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 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!
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.
a traveler UK
So Xmas arrives and what do you buy the lady who has everything? Well, I thought, let's be adventurous and do something which could be fun. So I booked a five-day French cooking course at Le Gargantua... never imagining that I would have to be part of it. Full English breakfast is my limit. Boy, am I glad I took part! It was brilliant fun every minute. Marlene and Thomas are amazing. Every morning continental breakfast was laid up for us, followed by a trip to market or some other adventure. Back for the ready prepared lunch (many thanks, Thomas) including copious supplies of wine. Then, in the afternoon, we worked all together at our work stations preparing and cooking under the watchful eye of Marlene whose sense of humor is brilliant (her English is superb). Amazingly, I filleted fish (enjoyed that as I don't like them anyway!), cooked soufflés, made bread, baked desserts and tarts, built sauces... great fun all the way. In the evening, you eat whatever you personally have prepared, cooked... plus more wine. There were five of us and it really was fun all the way, but you will learn a lot and work pretty hard in the afternoons. The deal includes all food and wine and transport. The location is idyllic - you literally can hear a pin drop. Bedrooms are more than adequate and the two dogs and cat are friendly. What more could you ask. Just do it! You'll never forget it.
a traveler UK
just spent two wonderful days doing the patisserie course with Marlene. She has a real passion for food, and obviously loves sharing her knowledge. Not only were we shown what do do, she explained clearly the science behind the processes, but in such a way that it was great fun. My non-cooking husband spent his time either cycling round the delightful neighborhood or relaxing with a book in the garden, before we all enjoyed delicious lunches and dinners prepared by our hosts, followed by the desserts we had made. If you want to learn about food and cooking, then go to La Gargantua.
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