What is La Cuisine Paris?
La Cuisine Paris is a French cooking school in Paris offering a variety of cooking classes in English. We would be pleased to have you join us! We offer numerous French cuisine classes, including Croissant Classes, Macaron Classes, Traditional French Pastry Classes, Technical Skills Classes, and a French Cheese Workshop in addition to Food Tours in Paris and Versailles! We have a small international team (French and non-French), with different backgrounds and experiences, who share a common value: the desire to share their "savoir faire" and passion with you.
What are the formats of each class?
Each class format differs, but all have a common theme: have fun while learning something new. We believe that a cooking class in Paris is just as much about learning as it is about enjoying your time doing so. In order to enjoy yourself with us, you should be comfortable sharing tasks and efforts with others to produce the end result. We have kitchens that resemble your home kitchen - purposefully - so that you are able to replicate the dishes at home. This includes the equipment (we are not a professional school with islands and burns and kitchen aids for each individual). We also aim to make all of our cooking classes as hands-on as possible – though some will naturally be more so than others. If you have a suggestion, we are always pleased to hear ideas from clients as to how we can improve class formats.
How do I register for a class?
You are able to register for a class using the ‘Calendar’ section of the website. This area allows you to register and confirm your place for the class. Please note that all individuals who would like to be in the cuisine area must be registered participants for the class (see below 'Can I observe a class?').
I only see classes online up to a certain date!
We update our calendar on a ‘rolling’ basis. We aim to have the details of the classes on line for the following one to one-and-a-half months.
How many people are there in each class?
We usually have a maximum of 12 people in each of our kitchens, but it depends on the experience. Depending on the type of class, the group may be a bit smaller. We have three kitchens in which we host our classes, two in a typical Parisian cave, the other on the second floor of the school.
Can I observe a class?
For a number of reasons, only those who are registered participants for the class can be in the kitchen area. This is for the safety, comfort, interaction, and participation of the attendees. If you are a family member waiting for someone, you are welcome in the waiting area. Please note that this also pertains to very young children. For the comfort of all the participants, we do not allow very young children being watched by their parents in the classroom areas. Our kitchens are only equipped to hold the number of participants registered for the experience.
What is the age requirement for the class?
We are pleased to accept all new La Cuisine Paris family members that are age 13 and above. Participants aged 13 through 18 registered for a class must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same class; we are not equipped to take responsibility for minors. Again, only registered participants are allowed in to our cuisines, and irrespective of age, we do not allow observers in the class.
For those of a younger age, we have found that our younger clients have enjoyed the pastry classes more so than the meal classes. Our meal classes tend to be adult experiences and include wine with the meal.
If you are traveling with a family, and family members less than 13 years of age, we are happy to welcome you on a private basis, contact us for further information.
What if I want to come, but have a dietary constraint?
We do try to stick fairly closely to the menus listed online for the class. However, if you do have a problem with one of the dishes, please let us know in advance and we will try to find a substitute for you if possible! Please keep in mind that while we would be pleased to have you, there may be occasions where the menu is not easily amended.
Is there a ‘dine only’ option?
A “dine only” option is available in a private class setting only; some groups enjoy having spouses and good friends join them during dining portion. This certainly is possible and fun to do – and may be the option you would like to consider!
However, our regular classes do not have an option for guests to join just for dining. For a variety of reasons (comfort of the participants, comfort of the chef, dynamics of the group, etc.), we only allow registered customers participating in our classes from start to finish.
Is the class hands-on?
Yes. We don’t force you of course, but you should expect to get involved in the preparation during the class. Depending on the nature of the menu, some classes may be more hands-on than others, and there will be times when the tasks of the production are divided and shared amongst the group to create the dishes - particularly for the two-hour experiences. If you are not comfortable sharing with others, then we are not the best school for you. If you need and want a more hands-on experience wherein you work on your product from start to finish, take a look at the three-hour technical classes.
What if I am very late?
We work very hard to respect the schedules of our clients and we do aim to start our classes on time. Certainly occasions do arise when you may get turned around, or are running late for a particular reason – but please let us know. A late entry to the class can be very distracting to the other participants, so we ask that you be here five to ten minutes before the start of the class to ensure you are ready for a timely start. Our classes are relatively short experiences, and lateness can result in missing critical parts of the class. If you are very late, please keep in mind that you may have missed important steps that unfortunately the chef cannot repeat. We will ask that you enter the kitchen in a manner that is not distracting to the other group members and we ask that you be patient until there is a point that the chef can integrate you in to the flow of the class. The chef will be pleased to chat with you after the class about the elements that you missed, but will not be able to restart the class. If you are very, very late, and at a point where it may be difficult to integrate you in to the class without a distraction to the other participants, then we may respectfully decline your entrance.
What if I miss my class?
A missed class is treated as a non-refundable cancellation. When you reserve a class with us and do not show for the class, please keep in mind that we have held a place for you, made preparations for your participation in the class, and in a number of occasions turned away others who would have liked your seat. Similar to theater tickets, if you miss the activity, it is non-refundable and not rescheduled. If you are beyond our cancellation policy of 7 working days notice and know that you will not be able to join us, please do give us the courtesy of letting us know not to expect you.
What if I have a small group and we want to do a private class?
Outside of our regularly listed classes, we do often welcome private groups for cooking classes and Foodie Walks tailored to them. Feel free to contact us at contact 'at' lacuisineparis 'dot' com for further information. We ask clients to be sensitive to the point that if they are more than five people, it may not be appropriate to register for a class that is open to the public, but rather consider a private class. Keep in mind that there will be other participants in the class, so it is not appropriate to use classes open to the public in order to arrange a private event. If you are a larger group of people, please contact us beforehand to discuss options that will make the experience the best possible!
I received my credit card bill and the amount is different.
The La Cuisine Paris prices are in quoted and charged in EUROs. When one uses an international credit card, the bank of that credit card then converts the amount in to the local currency of the credit card. Therefore, if your credit card is a US credit card, your bank will likely have applied an exchange rate to convert the amount of EUROs in to your local currency of USD. If you have questions regarding the final amount on your credit card statement, you should contact your credit card company as this is not something La Cuisine Paris is involved with.
What is the cancellation policy
We are a small cooking school and try to be as flexible as possible with our clients! We ask clients to give us a minimum of 7 days notice of cancellation for full refund, or rescheduling for another class.
When you purchase a cooking class, you are purchasing an experience on a specific date and time, and very much like tickets to the theater, a non-showing or a late cancellation is non-refundable. Please keep in mind that we rely on confirmed class bookings for making sure that we have the right chef in place, as well as ensuring that we have fresh ingredients for each participant attending. As such, when someone cancels at the last minute, unlike a restaurant, we are not likely to fill their space. We understand there are occasions when medical emergencies, which make it difficult to notify us in within our cancellation policy. We certainly do try to make exceptions in this case, and simply ask for medical certification. For all other reasons, including travel changes and/or delays, we are not able to provide refunds for missed classes in these circumstances - please direct those to the appropriate party responsible.
Is La Cuisine Paris right for me?
We would love for you to join us – but most importantly, we want you to be happy when you are here. If you are considering an experience with us, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
We believe in sharing and group effort – we think it is best to share the work, share ideas, share experience, and share the fun. In general our classes do involve group effort with tasks for each participant - we work hard to ensure that all of the classes are hands-on, and naturally some of the classes are more hands-on than others, depending on the subject matter - for the cooking/cuisine classes this is certainly the case. If you need to have your own cooking island and do not feel comfortable sharing the production process with others, then you may want to consider a private class – our regularly scheduled classes will probably not be the best fit.
We have a number of participants in the class with varying degrees of experience – but we still try to keep it as hands on as possible - and ask that the participants be active and take responsibility for helping to ensure they are getting the experience they want. The chefs rely on feedback from their group, particularly in expressing how much or how little they would like to participate. Please do not assume that the chef will be able to know your interest level by looking at you. They love when you speak up and jump in, so please do not be afraid to do so!
We try to be realistic and manage the class in way (and in a cost) that is reasonable for the participants. As an example, the Macaron classes : as you can image, one batch of Macaron mix can make more than 60 Macarons. While the class makes sufficient batches to ensure that everyone gets a chance to work with the batter, and take home a number of macarons produced, the practicalities of having each participant make and cook one batch each is just not possible. The Macaron cookie itself is the same recipe no matter what - the color may differ - so while the group will be divided and work in a team, they work the same cookie recipes. The garnishes we use for the macarons are usually of the same base with slightly different take, so the groups are again divided to create them and debrief on the differences.
We try to offer something for everyone and hope that our new family members look carefully and consider before joining us – if you want to have a formal training experience that is heavily technical, we would not mislead you and tell you to take our two hour class… or our three hour class… or even the half day class – training that is pertinent, rigorous, and meaningful will take much longer than one day, and we do not offer that – but we think we offer plenty of other great things to enjoy!
Most important to us - we work very hard to keep our pricing accessible to all – yet and still hands on. We think we have the right balance. For those that absolutely do not want to share the work and want a full experience with the benefit of working from start to finish on an individual basis, then we are happy to have you as well – but would recommend you consider a private class with us.