Chef workshops: a 100% Charentais experience

Experience something special

Take cooking classes in the chef workshops charentais. With these cooking courses in Charente, you will learn with local raw materials. Fancy attending a cooking workshop in the kitchen of one of Charente’s best chefs ? Enjoying a special moment with friends in a luxurious location? Fancy discovering the chefs ’secrets ? Learning to use the best raw ingredients from Charente, such as cognac, truffles and oysters? Here are four very different chef’s workshops that we’re sure you’ll love!

Grégory Coutanceau culinary school

The food lover’s class

During an exceptional introduction to the industry, he was taught by Ducasse in Paris and Monaco, Darroze, Para, Anton and Lenôtre. Also, Grégory Coutanceau was just 22 when he took the plunge. He bought Les Flots, a popular restaurant in La Rochelle. The gifted chef received his first Michelin star at 25 and his second six years later. He’s still the only Charentais chef with two of them!Full of passion and a desire to share, he’s designed La Classe des Gourmets (The Food Lover’s Class) for fans of real cooking, which takes place in a lovely, friendly space. It’s in this positive atmosphere that you’ll be introduced to (or perfect your skills in) cooking, patisserie or oenology. And because age is no boundary to a love of cuisine, there are workshops for children and teenagers. It will thrill the chefs of tomorrow! The school is located in the centre of La Rochelle, yards away from the Old Port, on Rue Sénac de Meilhan.


Ludovic Merle

At the Jarnac Château restaurant

Ludovic Merle loves to share his expertise, which he acquired in particular from Georges Blanc. That’s why he organises culinary classes for all lovers of good food. The morning begins at 9.30am at the Jarnac market, which is filled with local producers. The students select the menu themselves (lobster, langoustine or veal).

In the kitchen, the participants follow the advice and tips of the chef, and after prepping, cooking and plating up, the half-day comes to a happy end when you sample your perfectly paired food, wine and cognacs!



Grégory Coutanceau's cooking school

Ecole de cuisine La Classe des Gourmets, Rue Sénac de Meilhan, La Rochelle, France


The cooking school of starred chef Thierry Verrat

La Ribaudière à Bourg-Charente


At the Restaurant du Château in Jarnac

Au Restaurant du Château à Jarnac