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Kerrouet House

A unique home based cooking school, located in the village of Kerrouet in central Brittany, focused on gourmet quality French and modern European cuisine.

Instructors 2

Poul Jensen

Poul Jensen has over 30 years in the restaurant and wine business. He trained and graduated from one of the best French restaurants in Denmark (Gammel Aalbyhoj - Relais Gourmand - Tradition et Qualitie). He gained invaluable experience at some of the world's most esteemed restaurants including Longueville Manor (Jersey Channel Islands); Mietta's Restaurant of Melbourne (Australia) and the world renowned liner the QE2. In London Poul worked for Noble Rot (Mayfair) and The Walbrook Club (City of London) with Albert Roux.

Niall O'Reilly

Niall has worked in the entertainment industry (National Theater London) for many years but now enjoys doing what he does best. He is particularly interested in nutrition for healthy living and food safety. Niall harvests his own organic tea (lime tree blossom) along with a host of other specialties. He also developed Kerrouet Royale - a world class cocktail which is named after the local village!

Reviews 3

Ellen Rieder

from United States, October 2017

"great Cooking Experience"

The variety of dishes and kinds of foods

the techniques that I learned

Poul is a wonderful instructor who leaves lots of room for the student to do and to learn hands on

comraderie and generous hospitality of Poul and Niall.

Amy Bonini

from United States, July 2017

"A perfect experience for food, wine and friends"

I really enjoyed my week at the Kerrouet House. Paul taught me so many different skills and recipes in the kitchen. I made some great friends and had some wonderful meals and walks in the country. It is a special place and a wonderful experience for anyone who has a passion for cooking, food, wine and meeting people from all over.


from Canada, May 2017

"A nice start to a culinary experience"

Poul and Niall were wonderful hosts. Very generous and accommodating. They certainly kept the wine flowing. Learned a few very useful tips and enjoyed the preparations and the dinners.

Testimonials 4

Nancy R. Johnson Sweden

TripAdvisor website

A memorable girls getaway and three days (April 10-13, 2016) at Kerrouet House! We are a group of international women who love to cook and eat well. I heard about the French Dining School from a friend who had been there several times. She was right! The hosts are wonderful! So welcoming and easy going, it felt as if we always knew them. We learned so many cooking techniques and methods that we could use in our everyday lives. The demonstrations were helpful as were the inside secrets from exceptional Chef Poul! The accommodations were clean, cozy, and perfect for our group. I loved the early morning walks before breakfast to take in the fresh air and beauty of the french country side and the joyful dinners with friends and our wonderful hosts. Be sure to bring a light jacket this time of year as it could be windy and cool, and take time to visit the gorgeous castles during the day. As tempting as it is to nap, you won't want to miss the beauty this area offers. I highly recommend French Dining School to anyone looking for a wonderful culinary experience in the beautiful french countryside.

Christine B.

TripAdvisor website

What a wonderful week my sister and I spent at Kerrouet House. Against a relaxed, humor-filled happy atmosphere, Chef Poul instilled in us basic techniques, proper ways of preparing and presenting dishes, and the art and pleasure of eating wonderful food in good company. How Paol manages to keep cool amongst all us rookies, whilst keeping his eye on numerous different things at once, I will never know: he is a master of multitasking! Both he and Niall made us feel so welcome in their home, and we really did feel part of the family for the time we were there. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We made new friends, learnt so much, and explored a pretty part of Brittany. I cannot recommend the course highly enough.

Alice Louh United Kingdom

TripAdvisor website

I spent a wonderful week at the French Dining School with my mum for her 50th birthday, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate. We spent the mornings preparing and cooking delicious meals for lunch, and the same again in the evenings, which gave us the afternoons to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside by foot. The food was outstanding, and we learnt so many dishes and techniques that I have already put into practice at home. Poul and Niall are both excellent company and fantastic hosts and truly went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. The school is set in beautiful countryside, though it is very remote, so I would recommend driving if possible, or renting a car. A trip to remember for years to come.

Rita Ireland

TripAdvisor website

I just returned from the most amazing week spent in the French Dining School in Kerrout with Poul, a brilliant Chef, whose love of cooking inspired us, his students to try our best to master the skills he so brilliantly illustrates and also, Niall who kept all things running smoothly with his wit and easy manner. The ambiance of Kerrout is so peaceful and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed help prepare, cook and of course, eat this wonderful food with delicious wines to accompany chosen by Poul, our Michelan Chef. We toured the beautiful countryside on our daily hours off and had a wonderful week.