French Cookery School LE PISTOU has relocated to the beautiful historic town of Uzes - near Avignon - to open end April 2015.
Our COOKING CLASSES (some with wine tastings) take place in a pretty 16th century kitchen near the Tourist Information Office - usually in the mornings - and they are limited to 8 participants.
Each class takes about 3 hours, is followed by a relaxed lunch and costs around 100€ per person. Some courses can include a market tour or a tutored wine tasting... (Please see Courses for details.)
Needless to say we use ingredients that celebrate the vibrancy, sunshine and abundance of local seasonal produce.
We also cater for private cookery classes and vineyard visits - ideal for small groups and gourmet culinary vacations.
Gift vouchers are also available.
This website is updated regulargly but you can also 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 a chef, cultivated vast collections of culinary and medicinal herbs and taught her sons the essentials of life (like how to cook and climb trees).
She subsequently worked as private cook for famous people, then as free-lance food-writer, stylist and food photographer for different publications, including Wine Ireland and the Irish Times. 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 write and photograph 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 a 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, there was less 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.