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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.

Email: Contact Us

Address: Anzex, 47700, Bordeaux, France
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2022-09-29 were from:

Cork, Ireland; Latvia; Southampton, UK / GB; and more.
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Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts, Paris
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of Paris, Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts provides quality education in the fields of French Cooking and French Pastry to local and international students from around the world - from secondary vocational education to continuing education for professionals.

We offer intensive cooking and pastry programs taught in English that include internships. In addition, we provide week-long training courses in specialized areas of French Cuisine and French Pastry / Breads, half-day pastry courses, and customized cookery courses for professional cooks, pastry chefs, bakers and caterers.

On successful completion of your training, including the internship, you will be awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion, from Ferrandi and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

At Ferrandi, it is our philosophy is that theory is best integrated when it is accompanied by hands-on practice. This is why 70% of course hours on our Intensive Professional Programs are spent in the kitchen or lab.

With top-notch learning facilities, our pedagogy is based on hands-on practice, individual and team work, and personalized guidance by qualified instructors, who all have significant, top-level industry experience with Michelin-starred chefs and other prestigious employers.
Intensive Professional Programs - taught in English:
- French Cuisine: 5 months (660 hours) + 3 to 6 month internship
- French Pastry: 5 months (660 hours) + 3 to 6 month internship
- French Bread Baking: 10 weeks (340 hours) + 2 month internship (optional)

Training Weeks:
- French Breads and Viennoiseries
- Classic Pastries
- Chocolate and confiserie
- Cuisine bistronomique & more..

Half-day Pastry Courses:
- Choux pastry: sweet and savory variations
- Introduction to the Macaron

Customized courses for professional cooks, pastry chefs, bakers and caterers
Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture
Courses / Programs
Conveniently located in Central Paris (11th Arrondissement), Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture provides a range of year-round and summer art, drawing and painting courses to students from around the world.

Courses are taught in English and French for adults, art students, part-time artists, and children from beginner to advanced levels.

Mediums include drawing with colored pens & pencil/ ink, sketching with pencil, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, mixed media & oil painting.

We teach you how to make your own "travel sketchbooks", how to illustrate stories, how to develop painting and creative skills in a fun and pleasant way.

Subjects and themes include traditional French architecture, modern architecture, modern life, real life, still life, motion, imagination.

Some classes take place at the studio, while most are outdoor workshops taking place in different areas of the city each time.
Art Classes in Paris for Adults & Children:
- For beginner to advanced level

- 4-hour workshops in Paris, throughout the year
- 3-hour workshops in-class and throughout Paris
- Regular 1-day "Drawing and Writing around Paris" workshops
- Private classes / Customized lessons for adults, professional artists, art students, families..
- Private classes at the Louvre (unavailable in July & August)
- Customized Classes for groups of 1-3 children
- Painting day-trips in Giverny (home of Claude Monet in northern France)
- Corporate / Team Building workshops
Gentle Gourmet Concept at the Domaine de Brocfontaine
Courses / Programs
• In the heart of Normandy in northern France, The Gentle Gourmet's Concept situated in the Domaine de Brocfontaine offers short, intensive courses in vegan gastronomic cooking for individuals and professionals from around the globe who are looking to raise their culinary expertise or join the professional world of vegan cooking.

• Our offer: 
- 6-week Certificate Course in Vegan Pastry
- 6-week Certificate Course in Vegan Cuisine
- 2-week Vegan Chocolate Mastering Class
- 2-week wellness vegan class
- 2-week online class: "opening your vegan business"
- 2-week vegan cheese class
- 2-week permaculture and vegan local cuisine

• The Gentle Gourmet Concept was formed with an experienced team that has been working for more than 15 years in the gastronomic restaurant sector and in the hotel industry.
• With our method of intensive learning, an individual approach, and daily practice in each of our courses ensures that students come out with a complete and successful experience.
Certificate Course in Vegan Pastry:
Duration: 6 weeks

Modules include:
• Introduction to Vegan Pastry
• Miscellaneous Cakes & Cookies:
• Aquafaba & Pate A Choux
• Top Fine Pastry

Certificate Course in Vegan Cuisine:
Duration: 6 weeks

Modules include:
• Introduction to Vegan Gastronomy:
• The Art of the Start
• Classical French Cuisine
• Contemporary World Cuisine
Paris By The Glass
Courses / Programs
Paris By The Glass provides wine tasting classes, food courses, walking tours and day trips in Paris, France, the Champagne Region, and the Loire Valley.

Our food and wine tasting programs are conducted in English by Preston Mohr, a native English speaker.

Eating and drinking locally is the most enjoyable means to learn about a place and the best way for you to take a little bit of France home with you.

After joining one of my wine and cheese tastings, epicurean Paris walks or a customized private day-trip out of Paris, you will better understand France through its gastronomy.

Most importantly, it’s fun to sample, sip, swirl, share, try and savor with other passionate food and wine lovers, while making new friends along the way.

Our courses are designed for beginners but even the most seasoned wine buff should not be bored.

Sharing in cultural differences and the sheer enjoyment of something new and different that you may have otherwise not been bold enough to try.
French Cooking & Wine Classes:
- Taught in English

Wine Tastings & Classes in Paris:
- Wine & Cheese Course
- Chef’s Table Wine Pairing Dinner
- Sparkling Paris & Champagne Course

Gourmet Food & Wine Walking Tours:
- Bordeaux to Burgundy Wine Walk
- Paris Market Walk
- Paris Chocolate & Pastries Walk
- Parisian Palate Walk
- Baguette to Bistro Gourmet Walk

Vineyard Day Trips:
- Champagne Day Trip
- Loire Valley Experience

Private Tasting Events:
- Customize a wine or food tasting in your home
Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne
Courses / Programs
• The Gastro Academy at The French House Party is a high-calibre residential French cookery school near the beautiful and historic city of Carcassonne, in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of South West France.

• Carcassonne is only 50 miles from Toulouse which has an international airport. Ryanair also fly directly to Carcassonne from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, and Paris Beauvais international airport. 

• Gastro Academy provides all-inclusive cooking holidays for individuals and groups from around the world.

• Cookery classes, taught in English and French, are suitable for anyone passionate about food (from beginners to experienced cooks).

• Our culinary vacations combine superb accommodation, top-quality food, and award-winning Michelin-star French chefs as course tutors.

• We offer scheduled French cooking vacations through Spring, Summer and Autumn, and also tailor-make cookery holidays for groups of 6 or more food & wine enthusiasts, culinary students, hospitality professionals and seniors.

• Recommended in the book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”, French House Party offers superior residential learning courses at an 8-bedroomed house with swimming pool, tennis court and boules pitch.

Testimonial:
"Twenty-one hours of French cooking lessons over the course of six days, given by two famous French chefs and voila: I am confident in having mastered the art of French cooking."
- Charlene Peters, examiner.com
Residential Cooking Courses:

 Cuisine in Brief:
3-day course offered at different times during Summer and Autumn 2018.

 Gourmet Explorer:
6-day course offered at different times during Summer and Autumn 2018.

 Advanced Gourmet Explorer:
Unique 7-day break offered in Autumn.

• Just Desserts – Chocolate & Patisserie:
3-day dessert cooking course.

• Cancer-Kicking Cookery Course:
4-day all-inclusive residential cookery course.
Ducasse Education, Paris
Courses / Programs
• Improve your cooking prowess with an intensive culinary arts course taught in English or French by world-renowned chefs! 

• Ducasse Education is a top culinary and pastry school that provides short and longer-term cooking programs to locally-based students, French students, and international students.

• Our two schools are Centre Formation Alain Ducasse, situated in Argenteuil, a north-western Paris suburb, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie, in Yssingeaux in south-central France.

• At Ducasse Education, you get to learn from top level chef instructors in hands-on classes (maximum of 12 students). Our courses also provide unique professional experience within a French restaurant.

• Ducasse Education was founded by Alain Ducasse - the legendary award-winning chef & restauranteur, whose restaurants had a total of 21 Michelin stars in 2014.

• Our four fully-equipped professional kitchens offer students the opportunity to improve existing skills or to develop new cooking techniques.

• Dedicated to training, they are the dream kitchen of any cook, and the ideal tool for performing creative, quality cooking.

Student Testimonial:
"This program satisfied my needs, I learned the techniques that I'm looking for, I worked in a different way with excellent chefs and they gave me their knowledge in the best way"
- Paschalis Paschali, Practicing Chef
Professional Culinary Programs

• Culinary Arts Diploma: 6-month skills-building + 3-month internship (taught in English & French)

• Expert Diploma in Culinary Arts: 3-month skills-building + 3-month internship (taught in English)

• Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts: 3-year program in English & French, with internships

• Short-term / 2 Month Culinary Programs

-CULINARY ARTS ESSENTIALS
-FRENCH PASTRY ARTS ESSENTIALS
-GREEN GASTRONOMY ESSENTIALS
-FRENCH BAKERY ARTS ESSENTIALS
-FRENCH CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONARY ARTS ESSENTIALS
-FOODIES & ENTREPRENEURS
-ARTS OF SERVICE & SOMMELIER ESSENTIALS
-Summer Courses