There are plenty of English-language cooking schools in this city, but La Cuisine Paris is the friendliest and most fun, letting you shadow a top pâtissier and learn their most prized pastry secrets first-hand.
The very first instruction your master chef at this particular cooking school will give you is ‘don’t call me chef’. As talented and award-winning as the teacher may be, this workshop strives to break down the sense of hierarchy often implicit in cooking environments in order to make all participants feel at home, and equally capable of achieving their most wildest cooking dreams.
A great class to book onto to gain a thorough introduction to the secrets of French sweetness is ‘Les Tartes: Classic French Tartes’. Roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in two hours of creating the most cherished French pastries and desserts, learning the secrets to creating the perfect tarte au chocolat and the classic French tarte aux pommes.
Unlike in professional cookery schools, with islands and burns and kitchen aids for each individual, the equipment is not professional, it’s realistic precisely so that the skills you learn can be easily replicated at home.
What’s special about La Cuisine Paris is that they believe the best experience is a shared and social experience. They actively encourage the sharing of stories while you’re baking, and so you’ll have the chance to get to know other pastry-lovers in Paris all while sharing cooking tasks to produce a tasty end result.
You’ll be absolutely amazed at the end results, which have texture, taste and consistency as professional as you’ll find in pastry shops. They come in little boxes too so that they can easily be taken home – if you can hold off from eating them straight away, that is.
Whilst many of the guests may be talented bakers already, this cooking school isn’t just for the experienced, it’s for any baking enthusiasts who are keen to learn. It’s even open to those who have never baked in their life before. The pastry chef will talk you through each step, and help you out if needed.
But, even if you have done a lot of cooking before, you may be surprised at how much you learn about improving your own cooking technique. From cracking eggs on a flat surface instead of against a bowl to prevent getting shell in the mixture, to pricking the dough to prevent it from getting swollen, you will be let into the industry’s top secrets.
Don’t worry about scribbling down all these secrets or instructions, as you get given a print out of the recipe to take home with you, and the session is rounded off with a list of the top pâtisseries to visit in Paris, printed on a map for easy access.
La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, +33 1 40 51 78 18