Cooking courses and holidays in France

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Light-as-air soufflés and creamy crème brûlées, slow roasted cassoulets and velvety béarnaise sauce, buttery croissants and sweet tartes Tatin over a glass of full-bodied Bordeaux and bites of pungent cheese – cooking experiences in France should always be this appetising.

Bon appetit

The French embrace food as a way of life: something to savour and to spend hours revelling in alongside good company and fine wine.

French food is so much more than rich cheeses, airy pastries and lush wine (though those are great, too).

A cooking holiday in France draws you into the depths of French flavours and the complexity of its dishes – and likewise its culture – proving why France is regarded as one of the gourmet cooking capitals of the world.

Go learn to expand your knowledge of flavour combinations and allow your creativity to flourish, understand the complexity of local ingredients and be daring and bold with them, and – most importantly – share stories and a glass of wine with other passionate cooks over a meal you've prepared together.

And with fourth-generation cooks, Michelin-starred chefs and local artisans showing you the way around the kitchen, you'll return with new skills and satisfied tastebuds.

Where to experience cooking in France

Go just to explore one of France's diverse regions, or combine your French cooking courses with another hobby or passion like jewellery making, spa treatments or learning to speak French.

Cook with a view of the stunning Cote d'Azur on a French cooking holiday in Nice or discover the serenity and regional delicacies on Normandy or Brittany's coastline instead.

Find the freshest ingredients in the enticing food markets of Lyon or learn the art of butchery and charcuterie or fish cookery in Toulouse. Just outside of Paris, you can flambé, sauté and purée in the charming villages and countryside of the Loire Valley.

Or, traverse France's most iconic food and wine regions. In Provence, let the sprawling hills and local Provencal flavours inspire your creations, or head to Bordeaux for a glass of red wine as you learn the intricate patisserie skills of French pastries and baking.

Cooking courses should always feel this inspiring.

Whatever your tastes, you can find a cookery holiday to indulge your inner chef and a group of like-minded people to experience it with. Never settle for ordinary.

Who are our French cooking holiday guests?

Fervent foodies, beginners who struggle to chop an onion, lifelong chefs – everyone is welcome in the kitchens of our French cooking schools.

You'll meet people of all ages and nationalities on French cookery courses, from solo travellers to couples to friends. Some love local, seasonal food, others are simply looking for a getaway that mixes relaxation with life-enhancing activities (and excellent meals).

All that's required is a passion for food, a love of learning and a refusal to be boxed in.

Is this you? It looks like you.

Thousands of people have already discovered that our eclectic mix of cooking holidays in France are as diverse as the people who go on them. Come and join them.

Guest reviews

"We came away with new friends and the experience has made this one of our most memorable holidays, and left us wanting to do it again." Sue and Richard, UK

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