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Culinary Vacations / Courses in South-West France

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The French House Party, Carcassonne:
Gastro Academy at the French House Party is a high-calibre cookery school near the beautiful and historic city of Carcassonne, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of south-west France. We provide residential, all-inclusive French cooking courses to individuals and groups from around the world in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Taught in English and French to students of all levels (total beginner to professional cooks), our culinary vacations combine top-quality food, award-winning Michelin-star French chefs as course tutors, and superb accommodation to give you an unforgettable experience!

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Residential French Cooking Courses:

Photo of Culinary Vacations / Courses in South-West France- Cuisine in Brief:
2 night/3 day course that incorporates 10/11 hours of tuition

This course has an intensive and action-packed hands-on programme, cooking with an inspirational French master chef. The maximum class size is 10, ensuring that you get the individual attention you need.

This is a mini-option - perfect for corporate reward or incentive breaks!

- Gourmet Explorer:
5 night/6 day course that incorporates 17 hours of tuition

This course provides a unique opportunity to cook with two of France’s finest chefs, exploring regional delicacies, fine wines and delicious produce from the Languedoc region.

The maximum class size is 10, ensuring that you get the individual attention you need.

- Advanced Gourmet Explorer:
Unique 7-day break offered in Autumn that incorporates 26 hours of tuition

Designed for proficient or professional cooks, or for chefs seeking a higher degree of French culinary skill, this course comprises intensive instruction and hands-on-sessions with our chefs, plus an additional afternoon spent under a chef’s supervision, when clients will be able to take their own “free-style” French House Chefs’ Challenge.

- Just Desserts: Chocolate & Patisserie Course:
3-day dessert cooking course

Learn about pâtisserie, cakes, puddings and chocolate mastery.

- Cancer-Kicking Cookery Course:
Ideal for health-conscious food-lovers, this 4-day, all-inclusive residential cookery course is taught by Jenny Phillips, a nutritionist and cancer survivor who has written a book called "Eat to Outsmart Cancer".

Suitable for beginners to experienced cooks, it provides pioneering cooking lessons with recipes designed specifically for people who are recovering from cancer or other conditions which have proven diet-related causes. 

What is included on our residential cookery courses?
Image of Culinary Vacations / Courses in South-West FranceFrench House Party residential cookery courses offer the ultimate hands-on gastronomic vacations, a rare chance to take culinary lessons from top-class professionals who specialise in classic French and traditional Languedoc cuisine - with an added contemporary twist of adventure.

Additionally, on all courses the cookery classes are combined with learning about – and enjoying – some of the phenomenal wines to be found in the region, such as those from Corbieres and Minervois, plus the sparkling wines of Limoux - where the "Champagne" method was invented 500 years ago.

• Chauffeured transfers from and to Carcassonne or Toulouse airport.
• Welcome fizz and information get-together.
• All tuition.
• All course materials/ingredients.
• Accommodation in twin/double bedroom with private facilities.
• All meals with wine, including those taken at our selection of excellent restaurants.
• Visit to one of France's oldest medieval markets, accompanied by your Chef.
• Private wine-tasting outing to vineyard.
• An outing to the stunning medieval city of Carcassonne: the famous walled city is a World Heritage Site
• Any entrance fees on scheduled outings – these vary depending on course.
• Chauffeured transport provided on all scheduled trips.
• Exclusive use of our pool, tennis court and boules pitch.
• Bicycles for your use.

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Address: Carcassonne, South West France, France
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2024-03-10 were from:

Oakthorpe, UK / GB; Bewdley, UK / GB; Ann Arbor, USA; Toulouse; oxford, UK / GB; Belgium; USA; Santa Monica, CA, USA; Santa Monica, USA; and more.