French Country Cooking Holidays in France
Dates: June 24, July 22, August 12, September 9
Tutor: Alexandra Waddington
Our French country cooking holidays are for people who enjoy food and cooking. If you want to know more about regional French food this cooking course is for you. You will cover all stages of the process; from raw materials to tempting presentation.
Cooking holidays run from Saturday to Saturday and include:
- 7 night full board stay at the château in your own room
- wine with lunch and dinner
- transfers from/to the local station/airports (see our travel page)
- local excursions and afternoon visits (see our other things to do page)
Cooking Holiday Tutor
Your French cooking course tutor Alexandra is keen for you to have as much ‘hands on’ experience in the kitchen as possible and there will be at least one kitchen session every day and often two. With a maximum of five students in the kitchen you will have the time and attention you deserve.
Kitchen sessions at L’Age Baston are focused on acquiring techniques, learning about ingredients and practicing recipes. We will also be dealing with menu-planning, presentation and safe ways of working in the kitchen. You will probably also be laughing a lot.
You may well be preparing and cooking some of the dishes for your fellow guests. So what you make really does get eaten and, because you are being taught by Alexandra, whatever you put on the table will be brilliant. After all, that’s why we cook – for us to eat and enjoy food together and we always do enjoy it at L’Age Baston. “Taste without waste” is a key part of the French Country Cuisine and long may it remain so.
You will not be spending the whole time chained to the kitchen. French Country Cooking Students will get out and about visiting local sources of some of the ingredients you will be using. Perhaps to see a Walnut Oil Mill or the Trout Farm at the ‘Sources of the Touvre. We may visit one of the local cheese makers or any one of three Chocolatiers (including the “Trois Palais” where you can make and take away your own). We may have trips to Cognac and Pineau producers, saffron farmers, the local Cave at St Sornin where your lunchtime rosé comes from, and of course, the mighty markets of Piegut Pluviers and Rouillac.
By the end of your holiday and your French cooking course, we want you not just to have enjoyed making dishes and meals in a particular style but also to feel more confident about your own approach to creating good French food. There’s even a folder of all the Château L’Age Baston recipes that you will have cooked during your stay for you to take home and enjoy all over again.
French Country Cooking Sample Menus
Your French cooking course tutor Alex has prepared some sample menus for you to view.