Wish you could pack your suitcase with your favorite meals from the Provence region of France to enjoy back home?

Do the next best thing: Learn to shop, cook, and eat like the French in a one-day, hands-on cooking class taught in English by renowned Provençal chef Jean-Marc Villard.

Chef Jean-Marc Villard teaches Provençal cooking in his own home kitchen

Chef Jean-Marc Villard teaches Provençal cooking in his own home kitchen

An authentic taste of French gastronomy

Your day with Jean-Marc Villard Gourmet Cooking Class in Provence begins with a welcome coffee with homemade pastries and conversation in the chef’s own home kitchen. He lives in the small hamlet of Maubec overlooking the scenic Luberon Mountains.

Chef Villard’s idyllic front yard

Chef Villard’s idyllic front yard

Next, you shop for fresh, seasonal, local, and mainly organic ingredients at either an outdoor market or a farmers’ co-op.

Provençal bounty at Naturellement Paysan, a farmers’ co-op

Provençal bounty at Naturellement Paysan, a farmers’ co-op

Returning to Chef Villard’s kitchen, you work side by side with him to prepare a three-course feast plus an amuse bouche, or bite-sized hors-d’oeuvre. As you slice, dice, sauté, and stir, Chef Villard imparts culinary techniques and tips gleaned from his 10 years as a chef and instructor at the prestigious Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, as well as stints in fine French restaurants.

Bon appetit

At last, you indulge in the fruits of your labors at the communal table alongside Chef Villard’s lush garden of olive trees, lavender, and flowering plants.

Flavors of Provence tempt in this dish of zucchini pasta topped with peppers

Flavors of Provence tempt in this dish of zucchini pasta topped with peppers

The atmosphere at Chef Jean-Marc Villard’s cooking class is convivial and relaxed. The food, delicious. His hospitality, gracious. The setting, quintessential Provence.

And, with copies of the recipes to take away, you can replicate your gourmet French menu again and again to the delight of your family and friends.


What’s appealing to the over-50 luxury traveler?

  • Provence is known as the garden of France, and Chef Jean-Marc Villard introduces you to its abundance and diversity.
  • Chef Villard adapts the day’s menu to the dislikes, allergies, and food sensitivities of his students. You’ll receive a food survey to complete and return prior to your visit.
  • Meet and share a creative activity with like-minded, food-oriented travelers.
  • Participants receive detailed copies of the recipes written in English.

Take note

  • Classes are small (between one and six participants, unless you schedule a private class) and seasonal (from March to October to coincide with the growing season), so book early.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t know your way around a kitchen. Previous cooking experience is helpful, but not necessary.
  • Chef Villard’s expansive kitchen prep counter is set with individual cutting boards, utensils, aprons, and bar-height stools for each participant.
  • Come hungry!

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French Cooking with Chef Jean-Marc Villard in Provence

*All photo credits (except lede photo): Mary Gilbert


Disclosure:

The author’s participation in the cooking class was partially subsidized by the cooking school.


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Jean-Marc Villard Gourmet Cooking Class in Provence


 

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