OUR CHEFS, FOOD TOUR GUIDES AND SOMMELIER

AMANDA

"My daughter and I really enjoyed our class at Le Foodist! Our instructor Amanda was very personable, informative and the small class had a comfortable flow as we made our way around the well equipped kitchen learning all about the croissant baking process. Of course one of the best parts, was meeting people from all over, sharing stories and eating our delicious creations! Thanks Amanda for helping us make a wonderful memory" Cathy Wheeler, May 2022, Tripadvisor
"Amanda was very organized, gave wonderful instructions, and made our afternoon a true cooking adventure. We made three flavors of macarons - all quite yummy! After our macarons were complete, we had a lovely tea so that we could enjoy our beautiful goodies. We also each ended up with a large variety box full of our confections to enjoy throughout our week." Havilover, July 2019, TripAdvisor

"My husband and I with our 2 teens, ages 14 and 17 took the croissant baking class with Amanda. A small class, total of only 6, so plenty of individual attention. Amanda, our instructor chef, is very knowledgeable and made the class challenging enough but fun at the same time. I had no idea that croissants took so much work. We all enjoyed our experience very much, including both of my kids. We plan to take another class here on our next trip to Paris!" Lucy S, Aug, 2019, Google

ANNE

We took the cooking class to make creme brûlée and chocolate soufflé, but we also ended up also making crepes suzette and financiers (a lovely surprise.) Anne was an excellent instructor - patient, knowledgeable, and very funny. We loved the group setting and easily made friends with the other participants. We will absolutely be returning the next time we are in Paris!Aaron Z, January 2023, Tripadvisor
"Absolutely lovely experience! Had a blast. Anne, our teacher, was amazing. Hope to come back in the future :)" Leressè, September 2022, Tripadvisor
"My husband and I really enjoyed our experience learning how to make macarons! Our teacher, Anne, was very sweet and clearly incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and she was a great communicator. We left the class with a box of beautiful and very delicious macarons and it was such a fun experience."Signe C, June 2019, TripAdvisor
"Had the absolute best time learning to master macarons with Anne! She made things easy to understand and simple to follow. Very much enjoyed this class and highly recommend to everyone!" Alexa Earlywine, Aug 2018, Google

EMILY

"2 couples, we wanted to do something different on this trip to Paris. And the Latin Quarter food tour was a huge winner! Emily was our gastronomic guide, she was both incredibly knowledgeable (away from doing tours, she writes about and has a degree in the history of food), and incredibly upbeat and super friendly. We spend a couple of hours walking around the Latin Quarter, stopping here or there to both eat and buy parts for the lunch. The history of the French Baguette really stood out (who knew there used to be price caps!). Then back to the Foodist HQ for a delicious and classic 4 course French lunch with lots of wine. This was a huge winner, I'll be recommending to many friends!" Peter H, November 2022, Tripadvisor
"I took the Latin Quarter Food tour with my friends and it was excellent from start to finish! Our guide Emily was superb, very informative, she gave us insights into French food and culture, historic Latin Quarter and Paris. We started with boulangeries and we learnt not only the history of French bread but also tried different types of baguettes. Her wonderful sense of humour made our tour experience such fun!" Lucia, Nov. 2019, Yelp
"Our tour was definitely above expectations. Our tour guide, Emily, was excellent. She is fluent in all things "food" and her local knowledge was incomparable. She geared the tour around our interests and the lunch was superb. We cannot make a higher recommendation". Mary C, Nov. 2019, TripAdvisor

FANNY

"The course was held by Fanny and she was a wonderful host! The location and everything around was just wonderful. It was a small group and this made this experience more private. Fanny answered all our questions with patience and the atmosphere was always friendly and funny. Thanks for this great experience! Merci!" Christin W., May 2024, Airbnb
"My 13yr old daughter and I do a macaron baking class at Le Foodist with Fanny as our guide. I can not say enough about this class. Fanny not only was an amazing teacher but she brought humor and joy to the class. Even if the macarons were a bust it would have been great fun. However, we all made the most beautiful and delicious macarons, that we all got to share in the end. It was such an amazing mother/daughter experience. I highly recommend. My daughter actually just said she would like to try to make them again this week." Robyn, March 2023, Tripadvisor


FLORENCE

"We took a crossiant making class through Le Foodist and it was absolutely the best thing we did while in Paris. Our instructor, Florence, was incredible. Funny, easy going, good teacher and made the class flow. The crossiants we made were delicious and we even had a few leftover to take home. Wish we had more time in paris to take another Le Foodist class. Highly recommend to anyone!" Emily, April 2024, Tripadvisor
"LeFoodist was an excellent experience and was very authentic. The location is in an old wine cellar which adds to the experience. Upon arrival we were greeted with coffee and water. My 16 yr old daughter and I did 4 desserts: soufflé, crepes ( 2 different sauces), financiers small cakes and crème brûlée. There were 6 others ( 2 families) so the experience was very intimate. It was very hands on which we really enjoyed. Florence our teacher was high energy, a great teacher, and has a great sense of humor. We learned a lot in addition to having lots of fun. After all of the cooking, the desserts were plated and we went upstairs to a fully set table with flowers and tasted all the desserts with a glass of wine/water. Great time had by all. Highly recommend. We went slightly over the 3 hrs but never felt rushed." sonnenchein p, January 2023, Tripadvisor
"We had a lovely morning at Le Foodist! Florence (our baker) was a delight and very patiently walked two very novice bakers through the process of making croissants. They were delicious! Really fun experience and a nice break from sightseeing. We had a great time. A wonderful experience in Paris! " Stacie, F., August 2019, TripAdvisor

FRED

"Yesterday, my fiancée booked the three course lunch cooking class for me for my birthday while we celebrated in Paris.   I expected that the food that we made would be very tasty - it was. I expected that the techniques would be useful, they were. But what really shined from this experience was Fred’s depth of knowledge about cooking.   He shared a comprehensive understanding of cooking from a scientific level. We didn’t just learn the techniques to made the dish, he got us to understand why certain techniques make sense (for instance why ice cream must be churned, why spices become less potent when cooked, how to grow carrots to protect them from pests).
I cannot overstate how enjoyable our experience was. We learned, we laughed, we cooked, we ate. We will definitely be coming back during future visits to Paris.
"Fred is an excellent teacher. He is patient, knowledgeable, charming, and has a great sense of humor. The meal we prepared was absolutely delicious but not complicated and practical enough to make on your own if you wanted to. The group of about 10 people were very friendly...we drank wine as we prepared the food in a beautiful kitchen and ate together in a quaint dinning room. Thank you Fred and Le Foodist for this unforgettable afternoon." Jessie S, November 2023, Tripadvisor
"An amazing way to spend time in Paris. My wife and I took the lunch cooking course with Fred during our recent trip. The food was fantastic but the most enjoyable part was learning, as Fred is very funny while also being informative. Will definitely visit again if we find ourselves back in Paris!" Zack Lofton, Oct 2018, Google

FREDERIC

"This was my 2nd and 3rd class with Frédéric and it was just as awesome as the first! You get more than just cooking - you get wonderful instruction, delicious food, the reason behind the techniques, great insight into French culture, and just a whole lot of laughter and good vibes. I took the morning market visit and lunch one day and the breads class the next day. Traveling alone could make one feel awkward, but I left with new friends and Frédéric is just the best! I could not recommend him or Le Foodist enough. A la prochaine!" Jennifer, February 2024, Tripadvisor
"I took the cooking class on Thanksgiving with Fredrick as our instructor- it was AMAZING! The food, the market, the cooking, other participants, stories and knowledge were all wonderful. I was very thankful to be lucky enough to have this experience and highly recommend!" Carrie P, December 2023, Tripadvisor
"From the moment we met Frederick we knew it would be a great day! Very personable and fun, but serious about his cooking! We learned so much and enjoyed a hands-on cooking class, complete with plenty of wine! Over-all a must do if you are looking for something fun and different in Paris." Coastal, August 2019, TripAdvisor

LUC

"I had some concerns that this class would be less about the techniques of good bread baking and more trying to keep us entertained Not at all! Luc seems very dedicated and knowledgeable and was a great teacher. It was incredibly organized. We worked for three straight hours - nonstop - alternating among the baguettes, the brioche, and the ciabatta. The end result was a lovely spread with our breads, cheese, butter, mushroom terrine, coffee and wine. This class exceeded my expectations." lizdelong, March 2024, Tripadvisor
"Me and 3 of my friends took the croissant making class with Luc and it was absolutely incredible! We had such a fun time and the croissants came out absolutely amazing at the end. We cannot recommend Le Foodist or Luc highly enough, our exprience was truly amazing and if we had more time we would go back!" Lily M, February 2024, Tripadvisor
"A wonderful way to learn more about French cooking….from the buying of the food, to the preparing and then to the eating !  Luc, our professional chef/teacher provided the techniques and guidance! He explained to us with patience and humor but insisted we do all the work! Highly recommend! A WONDERFUL DAY!" nezzie, October 2023, Tripadvisor

PAULO

"Paulo was our chef and we had so much fun! There were 12 of us in the class, which was a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but Paulo did a great job keeping us all to task. We learned some good tips and all pitched in to make a delicious, multi-course meal, served at a beautifully set table with great wines. The Foodist is a very nice upscale facility, the kitchen is fun to work in . A great experience for my husband and I, we enjoyed our time with not only Paulo, but the entire group as well. We highly recommend the tour and we highly recommend Paulo." Alesia Van Pelt, April 2024, Airbnb
"We participated in the 10:00 AM class in Paris on Thursday, April 4, on baking four desserts: Chocolate Souffle', Crepes Suzette, Creme Brulee & Financier. The class was led by Paolo, who did a wonderful job. My wife and 11-yr old daughter and I were there, with five other people. My wife and daughter are the better cooks, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could not believe that the class created four beautiful desserts in three or four hours! The facilities are very beautiful, and we enjoyed everything about it." MHHJP, April 2024, Tripadvisor

STEPHANE PASTRY CHEF

"Stephane Jimenez (a highly accomplished, Michelin rated pastry chef) was our instructor for making croissants. we had a terrific time, and the croissants were amazing. We highly recommend this class we had a 15-year-old and a 10-year-old with us as a couple and it was terrific." John N, Mar 2024, Tripadvisor
"What a great way to spend a few hours in Paris. We had a class making crepes Suzette, chocolate soufflé and crème brûlée with Stephane. Amazing from start to finish. The place is beautiful with a warm French decor. Stephane is clearly passionate and endearing and has an impressive background but made this easy and fun for novices. Highly recommend!". Alexandra G, Dec 2023, TripAdvsior
"My husband and I wanted a different experience while on vacation and to take home a skill we could duplicate. Chef Stephane was an excellent teacher - and no surprise as he teaches as well as other specialists within the pastry-making world - so he was the perfect guide. Our class yielded some great conversation, learnings in the baking world, and delicious and beautiful cream pulls and eclairs. We sat with tea/coffee to enjoy our makings at the end of class and left with a dinner reservation made by the Chef himself to THE best meal we had during our time in Paris, along with several other pastry shop recommendations. Such a great experience and I would absolutely recommend any of their sessions." Eric S, October 2023, Tripadvisor

SARAH

"Sarah was amazing throughout all the experiences. From the trip to the market to how to properly cut the florets from a head of cauliflower to delicious home made ice cream she is a master. I would do another class with her tomorrow."  JLareau12, July 2023, Tripadvisor
"Sarah is the greatest person you will ever meet. She was so informative and kind. She was also very helpful in recommending cooking products, sights, and even took the time to help us make a dinner reservation. We had a fantastic time and everything was delicious. Thank you Sarah!" Heylamby, August 2019, TripAdvisor
"Awesome cooking experience! Sara is a fabulous chef who was an excellent instructor and chef!! Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the group of people we had too. Thank you!!" Gayle Bunch, Oct. 2019, Facebook

STEPHANE SOMMELIER

"Stephane is very engaging with everyone and made everyone in the room feel part of the experience. I got the added bonus of sabering a bottle of champagne! I highly recommend this class and look forward to a cooking class the next time I visit Paris! It's a lovely establishment! Oh, and Stephane owes me a trip to visit his aunts! :-) 
Well done, Le Foodist & Stephane!" Melissia D., July 2019, Yelp

"We really enjoyed our wine and cheese pairing with Stephane. He was knowledgeable about the wine and cheese but he made the class interesting and fun. We laughed so much with him. If we return to Paris I would definitely take more classes at Le Foodist". Jeanne, March 2019, TripAdvsior

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