Auguste Escoffier, who served as the first Executive Chef of the Ritz in Paris said "good cooking is the foundation of true happiness". So after having tried out dozen of cooking classes in Provence I thought it was time I gave the Ecole Ritz Escoffier, the reference in French culinary arts, a try.
Michel Roth and his team of chef instructors run a fine tuned set of culinary workshops in ultra modern kitchens on the beautiful Place Vendôme. Classes vary in duration and a full set of menus are posted so that you are sure to select a class that is of particular interest. Culinary classes are available for adults and even children 6 yrs and up so that they too can become familiar with the basics of gastronomy. And if you have a desire to learn about making pasteries, cocktails or even floral designs this is the place to go.
When entering the basement you'll pass brigades of chefs and their teams preparing thousands of macaroons, apertizers, hors d'oeuvre before entering a private kitchen for your class. After choping, grating, mixing and stirring you'll dine with the other students in a cosy dining room to enjoy the feast.
But hurry as the Ritz has programmed a massive restoration and refurbishment project. Demolition of some parts of the hotel begin this month and the entire hotel will be closed by summer 2012 for a 2 year period. You can visit their website at: www.ritzescoffier.com