What better place to be inspired to cook than in the South of France, where food is has always been closely linked to land and sea.. and where the sun-drenched ingredients simply burst with flavour and colour!
Right in the heart of the picturesque and ancient market town of Uzès, LE PISTOU COOKING SCHOOL offers a range of achievable yet authentic Provençal cookery courses.
Starting at 9.30am the cooking sessions are HANDS-ON and take 3 hours, after which we sit down to enjoy the fruits of (y)our labour over a relaxed lunch with a glass (or 2) of wine.
Most courses cost €120 PER PERSON (some cost a little more, after all truffels and fish cost more than leeks) but all include lunch + wine.
And depending on available space, it may be possible to invite a non-participating partner for lunch afterwards – this costs 40€ per person.
Our recipes reflect mellow Provençal moods – ideal for relaxed entertaining. And while our menus follow the SEASONS, our recipes are also chosen to teach you valuable knife-SKILLS, prepping-TECHNIQUES and various cooking-METHODS. You will learn how to ADAPT the recipes to different seasons and ingredients. And you will of course take home all the information, checklists, recipes and tasting notes you might need to practice your newly acquired skills.
It is possible to incorporate a TUTORED WINE TASTING – providing a unique opportunity to learn about both FOOD and WINE and how one relates to the other.
Occasionally we offer a 2/3-day course on “INTUITIVE COOKING” – an incredibly innovative and valuable course where we learn to cook by combining naturally complementary flavours, and thus ultimately, cook spontaneously and instinctively without recipes. (To find out more about this click on Cooking with Flavours). We may even occasionally dabble in a little in MOLECULAR CUISINE for some foodie fun (and of course showing-off a bit)!
We also cater for private courses – ideal for small groups, culinary holidays and gourmet culinary vacations. Gift vouchers are available.
In her late teens Petra went to Paris to study French Literature, then moved to East Africa to run tented safari camps in the wilds of Tanzania.
Back in Ireland 8 years later, she trained and worked as chef (both private and in restaurants) then became a food-writer, stylist and photographer for many different publications. She was food-editor of Irish Tatler for 9 years and launched SQ Food Magazine which she wrote, photographed and edited for 4 years.
After finishing a BA in Fine Art in Dublin in 2002 (while continuing to photograph and write about food) she aspired to become an artist. Painting, printmaking and photography remain favourite pastimes.
In 2005 she moved to the South of France to restore a rambling old house near Narbonne which she ran as a B&B with a foodie and artistic edge. For 10 years she ran cookery and art courses here, but as the B&B became busier, she found there was was not enough time for her passions: cooking and art. So she sold up and move east, towards Provence.
She has since settled in beautiful Roman/Medieval Uzes where she runs a cookery school from her 16th century house.Read More