Cooking classes in Paris

Learn cooking skills from our selection of Parisian experts

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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, from homely cake-baking sessions to classes run by world-famous chefs.

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Promenades Gourmandes

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

  1. 38 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 3e
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L'Atelier Guy Martin

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

  1. 35 rue Miromesnil, 8e
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Les Cours Miss Lunch

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

  1. 3 rue Antoine Vollon (at Première Passion Provence-, 12e
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Le Cordon Bleu

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

  1. 8 Rue Léon Delhomme, 15e
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Bogato

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

  1. 7 rue Liancourt, 14e
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Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse

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

  1. 64 rue du Ranelagh, 16e
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Le Foodist
Le Foodist

Le Foodist opened its doors about 1 year ago and got very nice reviews by actual clients and visitors on popular blogs such as HiP, Parler Parler, Girls Guide to Paris, About.com, to name just a few. It also got nice feedback on Tripadvisor. It offers cooking and pâtisserie classes, wine tasting and hosted dinners. All in English and with a major twist: storytelling so that on top of great learning and taste, guests discover the local culture through Food. It is offered in a beautiful locale in the Latin Quarter which looks and feel both like a home and very professional. I am surprised there is no mention of this on your blog; let me know if you need more info :-) Cheers Fred (owner of Le Foodist)