Are you “hungry” for Paris? Come take a delicious insider culinary journey of Paris with Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Richard Nahem, owner of the now famous M16683, and professional chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook, will teach students how to make French food with an ethnic twist including flavors and accents from Vietnam, Morocco, Lebanon, Senegal, Tunisia, West Indies, and Cambodia. Classes will start at 9:30 AM with a tour of a fresh food market, where we will shop for some of the seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients.
After, we will go to Charlotte’s private townhouse with a professional kitchen on the ground floor, conveniently located in the upscale 7th arr., minutes from the Eiffel Tower. When we arrive we will discuss the menu over coffee and prepare a five-course feast that includes a cheese and salad course for the next few hours. We will finish with our delicious lunch we just prepared along with French wine from a local shop specially selected for the cuisine. Classes will end approximately 2 PM. Course sizes are limited to between two and six guests, guaranteeing ample opportunity to ask questions and savor the experience of spending the day with two Parisian insiders.
Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes go beyond just cooking: Clients get the unique and unforgettable experience of shopping the food markets like a true Parisian and spending the day in a French home.
Richard Nahem was a chef, caterer, pastry chef, and chocolatier for over 25 years in New York City before he moved to Paris four years ago. He worked mostly in the fashion and design world preparing feasts for Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Ave. Celebrity clients included Madonna, Whitney Houston, Joan Rivers, Justin Timberlake and supermodels Cindy Crawford, Gisele, Naomi Campbell, and Lind Evangelista.
Charlotte Puckette from Charleston, SC left the world of shrimp and grits and moved to Entebbe in Uganda with the Task Force for Child Survival for the Carter Presidential Center. Staying in East Africa for three years, she traveled the world and developed a passion for cooking. Charlotte moved to France and graduated from the prestigious Cordon Bleu cooking school in 1992 with top honors and the Grand Diplôme. She briefly worked at L'Oasis restaurant in La Napoule and later at Fauchon gourmet shop, before starting her own catering business Cuisines et Traditions du Monde, introducing people to ethnic cuisine. She also teaches cooking classes and is constantly on the prowl for new restaurants or sources that will provide her with inspiration for her creations.
We first go shopping at a fresh market for some of the ingredients we will use in the preparation of our feast. Clients get to experience how Parisians food shop.
Classes are held on the ground floor of a five-story house in the middle of Paris near the Eiffel Tower. The spacious professional kitchen has state of art appliances and cookware.
185 euros equals about $260 USD.
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