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    Paris / Ile de France

    Le Cordon Bleu
    8, rue Léon-Delhomme 75015 Paris
    Tel: 01- 53-68-22-50 Fax: 01- 48-56-03-96
    404 Irvington Street Pleasantville, NY 10570
    Tel: (914) 741-0606 or 1-800-457-CHEF Fax: (914) 741-0869

    Founded in 1895, the Cordon Bleu is the oldest private cooking and pastry institution in Paris. Throughout the years, its international reputation has continued to grow and today, foreigners make up 92 percent of the Cordon Bleu's clientele. The Cordon Bleu teaching method consists of demonstration sessions by master chefs followed by hands-on practical sessions in small groups supervised by a chef. A wide variety of programs are geared for both the seasoned professional and amateur gourmets.

    La Cuisine de Marie-Blanche
    18, avenue de la Motte-Picquet 75007 Paris
    Tel: 01- 45-51-36-34 Fax: 01- 45-51-90-19VVV
    Princess Marie-Blanche de Broglie is an acknowledged expert in French cuisine and entertaining. She founded the Cuisine de Marie-Blanche (formerly the Princess Ere 2001) cooking school, specializing in the art of entertaining at home, in 1975. The Princess teaches cooking classes to small groups of four to eight people in her apartment on a variety of themes, perfect for non professionals. Classes in English are held from October until the end of July

    Ecole Lenôtre
    40, rue Pierre-Curie B.P. 6 - 78373 Plaisir Cedex
    Tel: 01- 30-81-46-34 Fax: 01- 30-54-73-70
    Ecole Lenôtre offers a large selection of courses for the professional and amateur in cooking, catering, cheese, oenology, coffee, baking, pastries, and desserts. Most courses are three to four and one-half days and are at the Plaisir facility, 17 miles west of Paris.

    Ritz-Escoffier School of French Gastronomy
    Hôtel Ritz 15, Place Vendôme 75001 Paris
    Tel: 01- 43-16-30-50 Fax: 01- 43-16-31-50; In the U.S. :1-800-966-5758
    César Ritz opened the Hôtel Ritz in 1898 with the famous August Escoffier as his chef. Ever since the Ritz has been the reference point for deluxe hotels and restaurants. In this tradition, the Ritz-Escoffier cooking school (Ecole de Gastronomie Française Ritz-Escoffier) opened its doors in 1988 to give instruction in general cooking, bread baking, pastries, table service, and wine. Courses are taught in French with English translation and are comprised of demonstrations, practical hands-on instruction, and lecture courses on specific themes.

    Alsace - Strasbourg Area, Eastern France, At the German Border

    Marthe Fuchs (french only)
    Chambres d'Hôtes et Ferme-Auberge 22, rue de l'Ecole
    67670 Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Tel: 03-88-51-64-57

    Weekend initiation to traditional Alsatian cuisine with classes given by Madame Fuchs, the host of a gîte rural country bed and breakfast. Learn to make baeckeoffe, tarte flambée, choucroute, foie gras, etc. packages for two people, three days and two nights accommodations in the gîte rural, all inclusive except drinks.

    Résidence-H&pcirc;tel Alsace-Villages (french only)
    49, rue Principale 67510 Obersteinbach
    Tel: 03-88-09-50-59 Fax: 03-88-09-53-56

    Five days and four nights with several cooking classes on regional cuisine such as baeckeoffe, introduction to Alsatian wines, excursions, and gastronomic diners. Lodging in a two-star bed and breakfast. packages for two people, double occupancy, all inclusive except beverages.

    Brittany/Bretagne - Western France, By the Atlantic Ocean (on the other side!)

    Ecole Maître Crêpier (french only)
    66, rue de Guer 35330 Maure-de-Bretagne
    Tel: 02-99-34-86-76 Fax: 02-99-59-81-01

    One Saturday a month, except in August, a day-long initiation to the art of crêpe making with meal and tasting is offered for FF350.

    Hôtel Le Cobh
    10, rue des Forges 56800 Ploërmel Tel: 02-97-74-00-49 Fax: 02-97-74-07-36

    Hôtel Le Cobh is a three-star Logis de France located in the center of Brittany. Chef François Cruaud teaches the basics of French cuisine, wine, and hospitality during four day, three night sojourns for eight to 12 participants. FF2,000 per person, double occupancy includes three nights accommodations, full board, two guided visits of the region, and cooking classes. In English upon request.

    Jean-Pierre Crouzil (french only)
    Hôtel l'Ecrin 22130 Plancoët Tel: 02-96-84-10-24 Fax: 02-96-84-01-93

    From October to March, twice a week, chef Jean-Pierre Crouzil gives a culinary demonstration of three or four recipes on one theme, followed by an apéritif with the chef, a question session, and lunch. FF250 per person, apéritif, meal, and wine included.

    Burgundy/Bourgogne - Between Paris and Lyon, Eastern France

    La Varenne Cooking School
    Château du Feÿ 89300 Villecien Tel: 03-86-63-18-34 Fax: 0386-63-01-33
    In the U.S.: Mrs Mac Clean
    P.O. Box 25574 Washington, DC 20007
    Tel: (202) 337-0073 or 1-800-537-6486 Fax: (703) 823-5438

    Anne Willan, a widely recognized authority on French cooking and culinary history, founded La Varenne in 1975. Today the cooking school is located at the Château du Feÿ on a 100-acre property in Burgundy, 90 miles south of Paris. Courses are taught in French with full translation into English.

    Languedoc-Roussillon - Straight Southern France, by the Mediterranean Sea

    Hôtel-Restaurant Chantoiseau
    Monsieur Patrick Pagès
    Route du Haut 48220 Vialas
    Tel: 04-66-41-00-02 Fax: 04-66-41-04-34

    The three-star Chantoiseau Hôtel, a 17th-century manor set in the Cévennes National Park, is located about 50 miles northwest of Nîmes. person, double occupancy, seven nights.
    A one-week cooking course, for individuals or groups of five to 12, is available by request from May to July and September to November.

    Loire Valley - Southwest of Paris

    Auberge du Bois Paris
    RN 10 28630 Nogent-le-Phaye
    Tel: 02-37-31-61-72 Fax: 02-37-31-65-58

    Chef Gil Eleaume started giving cooking demonstrations for amateurs in his hotel's kitchen in 1993.

    Jean Bardet
    57, rue Groison 37100 Tours
    Tel: 02-47-41-41-11 Fax: 02-47-51-68-72

    Jean Bardet Hotel and Restaurant is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group.

    Normandy - North West of Paris

    Manoir du Lys
    La Croix Gauthier
    Route de Juvigny
    61140 Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
    Tel: 02-33-37-80-69 Fax: 02-33-30-05-80

    The Manoir du Lys is a former hunting manor constructed in 1880 turned into a three-star hotel and restaurant. Chef Franck Quinton offers two cooking class options, with English translation available with prior arrangement.

    Poitou-Charentes - Western France

    Hostellerie Bérard
    83740 La Cadière d'Azur
    Tel: 04-94-50-55-50 Fax: 04-94-50-55-51

    In January 1991, the Etoile Bleu-Marine opened its doors on the Atlantic coast with special cooking courses focusing on "La Cuisine de la Mer" seafood and sauces, including wines and cheeses of the region. Classes are for small groups and are conducted in French and English.

    Provence - Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Areas, Southeastern France

    Hostellerie Bérard
    83740 La Cadière d'Azur - Tel: 04-94-50-55-50 Fax: 04-94-50-55-51

    The three-star Hostellerie Bérard is an ensemble of buildings from an 11th-centry convent.

    Hotel de la Mirande
    Atelier de Cuisine 4, place de la Mirande 84000 Avignon
    Tel: 04-90-85-93-93 Fax: 04-90-86-26-85

    Well-respected chefs from the region teach hands-on cooking classes in the fully restored 19th-century kitchen complete with wood-burning cast-iron oven.

    Jardin de la Tour Restaurant
    9, rue de la Tour 84000 Avignon
    Tel: 04-90-85-66-50 Fax: 04-90-82-94-49

    Information: Jean-Marc Larrue

    Olga Manguin

    L'Anastasie - Ile de la Barthelasse 84000 Avignon
    Tel: 04-90-85-55-94 Fax: 04-90-82-94-49

    Olga Manguin ran a restaurant in Avignon for 20 years. Today she gives cooking lessons at her bed and breakfast in a restored farmhouse with four rooms, garden, and swimming pool.

    Aquitaine - Bordeaux Area, Southwestern France

    Domaine d'Espérance
    Ecole de Cuisine Mauvezin d'Armagnac
    40240 La Bastide d'Armagnac - Tel/Fax: 05-58-44-85-93

    The Domaine d'Espérance is an 18th-century country house surrounded by vineyards and the gently rolling hills of Gascony one, located one-half hours from Bordeaux

    Regional Cooking Courses at a Farmhouse
    (french only) Information and Registration:
    Office de Tourisme de Sarlat et du Périgord Noir
    Place de la Liberté B.P. 114 - 24203 Sarlat
    Tel: 05-52-31-45-45 Fax: 05-53-59-19-44

    Cooking classes that focus on the preparation of regional specialties such as conserved duck, foie gras, confit, cou farci, and rillettes are available from the end of September to April.

    Auberge Lou-Peyrol
    Le Speroutal 24480 Paleyrac / Urval (Dordogne)
    Tel: + (+33) 5.53.22.97.28 Fax: + (+33) 5.53.23.40.90
    Gastronomical Restaurant - Member of "Eurotoques" - 12 Gault Millau - Hotel Cottages & En-suite Rooms Open all year Excellent place for seminars

    Limousin, Central France

    Regional Cooking Courses at a Farmhouse (french only)
    Information and Registration: Service Loisirs-Accueil Corrèze
    Maison du Tourisme Quai Baluze 19000 Tulle
    Tel: 05-55-29-98-70 Fax: 05-55-29-98-79

    Weekend programs on the preparation of foie gras available with lodging in a country bed and breakfast (with private bath) in the Limousin countryside 12 miles north of Brive-la-Gaillarde in Saint-Bonnet l'Enfantier.

    Regional Cooking Courses at a "Logis de France 1*" (french only)
    Information and Registration: Service Loisirs-Accueil Creuse-Limousin
    8, rue Martinet - BP 7 23001 Guéret Cedex
    Tel: 05-55-52-87-50 Fax: 05-55-41-02-73

    Two-day, two-night country inn cooking courses focus on the preparation of duck preserves, confit, foie gras, and rillettes.


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