Set up by a Frenchman who studied chemical engineering at Georgia Tech, Le Foodist is one of the more charming and personable of Paris's many culinary schools. Among the various cooking classes and tasting sessions on offer, the most memorable are the Daring Pairing evenings (€65-75 per person), during which you sample fine wines and cheeses in interesting combinations – while on a boat in the shadow of Notre-Dame. In addition, you'll find cooking lessons centred on French cuisine (including an enticing patisserie course), and hosted dinners (from €120 per person) in which the country's gastronomic delights are served up over five courses. The perfect way to discover why UNESCO declared French food a 'world intangible heritage'.
In addition to its main branch at 17 Quai Montebello, The Foodist has another shop at 59 Rue Cardinal Lemoine.