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Cooking schools in Provence

The taste of Provence

There is no need to describe the athmosphère of the south of France. Vineyards, old stones, roman tiles, olive trees, tall plane trees shadowing the village place, are classics. The taste of Provence is unique in the world. It takes roots in very old Roman traditions, and it is also based on rather wild ingredients. If agriculture is very important, would it be only for the wine and olive oil, no other region makes such an intensive use of wild herbs, fruits, truffles, snails or game and fish offered by the hills and the sea.

Street in the village of la Cadière d'Azur

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With this cooking class directory you can find all details and contact alone the different schools. If  you wish to save time and efforts we will be delighted to do this for you. Email us to inquire about the possibilities of joining a group or putting up your own group, and build your trip around the cooking classes. We can also organize sporting activities around such as golf, fly fishing, clay birds shooting from May to September or hunting in the winter. Minimum service charge 82 euros.

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Famous cooking schools in Provence

Hostellerie Bérard, in La Cadière d'Azur. - Reine Sammut, in Aix en Provence - Hotel La Mirande, in Avignon. Patricia Wells near Vaison la Romaine. See complete details below...


Hostellerie Bérard, in La Cadière d'Azur

René Bérard's little paradise is boasting the nicest environment of Provence. The hanging village of La Cadière d'Azur is overlooking the hill chain of the Sainte Baume on one side and the Mediterranean on the other side. It is all surrounded by the vineyards of Bandol. Prices start at 1234 euros for 4 days classes - Sun / Thur- including lunch & 5 nights and breakfast at the hotel.

Why do we like it so much ?

For the beautiful surrounding, the walks in the villages and vineyards -the classes include many visits to markets, vineyards, fishermen's port. For the sea sports and the beach -Les Lecques is a great windsurfing spot- and for the golf course overlooking the Mediterranean.

The "place du village" in La Cadière d'Azur at only a few steps from Hostellerie Bérard

Hanging villages of la Cadière and le Castellet (in the back) surrounded by vineyards of Bandol. The favorite wine of my friends Jim Harrison and Guy de la Valdène is the Domaine Tempier in Bandol but there are many great wines to sample and beautiful cellars to visit.

The fishermen's port of La Madrague, where Bérard buys the colourful rockfish used to prepare provençale fish soup and bouillabaisse. See our fish soup recipe


Reine Sammut, in Aix en Provence

Reine Sammut, is a self made woman chef who has become a major figure of gastronomy in France -not to simply say a star ! Her main house is one of the top places in the Luberon villages of Cadenet and Lourmarin. She has recently joined a cooking school in the town center of Aix en Provence. Reine's cuisine is based on the family recipes of her mother in law, but she's not against a touch of modernisation. In any case you are in front of sheer talent. Average price of the classes 120 euros.

Why do we like it so much ?

For the pleasure to meet and learn from Reine Sammut. For the pleasure of experimenting the life of a jewel town like Aix en Provence, and discovering the best of the Luberon.

Harvesting olives for home made oil production


Hotel de la Mirande, in Avignon

La Mirande is a "grande maison" that used to be a Cardinal's residence when the Popes where living in Avignon instead of Rome, La Mirande is now a beautiful luxury hotel and a reputed restaurant offering cooking classes in a magic setting. There are classes one week each month, and the five teaching chefs -all stars from neighbour starred restaurants- alternate the classes on different themes linked with Provence. The price is 100 euros per guest for a half day followed by a lunch or dinner. It is not necassary to stay at the hotel La Mirande to attend the classes.

Why do we like it so much ?

For the kitchen setting, simply outstanding. Huge, old, decorated like a museum of the cuisine provençale, it is really a place to see.

The villages of Provence are real work of art


Patricia Wells, near Vaison La Romaine

Patricia Wells is American and now for many years a French gastronomic celebrity, close friend of all the gastronomic top celebrities of France. Despite this introduction, what describes her best is her taste for the simplest pleasures of the table. Simplicity, good mood and excellency could be her motto. She is as delicious as the recipes she explains and after Thomas Jefferson and a few others, she's the best link between France and the USA. The fee averages $4,000 and includes market visits, all tastings, transportation for local visits, all lunches, and dinners Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night. The fee does not include lodging.

Why do we like it so much ?

For Patricia Wells and her ability to create a friendly Franco-American atmosphere, and for her talent to always point out the very best of our country, particularly in Provence where she lives.

And also:

In Valence, Michelin 3*** stars, Anne-Sophie Pic's Scook

In the Luberon  Art and Cooking Classes

Luxury hotel in a prestigious chateau vineyard

In a "bastide"

Near Chateauneuf du Pape

In Grignan, discovery of the black truffle of Provence

Chez Madeleine, at :

In Carpentras: Maison Trévier

With Karen Mitcham

Liguria... Liguria


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