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Cooking (cookery) holidays and courses in Languedoc, south France


The Languedoc is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine - from superb seafood available all along the coast, to gutsy hunting fare such as wild boar and pheasant. What better place to learn about French or Languedoc cooking? The cookery holidays in Languedoc listed below give you a chance to really get your teeth into the best that the region has to offer. Spend the morning shopping for ingredients in one of the area's many weekly markets - where you'll find France's best oysters, endless cheeses and charcuterie, freshly picked (and always seasonal) fruit and vegetables, and huge barrels of local olives and sun-dried tomatoes.


Accommodation is usually offered with these cookery courses, as well as some meals. Your instructor chefs will often also be able to give you a tour of the local wineries. Some of the courses in Languedoc, south France, are 1-day courses, so perfect for either local residents or visitors just looking for a day out from their regular holiday plans.


Simply click on any of the panels below to read more information on each cookery course or holiday:


Cookery courses:


Petra Carter Cookery Courses

""Innovative, all-inclusive cookery courses for vibrant, modern food; geared towards those with little time on their hands but who still want to eat well and cook for friends. The courses combine fun and relaxation with practical knowledge.



Where is it?
FitouIn Mirepeisset, close to Narbonne, Beziers and Carcassonne in the Languedoc, south of France.
Who runs it?

Petra Carter, chef and food writer with 28 years experience.

When is it?

""WEEKEND COURSES (3 full days, from friday till monday)

  • MAY 24-27 2013- EASY SUMMER - weekend course - effortless food for lazy summer days

  • JUNE 7-10 2013- FISH - weekend course - simple, full-proof recipes for great ideas for fish

  • SEPT 6-9 2013- PRESERVING SUMMER- weekend course - Preserving food for winter months

  • SEPT 13-20 2013- SIMPLY FRENCH- A FULL WEEK COURSE to experience all that is quintessentially French

How much is it?

WEEKEND courses are 830 euros all inclusive, WHOLE WEEK courses 1300 euros.

The courses include:

  • all accommodation at La Souqueto, (see
  • all airport transfers and all transport for excursions
  • all cookery sessions, all excursions and tutored wine tastings
  • all meals (including wine) both at home and in local restaurants
Who's it for?
People with all levels of cooking experience.
Is accommodation offered?

""Yes. At the owner's B&B 'La Souqueto' in Languedoc - a sensitively restored and renovated Maison Bourgeoise

Where can I get more info?


Phone: (0033) 4 68 40 77 18



Gastro Academy - Masterchef Cookery Courses

""Recommended in the book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”, French House Party offers superior residential learning courses at an 8-bedroomed house near Carcassonne, France, with swimming pool, tennis court and boules pitch.



What is it?

The Gastro Accademy offer a range of short cooking courses:

  • Chef Encounter - Morning course
  • Chef Encounter Plus - Afternoon course with wine tasting
  • Gourmet Explorer – 6 days to polish your creative culinary skills with 5 days of instruction.
  • Advanced Gourmet Explorer – 7 days to progress your cooking skills to a higher level.
  • Cuisine in Brief – Friday to Sunday breaks, each with a seasonal theme.
    *A mini-option perfect for corporate reward or incentive breaks.
Where is it?

Cookery courses in LanguedocNear Carcassonne in the Aude department of Languedoc. Fly to Carcassonne with RyanAir or Toulouse (various carriers).


Airport transfers included in price (does not apply to Chef Encounter 1-day course).

Who runs it?

The French House Party French master-chefs Jean-Marc Boyer and Robert Abraham enjoy celebrity status: television appearances, media praise, Michelin stars, glittering prizes and recommendations in the most influential restaurant guides, including the Gault Millau, the Bottin Gourmand, the Champérard and the Michelin - this means that they and their signature dishes are synonymous with cooking innovation, art and flair.


The cookery classes are combined with learning about – and enjoying – some of the phenomenal wines to be found in the region, such as Corbieres and Minervois.

When is it?

2013 dates:


Chef Encounter - Morning course (Various Winter/Spring dates)

Chef Encounter Plus - Afternoon course with wine tasting (Various Winter/Spring dates)

Gourmet Explorer

  • 19-24 April 2013
  • 31 May - 5 June 2013
  • 13-18 September 2013
  • 4-9 October 2013

Advanced Gourmet Explorer

  • 18-24 October 2013

Cuisine in Brief

  • 17-19 May 2013
  • 14-16 June 2013
  • 20-22 September 2013
  • 11-13 October 2013
How much is it?

(All-inclusive prices - 2013)


Cuisine in Brief: £560 pp.

Gourmet Explorer: £1,250 pp

Advanced Gourmet Explorer: £1,550 pp

Chef Encounter (Morning): £55 pp


Chef Encounter (Afternoon): £65 pp


Who's it for?

All courses are suitable for both experienced cooks and beginners who are passionate about food.

Instruction is in English, with French.

Is accommodation offered?

French House PartyIs accommodation offered?

Yes., all accommodation is included in the price.*

More details on their website.


*Does not apply to 1-day Chef Encounter course.

Where can I get more info?


Phone: (0044) 7900 322 791





Mediterranean Cookery Courses at Mas Saurine

What is it?

Cookery courses run by a professional cookery instructor, in a farmhouse near the Pyrénées in Languedoc, south of France.

More info:

Phone: (0033) 4 68 05 85 66


Château de Quarante

What is it?

French cuisine courses run in a beautiful château just outside the village of Quarante, near the Canal du Midi in Languedoc, south France.

More info:

Phone: 00 33 (0)4 67 89 40 41




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