Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Uzès, France - Sunday to Sunday
(Option: Day Cooking Classes/Market Visit)
Available April through October


Check out our fabulous week long culinary program featuring 5 days of intensive cooking classes, foodie visits and accommodation in a beautiful guesthouse in a medieval village in the Languedoc Roussillon! This is for the true foodie who wants to learn about French cuisine from a professional French chef with more than 30 years experience. The hands on lessons are taught in English. Or, if you are only in the area for a day and looking for a fun experience, join us for a taste of Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine at the cooking school for a market visit and cooking class, a cheese and wine pairing course, a dessert class, or a fish and seafood class. If you have a small group, we can arrange a private cooking class.


Attention food lovers: our week long culinary program gives you the opportunity to partake in a 5-day French cuisine experience, in a beautiful medieval city. All levels are welcome. The focus for the classes will be on Mediterranean and Provençale cuisines. 


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. See a sample itinerary below.


For our non residential cooking classes: Classes are small (usually between 5-7) so you get a lot of attention from your chef. In our French market class we take you through the local markets where you will select with the chef the freshest in-season ingredients to return to class and prepare your 3-4 course meal accompanied with local cheeses and wines. If you want to learn more about handling and preparing fish, why not try the Fish & Seafood class where you will learn various techniques and recipes to try at home. You can also participate in a cheese & wine pairing class upon request which is taught by a Sommelier.  
During April through October, we offer the French market class 3 days a week and a seafood class once a week. Off-season classes will be held only on Wednesdays or as a private class upon request. 
FRENCH MARKET CLASS (Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 5 hours)
The French market is a very important part of French life. So visiting a local market is a necessary part of learning about French cuisine. Depending on which day you will have your class, you will meet your chef at one of the local markets where you will meet the local producers, learn about selecting the best produce, meat and fish and then decide on a menu together based on what is in season.
Then onto the cooking shcool where you will prepare a 3 course meal from scratch (an appetizer, main course and dessert). You will also enjoy a delicious cheese course as well as wonderful wines to accompany your meal. 
CHEESE AND WINE CLASS (Available upon request - 2 hours)
This class in on request and is guided by a sommelier. In France, a meal is not complete without a cheese course so cheeses are taken very seriously here. There are an incredible amount of cheeses in France (over 350!) so in this class you will taste some of the finest while learning how to pair wines with certain cheeses. Your sommelier will educate you about cheese selection and pairing the right wines with the right cheeses all in a relaxed and informative atmosphere.
FISH CLASS (5 hours)
You will meet your chef directly at the cooking school for this class where you will learn how to prepare many of the popular Mediterranean and Provencal seafood dishes including squid salad and Bouillabaisse. You will learn how to handle the fish, filet the fish, make a typical seafood stock as well as learning about making sauces to accompany several fish dishes. 
After class, sit down and enjoy your creations, finishing off with a delicious dessert that you will help create, and sipping some Provencal wines.

(Your definitive schedule will be provided upon arrival)




Welcome! Arrival at the house.


Everybody will be invited by your hosts/chef to share a “taste of Uzès degustation dinner’’ with regional wines from the Duché.


You will discuss the week’s schedule with your classmates and all questions will be answered to get you started on your culinary tour of the South of France. 





Baking Day

The morning will start with a continental breakfast at the guesthouse at 8:30am. At 9:30 am, the chef will take you to the school, to start your first day of cooking. 


You will sit for lunch at 12:30pm after which you’ll be taken to the goat farm to learn about how goat cheese is made with a cheese tasting.


Your day will end around 6pm and you will have a free evening on your own.  





The morning will start with continental breakfast at the guesthouse at 8:30am


At 9:30 am, chef will take you to the school, to start your second day of cooking. 


Lunch at 12:30pm, then you will cook again until 4pm. 


You will enjoy an informative cheese and wine tasting at the school organized by a sommelier and your day will end at 6pm.


Free evening on your own.




Market Day in Uzès


The morning will start with continental breakfast at the guesthouse at 8:00am. At 9:00 am, your chef will take you to the Uzès market to shop like a local. You’ll start by getting the last ingredients for the rest of the week then start your third day of cooking back at the school.


Lunch at 1pm, then you will cook again until 4pm.

Back to the house for a break, and to get ready for an all-inclusive fine dining experience at one of the area’s gastronomical restaurants. Pick up will be at 7:30pm.   





Picnic Day & Visit of Olive Oil Mill

The morning will start with continental breakfast at the guesthouse at 8:30am.


After lunch you will be heading to the olive oil factory (Le Moulin d’Uzes) for a tasting. You will learn all of the secrets about olives and olive oil on this tour. 


End of the day at 6pm and free evening on your own.




Gourmet Luncheon

The morning will start with continental breakfast at the guesthouse at 8:30am. At 9:30 am, your chef will take you to the school to start your  final day of cooking. 


Preparation of a gourmet lunch of Mediterranean classics


Enjoy a gourmet Luncheon at 1pm followed by presentation of a certiificate of completion. 


We will end the afternoon in fanfare. Plan to be surprised.


Free evening




Free Day




Departure, before 11am. 


*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Class descriptions and menus are samples and may vary according to the season


Here is a sample of some of the recipes you will learn during the culinary week* 


Aioli (sauce and dish) Brandade de Nîmes Octopus salad
Mussels and saffron soup 

Bread (pain de mie, Baguette, rolls) Brioche
Croissant and pain au chocolat 

Bull stew Camarguais Daube de Boeuf Provençal Stuffed lamb shoulder Rabbit Terrine
Country pork terrine 

Stuffed Zucchini blossom (if we eind some) Braised fennel 

Fruit tarts
Poached fruits
Flan and clafoutis
Chocolate cakes and ganache Ice cream 

Cookies (madeleine, einancier, diamants) 

Gougère (pate a chou fromage)

Preserved lemon 

Pissaladière and more  

Bon appétit!





A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)






Closest Airports:


Garons Airport in Nimes (18 miles)
Avignon-Caumont (25 miles)

Méditerranée Airport in Montpellier (37 miles)
Marseille Provence Airport (98 miles) 


For cooking classes, once confirmed, you will be given instructions on where to meet. You will then be guided to the market either on foot or depending on the market, by car. You will then be taken to the cooking school after the market and returned after lunch. 





2017 Fees Per Person



Double Occupancy/US$2975
Single Occupancy/US$3575

FRENCH MARKET CLASS / Please inquire.
CHEESE AND WINE CLASS / Please inquire. 
PRIVATE CLASSES / Please inquire.

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation




After availability is confirmed, the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation along with full payment.


2017 Dates




May 27-June 3 
June 18-25
September 9-16
September 17-24
October 8-15





*Seven (7) nights' accommodations in a private luxury residence in Uzès
*Breakfasts each morning
*Welcome Cocktail dinner
*Transportation to and from the guesthouse & school and for all organized excursions
*French market & local producer tours
*Dinner at a gastronomic restaurant selected by our chef
*Five days of Hands-on French cooking classes including appetizers, bread-making, breakfast pastries, soups, salads, stews, Provencal dishes, French desserts
*Cheese & wine & olive oil tastings
*Guided excursions in the Gard Provencal
*Recipe booklet
*All lunches included on days of classes & 3-4 dinners
*Musical evening with invited guests
*Small group sizes (maximum of 6 students)



*Guided market visit with chef
*Hands on cooking class in English
*Four course meal including wine
*Transportation back to Uzès


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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.





Furnished upon request.


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Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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