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All inclusive : everything included once you arrive

Intensive cooking course

8-day intensive cooking course in France with a Michelin star trained chef.  

This is a once a year opportunity limited to 6 participants.

Spend an amazing time discovering the fantastic food, wines, Armagnacs, history and culture of south-west France. This luxury tailor made tour will take your breath away. You will stay at a private 180-year-old farmhouse set in 50 acres where your every need will be met by your specialist team of staff who are on hand to ensure an unforgettable stay.

This on-site, hands-on, immersive course in English & French has been designed by our chef for those with some skill and a lot of passion for cooking. Jerome, a Michelin star trained chef and a walking encyclopaedia of French cooking, will take you on an incredible learning journey over the course of a week. From scratch, you’ll create amazing dishes as Jerome guides you through their ingredients, creation and presentation. Breads, pastries, pastas, meats, fish, sauces, desserts and much more. You’ll make these and more, picking up invaluable hints and tips along the way. Jerome will be there to guide you, but this is a hands-on course where you will perform all the tasks required to complete each dish from raw ingredients.

There will be free time to ensure your holiday is not frantic but rather a relaxing and fulfilling experience. Enjoy wine and Armagnac from limited reserves, explore all the best Gascony has to offer in this once in a lifetime trip. Take home new skills learned in your hands-on cookery course. Meet new people or come as a group.

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Overview

 

Gourmet dinners

Immersive hands on cooking course

Village markets

Wine & Armagnac tasting

Foie gras

Pairing wines to food

 

Book now

 

Pay 25% to reserve your place and the rest 1 month before your holiday starts

 

 

 

Pricing

 

€3750 per person

No single supplement

6 guests maximum

 

This price includes all meals, drinks, tastings, accommodation, transfers from Agen and excursions.

 

 

 

Dates

 

1st to 8th October, 2022

 

 

 

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Included in the price

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • This is an all inclusive holiday. Once you arrive at the farmhouse (or Agen train station) everything is covered - all meals, all visits, all tastings

  • 50 hours of activities and courses

If two people travel together and share a room, a 200€ discount is offered

Non participating partners can holiday with you, enjoying all the meals and excursions, for 800€

 

The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1 – Arrival day​

  • Arrive in the afternoon to be greeted by your friendly hosts. There is a free collection service from Agen train station. Airport (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Bergerac) collections can be arranged upon request for a supplement

  • Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow guests over delicious aperitifs

  • Enjoy a social evening with a three-course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days

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Day 2 – Market & Boutique wines

  • This morning after breakfast you will go to a local delightful village market. Coffee and croissants with the locals with a brief history of the ancient kingdom of Henri IV, the future king of France.

  • You will then return to the farmhouse to relax by the pool.

  • A delicious lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen

  • After lunch we will begin to explore the wines of the region, sampling the best wines we have discovered from local family producers. Learn the differences between the great wines and how to select the right wine to best accompany your meal. This is a wine course like no other – we select only the best wines from the best boutique vineyards in France.

  • Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as pool, table tennis or cycling

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Day 3 to 7 – Cooking school

  • After a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to enter the kitchen and begin your culinary experience!

  • We will focus on preparing delicious meals from fresh local ingredients. You’ll prepare lunch then dinner. We will occasionally escape the kitchen to visit local markets during the day where your chef will guide you through what to look for in good ingredients.

  • During this course you will learn to prepare meals from scratch. You’ll do the work, guided by Jerome. This is not a demonstration course.

  • The course will include;

    • Pasta

    • Foie gras

    • Confit

    • Croissants & chocolatines (pain au chocolat)

    • Baguettes, breads and brioche

    • Macarons & eclairs

    • Sauces & stocks

    • Fish

    • Terrines

    • Meats & poultry

    • Pâtés

    • Stews

    • Salads

    • Dressings

    • Vegetables

    • Knife skills

    • Selecting your ingredients at the market or store

    • Butchery & filleting skills

    • Mise en place

    • Timing

    • Plating & presentation

    • Secrets & tips

We will also visit local chai to enjoy tasting some local wines and Armagnac

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Day 8 – Departure Day

  • After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10am

  • You will return home with fantastic memories and new skills to last you a lifetime

 

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