Culinary Vacation


The Week in Uzès – French Culinary holiday package is a an opportunity for food lovers of all levels to partake in a 5-day French Culinary and touring experience, in the beautiful Gard Provencal. You are on the doorstep to Provence and you can feel it and taste it! Our focus will be on Mediterranean and Provençal cuisines.

Your 7 nights in Uzès will be spent at a beautiful guesthouse with your fellow classmates. Group size is limited to 6 people maximum and you are more than welcome to come either alone or accompanied by a loved one.

You will spend the 5 days of classes together not only cooking but also visiting local farms, tasting wine, cheese & olive oil, but also visiting local markets.

All classes are taught in English by experienced French chef-instructors & sommeliers.

Schedule: You can join us for program weeks running Saturday to Saturday

Week in Uzès Sample Program

The following is a sample program for our Week in Uzès – French Culinary holiday in the South of France. The program is subject to change due to weather or availability of our suppliers. A more definitive program will be given to you on the day of your arrival. Barring any changes in weather and the desires of the group, this final program will be what you can expect for the week. We ask that you try to be understanding about any slight modifications that will not affect your overall enjoyment of the program.

Sample program based on our 2017 sessions (just to give you a taste). To discover our 2018 proposed program, click here.

Saturday arrival

DAY 1:

Arrival at the house/Welcome dinner cocktail

Arrival at the guest house after 4 PM.

To get you excited about the week ahead, we have arranged a “cocktail dinatoire” at the guesthouse. A chance to meet your chef instructor and the team who will be part of making your French cooking vacation spectacular. Meal included.

DAY 2:

Day off. We would be happy to make suggestions for a day of exploring the region and Uzès. A chance to get to know your fellow housemates and settle in.

DAY 3:

1st day of class

The morning will start with a continental breakfast at the guesthouse. You will be picked up and taken to the school to start your first day of cooking including preparation of lunch that we will enjoy together. After lunch, we will take a tour of a local cheese producer, a chance to stretch our legs and take in the countryside. You will have the evening free to relax. We can provide suggestions on dining options in the area.

DAY 4:

Morning in Nîmes

Start the day with a continental breakfast at the guesthouse. Out of the kitchen and into the market. Tuesday is a day to explore the covered market of Nîmes to select not only what we will eat for our picnic lunch but also get a crash course into delectable French produce.

After our exploration and shopping of the market, we will head back to the school to prepare our lunch for the day.

After lunch, you’ll be accompanied by a local wine specialist on a tour of one of the selected wineries.

Evening free.

DAY 5:

Wednesday Market day in Uzès

The morning will start with a continental breakfast at the guesthouse. You will be picked up and taken to the Uzès “marché des producteurs” taking place on the Place aux Herbes. Take in this beautiful medieval city and shop like a local with chef Eric for seasonal produce to take back to the school and prepare together for a 4-course luncheon. After our lunch break, we will resume cooking.

Early evening Apéritif at the Pont du Gard

Evening free.

DAY 6:

Start the day with a continental breakfast before being picked up for the day’s lesson. We’ll be whipping up several recipes including preparing our lunch, expertly paired by local wines selected by our sommelier.

After lunch, we’ll visit a local vineyard (preferably organic), for some tasting.

Dinner together at a select French restaurant highlighting the talents of the region and the south of France.

DAY 7:

Final cooking day
The morning will start with a continental breakfast at the guesthouse. You will be picked up and taken to the school to prepare for the evening gourmet banquet serving up of some of what you’ve learned during the week including Mediterranean classics of the season. We will prepare and enjoy a light lunch together.

An evening to remember! We will be joined by a few local guests for an evening of live musical performance from the gypsy group Compas. Prepare yourself for dancing, fun, laughter and of course food and wine.

DAY 8:

Departure Day.

A continental breakfast will be served at the guesthouse before checking out by 10 am.

(Please note that this is a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what to expect during your week in Provence). We will be baking bread almost every day of your cooking holiday.


Here is a sample of some of the preparations and recipes you will create during the week*

  • Bouillabaisse
  • Aioli (sauce and dish) Brandade de Nîmes Octopus salad
  • Mussels and saffron soup, Mouclade
  • Breads: Country breads, baguettes, Brioche
  • Croissant and pain au chocolat
  • Bull stew Camarguais Daube de Boeuf Provençal Stuffed lamb shoulder
  • Rabbit or pork terrine de campagne or pâté en croûte
  • Ratatouille
  • Stuffed Zucchini blossom
  • Fruit tarts
  • Poached fruits
  • Soufflés
  • Flan and clafoutis
  • Chocolate cakes and ganache
  • Ice-cream
  • Cookies (madeleine, financier, diamants)
  • Gougère (pate a chou fromage) Tapenades
  • Anchoiade
  • Preserved lemon
  • Pissaladière

** This is a hands-on class where you will get to participate in the preparation of numerous French specialities. Some recipes will require working collectively both for their realization as well as to limit unnecessary food waste but don’t worry you will have plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty. We will plan on baking bread everyday of class.

The examples of dishes we may do in class together is not fixed. All recipes are based on seasonal availability as well as time constraints.

The program week is modifiable under the same conditions.

We hope this will give you a little idea of what you can expect during your Week in Uzès without giving away all the surprises that await you.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us

  • 7-night accommodations in a privatized guesthouse in the pays d’Uzès
  • French continental breakfasts each morning
  • Transportation to and from the guesthouse to the school and for all organized excursions.
  • Transportation to and from Avignon TGV on arrival and departure date (coming in 2019)
  • French market & local producer visits
  • All lunches, 4 evening meals including dinner at a select restaurant chosen by chef Eric.
  • Winery visit with a wine specialist as your guide + Food & Wine pairing evening with our sommelier
  • Hands-on French cooking experience. We’ll create seasonal recipes which may include bread making, soups, salads, stews, Provencale dishes, French desserts
  • Program shaped by the season and the seasonal ingredients of the south of France
  • Cheese & wine tastings & culinary & cultural excursions
  • Small group sizes (maximum of 6 students)
  • All levels welcome
  • Learn from an experienced French chef  (30+ years experience), in English in a convivial and friendly atmosphere

Classes taught in English

Class Duration: 5 days (7 nights accommodations)
Price per person: Double occupancy 2450€/person; 2950€ (single occupancy)
Non-participating guest: 750€ (limited to 1 guest per student & 2 total guests per program week)

Non-participating guest will be invited to join us for all meals and excursion but may need to use his or her own vehicle. If you are looking for ideas on what to do in Uzès while your friend or partner is cooking, please ask us.

 Please contact us should you have any questions of if you are interested in booking our Week in Uzes as a family or group of friends as a private group? and we will send you a price quote. 

Here is our Week in Uzès program dates which will run from Saturday to Saturday.

2019 Course dates:

  • April 13-20, 2019 (6 spots left)
  • May 4-11, 2019 (2 spots left; shared room)
  • 25 May – June 1, 2019 (2 spots left)
  • 8-15 June, 2019 (6 spots left)
  • 15-22 June, 2019 (6 spots left)

Fall 2019 dates will be announced later this year.

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Experience our Week in Uzès

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Join us for a French Culinary Vacation in Provence. Our Week in Uzès French Culinary Vacation Package is a 5-day intensive culinary experience. Your booking includes 7 nights accommodations in Uzès (Gard Provencal), and 5 days of cooking, baking, degustations, wine & cheese tasting, market visits and more. This is a full program focusing on various aspects of French cuisine & culture. Our week will include but is not limited to:

  • French Cooking lessons including bread-making & French desserts, full menu preparations
  • French Market visits
  • Tastings
  • Visits to local producers (cheese makers, olive mills, wineries – seasonal)
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners (4 in 2019) including dinner at a select restaurant chosen by your chef, unlimited tastings
  • Visit to historical monuments
  • Horse carriage ride to a picnic lunch (weather permitting)
  • Full instruction in English with professional chefs and wine specialists

In order for us to provide this program, we require a minimum of 4 people. We will review your request and confirm your booking once 4 participants have booked. No payment is required till the dates are confirmed. Once we have 4 participants, subsequent participants can book directly. You will only be able to book this package for 2 people maximum at a time. Please email us if you need to book for more participants (alternatively, you can submit a second request).

NEW! 2019 Rates: 2750€/person. 750€ for non-participating guest sharing with participant.