Spending a season in a Parisian cookery school is a time-honoured tradition for anyone wanting to brush up on their chopping, mixing, basting and boiling skills. And in the city of Escoffier and Julia Child, Cordon Bleu and more Michelin stars than you can shake an egg whisk at, there's an embarass du choix when it comes to choosing cooking classes. Time Out has selected a few of the best available in Paris, from homely cake-baking sessions to classes run by world-famous chefs.
Recommended cooking classes
If Hansel and Gretel had a cake shop in Paris it might look like Bogato (a name that sounds like ‘ beau gateau’ in French, as in ‘pretty cake’). Everything here is about temptation, from the quaint wooden furniture to pastry chef Anaïs Olmer’s brightly coloured cupcakes, towering under glass bells on the counter like sugary art installations. There are crunchy butter biscuits, smooth Nutella tarts, cherry cheesecakes...Read more
Miss Lunch (Claude Cabri) is famed for her secret lunch parties, Lunch in the Loft, but she was giving cooking classes way before she opened her home as a table d’hôte. Nowadays these lessons take place at PPP (Première Provence Pression), an olive oil shop just a stone’s throw from the Marché d’Aligre (one of the city’s best food markets), at Ledru Rollin. Sign up for the morning demonstrations (10.30am-2pm) or opt for a culinary evening (7-9.30pm)...Read more
Founded in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu is possibly the most famous cooking school in the world. Streams of professional chefs have perfected their technique here, including Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep in 2009’s ‘Julie & Julia’), Rachel Khoo (‘The Little Paris Kitchen’) and badboy dropout Mario Batali. Nowadays, the school offers both professional qualifications and workshops for amateurs...Read more
With 2 Michelin stars under his belt at the Grand Véfour, chef Guy Martin certainly knows a thing or two about cooking. And the good news is he wants to share that knowledge with food fans at his Atelier Guy Martin, set inside a gorgeous hotel particulier (mansion) near the Champs Elysées. Sign up for 1-2 hour lessons (€50-€100) to learn the secrets of roasted chicken, gourmet potato mash or macaroons...Read more
Apron? Check. White hat? Check. And clean hands? Check. Multi-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse is one of the world’s best chefs; and while here, in his cooking school, we can’t guarantee you’ll become a top ‘cuisiner’ yourself, you’ll certainly have fun trying. Classes in English include “All about chou pastry”, which teaches you how to master cakes like ‘Paris Brest’ and chocolate éclairs; “Bistro Cuisine”, which includes recipes from Ducasse...Read more
Paule Caillat’s Promenades Gourmandes give you an insider’s look at cooking in the French capital, covering both the art of food shopping and cooking skills. The full programme starts at 9am with a market tour (usually around Rue Montorgueil or the Marché des Enfants Rouge), and then it’s back to Paule’s Marais kitchen to turn your purchases into a full four-course meal. A cheese course is included, as are Paule’s expert tips on the intricacies of cheese making in France...Read more