French Cookery School LE PISTOU - Uzès, South of France
What better place to be inspired to cook than in sunny Languedoc - with its ingredients that burst with flavour and sunshine, its ancient traditions, its close connection with the land, its vines and its history?
LE PISTOU Cookery School holds its cooking classes in a 16th century kitchen in the heart of Uzes, beside the Tourist Information Office. Courses are followed by a relaxed lunch and are limited to 8 participants.
The courses (hands-on for those who want this) take about 3 hours and cost around € 100 per person, depending on subject. Some include a market tour or a tutored wine tasting by WSET-qualified Nathalie Walterscheid, providing a unique opportunity to learn about both food and wine and how one relates to the other..
Course subjects largely depend on the SEASONS and what fresh produce is available - hence in summer there will be more traditional PROVENÇAL and regional MEDITERRANEAN dishes, while in winter we will concentrate on comfort food or exotic winter warmers - food from the Middle East for instance, or Mexico, or Indonesia.. We may even dabble a little in molecular cuisine! (click on Courses for more course details).
Occasionally we may offer a full two-day course on "INTUITIVE COOKING" (to find out more about this click on Cooking with Flavours).
Our classes are flexible, easy-going and fun. Fees include cookery demonstrations and/or wine tastings plus lunch with wine, and you will take home all the information, checklists, recipes and tasting notes you will need to practice your new skills.
Needless to say we use ingredients that celebrate the vibrancy, sunshine and abundance of local seasonal produce.
We also cater for private cookery classes - ideal for small groups and gourmet culinary vacations. And 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, and 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.