French Cookery School LE PISTOU - Uzès, South of France
What better place to be inspired to cook than in the Languedoc? A place where ancient traditions are intimately linked to land and sea, and where the ingredients burst with flavour, colour and sunshine..
Right in the HEART of the picturesque and ancient market town of Uzes, LE PISTOU Cookery School offers a range of cookery courses.
COOKING sessions are HANDS-ON for those who want this and take about 3 hours - after which we all sit down to enjoy a leisurely LUNCH.
Classes cost €100 per person ( €125 for the Fish Course) including lunch and wine, and they are limited to 8 participants.
Our menus always depend on the SEASONS and all recipes have been carefully chosen not only to produce delicious and unique dishes, but also to teach valuable (knife) SKILLS, prepping TECHNIQUES and cooking METHODS.
Needless to say we use ingredients that reflect the vibrancy, sunshine and abundance of local produce.
There may be time for a MARKET TOUR with some courses - please check with us. It may also be 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 will offer a 2-day course on "INTUITIVE COOKING" (to find out more about this click on Cooking with Flavours). We may even dabble in a little in molecular cuisine occasionally!
Our classes are flexible, easy-going and fun. Fees include hands-on cooking sessions, lunch with wine, and you will take home all information, checklists, recipes and tasting notes you 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.
This website is updated regularly, but if you have additional questions you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring us @ +33(0)777234157.
HOW IT ALL CAME TO BE...
In her late teens Petra studied French Literature in Paris, then moved to East Africa to run tented safari camps in the wilds of Tanzania.
Back in Ireland, she trained and worked as private chef and as free-lance food-writer, stylist and food photographer for different publications. She was food-editor of Irish Tatler for ten years and launched SQ Food Magazine which she wrote and edited for four years.
After finishing a BA in Fine Art in Dublin (while continuing to photograph and write about food) she aspired to become an artist - painting and photography remain favourite pastimes.
In 2005 she moved to the South of France to restore a rambling old village house near Narbonne which she ran as B&B with a foodie and artistic edge. For 10 years she gave cookery and art courses here, but as the B&B became more successful she found there was wasn't enough time for her courses. So she sold up and move east, towards Provence.
She has since re-settled in Medieval Uzes where she runs a cookery and wine school from her little 16th century house.