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available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, costs €250 per person. “The best part is their true farm-to-table passion,” explains Anna Watson Carl, a New York-based food writer. “Classes start at the Beaune farmers’ market, where you get a chance to meet Marjorie and Kendall’s favourite producers and buy ingredients for lunch. “Stories and techniques are swapped in the kitchen as everyone prepares lunch together, and fi nally crémant is poured and everyone sits around the table to eat the food they’ve prepared. The meals I’ve eaten at The Cook’s Atelier are among the best I’ve had in France.” In south-west France, Kate Hill’s culinary retreat, the Kitchen at Camont (www.ki
tchen-at-camont. com), which is housed in an old Gascon farmhouse, has developed something of a cult following. Kate offers year-round classes and specialised workshops. With her infectious laugh, generous spirit and warm sense of hospitality, she welcomes both amateurs and professionals alike.
“‘Cooking at Camont’ means working only with local farm-fresh ingredients and classic French techniques, Gascony-style,” Kate
explains. “I believe in exemplary seasonal menus that defi ne terroir – confi t de canard and foie gras in winter; orchard abundance for sugary fruit tarts in summer; mushrooms, game and truffl es in the fall – that is the cooking of south-west France!” ‘Charcuterie at Camot’, a new course focusing on artisan butchery and charcuterie, has been quite a hit. Also popular is the new ‘Basquelandia Roadtrip’, an edible pilgrimage through the mountainous region that straddles the French and Spanish border. Kate undertakes this gourmet adventure in her eight-passenger van and the proceedings kick off in Bordeaux.
Guided food tours of Paris, which see participants eating their way around the city with insider tips from resident experts, are a fun way to experience the capital’s thriving culinary scene. The award-winning Paris by
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) offers specialty tours with food experts – including the website’s founder, Meg Zimbeck – who have long-established relationships with local boutiques and chefs. The tours cost from €95 per person and the price includes all tastings.
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