Top 10 Culinary Schools in Paris

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Top 10 Culinary Schools in Paris
High on the wish list for many travelers to Paris is taking a cooking class. What a great idea: learning to cook (or honing your skills) in this world culinary capital! Either book a course, or drop a large hint that this is what you really, really want for a birthday or anniversary gift. To avoid disappointment try to book well in advance; there’s often only room on the wait lists. Here are some of our top picks for culinary schools in Paris. This list was updated in autumn 2020. Need to Know: You may be required to mask up for your course (the Mairie de Paris rules!) and constant hand washing is necessary as safety, hygiene and health are priority with all cooking schools. It’s part of the security protocol at time of writing, but could change as governmental instructions evolve… Check directly with the schools for reopening dates and regulations. École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse Originally launched in 1999. “We must open our doors to all cooking enthusiasts and let them get to know, try and understand where the delicious food served to them comes from,” explains Alain Ducasse. In a beautiful private townhouse, near Passy, with wine cellar, boutique, Miele and Perene state-of-the-art equipped kitchens and sunny patio, ECAD offers courses for the whole family– there’s even classes for families to cook together. Other programs include “A Coach in the Kitchen,” “I Love Paris,” “Nature- Learn to Cook Simple, Healthy Recipes,” “Wine Tasting,” “Pastry,” “Like in a Restaurant,” and so much more. Gift certificates make a great gift for your nearest and dearest. Wine tasting sessions from 65€, classes around 170€. 64 rue Ranelagh, 75016. Tel:+ 33 1 44 90 91 00. A Le Cordon Bleu Created in 1895, this prestigious culinary school now offers a network of more than 50 schools on five continents enrolling 20,000 students annually. Each school offers its own list of culinary short courses and demonstrations. Facing the Seine in the 15th arrondissement, the new(ish) Paris headquarters is housed in a state-of-the art building with a rooftop herb gardens and Le Café Cordon Bleu. Paris options include: Making Your Own Bread (€190), Foie Gras Workshop (€195), Food & Wine Pairings (€195), Vegetarian (€140), The Art of Sauces (€195), Market Tour & Cooking (€220), Christmas Yule Logs (€95),Les Petits Cordon Bleu for 8-12 years (€90) etc. Most classes/demonstrations include English translations and gift vouchers are available. Workshops are planned to give students as much exposure as possible to the working environment of a professional kitchen, all necessary ingredients and equipment are provided, including aprons and tea towels. 3-15 Quai Andé Citroën, 75015. Tel: + 33 1 85 65 15 00 At Home with Patricia Wells “For several weeks each year I offer a series of hands on cooking classes in my left bank apartment on rue du Bac. The restored 1850s atelier is designed for cooking and appreciation of the gastronomic bounty of Paris. This five-day movable feast, in a comfortable English-language environment, is designed to introduce eight students to my Parisian food world,” explains Ms Wells, the prominent journalist, award-winning cookbook author, and teacher, who divides her time between Paris and Provence. Students cook with the finest seasonal produce, fish, poultry, and meat fresh from the Paris markets. The week-long program (costing $6,000) includes all visits, tastings, lunches and offers four daytime cooking classes followed by a multi-course shared meal with plenty of discussion (and tasting) of spectacular French cheeses and wine. “Each day’s program offers something different, and, in addition to the recipe instruction, we discuss cooking techniques, kitchen design and organization; give an insider’s look into Paris’s markets and boutiques; indulge in wine and olive oil tastings; visit a master baker,” says Ms Wells. The week might include a tour of the buzzing market on Avenue President Wilson, followed by a sumptuous lunch at a Michelin three-star restaurant; a visit to Poilâne bakery with its wood-fired oven; a tasting with wine expert Juan Sanchez of La Dernière Goutte wine shop, followed by lunch in our garden (weather permitting!); and olive oil tasting, followed by hands-on class and lunch. Go to: http://www.patriciawells.com/sample-schedule-paris to tap into the zeitgeist. 10 rue Jacob, 75007. Ritz-Escoffier Cookery School  Re-launched when The Ritz, Paris, reopened after a fab, four-year, $220 million refurbishment. Escoffier helped transform 19th-century kitchens into respectable places to work. He banned smoking and drinking and even asking a French doctor to develop a healthy barley drink to relieve the unbearable heat of the kitchen. “The toque/hat and neckerchief were introduced to prevent sweat from dropping into the preparations,” explains Executive chef Nicolas Sale. Most importantly, Escoffier brought a sense of calm and order to the kitchen; his cookbook, Le Guide Culinaire, is still considered the go-to cookery manual for many chefs today. Whichever course you choose or offer a gift certificate, there’s no doubt some of The Ritz magic will rub off. Escoffier left a legacy of culinary writings and recipes that are indispensable to modern cooks. And, here’s a tip, when you’re piping – don’t be afraid to hold your breath! 15, place Vendôme, 75001. Tel: +33 (0P1 43 16 30 50. Email: [email protected]    École Lenôtre Established by the late Gaston Lenôtre, this culinary school boasts a star-studded cast of professionals such as ex-Ritz chef Michel Roth, Sommelier Oliver Poussier and Guy Krenzer (Double MOF – Meilleur Ouvrier de…
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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !

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  • Olga
    2020-07-04 18:59:01
    Olga
    Hello .. I’m so wondering about your school. Mainly my interest is belongs to Pastry preparation. Please let me know if your course is available online ???During the current worldwide situation I couldn’t able to traveling to anywhere.. only one option is education online ,,,is that Possible...... How mush is the cost of your program and course duration??? Thank you so much. Your reply Will kindly appreciate. Best regards . Olga

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  • angad
    2020-06-01 12:55:14
    angad
    hie judi, is this the website to contact for the course

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  • JM
    2019-09-10 06:51:02
    JM
    Ecole Bellouet Conseil in Paris provides a pastry program of 3 months with the option of an internship after. They also have 2-4 day courses.

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  • judi
    2019-09-10 06:45:42
    judi
    Ecole Bellouet Conseil in Paris!! Internship available upon completion of the 3 month intensive course. There are also courses of 2-4 days

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  • Margaret Kemp
    2019-09-03 02:48:07
    Margaret Kemp
    Dear Kathy, Thank you for your comment. Well done! Macaron making is not easy. I'm so happy you enjoyed your time - and the macarons you made - at La Cuisine. Sincerely, Margaret Kemp

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  • Kathy Lewis Gronokowski
    2019-08-24 13:30:31
    Kathy Lewis Gronokowski
    My husband and I love macaron baking class at La Cuisine Pairs; good cake and cookie bakers. The cohort range from "Never baking (young couple) to 'goal: take all classes at La Cuisine Pairs" to "nice to bake-afraid" - "Falil at macaron baking with all the equipment and pans." The class were split into two groups so we baked two favorites of macarons and made two fillings. Each class member assemble many macarons with choosing favorite/filling; such as pistachio macaron filled with coffee cream. The students were sampling but La Cuisine provide boxes from the remaining macarons. At the hotel, our macarons looked better and we brought some back to USA. I have tried to Italian macaron. Note: Buy the spices at La Cuisine

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  • Bhim Raj Shrestha
    2019-08-10 04:48:00
    Bhim Raj Shrestha
    Me too. I'm also searching same course.

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  • Karima
    2018-09-13 07:38:10
    Karima
    I'm intrested in taking a 3 months or more culinary course in france but don't know where to search , any help please ?

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  • Gloria P. Williams
    2018-06-29 14:55:04
    Gloria P. Williams
    I am taking Culinary Arts in a community college. I would like to study Culinary in France, get credit for my class, find a place to live, and know the cost. I am interested in Jan - June 2019.

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  • Alissa Sun
    2018-06-04 23:27:07
    Alissa Sun
    I looking for short term ( 3-4 months ) culinary course, preferably English speaking. Please let me know if you guys find one. would love to join and share experience.

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  • Sarina
    2018-05-06 01:07:06
    Sarina
    Did you find any?

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  • Alexandros Papadopoulos
    2018-02-20 06:48:28
    Alexandros Papadopoulos
    I am looking to attend a 3 month cookery course from December 2018 through till February 2019...We have our own family restaurant restaurant on an island in Greece . I have studied cheffing for three years. I am prepared to work part time in a restaurant. Preferable bases Paris or Normandy.....languages English and Greek.

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  • Cindy Jiang
    2018-02-18 23:05:41
    Cindy Jiang
    I am interested in learning France pastry and dessert. Is a school or class in Paris or France?

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  • Messay
    2017-12-18 09:44:59
    Messay
    I am in China and I want to join a culinary school. How can I do that ?

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  • Ross
    2017-12-17 13:54:22
    Ross
    I am trying to find a culinary school in France, fast pace about 2 weeks. Cooking and pastry.

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  • Ally
    2017-11-25 16:17:07
    Ally
    Did you find a culinary school? I’m searching for Pastry school- short term English speaking, to learn confectionary and decorating classes.

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  • Christine Brodie
    2017-04-26 16:53:04
    Christine Brodie
    I am exploring the feasibility of attending cullinary arts school in Paris in the fall. I am an American. I live in Hemet, California a small famility oriented community located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. I will prefer a school with classes taught in English yet incorporating lessons in French. I really do not know where to focus my search and will appreciate any pointers on school, class size, fee structure, duration of courses ( preferably fast track) and reputation.

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