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

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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 glass bells on the counter like sugary art installations. There are crunchy butter biscuits, smooth Nutella tarts, cherry cheesecakes... 

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14th arrondissement

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 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)... 

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Eastern Paris

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 Mario Batali. Nowadays, the school offers both professional qualifications and workshops for amateurs... 

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West of the centre

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 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... 

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8th arrondissement

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 “All about chou pastry”, which teaches you how to master cakes like ‘Paris Brest’ and chocolate éclairs;  “Bistro Cuisine”, which includes recipes from Ducasse... 

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Paris

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 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... 

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The Marais

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patisseriealacarte s
patisseriealacarte s

Our clients know better than us what is unique and great about our PASTRY CLASSES IN ENGLISH IN PARIS. 

Maxine from North Carolina, USA, wrote on TripAdvisor: "Best Pastry Class in Paris"

"Patisserie a la Carte is run by Chef Severine Nobis. She offers EXCELLENT hands-on classes in pastry making. Great for beginners as well as advanced bakers. Chef Severine is delightful and fluent in English (she lived in Austin Texas for a year). We were repeat customers this year, having taken Croissant baking class from her last year. This year we tackled macrons and eclairs. Our classes were international with folks from Australia, England, Korea, as well as America (6 students per class). She accommodated us by changing her schedule in order to provide us with a class we had not taken before from her. Originally she had a croissant class scheduled for a day we were in Paris. Because we had already taken it, she switched it out for an eclair class which we wanted to take. She also offers supplies for purchase so that you can make these wonderful pastries at home. Excellent choice for a baking class. It enhanced our experience in Paris. Well work it!! "

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)