Every year, thousands of people come to France to sample its amazing cuisine. Many go a step further by taking hands-on cooking classes in Paris and around the country. Covid prevents many people from doing this, at least, in person. But the pandemic has expanded the possibilities, with a range of French cooking classes online, bringing the best of French cuisine into your kitchen!
At the start of the pandemic the owners of Cook’n with Class, chef Eric and his wife Yetunde, extended their in-person classes in Paris and Uzès to their YouTube channel. It features two series, Cook’n With Class Recipes, hosted by Eric, and Cook’n With Remi, hosted by their 6-year-old son and aimed at younger would-be cooks. While both schools officially re-opened in mid-July, interest in online offerings has not waned. Therefore, they have designed a range of live online cooking classes. The focused classes cover multicourse meals, macarons, dessert and baking. Learn more about these here.
Sweet-toothed Francophiles can perfect the art of French pastry and baking with the guidance of Paris-based, award-winning chef and cookbook author Alisa Morov. She has launched small group and private virtual classes via Zoom. The topics of her in-depth lessons include meringues, choux, gâteau basque, and café gourmand. The lessons are peppered with insightful conversations about French culture, mindsets and other invaluable tips. See her Instagram page for free tutorials, or contact her at [email protected] to book.
You can catch some great French cooking tutorials on the Instagram account of this excellent Parisian cooking school. They also do online classes on specific themes like croissant fundamentals, French sauces, and macarons. These are organized in modules so you can work at your own pace. In addition, La Cuisine Paris has teamed up with the famous kitchen supply store E. Dehillerin to create three cooking equipment boxes (one for croissants, one for macarons, and one for pastries). The contents of these have been handpicked with Mr. Dehillerin himself. The boxes are currently available for shipment in France. See their website for further details.
Bring a touch of the sunny south of France to your home via the virtual classes led by Rosa Jackson. Hailing from Canada, Rosa has lived in France since 1995, when she founded the first company to offer Paris food market tours. She is now based in Nice and teaches French cuisine at her school Les Petits Farcis. She has teamed up with sommelier Viktorija Todorovska for a Virtual Culinary Tour de France. Capped at eight participants and held live Saturdays from 6-8pm CET (12-2pm EST), each class “travels” to a different region of France, covering a local dish, dessert, and regional wines. More on these classes here.
With more than 400,000 YouTube subscribers, Stéphane Nguyen has a range of videos available on his channel, as well as paid online cooking courses. Ideal for anyone wanting to learn at their own pace, his Get Started with French Cooking is a comprehensive 12-unit course with 60 video tutorials covering all the important basics of French cooking, from making sauces to braising meats.
If you want to have a little fun dabbling in French cuisine, then check out Parisian Alex Gabriel Ainouz’s YouTube channel and cookbook. His lively videos have attracted the attention of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and over a million subscribers. While he does not only focus on French food, there is content devoted to his national cuisine, such as these videos on croissants, French onion soup, and ratatouille.
- Check out more (free!) online courses from Paris
- See Lily’s list of where to eat near the Sacré-Coeur & Montmartre
- Browse our favorite bistro cookbooks (part 2) for more delicious meal inspiration
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