Gascony - Cookery breaks

In the heart of wonderful countryside in south west France this highly practical and hands-on course gives a thorough grounding in French cooking, with an emphasis on learning skills to apply in your home kitchen to give your dishes a professional edge.  

Courses in Gascony are structured to offer two levels of tuition - a beginners to intermediate level; and then a moderate to advanced level for those with more experience and confidence in the kitchen (and an ideal follow up to the introductory level course). The itinerary includes full board.

You will experience cooking in a purpose-built teaching kitchen as well as a professional restaurant kitchen in the local village.

 

Details

We have numerous dates available in 2017.

All courses start on a Sunday, with a Wednesday morning return departure for the four-day courses and Friday morning for the six-day courses.

Price: £1,230 for the six-day course per person and £680 per person for the four-day course.


Sample dishes

FOIE GRAS
Preparation of various ways to present

FILET OF FISH IN A VELOUTE SAUCE

GATEAU PITHIVERS WITH CREME D'ARMANDES

WINES
Of the region, also including an Armagnac tasting and distillery visit


Sample schedule

DAY 1
Sunday Arrival
Evening aperitifs and welcome dinner, with an overview of the course

DAY 2
Knife skills
Simple sauces
Pastry skills
Wine museum tour

DAY 3
Market visit and lunch at traditional cafe
Fish filleting
Prepare classic tarte aux pommes
Dinner of dishes made

DAY 4
Boning a chicken and making a Ballotine
Afternoon visit to local chateau
Dinner of class- prepared dishes

DAY 5
Focus on desserts and sugar work
Armagnac distillery visit

DAY 6
Departure