We are thrilled to announce our exciting new launch, Paris Perfect Gourmet! For the past three years, our Paris Perfect team has attended dozens of cooking classes and tested even more private Chefs in Paris to find the very best. Our goal was to offer our guests unique and excellent classes – from in-depth soufflé classes to making pastries and discovering local markets. We are delighted with the results: top quality courses we can now offer guests and visitors — delve in and read more about our personally vetted courses for you!
Our first step for Gourmet was to approach some of the best chefs we know and pose the idea of offering exclusive cooking courses for Paris Perfect. These local chefs and pâtissiers, top culinary professionals in their field, embraced this idea with eagerness and enthusiasm. And this was the beginning of Paris Perfect Gourmet. Our range of excellent and exclusive cooking classes have been specially created so you can spend time with the experts in their private kitchens and laboratories in the center of Paris.
We knew we had a chance at Gourmet when we convinced renowned chef Philippe Excoffier to introduce classes at his eponymous restaurant on rue de l’Exposition. This former Head Chef of the American Embassy in Paris creates soufflés for entrée and dessert that are literally to die for. From there, it was a natural progression to approach master pâtissier, Meilleur Ouvrier de France winner Christophe Rhedon, to offer weekly classes exclusively for Paris Perfect in his pastry shop’s open kitchen in the 7th.
Add skilled Cordon Bleu chef and author Charlotte Puckette into the mix, with her fabulous open air market tour and 3-course cooking class at her professional kitchen just off rue Cler, find the best in other categories such as wine and cheese tastings – and we were ready for launch: Paris Perfect Gourmet!
From September, we invite you to join Christophe and his wife Francesca at their fabulous kitchen laboratory in the heart of the 7th arrondissement and learn the art of making your own perfectly formed macarons from a master. Read author of ‘Mad About Macarons’ cookbook Jill Colonna’s behind-the-scenes report of the weekly class. Places at this weekly session are disappearing as fast as those delicious macarons, so avoid disappointment and pre-book your spot for a privileged glimpse into the world of a top class chef in his domain.
THE ULTIMATE SOUFFLÉ!
Our taste for all things gourmet extends to unveiling the secrets of the dish that strikes fear into the hearts of all except the most accomplished cooks – Le Soufflé. Spend an afternoon at Philippe Excoffier’s restaurant, where he will reveal the secrets of producing perfect savory and dessert soufflés, which will be a success every time. Book Early! Due to Philippe’s busy schedule, these sessions take place just twice a month, so request your booking for one of our classes today and read our insider’s article about the soufflé class.
MARKET TOUR & COOKING CLASS
Charlotte has the most open air market knowledge of anyone I’ve ever met, even more than my French mother-in-law! Select the finest seasonal produce before returning to Charlotte’s stunning open kitchen and prepare a 3-course meal. Not only will you learn the tips and techniques of wonderful French recipes, but you will also have the chance to all sit down and enjoy your meal, together with a glass or two of wine – the ultimate in true Parisian lifestyle! Read our blog about the class and book your Open Air Market Tour & Cooking Class today.
YOUR PRIVATE CHEF EXPERIENCE
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or simply want a break from eating out, why not treat yourselves and have our Personal Chef come in and do all the hard work for you? Professional chef and instructor Brian has been looking after our guests for many moons and knows our kitchens – and what our exacting guests require – inside out. You can decide if you’d like an in-house private cooking lesson, or prefer to relax in comfort with a glass of wine, then let Brian begin. Email us for more details and read more information here.
CHEESE AND WINE TASTINGS
We have been lucky enough to meet with some of the best sommeliers and cheese experts in Paris to taste and sip. The ones who made the grade in my husband Philippe’s book are the ones we’ve selected – and these are the ones who also know the best, undiscovered vineyards in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne – and who, like Philippe, know the owners. The results are quite simply the best Cheese and Wine Tastings to be enjoyed in the city.
CHAMPAGNE & WINE TOURS
For lovers of Burgundy wine or Champagne, let us arrange your pick-up directly from your apartment, and have you whisked off for an unforgettable day – or even an overnight stay – on a fully customized tour of some of the jewels of these regions’ gastronomic delights. We guarantee you’ll be in the safe hands of possibly the most passionate sommeliers in the country, with the key to the ‘caves’ of some of the best wines you’ve ever tasted.
GOURMET GROCERY SERVICE
After a long flight or train journey, take advantage of our fantastic grocery service and find everything you need for your first meal ready and awaiting you in your apartment. Pre-order your French Delight groceries, and we’ll deliver a selection of cheeses and charcuterie cuts, a crusty baguette, hummus and crudités, fresh fruit and a bottle of French wine. If you are traveling as a family, we can add breakfast essentials – and if you’d prefer a Deluxe version to really celebrate your being on vacation, we’ll add chocolates and a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge too.
RESTAURANT RESERVATION SERVICE
Looking to wine and dine at one of Paris’ Top 100 Bistros during your visit, or treat yourselves to a tasting menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant? From suggestions about where to enjoy lunch close to all the monuments and landmarks, to our handy guides on gluten-friendly and vegetarian cafés all over the city, we’ve got it covered. We will take care of all your restaurant recommendations, reservations and re-confirmations: all you have to do is sit back and enjoy meal after fabulous meal. Take advantage of our Paris Perfect Restaurant Service during your Gourmet Stay.
So whether it’s Rhedon’s macarons, Excoffier’s soufflés, Charlotte’s kitchen or Brian ‘chez vous’, we can gourmandize your Paris Perfect stay!
CREATE YOUR OWN GOURMET ITINERARY
Each of our selections can be booked individually or organized as part of a week-long itinerary.
Click for details about our Special Add-on Gourmet Stay in Paris Package: our top classes guaranteed for you to enjoy during your stay, with all additional vouchers and museum passes or tickets conveniently delivered to you on arrival.
Contact us today for help creating your individual Paris Perfect Stay to suit your exact needs if you prefer a more personalized approach – no Itinerary is too great or too small for our Travel Design Team! We will be happy to assist and to craft your uniquely perfect vacation.
Look out too for further exclusive additions to our Paris Perfect Gourmet Stays every time you visit us – our aim is to continually extend our brand new Parisian Lifestyle Experiences with you in mind, so you’ll have something different to try out each time you come to stay. Watch this space!
*These exciting classes are available from September. Courses are always offered as priority to Paris Perfect guests but we welcome visitors, based on availability.
Photos courtesy of Georgianna Lane, Lindsey Kent, Michelle Waring and Rosa Schofield.