The lessons include a wine pairing,
tasting and discussion.
These classes are based on classical French cuisine and are designed to give you enough confidence to produce restaurant quality dishes in your own kitchen.
Fish menu 1
Moules et frites, (mussels) served with traditionally made, double-cooked French fries, and classical chicory salad
Choice of sauce for the mussels
Traditional white wine and shallot
Saffron cream sauce
Fish menu 2
Learn how to fillet and sauté delicate fish such as sea bass, bream or salmon, served with classical rosti and seasonal vegetables
Choose from an accompanying sauce
Fish menu 3
Slightly more complex fish dishes, served with pommes duchesse, green vegetables
Skate wing with black butter and caper sauce
Poached whole fish, such as lemon sole, turbot, etc., with hollandaise sauce
Meat and poultry classes:
What to look for when buying, how long to cook, and which wine to serve. These menus can be adapted for summer or winter service.
Meat and poultry menu 1
Crispy confit of duck, or duck breast, with triple-sec orange, lemon and thyme sauce, served with rosti
Classical French reduction sauce is a perfect accompaniment for duck, chicken or even a strong flavoured fish
Meat and poultry menu 2
Jointed chicken, wrapped in air-dried ham and cooked with a tarragon cream sauce, served with rosti
Learn the basics of jointing poultry, how to cook the joints perfectly, and how to make this wonderful glossy tarragon sauce
Meat and poultry menu 3
Cook the perfect steak, served with twice-baked French fries,
Learn how to buy, prepare, cook and present steaks like a professional
Add your choice of sauce
• Peppercorn or crushed black pepper sauce
• Blue cheese
• Red wine and shallot
Whole day gourmet food & wine classes
Choice of two courses from the following:
Cheese soufflé with fresh green salad
French onion soup served with
Sautéed fillet of seasonal fish and hollandaise sauce
Sautéed endive with raspberry dressing and air-dried ham
Coquilles St. Jacques
Foie gras de canard parfait
Le Plat Principal (Main course),
All served with salad and and/or vegetables of the season.
Classic French cassoulet
Boudin noir aux pommes
Soupe de Poisson à la Rouille
Bouillabaisse a la Marseillaise
Bordeaux roast chicken with truffles
Traditional, classic Tournedos Rossini
Caramelised Bordeaux apples served with calvados crème fraîche
Summer fruit with crème de cassis ‘en papiotte’
Peach and apricot fruit Brûlée, with crème fraîche quenelles
Dessert au chocolat doux
Cookery and wine pairing classes, brought to your holiday premises
At Chef le Grande we don’t believe in gimmicks. We are not celebrity chefs, we don’t throw salt from a great height and we don’t make edible wallpaper. Food can so easily lose its way, but our philosophy is simple and follows the principles of classical French cuisine as taught by the master chef August Escoffier, and my mentor, Michael Adams,
the head chef from Blenheim Palace, where I did my apprenticeship and learnt my craft.
"Thank you so much Jane for the time that you spent with us last week! I had not had much luck in finding a chef that was able to travel to our holiday home in Sigoules, and now I'm glad that I had been unlucky as otherwise I would not have continued the search and found you! You were very patient when we were discussing a menu for our party of 8. I'm sure it's very unusual for you to come across a group that all have the same tastes - we got there though and your suggestions were great! We were all hoping for a relaxed afternoon of cooking, and although not by any means thinking we'd be professional chefs at the end of our time, were looking forward to picking up a few tips. And that we did, the time seemed to go by so quickly - as they say, times flies when you're having fun! And at the end of the day, we tucked in to a delicious meal, the fruits of our labour.
Thanks also for the suggestions of wine to accompany our meal which really did go down very well indeed. I would highly recommend not only this type of addition to someone's holiday, but also you personally - you're an absolute star!
Thanks once again from us all, and hope to meet with you again in the future!!"
Stefanie Croudace, June 2015