7 Days French Cooking Course in Brittany, France

  • French Dining School, Kerrouet House, Kerrouet, 22330 St Goueno, Brittany, France

Cooking Holidays in France

Learn the skills of the masterchef! Impress family and friends with gourmet dishes of exceptional quality, taste, and design. Elevate your knowledge and skills in cooking with the Michelin trained Chef Poul. Work in a stress free environment at the Manor house and the surrounding pastoral village, a truly magical experience. You will always learn something new as you experiment and learn new techniques. The best part of it is enjoying the results of your hard work during long lunches and dinners. You will leave knowing that you have seen and touched the essence of Brittany.

Highlights

  • 9 cooking classes
  • Wine or cider tasting
  • Michelin star trained chefs
  • Guided advice to places of interest
  • Course folder with menus and recipes
  • Graduation ceremony and certificate
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Danish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, English
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Chateau de la Touche

The 16th century chateau is located in the Cote d'Armor in Brittany, close to Lamballe and Moncontour, embedded by a delightful castle park. The closest town is called Trebry. Built in the 16th century the Chateau de la Touche is a jewel right by the Atlantic Coast. Influenced by the Italian Renaissance, the castle could almost be allocated to the style of Ludwig XIII. With regards to the fantastic site, the castle has been opened to individuals as a holiday destination since 2007.

The chateau's facilities:

  • Idyllic castle park
  • Sunbathing area/lawn
  • Unaffected lake land
  • Car parking
  • Free bike rental
  • Barbecue
  • Ping pong
  • Horse stable

Kerrouet House

Just three hours from Paris and under one hour from Rennes, Saint Malo, and Dinan, the school is located in the Kerrouet House, a 16th century stone longère. The Kerrouet House French Dining School offers five day hands-on cookery courses in the center of the Brittany region of France.

Kerrouet House was built in the 16th century as the home of the tax collector for the nearby Manor of Plessy and two other manor houses in the area. As a "royal" longère, it fell into neglect during the French Revolution and was abandoned for many years. In recent times it has been home to a professor of Mathematics (Sorbonne) but it went to a near derelict state in the 1990's.

The house was discovered on a holiday visit to Brittany. Despite the jungle of nettles, brambles, thistles and ivy, Niall fell in love with the monastic stone entrances, grand fireplaces and royal chimney. Over the past few years artisans have worked hard to restore the property and now the premises are used as a popular cooking school with a growing international reputation.

It is a unique home based cooking school located in the medieval village of Kerrouet in central Brittany. The school is focused on gourmet quality French and modern European cuisine. Students are encouraged to get actively involved in all areas of food preparation. The school offers courses at all levels in French and modern European and Scandinavian cuisine.

We are the cooking school and culinary vacation provider of your choice because we offer quality school facilities and fully supportive learning mediums as we use a variety of tools to enhance your learning experience at the school. Courses are varied to ensure everyone gains the necessary cooking experience they need with our Michelin trained chef.

Our school is small and flexible enough to cater for your individual or corporate requirements which is a great team building opportunity. We can arrange gift vouchers so you can celebrate that special occasion with cooking classes for birthdays, weddings, stag and hen parties or just a novelty Christmas gift.

We value our students, that is why we offer the service they deserve. This of course includes detailed individual folders complete with menus and course recipes. We also do follow up menu advice. At the end of their classes with us, a graduation ceremony is held to culminate the week. Each student is awarded beautiful certificates to take home, frame up, and exhibit in their kitchen.

You will start your course on Sunday evening, with an introductory meal. On Monday, you start at 10:00 with introductions, course program, and safety issues (use of knives etc). Kerrouet House will discuss each daily menu before they commence preparation and actual cooking. Menus will vary depending on markets and the season. In general, the class will undertake food preparation for full lunch and dinner at the school each day to include starter, main course and dessert/cheese with wine.

Expert guidance on specialist areas including fish, seafood, shellfish, meats, game, cheeses, soups, sauce preparation, stock making, baking, breads and pastries, smoking, preserving, menu planning, table setting, wines and the use of knives and kitchen equipment. Whatever your level Kerrouet House will ensure you gain key skills which can only be acquired from working alongside highly skilled and experienced chefs.

Whether it be preparing lobsters, smoking salmon, making sorbets, mousselines, pastries, sauces, ice creams, garnishes and the best of the wonderful world of French cuisine, Kerrouet House will be there to turn you into a competent and confident home chef. You will gain lots of culinary tips and knowledge. All meals taken at the school are to Michelin standard. Guided tours to food markets and beautiful medieval towns arranged.

  • 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!

Kerrouet Village

The village of Kerrouet lies in the heart of "The Mene" ; the beautiful rolling hills of Brittany which are so famous for walking and cycling holidays. Kerrouet is located 1 hour from Rennes with links to Eurostar in Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport as well as direct flights to Paris, Edinburgh and Dublin. Dinard Airport is a 40 minute drive with Ryanair links to London and East Midlands.

Nantes Airport has direct links to Dublin, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, and Marseilles. St Malo port and the wonderful seaside resorts of Val Andre are only an hour away. Only 3 hours from Paris via rail to Rennes. Cancalle, also nearby, is world famous for its oysters and seafood. The world famous "Kerrouet Royale" was created in Kerrouet and named after the village. Students get a taste of this cocktail upon graduating from the school.

Brittany

We are located in one of the most beautiful unspoilt places on earth. The roads are free of traffic. The night sky is free of light pollution. The gently rolling hills of Le Men are delightful for both cyclists and hikers with their extraordinary collection of hidden medieval hamlets and friendly locals.

Enter any bar here and males are expected to shake the hands of all other males present and kiss all females twice on the cheek. You may come as a stranger but you will leave as a friend. We are positioned within a few hours drive of two of the top tourist destinations in France. Le Mont St Michell to the north and Carnac to the south.

Other exciting places to visit on your trip to Brittany include the famous walled town of St Malo, the medieval towns of Dinan, Josselin and not forgetting one of the best food markets in France (March des Lices) at Rennes on a Saturday morning. Prepare to be bowled over by the sheer variety of seafood and products on offer.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool nearby
  • Tennis court nearby
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Shop nearby

Please note that menus change according to season and market conditions.

Lunch on Monday

  • Chicken stock making for the week
  • Starter: Bruschetta on toasted bread
  • Main: Salmon fish cakes on a garden salad with homemade sauce remoulade
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses

Dinner on Monday

  • Starter:Artichoke in a citrus soup
  • Main: Langoustine stuffed chicken leg with mushroom sauce
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses
  • Dessert:Panna Cotta with fresh summer fruits

Lunch on Tuesday

  • Starter: Gazpacho
  • Main: Turkey breast marinated in soya, ginger and chili served on a salad with toasted pine kernels
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses

Dinner on Tuesday

  • Starter: Grilled scallops with endive soup and chives
  • Main: Veal fillet with basil sauce, crme fraiche potatoes and rosemary roasted vegetables
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses
  • Dessert: Lemon cake with cointreau creme fraiche

Lunch on Wednesday

  • Starter: Small tomato pizza
  • Main: Warm smoked fish on a salad with horseradish cream
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses

Dinner on Wednesday

  • Starter: Grilled Langoustines with garlic butter
  • Main: Frikadeller Danish styled meat balls with potato salad and cucumber salad
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses
  • Dessert: Tiamisu

Lunch on Thursday

  • Students are free to visit places of interest including Le Mont St. Michel or have a trip to a food market (which may be arranged with a local driver on request).

Dinner on Thursday

  • Starter: Mushroom risotto
  • Main: Pan fried skate wing with lemon, capers, parsley & new potatoes
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses
  • Dessert: Caramelized strawberries served with cinnamon and a poppy seed ice cream

Lunch on Friday

  • Starter: Mussel soup with saffron
  • Main: Caesar Salad
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses

Dinner on Friday

  • Starter: Lobster bisque
  • Main: Slow roasted lamb with oven baked vegetables
  • Cheese: Selection of French cheeses
  • Dessert: Poached peach with a sabayon sauce and fresh raspberries

The local taxi driver can take you to places of interest including food markets, historic venues, and local places of interest. Kerrouet House recommends places to visit, but do not organize tours themselves owing to insurance costs. Also, you can rent an electric bike available at cheap rates (20 EUR per week).

  • 4 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 9 cooking classes
  • Course folder with menus and recipes
  • Graduation ceremony and certificate
  • Michelin star trained chefs
  • Pick-up and drop-off to Lamballe Rail station and Kerrouet House
  • Wine or cider tasting
  • 2 lunches (Sunday and Thursday)
  • Airfare
  • Local transport
  • Personal expenses
  • Tours or specialist trips to food markets and places of interest

Driving directions from Paris

  • Motorway A11 from Paris to Rennes and then the N12 from Rennes to Lamballe - Moncontour.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports to the location are Rennes-Saint-Jauques-Airport (RNS) or Brest Airport (BES). The nearest with regular flights into the UK is Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport (DNR) with regular flights to London Stanstead, Nottingham East Midlands, and Bristol.

Arrival by train

One may catch the TGV from Paris to nearby Lamballe station.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Brittany, France

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

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