Paris is a city that is full of small and modest bistros serving simple French fare to appreciative locals and tourists alike. This is also a great city of gastronomy though and many people visit Paris for fine dining experiences. Paris is blessed with a tradition of great food and continues to produce the great chefs to cook it. From classic cuisine to more experimental cooking, Paris fine dining restaurants continue to serve some of the best made food in the world. For many of us, simply to dine in such a restaurant is the greatest pleasure but others seek a greater understanding to enhance their enjoyment.
For these people, learning how great French dishes are cooked means a greater appreciation of the food. At Le Foodist, our cookery courses match the creations of Paris fine dining restaurants. Our students learn the same core skills as do professional French chefs but before they even enter the kitchen they are learning more about great French food. Our courses commence in the food market where, like all good chefs, our students learn to select the finest ingredients from the produce available. Using the freshest of in season produce, our students are then ready to design their menu.
At Le Foodist, we see the food that we cook and eat as being a result of the culture that produces it. As the two are intimately linked, we believe that a greater understanding of Paris fine dining menus is achieved by discussing the culture in which it is cooked. This means that during our courses our chefs constantly discuss the origin of ingredients and share their thoughts about the history of specific dishes and menus. This is a two way process, with students encouraged to share their own experiences.
After we complete our course, we sit down together to enjoy a three course meal with matching wines. the difference with this experience of Paris fine dining, of course, is that our students have cooked it themselves. We then continue our discussions around the table, at the same time broadening our understanding of French culture and food and increasing our enjoyment of each. Armed with this deeper appreciation of fine French cuisine, our students are able to better enjoy the best food that Paris has to offer.