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With award-winning French chefs running our courses, the French House Party Gastro Academy is the only residential holiday cookery school of its kind and calibre in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of South West France.

Jean-Marc Boyer is renowned in the region and beyond. Television appearances, countless newspaper articles, Michelin stars and top-class recommendations in the most influential restaurant guides mean that they and their signature dishes are synonymous with cooking innovation and flair. Jean-Marc’s Michelin-starred restaurant Le Puits du Tresor is situated at Lastours, a historic Cathar site of ruined castle strongholds, just north of Carcassonne.

Gregory Legros and Remi Touja round off our team of celebrated chefs!

Seize a unique opportunity to learn from master-chefs who will guide you through practical creativity in the kitchen. Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, they will demonstrate and teach the cookery techniques for mastering classic French cuisine – with an added contemporary twist of adventure.

We combine the cookery classes with learning about – and enjoying – some of the phenomenal wines to be found in this region. All courses include a memorable visit to one of France’s oldest markets to select fresh ingredients for later preparation, and an outing to the medieval Cité of Carcassonne. Longer breaks include rural visits to a cheese-making farm or to enjoy olive oil sampling, as well as a vineyard degustation and dinner at one or two excellent nearby restaurants.

A two or three-hour session with a chocolatier is included on most of our courses.

Meet Our Chefs




Cuisin In Brief


3-day Weekend cookery Break £695
April 26 - 28, 2024 // Sept 20 - 22, 2024 (Friday to Sunday)

2 night/3 day Cuisine in Brief offers an intensive and action-packed hands-on programme, cooking with an inspirational French Chef and tasting local wines.

Our Friday to Sunday Cuisine in Brief also includes market visit, lunch at a restaurant in the medieval city, either a trip to a vineyard or a creative session with a chocolatier.

3-day Weekday cookery Break £695
April 29 - May 1, 2024 // September 23 - 25, 2024 (Monday to Wednesday)

Our Monday to Wednesday Cuisine in Brief includes an afternoon visit to food or Cremante producer, dinner at a fine regional restaurant and 8 hours of cooking with Michelin-starred Chef Jean Marc Boyer.


Gourmet Explorer


5 night/6 day Cookery Holiday £1,525
April 26 - May 1, 2024 // Sept 20 - 25, 2024 (Friday to Wednesday)

A unique opportunity to cook with France’s finest chefs, exploring regional delicacies, fine wines and delicious produce from the Languedoc region.


Goumet Advanced


6 night/7 day Advanced Cookery Holiday £1,750
Dates TBA (Friday to Thursday)

A unique opportunity to cook with France’s finest chefs, exploring regional delicacies, fine wines and delicious produce from the Languedoc region.

Whether or not you have already enjoyed one of our 3-day or 6-day Gastro Academy courses, the Advanced Gourmet Explorer 7-day holiday will progress your cooking skills to a higher level.

Aimed at proficient or professional cooks, or chefs seeking a higher degree of French culinary skill, the hands-on lessons will span everything from knife skills and presentation techniques to learning some of the methods and secret tips used by our top modern French chefs in their creation of haute cuisine which is revered worldwide.

The emphasis, as with all our French House Party cookery courses, will be on the combination and balance of flavours and texture, using the freshest ingredients. You will also learn to present each dish with meticulous attention to detail.

Demonstration and hands-on periods will be divided into sessions devoted to particular culinary skills. Among the skills you will cover and practise during this course are:

  • Boning and preparation of a variety of fishes and meats

  • Sous-vide and emballage – immersion method.

  • Stocks, Sauces, Soups, Coulis, Emulsions

  • Ice Creams And Sorbets

  • Classic French Patisseries.

  • Preparing and presenting shellfish

  • Pasta

  • Meringues, soufflés, caramelisation, sugar-spinning

  • Using chocolate in cooking and for decoration

  • Pastry techniques, macaroons

  • Making French bread

  • Chocolate-making with a chocolatier

As part of the 7-day vacation, there will also be a degustation of regional wines with the emphasis on wine and food-matching, a visit to an olive growers’ factory co-operative to taste and compare their top products, and two evening meals out at fantastic local restaurants.

Nb. This course is for groups of 5+ only.

Any Questions?

Q: How does this course differ from the usual Gourmet Explorer?

A: One difference will be the number of people accepted on the Advanced course. We will limit client numbers to a maximum of 8 in order to ensure greater personal attention from the chefs. Non-participating partners are, of course, welcome at a reduced rate.

Q: And other differences?

A: The formatting will be much more closely defined. While Gourmet Explorer hands-on sessions involve guests in producing two, three (or even four) specific courses which are then served for the meal which follows the session, the approach of the Advanced course will be for each session to be devoted to the mastery of a particular culinary skill at a high level. Although clients will obviously sample what they have prepared, the dishes will not be constrained by lunch or dinner timings or menus.


Q: Does that mean clients sometimes won’t eat what they make?

A: Occasionally, that’s possible. But what is more likely, for example, is that if the morning sessions have been spent making ice-creams, meringues and patisseries, then the main lunch course will be provided by French House Party staff – with clients’ creations for pud.


Q: Will the Gourmet Explorer Advanced contain more hours of cooking than the regular Gourmet Explorer course?

A: At 7 days, the Advanced course is a day longer than the standard Gourmet Explorer, so obviously the overall number of hours will be greater.


Q: Will it be very exhausting?

A: The course is intense in order to include all the essential culinary skills required for French haute-cuisine – but some of the time may be spent sitting and watching a chef’s demonstration, before you get to do it yourself. Also, we still schedule some relaxing events into the programme. For instance, there will be an optional visit to one of France’s largest olive-growing co-operatives, enabling people to sample the many types of olive oil, in much the way of a wine degustation. Talking of which, we will also schedule in our vineyard visit, a tour and tasting at a Cremante producer’s and, as with Gourmet Explorer, dinner and wine at two excellent restaurants – at least one of them with one or two Michelin stars – will be included in the price.


Q: What if I decide to skip one of the cookery sessions and chill out instead?

A: lt is important to remember that with The French House Party, nothing is compulsory. You are on holiday, after all, so if you decide that a session on pasta-making or boning fish is something you can afford to miss in favour of sunbathing – then be our guest and pick out your favourite sun-lounger by the pool ….


Q: Will there be any washing up?

A: Yes – lots – but thankfully, just as with all our cookery courses, clients are not expected to do any of it!


Prices: £1750 pp, two sharing room.

Single occupancy of double room (all our rooms are doubles): £200 supplement.

Non-participating partner sharing room: £400 reduction.

Contact Us!

For further information, to check availability or to book call Moira Martingale on

Telephone: +44 (0) 1299 400835
Mobile: +44 (0) 7900 322791

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