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Apr 25, 2007 11:44 AM

Cooking classes (half/one day) in paris/Avignon?

Anybody know of interesting, unusual, and not too expensive half-day/one-day cooking classes in paris? I'm visiting in 2 weeks with my mom and would love to learn some authentic french cooking.

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  1. Both Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz-Escoffier School in Paris offer workshops in French with (a good) translator or in English.

    1. There's Aromes et Saveurs in the 14th - Google them. I know they have a website.
      It's inexpensive and you learn authentic French cooking. The teachers both have their CAP de cuisine and patisserie. It's a non-profit organization devoted to the discovery of French culture (including ethnic immigrant food for certain specialized sessions) through cooking.

      Classes are in French, English and also in Italian I believe

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      1. re: bad nono

        In Paris, try L'Atelier des Chefs. They have different locations where the courses are held. However, they are getting more and more popular and often, lessons with appealing recipes are solid booked weeks in advance. The full programmes with the menus being explained and cooked are online, so just see if there's anything you're interested in.

        1. re: Dodo

          I enjoyed the Sat. morning course, limited to 6, given by Jean-François Renard at his restaurant "Les Cartes Blanches".It costs €60 and is by reservation, but the cost includes eating the prepared meal together with the chef and sous-chef.
          6 rue Lamartine 75009
          01 48 78 12 20

          1. re: Laidback

            I can't find their website. Can you help me?

          2. re: Dodo

            i loved their website. however, they only teach in french (who can blame them?!) i emailed them to be sure.

            does anyone have an idea for a really good 1/2 day food tour? we're new yorkers so we'd need something above and beyond (and willing to pay for that.) on top of that, we'll be traveling with our 13 year old.

        2. La Mirande in Avignon used to have classes, but it's been awhile since I've been there, so I don't know what they offer now.