Europe isn't just a great place to eat food, it's also a great place to learn how to cook it. Internationally renowned for its food, from famous French feasts to delightful Tuscan cuisine, Europe is the place to discover the joys of cooking. Taking cooking classes in Europe is easy, fun and a great way to get to know European food and culture, from preparing authentic Spanish tapas to learning how to cook the perfect French steak.
There are hundreds of courses in Europe, and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. To help you out, we've selected our top five cooking courses in Europe, from French cooking classes in Paris to cooking classes throughout Spain:
Learn how to cook Italian food in style with this fun and interactive cooking class in Tuscany. What's great about this class is that you get to stay right in the heart of Tuscany in a stunning eco-friendly Italian villa during the course. Enjoy culinary excursions and sightseeing trips as part of your stay and really experience the true culture of Tuscany, as well as its delicious food. The informal school offers three-day courses or one-week cooking courses, allowing you plenty of time to learn the passion of Italian cooking and experience the region first hand. You can also bring a non-participating partner to enjoy your vacation in Italy if you want.
Tuscookany Contact: Company Profile
Contact: Guest Relations Tuscookany
Louviers and Paris, France
France On Rue Tatin offers both one-day courses and three-day cooking classes, taught by renowned chef and author, Susan Loomis. Learn techniques and tips garnered from Susan's years of experience in home and professional kitchens in France.
Three and five day in Louviers: Three days at On Rue Tatin in Louviers is a rich, concentrated experience of cooking, learning, tasting, enjoying, laughing. You will work with the season and the region's finest ingredients then sit down to meals you've prepared, all accompanied by fine, small-production wines and artisanally made cheeses.
One-day in Paris: On Rue Tatin Paris classes are located in the heart of Paris, in a beautifully appointed professional kitchen where we chop, dice, mince, braise and saute our way through recipes designed for the home cook, then sit down together to enjoy the meal we have so pleasurably prepared. Morning classes begin with a market tour. Evening classes begin with multiple tastings followed by a hands-on class and a lovely candle-lit dinner.
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Contact: Lindsay Kinder
Title: Program Coordinator
La Cuisine Paris is a cooking school in the heart of Paris offering hands-on French cooking classes taught in English. From experiencing the splendors of the French Market to cooking a gourmet French dinner, to sampling Frances's finest Fromage and Wine. For those that have a sweet tooth, enjoy making classic French Pastries: Macarons, Eclairs, Croissants, and more! For those that love to experience food and culture, La Cuisine Paris is the place for you!
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Barcelona Cooking offers cooking classes in which the clients are the chefs. Classes usually start by heading as a group to the Boqueria market which is a few minutes away from the school. This is Barcelona's largest food market and is a sight to behold. The group encounters the very best fresh fruit, meat and seafood. Students help us purchase the ingredients required for the class and learn all the inside secrets whilst making their way past the different stalls. Back in the school, the class will either be based around Spanish Cooking in which paella is the main star or around tapas, the art of little dishes. Throughout the class premium private-label wines are served. At the end, everyone sits down to enjoy the meal just prepared. Everyone will receive copies of the recipes via email in order to recreate these at home.
We think this experience is an attractive one and it gives travelers the chance to get 'hands on' with Spanish culture. It is also quite an achievement and a rewarding process to cook an authentic and delicious Spanish meal with the best local produce. It is also a great way to meet other travelers from all over the world and share the experience with other like-minded people.
Barcelona Cooking Contact & Company Profile
Contact: Heather Cameron
Title: Office Coordinator
Multiple Locations in Spain
Set up by a group of Spanish culinary professionals, A Taste of Spain provides both cooking classes and food tours of Spain. Taking place all over the country, including Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and San Sebastian, the half-day cooking classes have either a traditional, avant-garde or vegan focus and can be held privately or as part of a group. Start the class with a trip to the local market, receive the advice and support of expert cooking teachers, and enjoy the relaxed feel of this fun and laid-back course.
A Taste of Spain Contact & Company Profile
Contact: Marta Angulo