Location: Nice & Cannes

Institution: Riviera French Institute

Improve your French and learn tips of culinary art during the cooking lessons with a chef. Discover new tastes and new recipes based on local and typical products, while practicing French in a relaxed atmosphere, easing spontaneous conversation. Our Gastronomy course will help you discover your hidden cooking talents and create complete delicious menus that your future guests will adore. You will be introduced to the French cuisine through attending practical courses with a chef, who will unveil to you all the tricks and secrets to preparing delicious dishes. You will learn how to prepare dishes that are both traditional and modern and discover a new world of tastes and flavours in the kitchen.

You will learn:

  • Presentation of French gastronomy (history, principles and rules)
  • France and the local cuisine: French regional specialties Pistou soupe, Provençal mussels, la salade niçoise – typical salad from Nice, the socca, pan bagnat, panisses, les farcis – little stuffed vegetables, la bouillabaisse – fish specialty from Marseilles, la tarte tropézienne – cream pie from Saint-Tropez…
  • The differences between the North and the South of the country: cooking with butter in the North or with olive oil around the Mediterranean, order a meal, dining hours, and many other cultural differences…
  • Learn more about the name origins and famous meals (e.g. tarte tatin, les bétises de Cambray…)
  • Learn how to create a tasteful recipe with French culinary vocabulary to impress your guests.
  • A visit to a local market with regional products: Learn to identify products and create full menus
  • How to present a meal; create a dining experience that tempts all of the senses…

Fees include:

  • 20 French lessons + 2 cooking classes with Chef
  • Learning materials
  • Official RFI certificate


Start date All year round
Entry requirements B1 recommended
Minimum age 18 yo
Location Nice & Cannes
Duration 1 week
Lessons 20 lessons/week
Maximum class size 15 students
Accommodation Host families / residence / hotel
Activities Two Cooking class with a chef
Two half day in a local vineyard

Available departures

Unfortunately, no places are available on this program at the moment