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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Attending the Culinary School in Paris
A couple of months ago while traveling in Paris, I was lucky enough to attend a few classes at the infamous Culinary Academy there. It was an amazing experience!
Before I met my loving husband, my plan was to attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in San Francisco. My life took a different turn which I am very happy about, but a small part of me always wondered what culinary school would be like...
Well, the main campus for Le Cordon Bleu happens to be located in Paris, a 20 minute walk from our apartment. So last week I attended a class there and got to experience culinary school firsthand!
They offer these great 2 hour short courses for amateurs to drop in on. It was so neat being on the infamous campus, being taught technique by real Le Cordon Bleu professors.There was a chef, sommelier and translator. They were all really funny and entertaining and made the class really enjoyable.
The first class I took was called "Food and Wine Pairings" and the chef made the following:
Seared Scallops and Mushroom Truffle Risotto with Glazed Baby Carrots
Monkfish wrapped in Ham with Cilantro Celery
Hazelnut Chocolate Tart with Ganache
And these wonderful dishes were each paired with seasonal white wines. These wines really did go beautifully with each dish!