With its fine finesse and exacting techniques, it’s no surprise French cuisine is up there amongst the world’s greatest. If you yearn to rustle up dishes fit for the most discerning diners, our Connect with Locals experience in Paris arms you with all the skills you need. Aside from visiting the amazing sights of the City of Lights, on our Paris Explorer trip, you’ll also learn how to master French cooking at the prestigious L’Atelier des Chefs cooking school.
A distinguished cooking academy in the heart of Paris, L’Atelier des Chefs (The Chefs’ Workshop) unites more than 30 of France’s most accomplished chefs to dispense their wisdom on all things French gastronomy. From mouth-watering bistro dishes to gourmet regional specialities, it’s your gateway to gaining those pro tips you always wanted.
“You will start a recipe from the beginning to the end and you will see it’s really easy, but you will learn the French way to cook,” explains head chef Jean-Baptiste, who has worked at the Michelin star La Bergerie, Saint-Jean-en-Val. You’ll learn practical skills such as ingredient preparation and knife skills, as well as how to cook delicious dishes like hazelnut beef with shallots, red wine and crushed potatoes, or pear tartin with cardamom and mascarpone whipped cream.
As well as simple techniques and dishes you can recreate at home, L’Atelier’s chefs also inspire you with the story of French food, delving into local secrets, flavours and aromas that will stay with you long after you leave Paris. At L’Atelier des Chefs, you’ll discover how interconnected French culture is with food, and gain a deeper insight into local life: “You cannot be in France without tasting food,” explains Jean-Baptiste. “Cooking food, it’s part of our culture. It’s like music.” In France, food is more than just something that is served on a plate. French cuisine is a way of life, a mindset that’s at the very heart of French culture.
This intimate experience is the ultimate way to master the essentials of French cooking while enjoying the atmosphere of a professional Parisian kitchen. After all, “cooking should not be a chore,” affirms Jean-Baptiste.
Join us on our Paris Explorer trip and enjoy this incredible opportunity to learn the art of French cuisine from the artists themselves. Armed with your new knowledge, you’ll be whipping up culinary masterpieces in your own kitchen in no time at all. Voila!
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