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Thank you for visiting the Gascony Cookery School News Page. Here you will find all the news and latest information that relates to the cookery school in France, and the things that we find interesting and worth sharing with you.

Gascony Cookery School French Etiquette

Getting French Etiquette Right First time!

Getting to grips with good manners and etiquette away from home can be challenging. It’s probably a good idea to inform yourself of the niceties before you get there rather than offend anyone, especially your host! Mealtime Etiquette Don’t start to eat until the host says, “Bon appetit!” When you’ve finished lay the knife and […]

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10th November 2017

Feel Good Celebrating Food…!

All over the world different countries, cultures and religions use food as a symbol of their beliefs, values and traditions. Shaped by geography and historical events, France today has many regions each with their own cultural and religious observances, language and accents. However, like many countries, France also has several celebration days on the calendar […]

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24th October 2017

Frogs’ Legs and Snails

It’s a well known fact that Frog’s legs and snails are a French delicacy and have been for centuries. Well, they remain on the menu today but go hand in hand with some other gloriously delicious dishes too. It’s almost a rite of passage when visiting France to at least try ‘escargot’ or snails. To […]

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12th October 2017

Do you know your French Breads?

Many of us are lucky enough to have visited France and enjoyed freshly baked bread or croissants still warm from the Boulangerie oven. This tradition is now fast becoming popular around the world as we find them available in cafes, restaurants and shops almost anywhere and at any time. Croissants are most probably the most […]

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26th September 2017

Do you have a Sweet Tooth?

Many of us like a sweet indulgence now and again and often find ourselves propelled towards a café for a cuppa and a decadent cake or pastry whilst shopping or just simply for a treat. In the UK we have an abundance of cafes and bakeries to choose from however, Pâtisseries are fast becoming a […]

Top Restaurants in the World

It would appear, that French officials have found a way to establish which restaurants in the world are the best and this is compiled in La Liste which was first released in 2016. It’s run by the former French Foreign Minister and current Deputy Chairman of the French Tourism Promotion Board Philippe Faure along with […]

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25th August 2017

The Technique of Charcuterie

Creating cured meat products is a French technique, or art, called Charcuterie. It was originally intended as a way to preserve meat before the invention of the fridge. Nowadays, it is the flavour derived from the preservation process which is the primary reason the process continues to be used. The word Charcuterie was originally derived […]

All About Garlic

Over the passage of time, garlic has been used all around the world. It has been used as an aphrodisiac, utilised for medicinal purposes, exchanged as monetary currency, used as a magic potion and was even supposed to ward off evil spirits. However, it is almost certainly more commonly known as a tasty food ingredient. […]

All About Fish and Crustaceans

We thought you may like to know a little bit about the fish we prepare and cook during our Fish and Crustacean Course. It must be said though, that it’s not just about preparing Fish and Crustaceans; the gorgeous Crab Tart requires a very delicate ‘Pâte Brisée’ which is a really short pastry! A trip […]

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21st June 2017

The Wine of Gascony

The Gascogne region in south west France is renowned for its production of Armagnac, a distinctive kind of brandy. Thanks to an increase of wine making in the district, it now produces almost as much wine as Alsace. This beautiful, lush green area covers all of Gers, as well as parts of Landes and Lot-et-Garonne. […]

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10th May 2017

Five of the World’s Top Chefs

Here is a selection of some of the World’s best chefs and their specialities…  5. Paul Bacose – The chef of Nouvelle cuisine Paul is a French chef based in Lyon. Born in 1926, Paul was a student of the famous female chef Eugenie Brazier. He owns five restaurants in France, including the luxury restaurant […]

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3rd March 2017

The Gascony Cookery School – an overview

Dave and Vikki left the UK for a life of food and countryside in the heart of Gascony, France, back in 2002. Since then they haven’t looked back. In the UK Dave was a professional Chef for French cuisine, and it was through this that the two of them fell in love with the French […]

Festival Time in Gascony

A lot goes on in Gascony in the summer and here’s a few of the fantastic events you can experience in this beautiful part of the world….. Festival Tempo Latino Taking place in Vic-Fezensac in the heart of Gers, Gascony is this four day, four night festival of Latin, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, Latin Jazz and hip […]

Fish & Crustaceans – Another Amazing Week in Gramont by Julian Rolfe

The stunning Lot-et-Garonne region sits in the South West of France and is home to the Gascony Cookery School based in Gramont, run by David and Vikki Chance, and Bernard Corbière. The school runs from ‘Le Petit Feuillant’ chambre d’hote, the French equivalent of a Bed and Breakfast and ‘Le Petit Feuillant’ Auberge, the excellent traditional restaurant run by Bernard. I had […]

No Politics or Football – just Great Food!

Do you love relaxation and good food? A safe, peaceful environment where all you can hear are the birds singing? Beautiful rolling countryside in a rural area of France where crime is so low that a burglary will become front page news? If you answered yes to those questions then the Gascony Cookery School ticks […]

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