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Gastro Academy France

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Key Information:
Class Size: 6 - 10 people
Destination: France  
Category: Cooking schools
Season: September - July
Courses Per Year: 10+
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 525 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person
Max Price: 1550 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person

The French House Party is listed Top Retreat in the National Geographic book, “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life” written by the prestigious American travel writer Pam Grout.

"In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport" - Julia Child, in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 1961

For the French, the appreciation of good food and wine is almost as important as breathing. So it is perhaps no surprise that our award-winning French chefs are just as enthusiastic as we are about the French House Party Gastro Academy – the first culinary vacation school of its kind and calibre in the Languedoc region of South West France.

Here is a unique opportunity to learn from master-chefs whose culinary expertise will guide you through practical creativity in the kitchen. When not instructing with the French House Party’s hands-on classes, our chefs run their own renowned gourmet restaurants in Carcassonne and its surrounding area, which are recommended in the most prominent restaurant guides.

Their exhilarating success as long-experienced Chefs de Cuisine gives them something of a celebrity status in South-West France – Michelin stars, television appearances and countless newspaper articles have ensured that their names and their signature dishes are synonymous with cooking innovation and flair.

We combine our residential culinary classes using organic and seasonal local produce with instruction and sampling of the phenomenal local wines, from the luscious reds of the Minervois and Corbieres to the fine sparkling white wines of Limoux, where the ‘Champagne’ method was first created many centuries ago.

Whether you select one of our 3-day weekend courses or a more extended break, you will enjoy a memorable visit to one of France’s 13th Century markets to select fresh ingredients for the dishes for later preparation. We also include a chauffeured outing to the medieval City of Carcassonne.

On our longer breaks there will be rural visits to a cheese-making farm or to enjoy olive oil sampling, as well as wine-tasting at a vineyard and dinner at one or two of the excellent nearby restaurants.

We offer four residential options:

Gourmet Explorer – our flagship 6-day break provides 5 days of instruction with the emphasis on traditional cuisine and organic ingredients, polishing your skills in the creation of delicious French dishes which you will then be confident of reproducing "chez vous". Wine and food matching, at-home wine instruction, a vineyard visit and other regional outings enhance the experience.

Gourmet Explorer Advanced - introduced in 2012 for cooks who already have a confident level of culinary skills and wish to improve even more by learning more complex techniques in preparing and presenting classic French dishes - but often with our chefs' own personalised twists! The Advanced course format is similar to the usual Gourmet Explorer, but is a 7-day course (6 nights) and is more intense than our regular Gourmet Explorer in terms of hours spent receiving instruction from the chefs.

Cuisine in Brief – Our chef chooses a separate seasonal theme for each of the Friday to Sunday breaks. That may include pastries and puddings, fish, shellfish or vegetable recipes, duck, foie-gras – and you’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve in a long weekend. This mini-option is perfect for corporate reward or incentive breaks.

Cook au Vin – This unique 7-day break is for group bookings only (minimum 5 people), provides full lodging for the week and 3 days of cookery classes with our French chef. Three days are also spent at our partner wine school under the tutelage of an English Master of Wine, studying for the intermediate-level Wine and Spirit Education Trust certificate (WSET). This option will suit the wine enthusiast or industry professional who wishes to acquire in-depth knowledge and obtain an internationally-recognised wine qualification. Included in the price is daily transport to the wine school and dinner each evening.

"Chef Encounter" and Chef Encounter Plus: During late-autumn, winter and early spring, our chefs also offer regular single half-day courses from £52 per person. Please ask for details. Please note that accommodation and transfers from airports are not included in the "Chef Encounter" options.

Faculty Information:
Our renowned chefs are Robert Abraham, and Jean-Marc Boyer. All run gourmet restaurants in the Carcassonne area.

Other Activities:
As well as our swimming pool, all-weather tennis court and boules-drome, we have a games room with pool-table and 1950s juke box. Guests may borrow our bicycles. A chauffeured private wine-tasting at a nearby vineyard is also included in courses of 3 days or more.

Help and advice can be given if guests require additional visits, for example, to the "Holy Grail" hillside town of Rennes le Chateau (inspiration for Dan Brown's "De Vinci Code" book) or to the many hilltop stronghold castle sites of Cathar resistance in the 13th Century.

Facility Information:
The French House Party was thrilled to be named Top Retreat in ‘The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life’, a National Geographic book by American travel writer Pam Grout.

Just 15 minutes from Carcassonne in the Languedoc Roussillon region of South-West France, we provide exclusive, villa-based arts, cookery, corporate and leisure group breaks for people who are searching for a European holiday with a different approach; people who place a premium on superior quality of accommodation and personal service.

The spacious 8-bedroomed country house with beautiful views of the Pyrenees is close to the Canal du Midi – ideal for an invigorating cycle-ride or stroll. It has a large private swimming pool, a tennis court and a boules pitch.

Smart, roomy bedrooms are double or triple-sized. All the ensuite bedrooms are individually-designed and air-conditioned. Towels and linen are provided and each room has a hairdryer, CD player and coffee-making facilities.

These are all-inclusive vacations. All accommodation, meals with wines, course materials and transport in France – including the bonus of chauffeured transfers from Toulouse or Carcassonne airport on the first and last day of each course (excepting Chef Encounter) – are contained in the price. Certain sightseeing trips - for example, a vineyard visit and an excursion to the medieval World Heritage walled city of Carcassonne - are also included. Flights are not included.

Price Includes:
- Chauffeured transfers to/from Toulouse or Carcassonne airports on the first and last days of each course.
- Transport costs to scheduled outings.
- All Accommodation, meals and wine.
- Restaurant meals with wine, where applicable. Enjoy specialist holiday cooking courses held in a stylish villa - chauffeurs and chic, fizz and fine food, and best of all, hands-on tuition with award-winning French chefs who run top restaurants in the region.

About This Supplier
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Location: France
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This company is listed Top Retreat in the National Geographic book, “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life” written by the prestigious American travel writer Pam Grout. Our stylish, 300-year-old 8-bedroomed stone house with pool and tennis court is situated in beautiful countryside with magnificent...

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