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6 Days Provence Cooking Vacations with Chef René Bérard

French Cooking Holidays

This is your introduction to the art of cuisine. Explore the beauty of Provence based in a comfortable hotel and spa in a typical village setting. A fabulous cooking tour hosted by famous French Chef, Ren, where he will teach you traditional cooking styles known by chefs and cooks native to beautiful Provence. You will spend some days with Chef Ren collecting ingredients, preparing them and finally consuming the fruits and vegetables of your labour. To finish the tour you will get to take everything you have learnt and show your host your skills in the kitchen, by preparing a recipe of your own choosing.


  • 4 cooking classes, market visit
  • Traditional cooking style of Provence
  • Visit olive grove, vineyard, honey producer
  • Learn with famous french Chef Ren Brard
  • Cooking certificate of participation
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
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Day 1: Arrival, welcome dinner

Sunday Afternoon

Arrive in the village in the afternoon - transfers from Marsielle Airport or TGV Station can be arranged (at extra cost).

Welcome dinner (excluding drinks) at the gastronomic restaurant, where our Chef will delight your palate with his delicious, heartfelt Provencal cuisine.

Day 2: Cooking class

  • Monday
  • Off to the "Bastide des Saveurs" for a cookery class with our star-rated chef. Welcome to Paradise! This is Pagnol's real Provence.
  • You will be issued with your chef's hat, recipes and embroidered apron and cooking experience will begin.
  • First we head for the garden to discover and gather the required herbs, medicinal plants, fruit and vegetables.
  • Then its back to the kitchen to prepare the dish of the day - today's choice is a Provencal stew with choice cuts of meat served with herbs and vegetables.
  • The table is ready - now all you have to do is enjoy your culinary creation out on the terrace or in the ancient dining room in true Provencal style.

Day 3: Market visit, cooking class

  • Tuesday
  • This morning we are up bright and early to visit the colourful fish market in Sanary-sur-Mer in the company of Chef Ren.
  • We will meet the local fruit and vegetable producers, fishermen and cheese makers that supply the kitchen.
  • We will see the day's catch come into the port before travelling back to the "Bastide des Saveurs" with fresh fish for the day's class.

Day 4: Cooking class

  • Wednesday
  • Today the spotlight is on Provence's tasty, juicy and sun-packed Provencal vegetables.
  • Chef Ren will be passing on some of his top tips on how to prepare and present them in a traditional style.

Day 5: Cooking class


The final day is dedicated to those with a sweet tooth.

Provence's much-appreciated dessert tarts and chocolate "moelleux" are so delicious you are sure to want seconds.

And then it's your turn to show Chef Ren a favourite treat of your own, so come prepared with your recipe.

And as they say in Provence: "Tout fai ventre mai que vi 'entre. Tout fait ventre pourvu que tout y entre" which basically translates as "if you enjoy it, your stomach will too!"

Day 6: Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Departure


Its so easy to book through Food and Wine Travel because all the hard researching work has been done for you. You receive the services of a travel agent with 20 years experience , who has detailed knowledge of all destinations and suppliers.

There are no middle men or wholesalers which means great value for money, too. And each itinerary is put together to showcase the best food and wine experiences of the region. So why not make your next holiday a worry free Food and Wine Travel experience!

Karen Ridge is an incredibly well travelled food and wine lover who has 20 years experience in the travel industry. She began Food and Wine Travel in 2008 in response to a need she saw in the travel market for unique, memorable, individually tailored holidays, based around food and wine experiences.

Karen knew it was vital to have high quality, dependable travel operators and suppliers in the countries her customers would visit. So she made a point of visiting, selecting and qualifying each one, and developing relationships with people she could depend upon.

She can now count on these suppliers to provide all Food and Wine Travellers with a truly superior experience. Growing up in Victorias wine regions amongst foodies ensured Karens love of food and wine from a very young age.

She followed her passion and enjoyed fine gourmet experiences in some of the worlds best foodie haunts. She is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about good food and good wine and loves sharing the benefits of her experience with discerning travellers.

For 10 years Karen ran the incredibly successful Jetset Mildura, winning many awards for her innovation, success and enthusiasm. In addition to her two decades in travel, Karen is also a passionate wine enthusiast with world-wide knowledge of wine.

Karen knows that package tours are not everyones cup of tea. Food and Wine Travel prefers to design tours to suit you rather than force you into a situation that doesnt really suit you or your needs. Her customers appreciate the finer things of life, enjoy quality food and wine and know that she will ensure they have the best possible experience on their gourmet holiday.

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