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Meet our tutors
Robert Abraham
Jean-Marc Boyer

Robert Abraham


Named the 2009 Midi-Pyrenees Chef of the Year, Robert Abraham has 26 years’ experience of ‘l’art culinaire’. Recently appointed Head Chef at the impressive Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse hotel in Couiza, just south of Carcassonne, he previously held this position for five years at Le Ciel D’Or restaurant in the 4-star Relais Royal Hotel in Mirepoix, where, among other plaudits, his food was awarded the maximum 3 Michelin Guide ‘fourchettes’ for fine food quality.

He has appeared on TV, run restaurants in Paris and Ceret, and with his own St Malo restaurant – called ‘Robert Abraham’ – won many highly-prized star ratings from the most influential restaurant guides – from 3 Michelin ‘fourchettes’ to ‘toques’ from the Bottin Gourmand, the Champérard and the Gault Millau, which awarded him the Cle d’Or.

Robert’s ‘signature’ is incorporating the use of flowers and unusual spices into traditional dishes. Jonathan Meades of The Times remarked of the St Malo restaurant:

‘The cleverest, most technically accomplished chefs are rooting through the trad repertoires of their provinces and are applying to the dishes of those repertoires the techniques they acquired as apprentices to the masters of nouvelle cuisine...borne out by the cooking of Abraham...thus, he flavours a galette of leeks, mussels and onions with coriander and sweetish curry power, a promise of some sensational cooking, a promise that is brilliantly fulfilled...The dinner I ate here was the finest I’ve eaten in France for years’.

Jean-Marc Boyer

A native of Carcassonne, Jean-Marc Boyer is one of France’s dynamic young chefs. While not a household name abroad, he is much feted in his homeland with awards – amongst them a Michelin Star in 2007 – and receives glowing reviews in numerous publications and restaurant guides. He also makes regular appearances on television, most recently featuring in an hour-long programme on the top French Channel TF1.

Having trained in Paris, Jean-Marc then spent more than 20 years in the capital city, working with some of the country’s greatest chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants, including 12 years at the 3* Ambrosie under Bernard Pacaund and finally at the Ritz. Returning to the Languedoc, he now enthusiastically produces fine local cuisine at his restaurant Le Puits de Tresor in the ancient Cathar town of Lastours. Jean-Marc sees himself as an artisan, talking of creating dishes spontaneously and instinctively, using the local and seasonal produce grown and reared in the area. He sums up his philosophy in three words:

‘Quality, authenticity and rigour’.

Course Dates

Cuisine in Brief
(3 days)

Price £595.00
  • May 1-3, 2015
  • May 4-6, 2015
  • May 29-31, 2015
  • June 1-3, 2015
  • Oct 2-4, 2015
  • Oct 5-7, 2015

Gourmet Explorer
(6 days)

Price £1,250
  • May 1-6 2015
  • May 29 - June 3, 2015
  • 9-14 May 2014
  • October 2 - 7, 2015

Advanced Gourmet Explorer
(7 days)

Price £1,550
  • Oct 9 - 15, 2015

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Chef Encounter Plus

Cookery session £63.00

Single day afternoon sessions making 3-course dinner. Demonstration and hands-on cooking 16.00 – 19.00. Degustation of local wines conducted by our masterchef. Departures 21.00.

12 3 16:00-19:00 21:00
Maximum class size Demo/Tuition Time Depart


08 - 10 February 2011
18 November 2011
16 December 2011
3 February 2012
17 February 2012
2 March 2012
16 March 2012
30 March 2012
13 April 2012
8 June 2012
12 October 2012
26 October 2012
9 November 2012
23 November 2012
7 December 2012
21 December 2012