Many folks coming to Paris have asked about cooking classes on the non-professional level. Here’s a list of cooking programs offered around town. Some offer professional-level classes lasting a week or several months, while others are for dedicated home cooks where you can prepare a meal with a local cook in their Parisian kitchen and perhaps visit a market. Click on the links to find their scheduled classes and what language they’re taught in.
Because I haven’t gone to most of them, I can’t offer personal recommendations. But a visit to their website should give you an idea of the nature of their classes. For professional-level classes outside of Paris, there’s a list below of some that specialize in pastry.
Atelier Gastronomique de Alain Ducasse: The cooking school of super-chef Alain Ducasse
Ecole Ferrandi: Paris’ school for professionals who want to cook, classes in English and French
Ecole Lenôtre: One-day classes for home cooks, and professional programs
Chez Bogato (Offers kids classes as well)
Cucina di Terresa: Organic & vegetarian cooking
La Cuisine: English & French classes
Gourmet Promenades: With Paule Caillat (in English)
Ecole Escoffier: at the Ritz Carlton
On Rue Tatin with Susan Loomis: Classes in Paris & Normandy
Patricia Wells: Weeklong cooking programs
Pam Williams offers an online course in chocolate-making, with the option of coming to France (and Italy) and learning with selected professionals.
Read about my visit to Valrhona’s Chocolate School
O-Château: Wine tasting in English with sommelier Oliver Magny and his excellent team of sommeliers.
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