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La Cuisine de Bertrand
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Owner description: Dont forget to combine your Versailles Palace visit with a cooking class and a dinner with a local family! Bertrand will teach you easy to reproduce everyday french recipes. Located in front of the 350 years old King's Garden, La Cuisine de Bertrand uses fruit and vegetables grown there for the dishes preparation. Participants will then discover some unusual species such as Blue hubbard squashes or Calville blanc d'hiver apples. Once the 3 course meal is prepared, all attendees dinne together with Bertrand and his wife. For those who just want to share a dinner with a french family in their home, La Cuisine de Bertrand also organise wine and cheese dinners on weekdays.
Reviewed 6 November 2011

If you feel most at home in the kitchen cooking with friends, then don’t miss an evening at La Cuisine de Bertrand in Versailles. After a full day visiting the chateau at Versailles, we strolled 10 minutes to Bertrand’s apartment. Bertrand and his lovely wife Emilie, welcomed us in and taught us how to cook a typical French family meal using the seasonal and local ingredients obtained from Louis XIV’s kitchen gardens located right outside his living room window. Bertrand’s menu changes with the seasons. Our visit was in autumn, so we learned to make a tart tatin, a quiche, and a delicious casserole topped with chestnut flour and hazelnuts. Bertrand skillfully and generously pairs his food with local wines and cheeses and we enjoyed walnut oils made by Emilie’s family living in the south of France. As this is home style cooking, it was easy to learn, and recreate-yet oh so very French.

One of the most difficult things about travelling to another country for a short time is the inability to meet the locals. A visit to Bertrand’s solves that problem. Bertrand and Emilie are 30 year old professionals who love to travel, cook, meet new people, and share. An engineer by trade, Bertrand‘s directions are logical, clear, and organized, yet he is warm with a wonderful sense of humor. Witty Emilie taught me how to communicate with French waiters through etiquette and silverware placement. Once we learned this silent code of conduct, we never had to wait for service from a French waiter again. If you are staying in Paris, it is an easy and safe ride on the train and metro back to your accommodations. Bertrand’s home based business is fairly new. When booking an evening with him, feel fortunate to be one of the lucky ones to experience La Cuisine de Bertrand with Bertrand and Emilie.

1  Thank Sharon W
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bpollet, Propriétaire at La Cuisine de Bertrand, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2011

Thank you so much Sharon. We also learnt a lot about differences between service in France and in the US. We really spent a nice evening!

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Reviewed 19 October 2011

The owner/chef, Bertrand, lives in Versailles in an lovely apartment that has a beautiful view over The Potager du Roi (The Kings Garden) and all his fresh produce comes from The Kings Garden. He has a great personality and teaches you how to make traditional French dishes that aren't too elaborate to recreate yourself. We made a starter, a main dish and an apple tart for dessert, all from scratch and accompanied with carefully selected wines. I think the most memorable part was having dinner with Bertrand and his wife and having great conversation with a lot of cultural exchange. Since you're in his apartment it's like having dinner with friends. You can visit the château and finish the day by cooking with Bertrand. Even if you don't combine it with a visit to the château the experience is worth the trip to do on its own.

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bpollet, Owner at La Cuisine de Bertrand, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2011

Thank you for this review. We had a great time with you as well!

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Reviewed 18 September 2011

We went to Bertrand's cooking class to get a glimpse of a typical French evening and to learn to cook traditional French food. And that's exactly what we got! We had a great time, the food was superb and the view from the apartment on the Chateau de Versailles gardens was impressive. There was even a fireworks display over the chateau when we had dessert! Amazing!
To all you travelers out there, if you are planning on going to Paris, you have to try Bertrand's cooking class which is a memorable experience!
Bravo Bertrand!

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bpollet, Propriétaire at La Cuisine de Bertrand, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2011

Thanks a lot for this very nice review.
It was a pleasure for me to teach you french cooking basics!

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Reviewed 15 February 2013
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