LE PISTOU Cooking School

Hands-on cooking classes in the heart of Uzès

The cooking classes

Our school kitchen is in a little 16th century house in the  heart of the town, just around the corner from the Tourist Information Office.

We start at 9.30am. We chop, taste, drizzle and whisk until 1pm, sharing tales of wisdom while we cook, then sit down to a relaxed lunch with a glass or two of wine. And after 2 hours of more chat and stories, we will part as if we’ve been friends forever!

Most classes cost €130 PER PERSON. And if there is space, you may bring along a non-participating friend or partner for lunch afterwards. This costs 40€ per person, including wine. Of course you will take home all the recipes, checklists and tasting notes you need to practice your newly acquired skills.

Depending on the type of dishes, our classes include 8 to 10 super-versatile recipes that adapt easily to the changing seasons.  Wednesday classes can include a market tour on request, in which case the amount of dishes is reduced to about 6.  During July or August, Saturday markets are just too busy for a market tour.

Courses are given on demand and by reservation on any day of the week (even on Sundays if your schedule demands this).  But we do need a minimum of 6 people to run a class and numbers are limited to 8 people.

The food

Here in the South of France food is firmly and undeniably linked to land and sea.  And menus, markets and people follow the easy rhythms of the seasons. Our sun-drenched produce simply bursts with flavour and colour. I cannot think of a better place to BE INSPIRED to cook, can you?

Like all over the world, cuisines reflect their surroundings as much as their traditions and history.  Provençal food is no different.  Local produce hails from the CAMARGUE (land of cowboys, horses and bulls), from nearby FISHING PORTS and the MOUNTAINOUS HINTERLAND. While the GARRIGUE gives us herb-sweetened lamb and luscious cheeses, exquisite honeys and fragrant olive oils.  And oh, let’s not forget the well-rounded wines from the vineyards all around us.  Now how could you possibly resist this?

Our courses are as flexible as the dishes themselves. While we use seasonal ingredients, most recipes can easily be adapted to different seasons. And if you have special requests, let us know – we will try and adjust to your taste, your wishes and your dietary requirements. 

Uzès

Uzès is an ancient market town halfway between Nimes and Avignon, and it’s easy to fall in love with.  In fact everyone does. Think cobble stones and pale sandstone facades, narrow streets littered with pretty squares, chic shops and café terraces… All dappled in the shade of the ubiquitous plane trees. 

Today Uzès is still famous for its twice-weekly, fragrant and colourful, open-air food markets. No surprise then that in 2018 Uzes market won the distinction of the ‘best market in the Languedoc’.  In the same year the town also won 3 stars in the 2018 Michelin Green Guide – one of only 3 towns in France to win this accolade (the other two being Honfleur and Sarlat).

Tours

To find out more about Michelle’s unforgettable food, wine and cultural tours, please click on the image above…

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