Irish-born Sinead Wilde Allart studied Home Economics and taught it for a few years before meeting Belgian-born Philippe and moving with him to France. Her time in France has enabled her to add to her culinary repertoire enormously while learning how to speak French, raise chickens and daughters, renovate old houses, fight with local builders, ride a horse, and sing a little opera. Sinead opened the doors of her farmhouse kitchen in 2006. Sineads idea is to share l'art de vivre à la française.
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Remembering the awesome cooking experience in February, I ordered the tart rings today to be able to reproduce the lovely pastry we had made during the cooking class with you. The time we've spent exploring the French kitchen is still vividly in our minds and frequently shared. We highly recommend taking one of the offered courses - it's been fun and great food!bThanks again, Sinead, for sharing your kitchen and hospitality with us.
It was like walking into your dream kitchen, garden and dining area with a chef who obviously loves to teach and eat great food! My husband and I spent the day with Sinead, our chef, and four ladies from Australia and we had a delightful day with all of us studying the menu, preparing the many dishes and joyfully eating the spoils of our labors! Sinead is very open to share her ideas and opinions and open to hearing others'. It was delightful!
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Well worth a day when visiting the Normandy area of France if you love great food, and want to see the countryside and want to shop in an authentic outdoor French market.
We booked the one day cooking course with Sinead but decided to stay in her gite for 3 days to use as a base to explore Normandy. Couldn't recommend both the course and the gite - and Sinead's delightful company and Irish hospitality - more highly.
Amazing! Wonderful atmosphere, location, and cookery. We had a great trip and would definitely do it again. We have invited Sinead to bring her kitchen to the U.S. for a benefit/charity event - can't wait
My husband and I wanted to do a cooking class in northern France and, after a search, "Wilde Kitchen" popped up and looked promising. We arrived one September afternoon and Sinead was there to welcome us to a lovely gite, a self-contained apartment. Breakfast each morning consisted of delicious croissants and baguettes, home made jams, juice and coffee - a perfect leisurely start to the day. Sinead is very knowledgeable about the area and gave us great recommendations for places to see and restaurants to visit, including an amazing Michelin rated one, "Le P'tit Bourg".
On the morning of the cooking class we set off for the market in the main town. Sinead introduced us to some of her favourite stallholders and explained many foods we were unfamiliar with. After purchasing ingredients we returned to the main house for our cooking class in a spectacular dream kitchen. Under Sinead's expert guidance we cooked a delicious three-course meal, gathering many suggestions and valuable tips along the way. I have overcome my fear of Creme Anglaise and have even managed to reproduce it at home, including the chocolate fondants! We greatly enjoyed our stay in La Blonderie and the cooking class enhanced the whole experience. Thank you to Sinead and her family for making us feel so welcome and making our holiday in northern France really memorable! We hope to return one day soon.
a traveler from USA
For four days, we ate and cooked and laughed and learned all kinds of things. Sinad and her family were wonderful hosts. I was traveling solo, and she helped me weeks before I arrived, answering emails and making me feel welcome.Sinad customizes the class as she gets to know you, targeting your interests and introducing you to Normandy cuisine and culture. Stay as long as you can! It is an amazing experience!
Ana Laura France
My mother and I passed a 3 day course at Wilde Kitchen. The cooking classes were great and we learned a lot, Sinad and her family were amazing hosts and we had an excellent stay at La Blonderie. Definitely a holiday we won't forget!
Claire L United States
My husband and I spent five fabulous days the Wilde Kitchen cooking, eating, and laughing. Sinad is a wonderful teacher and an accomplished cook, the cooking classes at the Wilde Kitchen and staying at La Blonderie was the highlight of our trip to France! We learned a lot and were exposed to the charming local culture and fabulous cuisine.If you want to go to a cooking school in France, this is the place to go. In the near future, we hope to return to the Wilde Kitchen with our entire family for cooking classes. My only regret is that we didn't plan to stay longer. Be sure to extend your trip so you have time to visit the local sites.
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La blonderie is a wonderful and magical place, not to mention Sinead & co who make the entire experience so unique - a totally unforgettable experience and some serious good food (and fun!) to be had!
a traveler United States
This was one of the best places we stayed during our entire trip! Its a great place; clean, perfect home away from home. Sinead was an amazing cook and teacher and the food was fantastic!
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