French Cooking Holidays

With award-winning French chefs running our courses, the French House Party Gastro Academy is the only residential holiday cookery school of its kind and calibre in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of South West France.

Remi Touja and Jean-Marc Boyer are renowned in the region and beyond. Television appearances, countless newspaper articles, Michelin stars and top-class recommendations in the most influential restaurant guides mean that they and their signature dishes are synonymous with cooking innovation and flair. Jean-Marc’s Michelin-starred restaurant Le Puits du Tresor is situated at Lastours, a historic Cathar site of ruined castle strongholds, just north of Carcassonne.  Remi, who owns a patisserie shop in chic Carcassonne was formerly head patisserie chef at Le Parc, one of Carcassonne’s finest restaurants – the possessor of two Michelin stars. Remi is the holder of the Sucre d’Or national trophy for his patisserie, a Championship prize coveted by all French patissiers.

Laurent Jeannin – our very own Sauce Wizard – joins Jean-Marc and Remi in presenting our Cuisine in Brief and Gourmet Explorer courses, offering specialist tuition in classic French cuisine.

Seize a unique opportunity to learn from master-chefs who will guide you through practical creativity in the kitchen. Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, they will demonstrate and teach the cookery techniques for mastering classic French cuisine – with an added contemporary twist of adventure.

We combine the cookery classes with learning about – and enjoying – some of the phenomenal wines to be found in this region. All courses include a memorable visit to one of France’s oldest markets to select fresh ingredients for later preparation, and an outing to the medieval Cité of Carcassonne. Longer breaks include rural visits to a cheese-making farm or to enjoy olive oil sampling, as well as a vineyard degustation and dinner at one or two excellent nearby restaurants.

A two or three-hour session with a chocolatier is included on most of our courses.

Residential Cooking Holidays and Short Courses

  • Gourmet Explorer – 6 days to polish your creative culinary skills with 5 days of instruction.
  • Gourmet Explorer Advanced – 7 days to progress your cooking skills to a higher level.
  • Cuisine in Brief – Friday to Sunday or Monday to Wednesday breaks
    *also perfect for corporate reward or incentive breaks!
  • Just Desserts – 3-day pâtisserie, cakes, puddings and chocolate mastery

Cooking at the French House Party

Course Reviews

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