Cooking Holidays


Following the success of several Italian cooking weeks, Cooking with Class is running a short residential course in May 2017 at Aubiet in the Gers, South West France.

An area that I have known for many years, the four day course at our Gascony farmhouse will be limited to six students. Including practical classes there will also be visits to producers, a wonderful market and restaurants. Enough I hope to make you fall in love not only with the cooking of the Gers, but the people and countryside too. You may even want to delay your return home to see more of the area and I’d certainly be happy to help if this is what you are planning.

Now you may well be wondering exactly where is the Gers. Sandwiched between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and just a little north of the Pyrénées, the house is situated between Toulouse and Auch. The area is renowned for its sunshine and rolling fields of golden wheat and sunflowers . Its contribution to French cuisine is quite impressive. Ducks and foie gras make this a very important part of gastronomic France. Also famous for growing garlic and prunes, the Gers is a veritable cornucopia of delicious vegetables and fruit, enough to excite any cook. The production of Armagnac, Floc as well as local wines makes this area quite special.

The emphasis of the cooking course is very much a friendly and informal one teaching the essence of the kitchen of the south west of France and the enjoyment of good food and wine. Techniques to be included will cover the demystifying of foie gras and magret de canard, mastering French pastries and breads and making the most of sun drenched fruit and vegetables. All this and you will have time to relax too.

Arrival is on the Saturday afternoon and departure after breakfast on the Wednesday. Included in the price; Accommodation at our farmhouse called Lalioué, near Aubiet 32270, France, all tuition and meals. Not included in the price: Travel to and from Aubiet,France.

So if you are interested in more information, including travel advice please send me an email at