When the Ritz Paris reopened after nearly four years of renovations in the summer of 2016, one of the carefully attended to improvements was a third custom-built kitchen in which the Escoffier Ritz Cookery School would expand their cooking classes options which were offered to the public. And here is the most exciting new: The prices are as not as far out of reach as their accommodations. In other words, if you’re planning a trip to Paris and enjoy cooking, check out their schedule.
The classes are wide ranging and very specific to the skill you are looking for. With classes as low as €90 for two hours running up to €310 for eight hours, you can learn how to make macrons, improve your talents with chocolate, perfect choux pastry, focus entirely on meat and sauces or summer seasonal produce just as a few examples. View the entire set of offerings here.
An additional bonus, learn the French language while you cook as all courses are taught in French (but don’t worry, there is an English translator speaking simultaneously as well). The expertise taught ranges from youth to professionals wanting improve their craft, and many of the classes are taught by Michelin starred chefs.
Named after the French chef, restauranteur and culinary writer Georges Auguste Escoffier who worked with the founder of the Ritz Hotel, César Ritz, in 1898, the school opened in 1988 to honor the man who believed “good cuisine is the basis of true happiness.” As the hotel’s first executive chef, he credited with modernized French cuisine and elevated the job that for so long had been under appreciated.
I must admit, this looks like a beautiful memory to have while traveling to Paris, and with the setting of the historic Ritz, it may just be hard to focus. But we must! As the skills learned will certainly improve anyone’s talents in the kitchen, and what stories you will have to tell your guests.
Learn more about Escoffier Cookery School here
~Check out Auguste Escoffier’s complete cooking tome: The Escoffier Cookbook and Guide to the Fine Art of Cookery: For Connoisseurs, Chefs, Epicures Complete With 2973 Recipes
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