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Hello and welcome to my cooking classes, in English, in the heart of one of the most beautiful medieval villages in southwest France.

If you are looking for culinary inspiration and an authentic taste of food in France, a cooking class at my home in Fourcès is the place for you.

You will find the Atelier (atelier means workshop, in French) in the northern Gers, a part of the Occitanie region sometimes called Little Tuscany. Here, the land undulates gently and is dotted with picturesque villages, vineyards and sunflower fields. To live and cook in this part of the world is to become immediately connected to the place and the seasons.

The cooking classes are run in my home kitchen⏤a vast space with thick walls of local stone and exposed wooden beams on the ceiling. The building was converted from the former stables of a 16th century chateau; the chateau which is just across the road, in fact.

The kitchen is always my favourite room, in any house. It is the place where food is prepared, of course. It is also where people congregate, where conversations are had⏤where life happens. The kitchen of this house is where the project began; it inspired me from the minute I laid eyes on it and it is simply the perfect space for gathering and cooking together. 

Join me for an afternoon of cooking french food with the best ingredients the Gers has to offer, followed by a leisurely lunch in the garden, around a big communal table under the shade of the ancient lime trees. 

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"I had a cooking class with Laura and it was a fabulous session. She covered a number of French recipes I was eager to learn including how to cook duck to perfection. We made the most amazing pear tart too. After all the cooking, we had a lovely lunch. It's a cooking experience I heartily recommend"

Melanie Kehm

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Choose from one of 4 formulas:

Cooking & Déjeuner

French Market Workshops
(choose 1 or 2 days)
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Afternoon Short Sessions

Brocante Sundays (an abridged workshop)

Cooking & Déjeuner Workshops

Cooking class menus are devised around several themes. (You will be able to indicate your interests on the booking form).

Times are 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What you get:
Hands-on cooking class – Aperitif – Lunch in the garden – Thoughtfully sourced cheese course – Local wines

These sessions can be booked most days of the week* and I suggest a Le Poisson is best on Thursdays & Fridays but this is not an absolute requirement.

Cost is €180 per person. 

Companion places are €50 and you add this at the time of booking. For more information see the FAQs page or enquire at time of booking.

To reserve your place, first fill in the Booking form, then you are taken to a page where you select the date and payment is processed.

Recipes sent after the class.

Other options available on request. Please email if you would like to discuss.

*except the 2nd Sunday of every month which is reserved for Brocante Sunday Workshops (more info below)

prunes

Cook Le Gers

Duck, prunes, Armagnac & everything Gascon. Regional French food from the past, brought firmly up to date.

rabbit with prunes (1)

French Home Cooking

Cook French Bistro classics like maman. Or papa. French traditional food like braises, gratins, tarts sweet & savoury.

beetroot salad

New Seasonal French

New things from old standards at their seasonal peak. Lots of market-fresh vegetables. Think Ottolenghi in France.

Moules

Le Poisson

Meunière, marinières, whole roast and fillets. Get to grips with French recipes for seafood. Striped t-shirts optional.

French Market Workshops

Cooking starts with shopping and what better way to learn about French food than by shopping at a French market? 

This workshop starts early at a nearby market where we shop together and select the freshest local ingredients before returning to Fourcès for cooking & eating.

Meet at the market at 8:30

Nérac is Saturday
Eauze is Thursday
Lectoure is Friday.

Some Wednesdays and Sundays available at smaller nearby markets.

Cost for a one-day workshop €210 

Companion places are €50 and you add this at the time of booking. For more information see the FAQs page or enquire at the time of booking. 

Recipes sent after the class.

Please note you will need your own transport for this session.

Two-day market workshops are also available. These involve shopping and prepping (and nibbling) on Day One and lots more cooking followed by feasting on Day Two. If you are in the area for an extended stay, this is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the local gastronomic culture. Please enquire for availability and prices.

wax beans toms summer mkt

French Market - Nérac

One of the nicest, liveliest markets, in the old town centre near the river Baïse every Saturday morning.

cherries at french market

French Market - Eauze

The capital of Bas Armagnac in the heart of the Gers region, a vibrant and bustling Thursday morning market.

lectoure melon

French Market - Lectoure

A beautiful bastide village is the setting for this traditonal Friday morning food market.

Afternoon Sessions

Cooking class menus are devised around several themes, below.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 1:00 – 5 p.m.

Cost €130

Hands-on cooking class – Tea & bubbly/beer & meal in the garden after the cooking 

Recipes sent after the class.

To reserve your place, first fill in the Booking form where you can indicate your preferred theme and then you are taken to a page where you select the day and payment is processed.

Other days available on request. Please email if you would like to discuss dates.

Companion places are €50 and you add this at the time of booking. For more information see the FAQs page or enquire at time of booking.

These themes will be updated frequently. To be notified, it is best to sign up for the newsletter. 

Lemon Tart

Tarts & Things

Tarts, baked goods, cake and lots of things to have with tea and bubbly.

xmas market meal

Dîner Aperatoire

Embrace the French trend for little plates, skewers, dips & grazing boards, inspired by world cuisines.

Tacos

Tex Mex & Tacos

Southwest USA meets SW France. Mains, salsas and real tacos plus how to make tortillas.

Brocante Sundays

A cooking class held exclusively the second Sunday of each month from May-November, to coincide with the monthly Fourcès Brocante market. The brocante is a wonderful, lively flea market held in the main village place which is about 10 seconds from the Atelier. This one is a must for antique-loving cooks!

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost €160

Hands-on cooking class – Aperitif –
Lunch in the garden –
Thoughtfully sourced cheese course –
Local wines

Recipes sent after the class.

Companion places are €50 and you add this at the time of booking. For more information see the FAQs page or enquire at time of booking.

Brocante torchons

Brocante Market Fources

brocante Fources 2

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