Living (and eating) in Paris has a way of making you want to upgrade your cooking game. Whether you want a one-shot class or a semester long course, big budget or small, taught in English or French, there are lots of options out there. Here are just a few that are getting good reports from expats.
With classes taught at the proprietors’ homes in the western suburbs of Paris, these relaxed cooking demonstrations and classes are taught in English. Spend a morning learning about French cuisine and local ingredients, and then enjoy a glass of wine and conversation with other expats over a leisurely lunch. Special classes focus on wines or holiday meals.
Why just eat lunch when you can learn how to cook it yourself? With six locations in Paris, L’Atelier de Chefs offers multiple sessions each day, including a 1/2 hour lunch class focusing on a single dish to a two hour workshop focused on a particular region or theme or a 4 hour master class. Economical, flexible, and fun. Reserve on-line up to 28 days in advance. In French only. Be careful: if you switch the Web site to English, you can access only the offerings at their London location.
Atelier Guy Martin
35, rue Miromesnil
Many many different offerings from 1/2 hour (cook your own lunch!) to half a day including techniques, pastries, French cuisine, global cuisine, and wine. Courses are also offered for kids and for parents and kids working together. The prices begin at around 16 euros for the lunch courses (there may be extra fees for wine or dessert) and move up to around 100 euros for the most intensive classes. Taught in French only.
Le Cordon Bleu
8 Rue Léon Delhomme
In addition to its diploma and certificate programs for professional chefs, Le Cordon Bleu also offers an array of workshops and demonstrations for English speakers that range from 2 hours to 4 days in length. Demonstration courses include tasting and a listing of ingredients but you will have to work fast to take notes if you want to replicate the recipes at home.
La Cuisine Paris
89, boulevard Saint Michel
La Cuisine Paris offers a variety of courses, in both English and French, from every day French cooking to cuisine of the world. Market classes take students to open air markets first and then back to the studio to prepare what they’ve purchased. Most classes are either 2 hours or 4 hours.
Renowned cookbook author Patricia Wells offers lessons in chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Each weeklong course is limited to just seven participants. This is a pricey option, targeted mainly at high-end tourists: $5,000 for the week (with a $1,500 deposit) and you must book well in advance.
A homey option for those who’d like to learn more about French cooking and ingredients but don’t have the time, budget, or inclination to become expert in formal French cuisine. A World in a Pan founder Laura Neulat is upfront that her team is made up of amateur chefs but what they lack in rigorous training, they make up for in their love of cooking and sharing with others.