Mediterranean Cuisine is used to define the cuisine of all countries bordering the Mediterranean sea so that includes in part, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, the countries of North Africa & even Croatia. The most predominant common ingredient in the foods of these different countries is olive oil.
At Cook’n With Class Uzès located in Occitanie, formely known as the Langedoc-Roussillon region of France which borders the Mediterranean sea, we are focused on the Mediterranean cuisine of France.
However, though the cuisine we do if French, Mediterranean Cuisine is a cross-cultural cuisine. You will find a crossover between the “member countries”. Preserved lemons for example, originates from the North African countries but you will also find it in the South of France. Saffron comes predominantly from the Middle East & Almonds which are thought to have perhaps originated in Asia but were introduced to Europe by North Africans.
Mediterranean Cuisine is so popular that even a diet was name after it. Why, you may ask would Mediterranean Cuisine be so interesting that it would be considered to have dietary benefits? Perhaps it is because Mediterranean cuisine is based on simple cooking using ingredients we are all familiar with but in proportions that cuisines outside of Mediterranean cuisine might utilize differently. In Mediterranean cuisine, there is a huge emphasis on nuts, fruits & vegetables. It is fresh and seasonal.
We will focus our Mediterranean cuisine on fruits such as, melon, cherries, apricots, figs, strawberries, peaches, lemons & oranges, and vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, fennel, garlic, artichokes, asparagus, peas & green beans. These are the fruits and vegetables that you will traditionally find in the Mediterranean cuisine of southern France.
Come & explore our local French markets every Tuesday & Wednesday and partake in an important part of French culture. Learn how to select the freshest ingredients for wonderful and delicious Mediterranean French recipes. Join us!
We will start off at the market, selecting the freshest fish & seafood. No need to be afraid of fish. We’ll assist you in create the perfect fish stock, bouillabaisse and other Mediterranean fish recipes in a very hands-on French cooking class experience.
Come learn delicious & decadent desserts renowned in the South of France. Think fruits, nuts and olive oil. In this class we will delve into desserts such as the nougat glacé, the fougasse d’aigues mortes and use ingredients like safran & lavender.
With over 250 cheeses & 27,000 wineries in France, a short holiday wouldn’t be enough to explore them all. Our Sommelier guides you through a selection of local cheeses paired with local wines, teaching valuable technics in cheese & wine pairing.
Step inside the chef’s kitchen accompanied by an experienced sommelier and enjoy an evening of wine pairing to the beautiful composed tasting plates whipped up by our chef. This is a hands-off class. Just sit back and let us be your guides.
Week in Uzès: 5-days of intensive cooking, baking, tours & degustation. Hands-on French cooking experience. Explore markets, visit producers, & partake in a one-of-a-kind learning experience. All skill levels welcome. 7-nights lodging included.
We can design a Culinary vacation package for your group. Classes can include any of our regular courses or theme-based sessions & tours. Customized packages include all but transportation to Uzès and lodging. Contact us & tell us about your needs.
Need a bit more attention or traveling as a group? Why not consider our private French cooking classes which are tailored to your needs and desires. This is great fun for families or friends or even individuals who want a little extra chef time.
Rejoignez-nous pour un cours de cuisine autour de la douceur des desserts avec, comme base, les ingrédients le plus souvent utilisés dans les cuisines provençale et méditerranéenne. Des classiques revisités par notre chef ! Des saveurs du Sud !