Cooking lessons while in Paris

Old Jan 9th, 2003, 03:32 PM
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Cooking lessons while in Paris

I am taking a trip to Paris. I love to cook and thought that it would be great to try a one-day cooking class at one of the famous schools. Has anyone had any experience with this and if so, what was it?

Old Jan 11th, 2003, 11:17 AM
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Hi Sarah,

I've not done this, but I could swear The New York Times recently featured an article in the Wednesday Dining Section on this very thing. Maybe you can check their archives? Also, check the archives at Food and Wine or Gourmet. Good luck, and have a great time!
Old Jan 12th, 2003, 06:17 AM
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I'm an American living in Paris and have been to both the Cordon Bleu and the Ritz for one day, very formal and organized well, in both French and English. They were 'okay' but I prefered using private chefs who are graduates of these programmes who offer cooking classes in their home kitchens in wonderful apartments...this was fun and more intimate b/c we went to outdoor markets and shopped first.

I can give you their e-mail addresses if you're interested in classes other than the one day classes in the big schools.


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Wendy, I would like to have the email addresses of the people who offer the Paris cooking classes. Thanks, Gerry
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 08:26 AM
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HI there,

My husband and I are taking lessons with this woman : in April for part of our honeymoon. Hope this helps!
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This thread is about the same thing in tuscany, but many of the websites mentioned would be useful for you as well. The Shaw Guides site seems particularly comprehensive.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 08:35 AM
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from yesterday's New York Times
Francoise Meunier
2nd arrondissement, can have 1-5 sessions

breadbaking in the Poilane tradition
Pain Vin classes every Thursday from 9-2, tours of the Poilane factory also available
info by phone 33 1 55 35 08 21
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 11:24 AM
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I have heard good reports about Francoise Menuier but also another lady called Paule Callait, her number is 331 48 04 56 84, e-mail [email protected]

The Poilaine cooking days sound like fun. Also I have heard Alain Ducasse do a cooking class for a day. The telephone number I found is 331 34 34 19 12. I'm sure they have a website.

There is Sue Young, but her groups are much larger and is coupled with a shopping tour. I think it is called "French for a Day". You could find her surfing the net.

Patricia Wells has a week long cooking course, quite expensive.

Wendy, could you post the names and e-mails of the others you know about.

Many thanks.
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Wendy: I would be very interested in the e-mail addresses. ediemay
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My sister and neice took lessons at Cordon Bleu. It was canape class - all day long, and they brought home tons and tons of canapes, too many for them to eat. so they had gifts for the hotel staff who then treated them royally. I think if I could choose, I'd pick escoffier at the Ritz. the ritz is simply stunning and difficult to get into unless you have a room there. It's well worth seeing, really at a price.
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