There’s no doubt about it, Provence is one of the most exciting places to eat in the world. Thanks to the region’s microclimate, there is a natural abundance of fresh, seasonal, local ingredients which draws many chefs to explore and set up business in the South of France. As a result, the region is rich with a diverse range of fantastic restaurants. So, if you love good food, delicious wine, and outstanding atmospheres, you won’t be disappointed! And, even better, if you enjoy cooking, there are plenty of cookery courses, workshops and renowned cookery schools for aspiring enthusiasts and professionals alike. Here you can learn the intricacies and secrets of Mediterranean cuisine.
The chef’s table
Several of the world’s greatest chefs have found their way to the South of France at some point in their illustrious careers – inspired by the culinary delights and richness of Provence’s reputable terroir (land/soil). For instance, the Italian-Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco, rated the best chef in the world, runs the 3 Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton. In addition, Provence attracts younger chefs who are making their mark in the south like Coline Faulquier set up the Michelin-starred Restaurant Signature in Marseille in 2019 and was also named ‘Young Chef of 2021’. Amongst these two chefs, there are a number of Michelin-starred chefs who have established sophisticated and innovative restaurants. So, we are truly spoiled for choice!
Mastering the art of Provencal cooking
If the above has been enough to inspire you, why not take to the kitchen to discover the secrets of the haute cuisine Provencal. There are several excellent cookery schools and informal courses immediately around us in Antibes, as well as further afield. Above all, many of these are set in the most beautiful and inspiring locations. Here are a handful of courses which each offer different experiences and skills that you can bring back to your Parc du Cap residence.
- In company of masters at the top of their game
Positioned in the picturesque hilltop village of La Cardière d’Azur, Hostellerie Bérard represents Provence at its very best. Michelin-awarded chef, Jean François Bérard’s cooking classes are one of the hotel’s major attractions. The class invites participants to immerse themselves in the stunning natural environment – to gather fresh, Mediterranean ingredients and create Provencal style dishes with the inspiration of chef Bérard at their side. Afterwards, why not enjoy Bérards impressive restaurant or partake in the hotel’s wine seminars.
- A taste of life as a chef
Designed for those who would like to immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of a chef’s life, this is the perfect experience. At the Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse, Michelin-starred Chef Jacques Chibois offers an opportunity to spend a unique day in his company. To clarify, the day will start by accompanying the famous chef to the local market, observing his work in the kitchen, a wine tasting session and visit to the vineyards with the head sommelier. What’s not to appeal!
- An introduction to gourmet cooking
About a two-hour drive from Antibes, Le Phébus & Spa is a gem in the heart of the stunning Luberon. The charming dry-stone farmhouse is ideally located with exceptional views of the countryside and accompanied by a glorious aroma of lavender and garrigue. Here, chef étoilé, Xavier Mathieu offers a half-day introduction to the secrets of Provencal cuisine – learnings which can be easily replicated for friends and family in your Parc du Cap home. Before leaving, why not take some time to relax with complimentary access to the hotel spa.
- A sweet treat
Alternatively, for dessert lovers, the famous Chocolaterie de Puyricard offers workshops under the guidance of their master chocolate makers. Workshops range from chocolate dessert workshops, bean to bar workshops to family workshops – making a fun day out for all members of the family. Fortunately, Puyricard has stores across Provence so there is no need to travel far to indulge a little!
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