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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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Quality Culinary Education:

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- Top Culinary Retreat:  
The French House Party is named Top Retreat in the National Geographic book by American travel writer Pam Grout: "The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life".

- Convenient Location:  
Our French cookery school is less than 50 miles from Toulouse international airport. Ryanair also fly directly to Carcassonne from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, and Paris Beauvais international airport.

- Tuition from Michelin-star Chefs:
Robert Abraham and Jean-Marc Boyer: Join one of our all-inclusive cookery courses and you'll have a top 4-star French chef as your tutor.

Our chefs run their own prestigious four-star restaurants in the Carcassonne area. Demonstrating and guiding the hands-on Gastro Academy classes,  the two chefs share a mutual goal, a single focus to share their skills, knowledge and passion for food with students who share that enthusiasm.

- Peaceful and Comfortable Accommdation: 
Situated amid sunflower fields in a peaceful rural area on the outskirts of Carcassonne, our cooking school is housed in a 300- year-old stone barn that has been uniquely converted in Art Deco style, with large, open living spaces within the house.

- Excellent Facilities:
Our cooking school has 8 individually-designed, ensuite bedrooms (double, twin or triple-sized). All have AC units, hairdryers and CD players. We have two ground-floor rooms that are suitable for guests with mobility limitations.

Our school has gardens and several terraces, a pool with a BBQ area for al fresco dining, an all-weather tennis court, covered table-tennis area, petanque (boules) arena as well as an indoor games room with pool-table and a classic 1950s juke box.

Our Top French Cooking Course Options:

Image of Cooking School in France Cuisine in Brief:
3-day course offered at different times during Summer and Autumn 2018. Intensive seasonally-themed breaks with 11 hours of instruction.  This is a mini-option at a price which makes it a perfect gift, or for corporate reward or incentive breaks. 

 Gourmet Explorer:
6-day course offered at different times during Summer and Autumn 2018. Polish your creative culinary skills with at least 17 hours of instruction!

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

Note: Our residential courses can accommodate non-participating partners who would like to have a golf programme arranged for them.

Press & Critic Reviews:

Photos of The French House Party, Carcassonne•  "So what did we learn from Jean-Marc and Robert? A huge amount. Watching these chefs prepare and cook is worth paying any money for."
Jeanne Quigley, Irish Food Writers Guild

•  "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

•  ‘We chopped, braised, stirred, blended and peeled but, most of all, learnt loads in a few days. If you’ve ever been to a house party, this one will top the lot...The French House Party is an exceedingly well-run company...the attention to detail is simply superb’.
Hilary Scott, Reading Post

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Address: Carcassonne, South West France, France
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