LE PISTOU Cooking School – UZES

What better place to BE INSPIRED TO COOK than in the South of France, where food is closely linked to land and sea, where markets follow the rhythm of the seasons and where the sun-drenched produce simply bursts with flavour and colour!

Right in the heart of the picturesque and ANCIENT MARKET TOWN of Uzès, on the edge of Provence, LE PISTOU COOKING SCHOOL offers a range of achievable authentic Provençal cooking classes.

Some of our dishes hail from the CAMARGUE, land of COWBOYS, HORSES and BULLS, some from our FISHING PORTS and others from the MOUNTAINOUS HINTERLAND.  Now how could you possibly resist that?

Course Information

Classes are given ON DEMAND and BY RESERVATION.  We need a minimum of 4 participants to run a course and numbers are limited to 8 people.

Starting at 9.30am, the hands-on cooking sessions take 3 hours – after which we sit down to a relaxed lunch with a glass (or three) of wine.  Courses cost around €130 PER PERSON all inclusive and depending on the course you will learn between 6-10 super-versatile dishes. You will also take home all the recipes, checklists and tasting notes you might need to practice your newly acquired skills.

Depending on space available, it may also be possible to invite a non-participating partner for lunch afterwards – this costs 40€ per person including wine.

Our recipes reflect mellow Provençal moods – ideal for relaxed entertaining as many dishes can be prepared beforehand.  But our recipes are also chosen to teach you valuable KNIFE-SKILLS, PREPPING-TECHNIQUES and various COOKING-METHODS, plus you will  learn how to ADAPT the recipes to different ingredients, portion sizes and the changing seasons…

How it all came to be…

  •  Running TENTED SAFARI CAMPS in the wilds of Tanzania in my early twenties taught me to entertain and inspire…
  • A CHEF’S TRAINING COURSE in the 80’s founded my knowledge of cooking…
  • 30 years of CHEFFING and FOOD-WRITING confirm my interest in and experience with food.. it taught me how to write recipes and be creative. But more importantly, it taught me how to SHARE MY PASSION and my KNOWLEDGE…
  • Membership of both the Irish and English FOOD WRITERS’ GUILDS acknowledge my efforts and COMMITMENT to honest and authentic food…
  • A BA in Fine Art validated my life-long interest in art and encouraged me to buy and restore a large rambling house near Narbonne in 2004 – which I subsequently ran as a B&B…
  • For 10 years I ran COOKING and ART COURSES from here, but as the B&B became busier there was less and less time for me so I sold up and moved east closer to Provence.
  • I have since settled in the beautiful Roman/Medieval market town of UZES where I run cooking school LE PISTOU from May till November, and continue to paint during the winter months…