers from Agen train station
  • Lovely restored farmhouse accommodation with inground pool in the country side
  • Free use of E-bikes, table tennis, and more
  • Local village markets, foodie stops and history
  • Wine tastings along with wine pairings
  • Armagnac tastings
  • Daily breakfast and all meals paired with wine
  • All tuition from a Michelin star trained Chef
  • Lunch and Dinner hands-on cooking classes daily (days 2-7) followed by your meals
  • Learn all of your chefs tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Local market/producer visits to know how to spot the best
  • You will cover typical, regional French dishes but pasta, bread, sauces and more