Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Atelier des Chefs

One of my self-imposed rules is to never write about what I have not test driven. Lots of things can look good in theory but end up being dogs in practice and I have enough problems without ticking off my highly select readership by recommending a dog. Still, I was so charmed by the offering of the “Atelier des Chefs” and as I will not be back in Paris until Easter, I just had to pass this along right now.

If you are at loose ends for what to do for lunch in the City of Lights, you can take a 30 minute cooking class and consume the outcome with your chef and fellow students for the amazing price of €15, including cheese, desert and wine. To give you an idea, today’s menu at the main location is Beef sautéed in mustard with Chinese cabbage, tomorrows is Risotto with Uncured Ham and Zucchini.

The clever Bergerault brothers who are the entrepreneurs (and yes, President Bush, that is a French word) behind the Atelier des Chefs have three central Paris locations: near the Champs-Elysees in the 8th arrondisement and two smaller ateliers inside the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Nation department store. They have a nifty website where you can reserve a class and based on what I saw today, this formula is extremely popular with lots of classes already filled. Needless to say, booking ahead is important but on the site it looks easy. I have emailed the company to ask how useful the classes would be for someone who speaks little to no French but am still waiting for a response.

If you try this out, I would love to hear what you thought of it. Was it fun? Would you recommend it to a friend? What did you cook?

Atelier des Chefs
10 rue de Penthievre
Paris, 75008
Tel: 01 53 30 05 82
Metro: Miromesnil

Photo courtesy of the Atelier des Chefs website

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