In the Kitchen with the Chef: Cooking Classes in Nice

Why just have lunch when you can come into the kitchen, spend the morning with the chef, learning from the master while preparing the meal together, and then feast on your culinary creations?

Rosa Jackson Petites Farcis Market tour and Cooking classesRosa Jackson opened her cooking school in Old Nice, Les Petits Farcis, after having given her market tours and cooking classes out of her Nice apartment for years and years!   Her Market Tour/Cooking Class/Lunch starts in the famous Cours Saleya open-air market, where she knows all the vendors and shares their stories and passion.  You’ll choose the products for the day’s Niçoise menu, as well as sampling the wares at some of her favorite stalls. Next, a short walk through Vieux Nice to her immaculate new cooking studio, and on with the aprons!  Everyone participates in an easy-going atmosphere, and the culmination is to savor your locally-inspired creations over a leisurely lunch with wine at the communal table.  The day goes from 9:30am-3pm (later than most others), and at 200€/per person (discount for 4 or more) it may seem a bit pricey, but Rosa’s personality and know-how have kept the students coming for over 12 years, making her cooking classes the most popular in Nice.  12 rue St-Joseph in Old Nice, Tram stop Cathédrale.

The French Way is a more laid-back experience, with a small group (5 people max), meeting Marion at the more local Liberation open-air market, shopping and chatting with the vendors, and then heading up to her apartment right above the market to spend the morning cooking, and then the afternoon eating!  It’s a like a cooking day between friends.  4 hours, 110€/person, 5 people max, tram stop Liberation.  The French Way also offers other local activities, including an Antibes/Picasso tour.

La Ville de Nice is doing their own Atelier Cuisine Niçoise cooking workshops to promote and preserve the culinary traditions of the region.   Located under the medieval arches of the Palais de Senate just off Cours Saleya in Old Nice, courses are offered Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9:30am. The shopping and prep work have already been done for you, so the chef explains a bit about the history and ingredients, then the aprons go on, and then the magic begins.  Everyone has their own professional work station (12 people max), with the chef at the head station with a video screen above so everyone can mimic the correct techniques.   The cost is 50€/per person or 75€ per couple, and includes 2-3 recipes and takes 2 1/2 hours, whereupon you have the option of savoring your creations together at an outdoor communal table under the arches, or taking your delectable creations with you to share with your entourage.

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