Program Details

Best Cooking School Vacations in France 4-day 3-night or 6-day 5-night programs, lodging in a beautiful mansion, hands-on cooking classes,fine wines, dinners, visit to a market of Provence and to Van Gogh retreat at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole.
Saint-Remy-De-Provence, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Location: Saint Remy de Provence, Avignon, Cannes (Cote d’Azur)

Program Type: Study Abroad

Degree Level: Undergraduate

Term: 2021 Academic Year

Program Overview

Program Description:
Since 1995, Philippe Gion welcomes food lovers, novice and seasoned cook alike, in his school of cuisine in Saint Remy-de- Provence, a famous village with vineyards, old stones, roman tiles, olive trees, tall plane trees shadowing the village place.​More than just recipes and techniques, this adventure brings you to the best of Provencal way of life - a life based around friends, the kitchen, wonderful food prepared from the freshest local ingredients, famous wines, liquors, warm nights and fun.
This four-day three-night or six-day five-night English language programs ​include lodging in a beautiful Provencal mansion, hands-on cooking classes led by Philippe, all fine wines and dinners, visit to a market of Provence, visit to Van Gogh retreat at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and more...
Each day’s program offers something different:  4-courses menus covering about 20 recipes prepared together and shared around the home table, cheese and wines tasting from a selection of prestigious French wines. Participants are supplied with apron, chef hat and a booklet of Philippe's detailed recipes to take back home with them.​

Setting Description:

About Saint-Remy-de-Provence and the surroundings
Situated in the heart of the Alpilles, the Provencal small city of Saint Rémy is one of the "must-sees" in Provence. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, its ancient streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses, fantastic old fountains, shady squares, picturesque restaurants and elegant boutiques. This is the right place to buy local art crafts, souvenirs and watch the world go by over a coffee or pastis from a pavement café.
The beauty of the countryside and the quality of light has inspired many artists, writers and painters. The most famous was Vincent Van Gogh who produced more than 150 art works while he was interned at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole Hospital. 
You can walk to the very same places painted by the artist and discover the mountain of St Rémy, fields of lavender (in June), wheat and coquelicots (wild flowers), olive and cypress trees - all just as it was more than a century ago. 

Le Mas des Tourterelles (Saint-Remy-de-Provence)
In this wonderful part of Provence , the “Mas des Tourterelles” is only 5 minutes walking distance to the historical center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and one of the most famous market of Provence. Our pretty 19h century farm house or "Mas" is nestled in a garden where you can cool off in the pool surrounded by sun-bleached decking or relax under the shady vine or drink a glass of Provence’s wine. Your cooking classes are held in a marvelous kitchen in the heart of the Mas. Enjoy all dinner under the stars on the romantic terrace. After dinner strolling through the narrow winding streets is a delight! Free WiFi is included.


2021 Cooking Season

1400 Euros per person, double occupancy
What is included:
- 3 nights in  luxury accommodation in Provence 
- 3 hands-on cooking lessons led by Chef Philippe (15 hours teaching )
- Useful culinary tips, tricks and professional secrets
​- Special French sauces training
- Cold beverages, red and white fine local wines during cooking lessons 
- 3 "Four courses" gourmet dinners
- Tastings prestigious French wines : Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, etc. 
​-  nightCheeses tasting : Selection of the chef
- Visits and shopping with Philippe at a Market of Provence
- Visit to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, where Van Gogh painted famous artworks
- A great Champagne "Diploma Party" at the end of the session
- Your chef apron and hat
- Your personalized cookbook
- And a lot of fun!

2500 Euros per person, double occupancy
What is included: 
- 5 njghts in luxury accommodation in Provence 
More than 20 hours hands-on cooking classes led by Chef Philippe
- Useful culinary tips, tricks and professional secrets
​- Special French sauces training
- 4 "Four-courses" dinners with prestigious wines 
- A Wednesday lunch in a Michelin starred restaurant or equivalent
- Visit to a market of Provence with shopping experience
- Visit to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where Van Gogh painted his famous artworks
- Wines and cheese tastings
- Fine local wines at your discretion during classes and dinner
- End of session : "Diploma and Champagne ceremony" 
- Your Chef apron and hat
​- Your own personalized cook booklet
​- And a lot of fun!

 (1 cooking lesson + dinner)
. 180 Euros per person (more than 6 participants)
. 200 Euros per person (5 or 6 participants)

. 250 Euros per person (4 participants)
- Cooking class led by Philippe Gion
- "Four courses" dinner, selection of best local wines included
- Booklet of the recipes of the day 
¹At your home (travel costs may occur) or at our culinary location (with a group)
2021 DATES:
Any week available from April 05 to October 30, 2021. Other dates on request
Sessions begin on Monday at noon, and end on Thursday at noon  (4 Day-3 Night) or on Saturday at noon (6 Day-5 Night). Other dates on request
Note: June, July & August are "busy months" in Provence. Please, book in advance! 

4 Day-3 Night : A 600 Euros deposit saves you a space 
- 6 Day-5 Night : A 950 Euros deposit saves you a space
​- Cooking at your home: No deposit, full payment is due at the reservation 

- Prices are good from April 01, 2021 to October 30, 2021
- Low season: April 01 to May 15 & September 15 to October 30, 2019
- Cost does not include airfare, car rental, insurance, visits or meals and beverages not listed in the programs
- Prices based on double occupancy
- Other currencies: use exchange rate on date of payments

Additional Program Information

Age minimum: 12

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