Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre
Has anyone taken any cooking classes through this cooking school in Montmartre (Paris)? Eric Fraudeau is the instructor, and I was directed to their website via some site I found on Google. They actually have a nice website, and it's all in English too: http://www.cooknwithclass.com/index.html.
A friend and I are looking to possibly take a four- to five-day course in December, but Le Courdon Bleu only has short courses then, so we need to find something else. It doesn't make sense for us to fly from California to Paris for something like that.
It seems like Cook'n with Class might be an option, as they offer day and evening courses, and a combination thereof. I'm just wondering if these all-day courses tend to repeat day-over-day, or if someone could attend more than one in the same week.
If anyone has had any experience with Cook'n with Class, please let me know. Thanks!
I just looked at the web site, and it looks great. sounds like it has potential to be an all round great experience.
I'm actually a college counselor, so the fall is really busy for me, but we have a nice break in December. I think two of us might try to go then, or possibly at the beginning of January (New Years!).
I loved their website too, and it seems like a very well-structured, yet laid back setting. And it's in a great location! My mom and I went to Paris last May for her birthday/Mother's Day and we stayed in an apartment literally around the corner from where this is.
I actually emailed them to ask the same question I posted here regarding the repeating of the all-day courses. So, once they reply, I'll post what they said here.
I actually got a reply from Chef Eric Fraudeau himself :) Very impressed with his response, and will likely book our classes here.
This is what he said:
It is possible to take more than 1 class and the menus will be totally different.
This is how it works for the morning class;
We meet at the market at 9h30, and then we go shopping for all the ingredients. We will decide the menu there with all the students. Sometimes we even do 2 main courses to please everybody.
After shopping we walk to the school, 5mn only. We have around 2h30 of cooking, It is a hands-on class.
Then we sit down around 1pm, to eat what we have prepared, (3 course lunch + cheese) with a nice bottle of wine.
Usually the class end around 2h00 PM. You can also invite a guest to join you (35 euros)
This is how it works for the evening class;
We meet at the school at 5h30, we have around 2h30 of cooking, It is a hands-on class. Then we sit down, around 8pm, to eat what we have prepared, (3 course dinner) with 3 different wines to taste that go well with the food. Before eating dessert we have a cheese tasting (5 cheeses)
Usually the class end around 9 PM.
The price of each class is 135€ per person and include, taxes, food, wine, cheese and fun. (No more than 6 students per class) All classes are taught in English.
We accept various forms of payment but the simplest is by credit card through our PayPal account.
For the cost and attention this program seemingly offers, I think it's probably an incredible bargain, particularly since they limit the class size to six people. It's also nice that the classes are taught in English, although I hope I can relegate myself to only speaking in French so I can perfect it. I love that you shop for the food in local markets for these classes- it's such a useful tool for students young and old, and I think it will really add to the overall experience.
I'll report back after we go, but if anyone hooks up with Chef Eric and Cook'n with Class before that, please let me know.
I haven't taken the class, but we rented an aprtment from Chef Eric's girlfriend (or fiance - sorry I'm not sure which!) through her agency feelslikehomeinparis.com. She was offering her rental clients some foie gras that the chef made as an extra "feature". I think at that time he was just getting ready to start his classes. Anyway, the foie gras was really yummy, and Eric and Yetunde were great to deal with. I know that my mom would LOVE to take a class, so please report back with your experiences so that I can file it away for next time!
You got it! I definitely will, and I appreciate your feedback concerning their rental service. Chef Eric passed that information along to me, and while I already have something in mind that's right around the corner from where they hold the classes, if it isn't available, I plan to use them. So, thanks for letting me know that you had a good experience with them. They seem great!
I don't think we'll be going until December (as previously mentioned), but I'll be happy to report back after we return. Pretty excited about this!
I took a class with Chef Eric when I was in France last month. It was fabulous. We began by discussing everyone's food preferences and decided on what kind of food we were interested in -- all agreed on seafood, with something involving fruit & chocolate for dessert. Eric guided us through the market at Montmartre, giving tips on how to locate the freshest/best quality ingredients (product placement is key). He is also well-versed in what is and isn't available in the US or Canada (our group was a mix of people from both), particularly in cheese -- so, for example, we had a chance to select some cheeses that we might never have had an opportunity to taste otherwise. This part of the class alone was worth the price of admission for me, as I have always been a bit intimidated by the markets in Paris.
We returned to the cooking school and prepared a fabulous lunch -- salmon quiche, fish with mussels in a saffron cream sauce, mache salad (with the perfect vinaigrette, of course), finishing with strawberries with balsamic vinegar and molten chocolate cakes with a citrus/avocado/banana sauce. As we were preparing the dishes, he made sure to highlight the techniques we needed to know and provided instruction as needed.
The menu was simple enough to be easily completed within a reasonable time, but each dish was creative and absolutely delicious. Not a misstep. I was also happy to find that I was able to replicate all of the dishes at home (thanks to the recipes Chef Eric kindly provided, of course!).
I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and will certainly take another if I am in Paris again. One note: the class was precisely what I was looking for -- a thorough introduction to the market, and a hands-on class that focused on fresh and flavorful dishes I could make at home in a reasonable amount of time. If you are looking for a more elaborate or challenging menu, I am sure Chef Eric could accommodate you -- the classes are completely geared towards the participants' interests, and he is clearly a talented chef and instructor -- but that does not seem to be the focus of the school.