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Best Paris cooking classes

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. But if you don't have a season, you can plump for a one-off cookery class instead. 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. We've picked a few of our faves for you to peruse, from delicate pastries to three-course dinners.

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Crafting croissants

Crafting croissants

In just three hours you'll master the necessary techniques to work dough into France's trademark pastry. First tackle the unique mix of pâte levée (raised dough) and pâte feuilletée (puff pastry), then find out how much to rest it, and finally roll 'n' bake! Afterwards you'll have a moment to savour them, before heading out into the Latin Quarter armed with a box of your own creations.

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The art of hors d’oeuvres

The art of hors d’oeuvres

Perfect the quintessential French evening with a masterclass in hors d’oeuvres. Learn hands-on techniques, including knife skills and the art of presentation to impress your guests at home. The menu you'll be creating features gougères au fromage (French cheese puffs), rillettes de poisson (classic fish spread) and confiture d’oignons (onion marmalade).

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Cook a three-course meal

Cook a three-course meal

Sitting down for slap-up French meal in the city of love is one thing, but learning how to make it yourself is rather more special. This thorough class will teach you how to prepare a gourmet three-course dinner, but first you’ll need to source the ingredients, which participants will be able to get from a food market in the Latin Quarter. As well as concocting a meal, you’ll get the chance to taste a variety of French wines.

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A how-to in classic French sauces

A how-to in classic French sauces

Give over three hours of your time and you'll go home equipped with the ability to make eight classic French sauces. Led by pro chefs, the class will tackle emulsions, roux and reductions – in other words, cold, hot and dessert sauces. Expect to master French vinaigrette, mayonnaise, béchamel, béarnaise, port wint sauce, red wine and shallot sauce, caramel au beurre salé and a classic chocolate sauce.

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Master the art of the Macaron

Master the art of the Macaron

Learn how to make perfect macarons in two hours. This hands-on class in the Latin Quarter of Paris will equip you with the skills to bake Italian meringues, create your own filling and pipe it. Followed by tea, coffe and, of course, macarons. You'll also get a box in which to take your goodies home.

French cooking for kids

French cooking for kids

A cooking class for ages 6-12. In two hours burgeoning little chefs will learn how to create four French recipes (savoury and sweet) from scratch. Parents are encouraged to book a separate class while their little 'uns cook as they won't be able to take part in this one.

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Baking baguettes and more

Baking baguettes and more

Discover the perfect techniques to baking the best baguette with an expert Parisian baker. And while you're there you may as well tackle another French classic: the croissant. By the time you're finished you'll have fresh baguettes and croissants to take home with you.

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Working with choux

Working with choux

Take home some impressive skills after a masterclass in choux pastry. In three hours you'll make chocolate éclairs and cream puffs, as well as the cream that goes inside them. Enjoy them after the lesson with a drink and learn about the history of choux.

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Hone your slicing and dicing

Hone your slicing and dicing

If batonnet, julienne, brunoise and chiffonade seem like nonsensical French speak to you, then a stint in this class wouldn't go amiss. In three hours you'll learn how to pick the correct knife for different tasks, how to clean and maintain the blades, how to peel with a knife and, of course, various ways of chopping and slicing.

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Home-cooked chouquettes

Home-cooked chouquettes

Join a French pâtissier in their kitchen and learn how to make this Parisian pastry. These small puffs of dough are typically sprinkled with sugar and sometimes filled with custard too. Get to grips with two different flavours, then enjoy your delicious bakes with a cuppa. Don't worry, you should have enough to take home too.

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Yetunde O

We would have loved to be mentioned here as well. :0) COOK'N WITH CLASS PARIS has been offering French cooking classes in Paris for the last 10 years. Classes are taught by professional chefs in our two-level atelier in Montmartre. Class sizes are kept deliberately small so you can have a truly hands-on experience. Learn everything from croissant baking, bread making, macaron and our most popular class the French Market Class which we hold 5-6 times per week both AM and PM. We've received over 30,000 students since we opened and have been removed over 1000 times on Tripadvisor. David Lebovitz mentioned us in his New York Times article So you want to learn to cook in France. We'd love to see you in Paris on your next trip.


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Caroline O

Bonjour! Je suis américaine, mais quand je suis allée à Paris en vacances, j'ai suivit quelques cours de cuisine avec Chef Olivier Berté aux Coulisses du Chef. Ils sont assez bons et pas trop chers. J'ai beaucoup appris et je me suis bien amusée. 


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http://www.coulissesduchef.com/site/

Patisserie a la Carte 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 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)