7. Le Foodist
Fred Pouillot was a chemical engineer working for a major corporation who traveled the globe extensively for his job. During his travels, he took the time to absorb the culture and the food of each destination and realized how connected they were.
Pouillot left his corporate job to pursue a more self-satisfying career, and in 2012 opened his new business Le Foodist, which directs Pouillot’s passion for connecting people with food through culture.
The courses include lunch and dinner classes with and without market visits, a vegetarian class, and a knife skill and French sauce class. Baking, pastry making, and dessert classes include techniques in how to make croissants, bread, chocolate eclairs, souffles, madeleines, chocolate mousse, and creme brulee.
Le Foodist offers food tours in the Latin Quarter and Les Halles, and a pastry and chocolate tasting tour. One-week cooking vacations in Provence and the Loire can also be arranged by Le Foodist and include accommodations, six breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and six cooking classes. Wine is offered at all lunches and dinners.
Fred’s wife, Amanda, is part of the Le Foodist team, and she teaches the vegetarian classes and some of the pastry classes, and Stephane is the resident sommelier.
Pro Tip: All the establishments listed above teach classes in English, except for Ecole Ritz Escoffier, where the classes are taught in French but are translated into English.
If you want to experience international cuisine at home, here are seven cooking classes that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own kitchen!