The Gascony Cookery School offers practical, accessible, and enjoyable initiation into French cookery guided by two professional chefs of French cuisine.

Culinary Vacations (2)

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Instructors (3)

David Chance

Vikki Chance

Bernard Corbiere

Reviews (10)

Harris Weinberg

from United States, November 2021

"A Great and Memorable Experience"

This was just a great experience. It was just what my husband and I had hoped for. The school was recommended by fellow passengers on a cruise. Chef David was an excellent host and teacher. He made us all feel comfortable right away while also keeping us busy learning new skills, all the while having fun. It’s an absolutely beautiful setting in a charming small village. The buildings are old and beautiful as one would expect. We also worked with Chef Bernard across the road at his restaurant so we got to experience the different styles of cooking and teaching of the two chefs. Both were great to work with and it was a treat to get to know them. Our meals were delicious. We felt at home there and every day was busy but still with time to enjoy Happy Hour on the terrace with friendly people; our delightful fellow students and friends and family of the chefs. It was totally memorable and if I ever have the chance to return I would!

Liz Soutter

from Switzerland, September 2020

"Unforgettable experience"

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.

Teresa Gandy

from Australia, October 2019

"Really hands on. Great experience "

David was very generous and patient

Nada Talevska

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!

Amanda Baker

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.

Carmen Espanol

from United States, September 2019

"Hidden Gem"

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!

Howard Smith

from Great Britain, 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.

Annette Blackwell

from Canada, April 2019

"Wonderful experience"

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.