Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France offers cooking and patisserie courses in France with a professional cook for an authentic experience.
French-born, Marlene, welcomes you in the heart of the Gascony countryside, for a fully hands-on cooking course in English. Marlene was born and raised in Calais, where she was a wine buyer. She has always been a food lover, whether it involved making it or eating it. Cooking is her passion and she loves to share it!
from United States, September 2019
"What an amazing experience "
Marlene and Tom were excellent hosts. The baking classes were amazing. I learned so much
from United States, June 2019
"Far, far exceeded expectations "
The location was peaceful and beautiful, pastoral farm country surrounded by fields of sunflowers. The home is an idealic French country home full of charm. The food at each meal was delicious and artfully displayed. The classes were enriching, challenging, and so much fun. Marlene is a natural teacher and a joy to be around. Her care and generous spirit filled our week. She showed us the history of the region and taught us so much. I can’t say enough good things. Book this trip!!! I’ll definitely be booking another one!
from Spain, April 2019
"Fantastic experience for bakery lovers "
Marlene was a fantastic host, sharing a lot of techniques and professional secrets. She is full of passion for good food and baking and managed to create an amazing atmosphere for all of us.
from United States, April 2019
"Amazing culinary vacation!"
Marlene and Tom were excellent hosts and went above and beyond my expectations to make our stay with them very special. Marlene is a pro in the kitchen and taught us many new things. Would love to stay with them again the the future!
from United States, March 2019
The whole experience was fantastic!
from United States, February 2019
"Authentic French pastries and food in a serene setting!"
I enjoyed the personalized instruction that Marlene was able to give each participant, due to the small class size. We learned a large variety of baking techniques and produced delicious and beautiful pastries. And her removated farmhouse added so much charm! It was also nice to visit nearby villages to learn about life in this part of France.
from United States, June 2018
"La Gargantua is gargantuanly wonderful"
My 19-year-old daughter and I took Marlene’s 5-night patisserie course at La Gargantua. The experience delightfully exceeded our expectations. We were shown how to create some of the most complex French pastries, like croissants, millefeuille and éclairs, among others. We created everything from scratch, under the watchful eye and exceptional instruction of Marlene. Her passion for baking is infectious. She's clearly talented and dedicated to her business and family. She provides just the right amount of instruction, so you truly feel like you’re learning – she celebrates with you as you succeed and laughs with you when you don’t. Marlene’s courses are taught in a beautiful home environment, with a state-of-the-art kitchen, spacious dining and sitting area, as well as sleeping rooms that are both superbly decorated and comfortable. La Gargantua is also located in a gorgeous area of southern France, nestled alongside rolling hills, wheat fields and an ancient village. My daughter and I feel very lucky to have experienced one of Marlene’s courses, as we can now savor memories that will last a lifetime.
from Israel, August 2017
"An amazing and full experience!"
Since the minute Marlene picked us up from the train station I felt comfortable and happy. Every bit pf those 6 days was perfect- the accommodation, the food, the landscape surrounding the nice house, the teaching and tastimg of french pattiserie. At first I thought the actual time in the kitchen wouldn't be enough but we had plenty of time to learn a lot and also enjoy ourselves. Thank you very much! I'll recommend anyone to come as well!
Raymond S Brown
from United States, October 2019
"cooking in the countryside"
the sophisticated food presentations
from Australia, April 2019
"A wonderful experience "
Marlene Is passionate about good food and produce, which is infectious. The cooking lessons are well planned and easy to follow. The location is so beautiful and serene. I can’t recommend Le Gargantua enough, look forward to going back.
from United States, November 2017
"A fun learning vacation in the south of France"
The course was about learning about the ingredients and their interactions with each other as well as with the environment. It was very educational. Actually creating the treats and having them come out looking and tasting good gave me a boost of confidence in my own abilities. I'm so excited to try them in my own kitchen.