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Student Experiences Archives - The Gascony Cookery School

Why Everyone Should Visit Gascony

We simply love where we live and teach, so we want to tell you why! We’ve come up with all the reasons why we think you should come and visit us here in Gascony. Geography The area of Gascony is situated in South West France, approximately six and half hours or 680km from Paris. The […]

Published

29th October 2019

15 Essential French Kitchen Ingredients

France has many regions each with their own cultural and religious observances, language and accents. However, food is very much part of the entire country’s culture and much of daily life is spent around the table eating lunch or dinner with friends, family or work colleagues. For traditional methods and recipes, there are key ingredients […]

All About the Basics

Quite often recipes require sauces or basic recipes. In some cases, they can be served on their own or as part more complicated recipe. A classic example of this is Crème Patissière. So, we thought you may like a few of them to get you started: Crème Patissière Ingredients 1 litre of milk 3eggs 100g […]

Do you know your Game?

The flesh of any wild animal or bird is classified as Game. Game meets the needs of a growing society that wishes to eat ethically and is against intensive farming. This is borne out by the fact that supermarket sales of game jumped by 20% last season with some reporting an increase in venison sales of […]

Celebrating Brazilian Style in Gascony

The Gascony Cookery School got off to a flying start for 2019 with celebrations for chef Bernard Corbiere’s 60th birthday.  The theme of the main event was “Brazil”, and as the photos illustrate, many partygoers got into the spirit of it all by wearing bright traditional Brazilian clothing bringing a ‘carnival’ atmosphere to this special occasion! […]

Everything you Need to Discover the World of French Cuisine

It’s Spring and a wonderful busy and exciting time at the Gascony Cookery School as we kick off the new season with our Foundation Level 1 and 2 courses. So why don’t you discover the world of French Cuisine? It really doesn’t matter what your level of skill is, it’s always our pleasure to meet […]

Gascony Reveals its Rich Harvest

August is a time when Gascony reveals its rich harvest – Ripe tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and aubergines and much more     Bumper Crops Blessed with warm summer sun, Gascony is truly beautiful with rolling hills, wooded valleys and flowing rivers from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic. The rich and fertile soils help to produce […]

What a Fantastic Week We’ve Had!

The Gascony Cookery School is in full swing, with another Foundation Cookery Course 1 being successfully completed last week. There was a distinctly Celtic ambiance with students from Northern Ireland and Scotland creating some wonderful dishes, including ballotine of chicken. Although this term usually refers to a boned and stuffed chicken thigh, at the Gascony […]

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 […]

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 […]

In the kitchen at the Gascony Cookery School

The Gascony Cookery School: I can’t imagine residential cooking schools get better than this

I’ve done a lot of one-day cooking courses, and found something to love about each one. But this holiday had a new edge: a residential course. Four intensive days of cooking with a bit of gastronomic sightseeing, deep in the heart of one of France’s most famous regions for cuisine.  It was fabulous.   So great, […]

A Week in Gramont – Cooking Gascony Style

Take 2 Australian sisters on a 6 week tour of France, 2 sisters from the U.K., 1 single female professional, (who’s done the Leith Diploma course) and a keen food blogger in need of a break, and you have a recipe for one hell of an adventure in cuisine. Gerard was waiting for us at Toulouse […]

Published

28th January 2015
Robin Smith in Gramont

Fond Memories and a Desire to Return

I had the good fortune to attend the Gascony Cookery School, with my friend Julie, last spring the experience will stay with me for a long time. Our adventure began with the scenic drive through the countryside from Toulouse. Gerard, our driver, spoke a little English, and we spoke even less French, but we managed to […]

Published

15th January 2015

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