Each of the regions of France has its own distinct cuisine but French cooking in Paris is where it all comes together. As well as being the French political capital, Paris is also the capital of French cooking, drawing together the best that every region has to offer and adding its own distinctive Parisian twist. The city boasts a huge choice of fine dining establishments and a galaxy of Michelin stars but French cooking in Paris encompasses much simpler fare. The city has many fine brasseries and a tradition of excellent, inexpensive bistros serving up authentic French food in simple surroundings.
French cuisine is rich, varied and complex and learning about the food of France can be challenging. At Le Foodist, we have developed a unique approach which uses discussion about French culture to deepen our understanding of French food and vice versa. Our lessons on French cooking in Paris begin in the market, where we learn to select the best produce on offer. All great chefs will design their menus around the best local ingredients and our students learn to do likewise, allowing the ingredients they select to inform the menus that they will create that day.
Our courses are rigorous in their teaching, training our students on 5-7 of the core French cooking techniques of the many that are required to be mastered by professional chefs. This solid basis is accompanied by a unique teaching technique which results in faster learning and better retention of your new cooking knowledge. We also believe though that French cooking in Paris should be fun and our teaching style is relaxed and friendly, sharing with our students our thoughts on French ingredients, menus and dishes, while encouraging them to share their own experiences.
When our courses finish, we sit down together and enjoy the food we have created, sharing more of our thoughts on French culture and food in discussions around the table. Some people, of course, prefer simply to enjoy the best French cooking in Paris without taking part in the preparation of the food and for them, our 'Once Upon a Table' evenings feature a five course gastronomic meal prepared by our own gourmet chef. These dishes are selected to demonstrate the best of classic French cooking and the paired wines are chosen to bring out the best in the food. With your French hosts sharing their thoughts on French cuisine and culture, it is a perfect evening for any gourmet.