The south of France has long since been the destination of choice for many families thanks to the opportunity for sun, sand and sea. However, idyllic location aside, there’s also a fantastic food and drink scene that attracts visitors from far and wide to sample the fine wines and culinary delights on offer in the region. Some opt to take it one step further and truly immerse themselves within the culinary culture of this part of the world with an authentic cooking class. Whether you’re staying in one of our luxury holiday villas in the south of France close to Marseille, Avignon or perhaps one of the many charming towns and villages scattered up and down the coast, we’ve created a list of some of the best cooking classes for you to take during your time away.
Venise en Provence Cookery School
Located just outside of Marseille, yet as the name might suggest this cookery school is inspired by all things Italian, as host Giuseppina remembers everything her mother taught her and more, and shares this extensive knowledge with those taking her classes. The cooking classes on offer focus on using seasonal and fresh ingredients and there are a range of sessions to choose from. Whether you fancy a Market Day class whereby you pick up the ingredients at the local market, cooking like a local which focuses on regional dishes or foraging which will see you find your own ingredients out in the beautiful countryside of Provence, there truly is something for everyone. Register for one of her classes today or contact her with any questions you may have, but a day spent here is sure to be a day well spent during your time away.
Les Petits Farcis
In the heart of Nice, where the renowned Mediterranean cooking style is well practised by locals, Les Petits Farcis offers a hands-on cooking experience featuring a range of activities from street food tours to pastry classes and everything in between. Rosa Jackson, a professional food writer and cooking teacher, is the brains behind these fantastic classes and her dedicated and knowledgeable team of local experts will give you an invaluable insight to the best food and wine this fascinating city has to offer. The classes take place in the heart of Old Town in the city, just a five-minute walk away from Cours Saleva Market. The kitchen is fully air-conditioned, providing a needed cool off during those unforgivingly hot summer days and the kitchen has room for up to eight students per class. Check out the website for what’s on during your holiday and book early to avoid disappointment!
La Serviette Blanche
In the luxurious, glamourous destination of Cannes, take a break from your fellow rich and famous travellers, leaving them to their impressive looking yachts and superyachts in search of a culinary experience. La Serviette Blanche has won multiple awards for its high-quality cooking classes, where you’ll prepare a full 3-course menu with a friendly, experienced chef, learning a little about the history of the area and its cuisine all the while. You will start with a trip to the local market, before cooking a delicious lunch in a private apartment in the heart of Cannes. For a fun, creative and informal atmosphere that provides an authentic taste of the Cote D’Azure, look no further than this fantastic cookery school in Cannes.
For the ultimate food tour of Aix-en-Provence, followed by a fantastic class where you’ll discover the local approach to food and cuisine, Provence Gourmet will provide all you need and more. You’ll meet Gilles, born and bred in the area, at the market for a tour of the seasonal produce, before checking out the local château to pair personalised wine with all the delicious ingredients you have just purchased. Next, you’ll take the short ten-minute drive to his 12-acre property for a tour of his impressive vegetable patch, before putting all the tasty ingredients you’ve found to the test with a two-hour informative cooking class. You’ll finish the best way the French know how, by eating your delicious creations altogether. The day runs from 9.30am until 3.30am, and group sizes vary between two and eight, making it the perfect group activity that the whole family can enjoy.
Jean-Marc Villard’s Cooking Class
Located in Avignon and ran by the incredibly talented chef Jean-Marc Villiard, he incorporates his passion for the French culinary arts and his years of experience as a chef to create a fantastic class that visitors from far and wide can enjoy. After working in renowned cooking destinations such as Rome, Bogota, San Paulo, Casablanca and Kuala Lumpur, he has finally settled in various destinations all over France, including Avignon. Together with his wife, they provide healthy, authentic French cooking classes which can be enjoyed in a friendly environment with family and friends, new and old. Book into this class to learn fantastic skills in the kitchen that can be taken home for all to enjoy.
That concludes our guide to cooking classes in the south of France. We hope you find this blog post useful and that it has inspired you to try a cooking class during your time away – however, if you need any more inspiration, check out our recent blog post, 9 Reasons to Take a Cooking Class on Holiday. As ever, if you have any questions or would like to speak to anyone about finding the perfect villa for you, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Quality Villas today.
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