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“An Unforgettable Experience”

La Cuisine Paris - Cooking Classes
Ranked #1 of 168 Food & Drink in Paris
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Owner description: La Cuisine Paris is a cooking school in the centre of Paris offering hands-on cooking classes and food tours in English. Our school is located in the heart of Paris just minutes away from Notre Dame, the Marais, and the famous Hotel de Ville. Our classes are taught in a warm and friendly environment and are small and hands-on - we like everyone to get stuck in! Join us to learn to make beautiful macarons or buttery croissants, or to learn how to use seasonal products inspired by a French Market visit. Or spend time with us outside of the kitchen and indulge your taste buds on a food tour, from our fromage and wine workshop, to our sweet Pastry and Chocolate tour, to our historical tour of the Kings kitchen garden in Versailles, there is something for everyone. Come and join us to learn some tips and secrets so that you can recreate French cuisine in your home kitchen!
Williamsburg, Virginia
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“An Unforgettable Experience”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

La Cuisine was by far the best part of my trip to Paris, and I will never forget it. My mom and I took 3 classes together and also went on 3 tours (yes we were spoiled, and yes, we loved it). It was all fantastic! Jane and Olivier (the owners) are lovely people and quite easy to talk to; you can tell that they love what they are doing - and it pays off.

Bellies on Foot tour:
We started our La Cuisine Experience with the Bellies on Foot tour led by Karen. The tour was fabulous, it was led through the Les Halles area of Paris. There were so many interesting facts strewn throughout the narrative that I felt like I was learning, and not just there to eat (though that did occur, too!). Not only did we go to food shops (boulangeries, fromageries, patisseries, etc.), but we also went to St. Eustache Church (which we returned to on Sunday afternoon for a free organ concert), and cookware stores. Also, Karen was super sweet and took the time to answer all of our questions, giving us advice and tips for our stays in Paris as well.

Path to Paris Pastries tour:
This was the tour that I was most looking forward and it did not disappoint! It was led by Karen, who was, again, great and went all throughout the Marais. We lucked out with this one because the tour was just the three of us (me, my mom, and Karen), so we really got to take our time, and when we went to the pastry shops we got to pick out exactly what we wanted to try (although we went with her excellent suggestions sometimes, too!). All of the shops we visited were fabulous and the treats were all exquisite. Since it was just the three of us, partway through the tour Karen took us to a cafe by the Place de Voges and we all got some coffee/tea and just chatted for a while. We didn't return to La Cuisine (which is what we did after the other tour) to eat our treats afterwards because we ate them on the tour (this would be different if there are multiple couples/groups on the tour).

Fit for a King (a tour of Versailles): Upon arriving at the meeting location we got canvas La Cuisine bags filled with water and tickets. We then hopped on the train (which was insanely crowded because of the rail strike) and headed to Versailles. This tour was led by Karen (unfortunately she doesn't do the cooking classes, though, so this was our last class with her) who did all the research for the tour herself. She took us to the Potager and told us the history of it (be careful walking through a botanical garden at the back as I got poison ivy!) and then took us to the quaint gift shop (be sure to get/taste their strawberry jam). Afterwards we walked to a market which was huge, beautiful, and everything you could ever want in a market. Then we went to get lunch (set courses) together, and also ate some cheese and nougat that Karen bought at the market. Afterwards we all went our separate ways.

French Market Class: This cooking class was taught by Chef Diane. She gave us a few options of main meat/protein and we went from there, with her making up most of the menu on the spot. Since the menu changes from class to class, not everything has a recipe, so be sure to write things down on the recipes that they give you! Everyone contributes to the meal regardless of cooking experience. Very good class with a fun chef!

Our next class was the Croissant and Breakfast Pastries Class, which was my favorite class. It was taught by Chef Frances, who was very sweet and gave lots of good criticism and tips! We made four pastures from our laminated dough, and also learned how to make creme anglaise as it was used in two of the pastries. After cooking we were able to taste the fruits of our labor and got to take plenty home as well!

Our final class was the Macaron Intensive Class taught by Chef G! The class was great and we learned both techniques for macarons (French and Italian). We also made four separate fillings and got to choose our own colors for the cookies. The class was very fun and I learned quite a bit, the only downside was that there was not enough time have the macarons set in the refrigerator before the end of class. But all in all it was awesome.

*Side-note: High praise for Karen who led all three of our food tours. She was truly fantastic. Very personable, knowledgable and kind. You're quite lucky if you get her as your tour guide.

Bottom-line: it is a must in Paris. Take whatever fits your fancy as there is no class below excellent here.

Visited June 2014
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LaCuisineParis, Manager at La Cuisine Paris - Cooking Classes, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Bonjour Gwen S
It was so wonderful to have you and your mother visit us - we loved having you here, and got so used to seeing you, it was hard to say goodbye! We are so pleased to know that you enjoyed the time, and had a good cross section of all the things we offer, from baking classes, to Market class, to Food tours! We all hope that you both have been inspired to get in the kitchen back home and keep up the work churning out fresh croissants, macarons, and whipping up fabulous french meals. We hope you will keep in touch and we would love to see you back here to visit your Paris family!
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great activity in Paris”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I did the market based cooking class on Wednesday 9th July 2014. As I was travelling alone I was glad to meet some great people in this interactive class where our chef Emily led us round the market to purchase ingredients and then showed us how to cook simple french recipes. The class was fairly basic but even as an experienced cook I picked up a few useful tips and had lots of fun learning about how the French like their food. We then all ate together and the wine flowed. Would highly recommend!

My only criticisms would be that the class is quite expensive, you don't get anything to take away with you (I thought they may have thrown in a shopping bag or a clean pack of recipes instead we only got a sheet of recipes covered in our ingredients from the day), and as it was raining we had to stand outside in the market for a long time when this could have been done more quickly given the rain.

Overall would recommend!

Visited July 2014
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LaCuisineParis, Manager at La Cuisine Paris - Cooking Classes, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Bonjour Ruth P!
Thanks so much for joining us! We are so pleased that you found the time with Emilie interactive and enjoyable, and we are glad to see that as an experienced cook you picked up a few new tips. Its important to us that all levels of experience get something out of joining us.

We always love feedback, so appreciate your points. The visit to the Market is really the main attraction for this class - so despite rain (which we do have depending on the season), we don't let this stop the show! Unless there were something terribly bothersome, we find that most of our clients are very happy to stay on the market as long as possible to enjoy touring, seeing the products and enjoying the overall experience - hopefully a true Parisian experience, shopping at the Market in the rain =) . For the cost of the class, we try hard to provide an experience that in itself is great value, and we think you may find that compared to other experiences are do provide good value for cost. Whilst we usually dont have a preset recipe (and this is half the fun of building your menu with the chef!), we do try to give a few basic recipes so that you have those as well as a place to capture any notes you like - and if it did indeed get soiled while you were in the class, we would have been pleased to give you a new one, we only wish you would have asked!
Thanks again for joining us and we would love to have you back - once you are a part of our little family, we want to keep you that way!
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“English speaking/French style/world class/Fun!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Took two classes CROISSANT and BRIOCHE recently and my husband and niece took BREAD last summer. All three classes were hands on, fun, three hours, taught by an American (bread) or French (croissant and brioche) and all were detailed and full of fun. For things like croissants which can take up to three days with all the rising that needs to be done, the class is organized with short cuts which do not eliminate any of the steps that need to be learned. At the end you take masses of samples home, and receive a map of food treasures (and cookware stores) in Paris. Not cheap but well worth it, and more Parisian and a far better souvenir than most stuff you could buy. Highly, highly recommended. Only caveat: There is a lot of work done on your feet. There are chairs but be warned, it works best if you have some concentration and energy (not stressful, just focused) and so don't go in the midst of your worst jet lag day. But do go....and book ahead. Classes fill in summer. One nice note: two members of our party fell ill during the trip and had to cancel at the last minute. (no refunds). But a few days later they called to offer us free places in a class that had not filled to make up for what we missed. An unexpected. gift. These folks are a class act.

Visited July 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

When visiting last week - attended a class with my some of my family members. It was a highlight of our trip. Highly recommend this as a wonderful and expert offering of classes in French cooking

Visited July 2014
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LaCuisineParis, Manager at La Cuisine Paris - Cooking Classes, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Salut 333mem333!
Thanks so much for making us a part of your Paris experiences! We are so pleased to have you and your family here with us - the family that cooks together stays together =). We hope to hear that you continue your cooking endeavors back home together and dont forget to send us photos!
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“Amazing Market Class!”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I chose this class because I have often strolled through the markets in Paris but have been to afraid to buy anything. Led by our fabulous chef/teacher Diane, she gave us a great explanation of the markets, took us around to buy our ingredients, then took us to the butcher and the boulangerie. Back at the cooking school, the six students prepared magret de canard, roasted vegetables, chutney, parmesan bread squares, and chocolate mousse. Then we got to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to return to Paris to take another class!!!

Visited July 2014
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