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.

  • Brittany, France

Really Good

Based on 2 reviews

Speaks English

from US$1,872

Really Good 8.7/10

Based on 2 reviews
from US$1,872
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Really Good 8.7/10

Based on 2 reviews

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!

Verified reviews

  • A
    Review by Amy Bonini from United States

    A perfect experience for food, wine and friends

    PROS Pros: 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.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Amy. Thank you for your lovely review. It was a real pleasure having you with us for the week and we look forward to hearing how you get on with cooking those recipes in your own home! Warm regards from Kerrouet! Poul

    2017-Jul-03 15:50:43

  • D
    Review by Anonymous

    A nice start to a culinary experience

    CONS Cons: It was a large group and not enough for everyone to do.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-May-22 06:46:32


  • Review by Nancy R. Johnson from Stockholm, Sweden

    "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."

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  • Review by Christine B.

    "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."

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  • Review by Alice Louh from Crowborough, United Kingdom

    "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."

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  • Review by Rita from Cavan, Ireland

    "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."

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  • Review by Patricia K from New York, USA

    "My husband and I spent a delightful week cooking with and enjoying the company of Poul and Niall. We cooked delicious food, but that is not what made our experience special. The recipes are things we will cook at home (bought ingredients for two of them today), and Poul provided very helpful guidance on technique and planning -- things that are critical to people like us (very busy, but want to eat well). Poul and Niall also have wonderful life experiences that they shared with us and we felt at home and welcome in their lovely kitchen and home. We made new friends.We had a rental car and it is easy to get around. Poul and Niall provided great suggestions on what to do in the afternoons. We stayed in a gite in walking distance to the school. It was comfortable and quiet - just what we were looking for on our break. My husband and I love to cook and eat well and have done other cooking courses on vacation. This one was the best."

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  • Review by a traveler from Wales, UK

    "I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and they played a big part in booking a holiday at the school. All the reviews are true. Three of us had the benefit of Poul's experience and knowledge for five days. I learnt so much, lots of tips on how to cook, also what kitchen equipment helps, and how to lay a table. Poul was kind enough to pick me up from the airport and we went for a trip to St Malo. This generous spirit is indicative of the school's approach. We had fabulous food, great company (thanks Scott and Suzanne from USA), a learning holiday that I want to return to. I highly recommend this cookery school."

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  • Review by David from Bath, UK

    "My wife and I spent a glorious week with Poul and two other guests at his school. The standard was astonishingly high, firstly in the michelin star standard of skill and experience shown by Poul, secondly in his skill as a teacher, thirdly in the high quality of the wide range of fish and meat which we cooked, fourthly in the well chosen accompanying wines, and fifthly the charming ambiance of his charming house. If they gave michelin stars to cooking schools this would most certainly be on the list."

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  • Review by a traveler from Singapore

    "A week at the French Dining School in Kerrouet, Brittany with chef extraordinaire and terrific teacher Poul Jensen was a wonderful experience I hope to have the opportunity to repeat time and again! The vacation was at a 400 hundred year old farmhouse that's been lovingly restored, both quaint yet fully equipped.It was a small class where we each had the chance to get directly involved - picking up knife skills, discovering the secrets behind each delectable dish, preparing sauces from scratch, plating with an eye to aesthetics (we eat with our eyes too), and learning to pair each course with a wine that best brought out its flavor.I had a fantastic holiday cooking, eating, walking (working off all those extra calories in the midst of the lovely countryside bursting with beautiful hydrangeas), and best of all, making new friends! The excellent teaching and warm hospitality from Poul and his partner were such a delight. Add to that the delicious lunches and dinners we learned to prepare under Poul's encouraging guidance - he made even the most difficult dishes seem easy.All combined to make for a most enjoyable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys good food and great teaching! I must stop short of giving away Poul's recipes - but I can assure you that there are tempting treats in store for you when you go on this delightful trip that will have you impatient to return for more!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Tallinn, Estonia

    "Poul the schools chef is a talented chef and teacher. Together with my wife, we returned home, from a very enjoyable week, with many new cooking skills that we now share with friends and family.The school recommended good accommodation offering the chance to stay with warm and friendly local expatriates, as well as ideas for visits to local towns and markets. Overall a very relaxing and enjoyable experience."

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  • Review by Suzi from North Carolina, USA

    "I accompanied my grandson (17 years old) to Brittany so that he could attend Chef Poul's class. I joined them each day for lunch and dinner to enjoy the fruits of other labors. The meals were expertly prepared and presented. I arrived most days a little early so that I could take advantage of the Internet. I could overhear Chef Poul talking and teaching.As a retired school administrator, I am keenly aware of "best practices" of teachers. Chef Poul exhibits all of them. He had the students learning culinary skills with hands on experiences as well as teaching them subtle "soft" skills like presentation, setting the table with proper utensils and glasses, added touches of flowers, etc. But the thing I enjoyed most listening to him was his support of their efforts.Watching them skin a skate for the first time and gaining confidence with each stroke of the knife (yes, they were taught the proper knife for each particular task) and then to sit down a few minutes later to a great meal was an adventure greater than any I ever expected. The atmosphere of the classroom/kitchen was so warm and inviting. By the way, he constantly had them cleaning and putting away.There was never a messing look to the area to interfere with the next task. He helped them see the beauty of planning in the morning for not only lunch but things needed to be done ahead of time for the evening meal so they never seemed rushed or off schedule. It takes a master teach to make it seem so easy and enjoyable. If you limit me to one adjective about my observations over the week I would choose, Calm.Chef Poul also arranged for us to rent a 2 bedroom gite within walking distance of the school. My experience as an observer and official taste-tester makes me want to return as a student. I have a friend that want to go so you may get another review from me next year. Highly recommend the school and the gite run by Sharon and Dean. Satisfied and satiated."

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  • Review by Molly from Totnes, United Kingdom

    "If you're looking to learn to cook wonderful food in France then look no further. I have just returned from a delightful week learning to cook delicious food under the expert tutelage of Poul. When researching my trip I wanted a school where I would learn a variety of dishes (including starters, mains, sides and desserts), would be taught in a relaxed environment and most importantly would be able to get 'hands-on' in the cooking experience.French Dining School delivered on all of these points, meeting and far exceeding my expectations. Expect to cook a two course lunch and three course dinners every day (apart from Thursday where lunch is free for exploring!), as well as lots of other little treats along the way (think cheesy biscuits and tasty cookies!). Poul made sure we were always learning something new but still had time to taste, experiment and learn new techniques.I cooked many things that were new to me, and picked up some extra tips and tricks gleaned from Poul's many years working in restaurants. Meals are enjoyed with the other students in Poul's lovely home, where the wine is free flowing and the conversation even more so. Poul also arranged lovely accommodation for me in Gaynor and Ray's local B and B which I also highly recommend. 100% recommended, amazing experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "Cook your own lunches and dinners with masterful guidance from the Chef. Fantastic recipes and pleasant informal meals in a company of wonderful hosts, great interactive learning experience. The venue is an ancient and lovingly restored house in a charming little Breton hamlet. Good location allowing you to explore the area when on leave from your culinary duties. If you ever feel guilty about overindulgence in good food, kick start your morning with a jog around the village through surrounding farmland."

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