You all know I love food, dining out at different restaurants and trying new things. But what I love even more is to cook at home for my family and friends. Acts of service is my love language and cooking for the people I adore gives me immense pleasure and happiness.
In January 2018, I created a list of 50 things I wanted to accomplish within the year. Number 12 on that list was to take a cooking class in Paris, France and on November 23rd, my dream became a reality.
It was an experience I will never forget and I can’t wait to do it again in other parts of the world! Can you say, pasta making in Italy?!
I loved my first experience at a cooking class while on vacation so much that I wanted to share it with you all. Whether you’re a gourmet cook at home or a novice, Le Foodist has a class for everyone from baking to traditional french cuisine (which is the class I took) to macarons.
Located in the heart of Paris Latin Quarter, this beautiful cooking school looks and feels more like a home than a school. They did a beautiful job with the interior and had such a cozy feel to it.
The classes range in prices, which you can find here and, we decided to take the Morning French Cooking Class and Lunch from 10:30am-3:00pm. As you can see, you’re there all day and the 159€ we paid per person was well worth every penny. You spend about 3.5 hours preparing and cooking the meal and the last hour enjoying it. You can also opt to go to the market with the chef to shop for all the ingredients which we didn’t do, but looking back now, I wish we did. How often can you say you went to the market in Paris with a real French chef to pick fresh ingredients?
It’s a long day but it goes by so quickly! Plus theres a break halfway through the class for some wine and cheese tasting. Um, yes please!
Next time I want to try the Making Croissants class or a baking class! Just look at these fresh baked brioche buns another class made!! And the smell that permeated the room was insane!!!!
A word of advice when reserving your class, make sure to book it in advance…like way in advance. We booked ours about a month out and found that most classes the week we were in Paris were booked solid! We got lucky to find the class we wanted to take was available on the last day of our trip.
During our class, we made mussels in wine sauce as our appetizer, chicken sous vide with mashed potatoes and veggies as our main course and poached pears and ice cream for dessert. I mean just look at this. We made this!
Also, be prepared to get the full french experience. Meaning the chef will not only teach you how to cook but they will incorporate some humor, history and educational nuggets of knowledge that you will take with you far beyond this cooking class. Embrace it! Enjoy it! Don’t take any offense to their way of teaching. Just go with it!
If you are a cook or a lover of trying new things while on vacation, I could not recommend taking a cooking class at Le Foodist any more. It was such a great experience and inspired me to do more cooking at home and testing out recipes for my family.
I hope I’ve inspired you to do the same!