LE PISTOU Cooking School

Hands-on cooking classes in the heart of Uzès

The cooking classes

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

Classes  combine hands-on cooking with demonstrations.  We start at 9.30am. We chop, toss, drizzle and taste until 1pm, sharing tales of wisdom while we cook. Then we sit down to a relaxed lunch with a glass (or three) of wine. And after 2 hours of more chat and stories, we will part as if we’ve been friends forever!

Most classes cost €165 per person. Of course you will take home all the recipes, checklists and tasting notes you will need to practice your newly acquired skills.

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, food is firmly and undeniably linked to LAND and SEA – and all menus, markets and people follow this EASY RHYTHM 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, Provençal cuisine reflects its surroundings as much as its traditions and history.  Our local produce hails from the CAMARGUE (land of cowboys, horses and bulls), from nearby FISHING PORTS and from the MOUNTAINOUS HINTERLAND, while the GARRIGUE gives us herb-sweetened lamb and scented cheeses, exquisite honeys and fragrant olive oils…  And oh, let’s not forget the well-rounded wines from the many vineyards all around us.  Now how could you possibly resist this?

Our classes are as flexible as the dishes themselves and all recipes can easily be adapted to different seasons and ingredients.  If you have special requests, let us know – we will try and adjust to your taste, your wishes and your dietary requirements. 


Uzès is an ancient market town halfway between Nimes and Avignon and it is super 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 our 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).


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