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Le Gargantua, Gascony:
Learn traditional French culinary skills with a cooking holiday in south west France! Located in the beautiful region of Gascony, just 1 hour drive south east of Bordeaux and 1.5 hours north west of Toulouse, Le Gargantua provides hands-on cooking classes and patisserie classes taught in English to students from around the world. Courses take place between February and November.

Quality French Cooking / Baking Classes:

The owner Marlene Deparis teaches classic French cuisine and French pastry by explaining the interaction of ingredients within each dish, not by following a recipe to the dot. There is a maximum of 6 participants per course, to ensure everyone gets individual attention and enough space to work.

You can learn about all kinds of traditional French dishes and techniques on our seasonal cooking courses, from stews and sauces, bread to pâtés, quiches, and mousses.

In addition, you can choose to learn to make classic French pastry like macaroons, eclairs, croissants or millefeuilles on our patisserie courses. We even offer to show you how to prepare confit, foie gras, and rillettes on our fat duck course.

French Cuisine & French Pastry Courses: 

Seasonal Cooking Course Holidays:
- Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter

Patisserie Courses:

- 5-night Residential Patisserie Courses
- 3-night Residential Patisserie Courses
- 1-day Patisserie Courses
- Half-day Patisserie Courses

Fat Duck Course:
- 3-night Residential Course

Cooking Events:
- 3-night Residential Fish Cooking Course

Accommodation:

All our cooking holidays are full board, and you will be accommodated in our guest house, Le Gargantua, for the duration of your course. Surrounded by glorious sunflower fields, our guesthouse is located in the tiny village of Anzex, just a couple of minutes drive from the pine forest of the Landes de Gascogne, and 10 minutes away from the pretty market town of Casteljaloux.

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Address: Anzex, 47700, Bordeaux, France
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2019-03-03 were from:

Toulouse, France;   Paramus, NJ, USA;   Woodbridge CT, USA;   Gibraltar, Gibraltar;   Israel;   Miami, Florida, USA;   Seward, USA;   Singapore;   Netherlands;   UK & England;   and more.
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Courses / Programs
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Combined with intensive French language lessons

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