Cooking Lesson for Paris Tourists
April 11, 2011 5:28 AM   Subscribe

We will be in Paris for two weeks in May. My wife and I would like to take a one-day or half-day cooking or baking lesson. Language is a bit of an issue.

We have some French but would likely get lost in a technical discussion of knife technique or similar. So, any recommendations? Alain DuCasse has a school but you need a translator to follow it with our level of French. That more than doubles the cost.
posted by Kahomono to Travel & Transportation around Paris, France (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Check here, plenty of English classes available.
posted by fire&wings at 5:46 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

I did this with my SO a couple years ago and it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Shopping in Montmartre was so fun and the instructor was great. All in English. I would absolutely do it again.
posted by ch1x0r at 5:53 AM on April 11, 2011

I really enjoyed this one. All in English with shopping at a street market and preparation and eating of a great meal.
posted by JoeyDee at 6:53 AM on April 11, 2011

It sounds like you are both looking for quite an advanced level of cooking lesson. Could you confirm this?

Some language schools may offer specific cooking-related activities and you might be able : but the emphasis is on learning linguistic terms rather than advanced techniques. It could still be fun.
posted by rongorongo at 7:02 AM on April 11, 2011

Slight derail, but on the very offchance you were to cross the channel and go to Bath, French baker Richard Bertinet runs a very good cookery school. His bread is very well regarded.

I've done his bread course and it's excellent. On preview, so excellent it seems to be almost completely sold out in May.
posted by MuffinMan at 8:54 AM on April 11, 2011

Not a class, but if you are foodies, you might enjoy a tour of Rungis. It is THE professionals food market in Paris. The tour I took, many many many years ago, it was amazing. We arrived close to 3 or 4 am and saw the chefs buying products for the day. Truly a sight to see. Huge buildings housing seafood, produce, meats, cheeses.......
posted by jennstra at 9:04 AM on April 11, 2011

Yes, rongorongo, we're looking for pretty advanced. The CookNWithClass seems kind of basic. We're poking at some of the others now... will check back.
posted by Kahomono at 4:50 PM on April 11, 2011

Looks like the Hidden Paris page had two good candidates, I think we will end up at one of them. Thanks, MeFi!
posted by Kahomono at 3:41 AM on April 12, 2011

Did Cook'n'WithClass. Highly recommended!
posted by Kahomono at 12:44 PM on May 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

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