LE PISTOU Cooking School

Hands-on cooking classes in the heart of Uzès

Uzès

Uzès is an ancient market town half an hour from 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 by the shade of the ubiquitous plane trees. 

Today Uzès is still famous for its twice-weekly open air markets. So much so that this year, Uzes market has won the distinction of the ‘best market in the Languedoc’. The town has also been awarded a 3 star accolade this year in the Michelin Green Guide – one of only 3 towns in France to do so. The other two being Sarlat and Honfleur.

So what better place to immerse yourself in the French way of life?  What better place to BE INSPIRED to cook?  Here in the South of France where food is firmly and undeniably linked to land and sea, where the markets and its people follow the easy rhythms of the seasons, and where the sun-drenched produce simply bursts with flavour and colour!

The food

Like all over the world, regional cuisines reflect their surroundings as much as their traditions and history.   

Hence Provençal food (originally a peasant cuisine) is based on local produce that hails from the CAMARGUE, land of cowboys, horses and bulls and from the quays of our FISHING PORTS… There is succulent, herb-sweetened lamb from the GARRIGUES surrounding us and cured meats from the MOUNTAINOUS HINTERLAND… Organic vegetables cultivated by local growers, fragrant goats- and sheepsmilk cheeses made with love and care by farmers all around us and exquisite honeys of lavender and rosemary and chestnut…

And then all of this goodness is smothered with olive oil from the groves that surrounded us…  And oh, let’s not forget to mention the well-rounded wines from the vineyards all around…   Now how could you possibly resist that?

You can choose from a range of classes with different themes.  And if you have a special request for a specific dish you would like us to include, just write to us and ask.  Wherever possible, we can adapt to your tastes, your wishes and your dietary requirements.

The cooking classes

Our cooking date will take place in my school kitchen, 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 cook until 1pm and then sit down to a relaxed lunch with a glass (or three) of wine.  Courses cost €130 PER PERSON all inclusive (except for the Fish and Truffle classes). And if there is space, you may bring along a non-participating 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 may need to practice your newly acquired skills.

Because we cover a large number of super dishes during our class (8-10 in most cases) there is little time for a market tour beforehand. However, if you prefer we can take you to the market on Wednesdays or Saturdays – only we would have to sacrifice a few recipes.

Courses are given on demand and by reservation on any day of the week (even on Sundays when your schedule leaves you no choice).  But we do need a minimum of 4 people to run a class and numbers are limited to 8 people.