Cooking in Provence – French Cookery School in Uzès


LE PISTOU is a French Cookery School in Uzes that offers a TASTE of PROVENCE in the heart of the beautifully restored, historic town in the South of France..

UZES is known for its twice-weekly food markets, for its passionate artisan food producers and for its people proud of their food-loving heritage.   This is a region where ancient traditions are forever linked to land and sea, and where ingredients burst with flavour, colour and sunshine!

Fish courseWant to learn to cook vibrant Mediterranean food that bursts with local flavour and colour?  Dishes that use widely available ingredients, don’t take hours to make, yet are authentically Provençal?

Our courses are fun and achievable and always bear in mind today’s busy lifestyles. We use local, seasonal produce and no obscure ingredients, so that you can easily reproduce our dishes at home – wherever you are.   And besides, all our recipes reflect that wonderful, nostalgic Provençal vibrance and sunshine..


Cooking sessions are hands-on and take about 3 hours – followed by a leisurely lunch, including wine (this is the South of France after all!).

LE PISTOU offers a choice of different courses – most costing  €100 per person inclusive of a leisurely lunch and wine.  Some courses cost a little more – after all truffles cost more than leeks!

cooking classParticipants go home with a versatile repertoire of fail-proof recipes – not just fancy dishes to recreate for a once-a-year dinner-party but fab-looking and great-tasting food for ‘anytime’ – from laid-back apéros to fancy get-togethers and from cosy family suppers around the kitchen table to dishes worthy of celebrations.  Many will be suitable to ‘show-off’ a little..

Our menus at LE PISTOU – French Cooking Classes in Uzes, always follow the SEASONS and our recipes have been carefully chosen not just to make great food, but also to teach valuable (knife-) SKILLS, (prepping-) TECHNIQUES and/or different (cooking-) METHODS.  You’ll learn to think like a cook and you’ll learn to adapt recipes for all manner of dishes at home.

horse-drawn carriageOur lunch is shared around our relaxed communal table in the school.  But it may also be possible to arrange for an outdoor picnic afterwards to enjoy the fruits of your labour..  You will be collected by horse-drawn carriage and taken in style to the picnic spot in the nearby Vallée de l’Eure, then brought back 2 hours later..

It is also possible to incorporate a TUTORED WINE TASTING (we work in collaboration with Uzes Wine School) – 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 valuable course where we learn to cook by combining naturally complementary flavours, and thus, ultimately, to cook 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 showing-off)!

LE PISTOU – French Cooking Classes in Uzes Provence are are flexible, easy-going and fun. Fees include hands-on cooking sessions, lunch with wine, and you’ll take home all the information, checklists, recipes and tasting notes you might need to practice your new skills.

We also cater for private courses – ideal for small groups, culinary holidays and gourmet culinary vacations. And gift vouchers are also available.



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