The Gascony Cookery School offers practical, accessible, and enjoyable initiation into French cookery guided by two professional chefs of French cuisine.
David’s passion as a professional chef for French cuisine, made him move to Gramont in 2002. He and his wife Vikki specifically selected the Tarn-et-Garonne region, situated as it is in the heart of Gascony, for its famed gastronomic repertoire. David and his wife ran the chambres d’hotes and table d’hotes for four years, however the popularity of David’s cooking soon attracted the attention of talented local chef Bernard and from their newfound Franglais friendship the cookery school was born.
Motivated by their shared love of France, Vikki Chance and her husband moved to Gramont in 2002. They specifically selected the Tarn-et-Garonne region, situated as it is in the heart of Gascony, for its famed gastronomic repertoire. With the original intention of establishing a chambres d’hotes and table d’hotes they began their new life by carefully restoring an old farmhouse and barn. They ran the chambres d’hotes and table d’hotes for four years and after a great success the cookery school was born.
Bernard has owned and run a successful restaurant in Gramont for over 25 years and his traditional menu has earned him a respected reputation in the region. Bernard and David's vision was to design a program that would enable students of French cookery to work their way up from mastering of knife skills to executing impressive four-course meals in just under a week. They wanted to use their combined knowledge as professional chefs from either side of the Channel to make French cookery enjoyable.
from Switzerland, September 2020
I had high expectations for this culinary vacation, and it did not disappoint. This experience will have you cooking from 9-6 almost each day (so, if you aren't excited about that, this isn't for you!). David was a true teacher - he didn't just hand us recipes and ask us to follow them, but actually led us through the process of each dish from start to finish. I am a moderately experienced home cook, and I can't recommend this trip enough to beginners and advanced chefs alike. The accommodation was great, and the town of Gramont is a perfect getaway to truly be able to unplug and disconnect. I can't wait to go back one day, hopefully for the advanced class or the charcuterie class.
from Australia, October 2019
"Really hands on. Great experience "
David was very generous and patient
from United States, October 2019
"Don't miss this experience!"
With all of the charm of French countryside, a wonderful remote and undiscovered location. If you love to cook, don't miss this opportunity to learn techniques and dish up some pretty impressive food. The social aspect was a bonus - great comradery with wonderful people from around the globe. Many memorable moments including a game of boules at cocktail hour. Don't hesitate to do this class, you won't be disappointed!
from United States, September 2019
David has a well planned itinerary that builds your skills to the dishes you will be preparing. He’s clear, demonstrates the technique to be learned and checks on everyone to be sure they are doing it correctly. He answers all questions as well. He’s a fantastic instructor and funny guy full of stories to entertain as well! I would encourage and recommend anyone who enjoys cooking or who loves eating out and wants to learn how to make those dishes at home to take a class. You won’t be sorry! I was also fortunate/lucky to have 6 eclectic and enthusiastic classmates! Bonus. :) We had fun together!
from Australia, September 2019
"Constructive fun at it's best"
When you have spent 3 hours in the kitchen learning new skills but walk away wondering where the time went and a smile on your face despite feeling exhausted.... then you know you are having a great time.
The location is rustic and the accommodation fits the location and is appropriate. It is so wonderfully rural and quiet. The food you prepare and eat is authentic to the region and top quality. The people you share the experience with are the cherry on top.
from United Kingdom, June 2019
"Unreservedly recommended for experienced and beginners alike"
David is very caring of the individual and a gently fantastic host. He is an excellent and practical teacher..... this old dog learned a lot of new tricks in a surprisingly short space of time.
from Canada, April 2019
Not only did the course instruction and beauty of the location go far beyond my expectations, but so did the social aspects of the trip. David is a charming host who made us feel welcome and meal times enjoyable.
from United States, October 2018
"Gascony Cookery School is exceptional"
The level of skills taught surpassed my expectation. David was quite clear in his instructions, patient with students, and he was committed to each individual's success.
from Australia, October 2018
I did not know what to expect but was absolutely delighted and Thankful that I picked this school. Value for money not to mention the attention and professionalism David and his team give to you each and everyday was such an experience. This was more than just a cooking school it was a journey into french life each and everyday. I highly recommend this experience to anyone and I will definitely be back there for another course.
from United States, October 2018
"Great cooking school experience"
David was a fine instructor. Directions clear, and followup very good. Learned good techniques for preparation of items that will be very useful for other dishes.
from United Kingdom, July 2018
"A Review of Excellence"
Lucky we had a real good group of students who mixed in very well so enhanced the cooking experience.
Anna Van Deventer
from South Africa, May 2018
"Beautiful little town in lovely surrounds, lots of cooking."
The course is well structured, everything needed is on hand. You debone your OWN chicken by yourself, fillet your own fish. No pairs or looking on. Very kind instructors.