Human remains of millions of Parisians lie 135 feet underground at the Paris Catacombs (Les Catacombes). The 14th arrondissement attraction doesn't appeal to all, but for those who are interested, here’s how to make the most of this subterranean experience.
Classes range from 30 minutes to 4 hours and are held in modern kitchens with abundant cookery and fresh ingredients. Master basic essentials or challenge yourself with more complex pursuits such as making perfect French pastry. No matter which class you choose, finish yourxa0 mouth-watering experience by feasting on the delicious dishes you prepared with your brand new techniques. Classes accommodate absolute beginners as well as more experienced cooks. Occasionally, classes for kids (6 - 12 years old) are held around holidays such as Spring Break.
Things to Know Before You Go
- L' Atelier des Chefs is an ideal place to learn cooking secrets from French chefs.
- Prices vary according to the class and class duration, and include all Ingredients and equipment, use of apron, and recipe to take home.
- Classes are conducted mostly in French. If the chefs are not fluent in English, they will translate necessary steps for non-French speakers.
How to Get There
L’ Atelier des Chefs has six locations in Paris. One of the most popular locations is located along rue Péclet in the 15th arrondissement. Take Métro line 12 to Volontaires or Vaugirard; both stops are about two blocks away. Other locations are in the 8th, 9th, and 4th arrondissements.
When to Get There
L’ Atelier des Chefs offer classes Tuesday through Saturday, with a plentiful roster of classes throughout the year, as well as a rotation of seasonal and holiday workshops. Please refer to their website for the schedule and offerings. For less populated classes, choose one in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Sharpening Your Skills Simply choose amongst their many available themes--delicate buttery pastry, classic French macarons, tapas and aperitif, bistro classics such as steak frites, authentic Italian recipes, Chinese dumplings, Japanese sushi-maki, farm to table, festive afterwork cocktails, sweet and savory emulsions--and be prepared to learn from professional chefs how to make the perfect dishes for yourself and your family, or maybe in future guests to enjoy.
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