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Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Treat yourself to a unique French cooking class set inside the famous Les Halles Market of Avignon. Under the guidance of a master chef, you’ll create a menu using ingredients from the market itself, and then cook them to eat for lunch. If eating (not cooking) is more your thing, you can select a tasting-only option that includes a market visit, samples, and a cooking demonstration by the chef.
  • Select your ingredients from your chef's favorite market vendors
  • Learn about the Provençal produce and classic French dishes
  • Cook in the Cuisine Centr’Halles inside the bustling market place
  • Feast on the food that you’ve prepared with wine and coffee
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Main
Duck breast
Lunch
Les Halles d'Avignon , 18 Pl. Pie, 84000 Avignon, France

Cuisine Centr'Halles is located inside the Market. Go down from the parking lot above the market by the stairs or the elevators and you will find us inside the door next to the stairs. Arrive on foot from Place Pie, cross the market and we are behind Painissain.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Weekend rates will have an increase of 10 euros
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Planetazur
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Being connected to a big market is a real plus, but better directions to his location in the market would be helpful." See review

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star-5
Just do it!
Patricia_W
, Jun 2022
So awesome!!!! Do this experience!!!! Jonathan is an amazing chef and you will absolutely not regret it!!
star-5
Just delightful. Don’t miss out!
Hayden_H
, Jun 2022
Truly wonderful! Johnathan is expert, engaging, passionate about his food and local ingredients, and a lovey bloke to boot. Our small group class (there were five total) cooked three courses including a scrummy summer ratatouille, and we each got the chance to fillet a monkfish. On our tour of the market, we were serenaded by a chicken… you’ll understand when you experience it for yourself! Johnathan is totally bilingual and switched seamlessly between French and English to accommodate everyone in the class. The wine flowed freely as we sat down to eat in the little restaurant, surrounded by locals who’d come by (as they seem in the habit of doing — no higher recommendation, I’d say!) to sample the class’s delights. I’ve done a lot of cooking classes in my time and this was up there with the best of them! Please book this experience!
star-5
Fun Sunday morning in a French Kitchen!
Elaine_D
, Jun 2022
Learning new techniques for cooking. Learned about foods. Enjoyed the relaxed “family” atmosphere & Le Halles is an amazing market!
star-4
Very interesting well...
Eoin_R
, Jun 2022
Very interesting well organised and a good menu. I enjoyed it very much and the group were very nice so we all got along very well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Overbooked in a very small kitchen. Not worth it!
Susan_B
, May 2022
This was really a demonstration class, not a cooking class. The chef did all the cooking using the one stove top and oven. Students chopped vegetables and cleaned fish. That was it. We could have learned as much watching a YouTube video. Also, the class was overbooked. Optimally, the course should be limited to 5 people, because that is all the kitchen can comfortably hold. Instead, there were 7 people in the class. There were only knives and cutting boards for 6, so it wasn’t possible for everyone to fully participate, which was disappointing. Two participants were working on the short side of the counter, sharing one knife and cutting board, and were constantly bumped and jostled by wait staff coming and going through the 36” aisle. Imagine 3 hours of that! We did share a nice lunch afterwards, but it would have been a better use of time and money to just go buy lunch there and not bother with the class.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The cooking workshop was...
Jennifer_C
, May 2022
The cooking workshop was great! A little confusion with transportation to the class as driver didn’t show but once we got there all was terrific! Fun, informative and interactive! A must do!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Good tapas. The recipe was not provided.
brenda_b
, May 2022
We prepared tapas. The chef said he would send us the recipe. We all left our email addresses, none of us received the recipe. The tapas were good!
star-5
Do it!! A great culinary class
Susan_A
, May 2022
Chef John was delightful. He have us wonderful tips on knife skills, French food labeling, type of balsamic vinegars, olives and cheese. Shopping the market vendors was fun and the food class was wonderful.
star-5
Don’t pass up this experience!
Lynda_O
, May 2022
What a fabulous experience. I do a lot of cooking at home so I was happy to pick up some very good tips. Plus we all got to filet a monkfish. My niece and I had a wonderful time ans ate some great food too.
star-5
Unforgettable Cooking Experience!
Shannon_W
, Apr 2022
This was one of the highlights of my trip to Avignon! We got to meet multiple vendors in the market, learned some new cooking techniques, and created a phenomenal meal. Can't recommend it enough!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great time cooking and eating!
eyeslana
, Apr 2022
We had a great cooking class with John yesterday. We had a congenial group of 6 ladies and all picked up many cooking tips to take home and use as well as pointers on knife skills. I highly recommend the class and the best part was eating the food at the end and visiting with the other participants.
star-5
Wonderful experience! ...
Natasha_W
, Apr 2022
Wonderful experience! Friendly and excellent chef! The food we prepared was amazing! Would highly recommend!
star-5
A really fun and engaging way to spend a day in Avignon
Nancy_Z
, Apr 2022
Johnathan is not only an exceptional chef, he is an excellent teacher! We are both quite proficient amateur cooks and he taught us techniques to make our cooking experience at home easier and more efficient, as well as introducing us to some new items to cook. The market visit was fun and engaging, and the preparation of our lunch added to the experience of eating and enjoying it. Truly a wonderful way to spend the day, thanks, Johnathan!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Nancy, we're very glad that you enjoyed I'm sure Jonathan, also does. Thank you for your review, best wishes.
star-5
Intimate Cooking Class
Mark_V
, Nov 2021
John was absolutely superb as a chef and a teacher. I was the only person in the class that morning, so it was even more intimate. His restaurant is located in Les Halles, so the class was in the morning while he prepared his lunch menu. It only has about 6 small tables, so it’s a small space. John is so funny and caring. He knows everyone around les halles, and he makes you feel comfortable and a part of the experience of running the kitchen. We made a bunch of things I had never made before including a risotto, duck breast, almond cake and tapenades. I’m making these a staple in my cooking rotation, and I can show off that I learned in Avignon.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your comment, it means a lot for us. I am happy to see that you enjoyed your cooking class, I'll tell John. I hope to see you soon and have a nice day !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous cooking class
David_S
, Oct 2021
My partner and I agreed that John's cooking class was a highlight of our vacation. Our teacher/chef is a native of California who left the US to train in Germany and France before opening his lunch restaurant in the wonderful market at Les Halles in Avignon. John taught our course in English, but he is also fluent in French and obviously has cultivated great collegial relationships with shop owners throughout the market. Thus, we began with the freshest ingredients, all of excellent quality, and John proved to be an excellent teacher. He interspersed gems of technique with information about the ingredients and history of dishes that are most popular in the Provence region of southern France. We began with a cup of coffee, brief conversation in which the five of us students got acquainted, and a sampling of three goat cheeses. We then moved on to cooking our lunch, which consisted of roasted vegetables (carrots, a blend of mushrooms, onions), polenta, roasted pork loin (marinated in a mustard-based marinade and surrounded by a red wine and balsamic vinegar reduction), and chocolate lava cupcakes. We sipped on a rose from Provence and had a lovely Cote-du-Rhone red with lunch. The class lasted a little over three hours and was great fun. I highly recommend this cooking class for anyone with beginner to intermediate+ cooking skills. I would return for another class with John.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your comment, it means a lot for us. I am happy to see that you enjoyed your time in this cooking class and I'll talk to John about it. In the hope to see you again soon !
star-5
Joie de vivre in the kitchen with Chef John
Claudia_V
, Sep 2021
First, John is a master chef who walked us through the creation of splendid meal that was a delight to enjoy at the end of class. We were taught so much along with way: a short course on farro, le poulet, le canard, l'aubergine et ratatouille. The class was bursting with great energy, great tastes, gorgeous colors and a wonderful camaraderie with fellow travelers. A beautiful experience all together. Merci beaucoup, Chef John!
star-5
A Scot in France
Steven_R
, Aug 2021
I enjoyed the flexibility of the programme, a mix of watching and doing. All questions were answered! Jon is a great chef with a wide range of experience in culinary affairs. I enjoyed learning and chatting with him. I was alone, but joined another couple and we all had a really good experience.
star-5
Great cooking and dining experience!
Sharon_H
, Jul 2021
A great cooking and dining experience! John is a great teacher and everything was perfectly planned. My 15yo daughter and I both enjoyed every minute of our time in the kitchen. After eating, you can walk around the market and shop for spices and other products. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great experience just directions lacking
RebeccaJane_Q
, Jul 2021
Great experience! Would highly recommend. Good balance of learning and doing. Chef John himself is lovely- originally from America but has been in avignon for 20 years and everyone seemed to know him (a la stopping by and saying hi), which made the experience all the more comfortable. We ultimately had a private class which was a pleasant surprise and we were very happy with the menu choices- all were delicious! He also knew my dad was interested in certain things and made sure to work that into our time together. And once we sat down to eat they paired the meal with wine :). We also started the class with some amazing cheese tastings and then learned about olive oil! We had a lot of trouble finding this tour and found it difficult to contact anyone. The cooking class is at a stall IN the market, which wasn’t mentioned in the directions but they said they would update that. Other than the 30 min delayed start and slight panic that we had missed it, it was a wonderful way to spend the day!
star-5
Unique culinary experience in Avignon
Eric N
, Oct 2019
This cooking workshop exceeded our expectations! The workshop began with a tour of the market in Avignon, with a very interesting background on a variety of products including fish, cheese, olives and other goods, along with samples. We then prepped and cooked a lovely meal including tapenade, mushroom risotto, duck breast, cake with plum sauce and plenty of delicious French wines. Our instructor, Jon, was very engaging and informative, and a lot of fun in addition! I would highly recommend as a good way to sample local products from the Avignon area.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
What a pleasure to read your comment! Thank you very much. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your experience. And we hope to see you here again next time.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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