Cooking Class & dinner with a Frenchman in Sydney
Jean-Marie was lucky to have a mum - still alive at 99 - and two grandmothers who were exceptional cooks and a great-grandmother famous for her conserves.
Jean-Marie's abilities to cook for his family and friends, from a simple omelette to a more elaborate dish out of one of his cookbooks, or recreating a recipe from of of his favourite restaurant are well documented on Instagram.
Jean-Marie has been asked over and over to open a restaurant, but this is always been viewed as too big a task and commitment, So by popular demand, Jean-Marie has started cooking classes for groups of four people.
Learn how to cook a typical French dinner supervised by an experienced native cook. Whether it is choucroute de la mer, cassoulet of lamb, poulet aux morilles or bouillabaisse, I will regale you with staples of the French repertoire, often with a twist. So be open to being surprised, entertained, and deliciously fed by a man who not only can cook, but is inspired by the cuisines of the world and has been established in the Sydney food scene for over seven years. Jean-Marie is also very knowledgeable about wine, and will often surprise you with unconventional pairings. Having worked in English for decades, he is fluent in the subtleties of Australian slang, while retaining a hint of a French accent. So in short, you are in for a treat.
Each participant will have a chance to join in the preparation of the meal, whether cutting vegetables, stirring the pot or plating the final dish.
We will prepare some of the staples of French cuisine like Pot-au-Feu, Ratatouille, Cassoulet, Choucroute de la Mer and crème caramel, crème brûlée, tarte Tatin, etc... for dessert.
We will also exchange tips about where to source the best and freshest ingredients for best value. as we regularly cover markets and producers on our blog.
We will also go over French table manners and etiquette to set the table.
We can cater for special diets and allergies to a point. Check with us prior to book.
We start at 3.00pm on a Saturday afternoon with the aim to sit down for dinner around 7.00pm. We will usually finish by 10.00pm, but you are welcome to stay longer if you are still enjoying our company by that time...
Get in touch for availability and special requests. We can only accomodate four guests for this class due to space and equipment constraints.