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Our Atelier

The Cook’s Atelier is a French cooking school, epicurean destination, culinary boutique and Wine Shop in the center of historic Beaune, France. We have created a destination for food and wine lovers that highlights the local artisan food producers and winemakers of Burgundy and throughout Europe. Our epicurean center is housed in a 17th century Beaunois building and includes a wine shop, culinary boutique, our teaching kitchen and dining room. The Cook’s Atelier is a place for locals and visitors alike to come and participate in special events around local food and wine.

Throughout our time in France, we have created a strong network of artisan food producers - farmers, organic gardeners, butchers, cheese makers, bakers, beekeepers - both to support small, local businesses as well as to give our clients the chance to see (and taste!) the best that Burgundy has to offer. Our clients come from all over the world and participate in our programs to learn more about the region through cooking and to experience the relaxed conviviality of sharing food around the table.

In the unique setting of The Cook’s Atelier, we conduct cooking classes with menus inspired by that morning's visit to the Beaune market.  Our cooking classes and workshops are informative and entertaining, as we believe that cooking should be fun, a bundle of this and a handful of that. Our style of cooking is rooted in classical French techniques, but our goal is to put the fun back in the kitchen and to inspire cooks from all over the world to bring a little bit of the Burgundian flavor of life back home. Through our instruction, we inspire confidence in the kitchen and provide the fundamental essentials of French cooking, making it approachable for today's cook, while encouraging an authentic intuition in the kitchen.  As the group gathers around the long marble kitchen prep table, we give a brief introduction of the menu, then guests tie on an apron and begin cooking. We circulate during the preparation of the meal to provide guidance and impart culinary knowledge. Once the cooking is complete, the group will be seated around the long zinc topped farm table in our dining room to toast their culinary success and savor the fruits of their labor. Guests enjoy a seven-course seasonal menu paired with local wines from the region.

Our goal is to teach our students that good cooking can be attainable, delicious, and rewarding by making the kitchen an approachable and fun place for everyone. The guests will depart the atelier with experiences that will remain in their memories long after the “lesson” is concluded. We believe that cooking for others extends the heart, and we gain great satisfaction and boundless pleasure from those who enjoy and appreciate the love of good eating.

The Cook’s Atelier is a magical place where people come together to celebrate real food, made from scratch. It is much more than a traditional cooking school, the convivial aspects and friendships that are found are just as important as the recipes. Guests come from all over the world to share in the experience of cooking together and sharing a meal. We honor the relationships that we have with the people who spend their lives growing good food and the traditions that are passed down from generations of cooks.

The Cook’s Atelier caters to both the cooking aficionado and those who simply enjoy good food, good wine, and a passion for the joie de vivre.

To make a reservation, email us at info@thecooksatelier.com

Images courtesy of Emily Johnston and The Cook's Atelier.