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Cooking in France

Cathy's verdict:

Where better to learn to cook than France, the country that gave us the word gourmet? With small friendly groups, cooking courses are perfect for solo travellers, and there’s no single supplement on Flavours of France’s Bordeaux trips. Four further destinations, including medieval Carcassone and the vineyards of Bergerac, have room-share options.

Recommended company: Flavours of France

Cookery courses in FranceChateau Les MerlesSea-bass & prawns in the Loire ValleyPasta making class

Flavours of France says

We offer fun and interactive cooking courses in five wonderful locations in France – with luxury accommodation, superb English-speaking teachers and wine experts and no more than eight people per class.

  • no single supplement on selected trips
  • room share option
  • small friendly groups

All of our cookery schools attract a significant number of solo travellers and our Bordeaux courses have no single supplement. All the other courses have single supplements of up to £200 for a private room and we offer room-share at no extra charge.

In Bordeaux, we have a choice of four- and seven-day courses – choose from patisserie or seasonal cooking, with visits to local markets and food producers as well as time in the kitchen with the lovely Marlèn. Group sizes are no more than four people and accommodation (there are just four en suite double rooms) is in your hosts’ gorgeous 19th century guest house, packed with period features.

The pretty seaside town of La Rochelle is our base for three- and four-day cooking courses. Classes take place in a professional restaurant kitchen, under the guidance of gourmet chef Laurent Kehr. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal with a mix of demonstration and hands on cookery, covering seasonal dishes, preparation and presentation.

The Dordogne region is famed for its gastronomy and vineyards. We offer a six-day cooking course at the stunning four-star Chateau les Merles on the outskirts of Bergerac. Cook up a storm with chef Bas Holten, indulge in some wine-tasting and visit the local markets.

You can also master French cookery under the guidance of a Michelin-starred chef in the medieval city of Carcassonne where two chefs share their cooking tips and secrets.

If you are looking for an intensive professional cooking course, our six-day break in the beautiful Loire Valley is perfect. Two master chefs will guide you through all aspects of cooking, from butchery to bread making, and you will receive a certificate at the end.

Find out more about our cooking breaks in France, and our prices. You can also request a brochure.

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