There are gourmet cooking classes in Paris available at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier, located in the scrumptiously opulent Ritz Hotel at the Place Vendôme.
The Ritz Escoffier offers a wide variety of classes in English, from Les Petits Marmites for children to a program for professional chefs. The Ritzy break class was created so that neighboring businesspeople could come in and learn while lunching for an hour. It includes a main course, wine and coffee, and is a great option for visitors on the go. If you have a bit more time, and you’d like an alternative to the restaurants in Paris, there is a class that includes a market visit followed by a three-course meal you help prepare. There is even a healthy-eating class for CEOs on the go, flower arranging and a cocktail class with Colin Field, the world’s greatest bartender, according to Forbes.
Before our class began, we were given a brief glimpse into the hotel’s beautiful kitchens, featuring artistic representations of food and etched-glassed windows framing the industrial equipment that is arranged with military precision. Chefs worked calmly, each in his or her own dedicated work space. Our teacher for the evening was the incredibly charming, enthusiastic Didier Steudler. Didier runs these cooking classes in Paris under the leadership of the Ritz’s head chef Michel Roth, and he was remarkably patient with our culturally diverse group.