Paris Travel Planner   Cooking Classes in Paris, France
I've been wanting to take a cooking class in Paris for years and finally did—and I sure wasn't disappointed!




French cuisine is world famous—and with good reason. It's delicious! And while some of the classic recipes are very complex and take days to prepare, most French cooking is more user-friendly and accessible to those of us who like to cook and learn.

In 1968 I attended an International Summer School at the University of Dijon. One of the highlights of my summer was taking weekly cooking classes with chefs from a professional training school. More...

Now as we work on the website, I wanted to experience more French cooking in Paris, and I sought out classes that would provide a variety of experiences. This "research" is most enjoyable!

Through our apartment rental agency I found Cook'n With Class and decided to try their Market Tour and Cooking Class. What a fun and delicious experience that was! More...

Duck breast with cherry sauce
Our main course was duck breast with cherry sauce,
with caramelized endives. Delicious!

I then decided that it would be good to experience the most famous of French cooking schools, Le Cordon Bleu. I was delighted to find they had a four-hour Chocolate Workshop that fit my schedule. Perfect! More...

These two experiences couldn't have been more different, and both were excellent. The chefs were knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful, and support staff kept things running smoothly. And the results were all delicious!

At Cook'n With Class, our little group met the chef, went to the market, figured out what we wanted to eat, and then worked together to prepare the meal. Recipes came after, not before. More...

The Cordon Bleu was super organized, with printed recipes, ingredients all pre-measured and set out for us, step-by-step instruction from the chef, and specific results. More...

My next visit to Paris I tried two more: A market lunch class through Le Foodist, and a quick, 30-minute lunch experience with L'Atelier des Chefs.

Le Foodist included a visit to the market and then a busy time in the kitchen, with lots of good conversation, in English, and a delicious lunch. More...

But at L'Atelier des Chefs, the quick class was taught entirely in French, providing some new challenges and experiences, and another delicious lunch. More...

There are many cooking schools in Paris, offering a variety of classes and opportunities. If you like to cook, taking a class can be a fun and memorable experience.

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Jane and tart, Cordon Bleu

Above, At the end of the class at the Cordon Bleu, we each got a cake box and an insulated bag to carry our treasures home!

Below, Learning the proper technique for slicing potatoes without slicing your fingers, at Le Foodist!

Le Foodist, Paris



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