Cooking local at L’Atelier des Chefs in Nantes

cooking local in Nantes, France

Never in my dreams would I ever have thought that I’d be able to say I took a private cooking class at the age of 25, but here I am now blogging about it. Le sigh…

l'atelier des Chefs nantes

For my second day in Nantes I was invited to a cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs and hosted by local food blogger Stephanie from Une Graine d’Idee.

cooking class nantes pears

I met my soon-to-be-cooking-partner-in-crime Sara from This Girl Loves, and after a quick croissant break, our class began. If you’d like to see lots of pictures of my hands mushing things together and examples of my concentration face (as well as a much more detailed account of the class) read her blog post about it.

sara this girl loves

Stephanie chose the menu, which consisted entirely of local specialties. There’s nothing I love better when traveling than learning about what the locals eat, but this time I had the chance to MAKE it too!

Chef Gilles also helped us out, with the patience of a god as we took all of our photos and videos. Do you know how long a cooking class takes when it involves bloggers? So long that I was STARVING by the time we got to eating. But anyways…

We learned how to create a three course meal, and the starter was my favourite of the dishes.

latelier chefs nantes cheese

It consisted of Le Cure Nantais, a local cheese that’s a bit like Camembert.  We cut the cheese into pieces and then double breaded each in  nut butter and bread crumbs. Smelled a bit funny when we first cut it into eighths, but we soon forgot.

le cure de nantais nantes cheese

After frying the coated bits, we placed a few pieces on top of local Nantes greens and put some berries on top.

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plating first course

first course cooking class nantes

Next up was the main course– fresh sea bass and local veggies.

I must admit I’m not a fish-lover. And I’m DEFINITELY not a fish de-boner. Quite embarrassingly, I could not do the de-boning of my fish. Sara did it with ease and I asked Stephanie, with puppy-dog eyes, to de-bone mine …

We all concluded that I’m a much better eater than I am a cook. Fine by me.

plating second course cooking class in nantes, france french cooking class nantes

Because we were eating a bit heavily during the first two courses (this region is known for adding butter to EVERYTHING), Stephanie opted for a nice light dish called crémet Nantais, made with a local whipped cream, fresh fruit and berries, homemade crumble (YAY) and a fantastic syrup that we created that was made with ginger (my fave), vanilla, and a few other bits and pieces.

ginger dessert syprup

cooking class nantes dessert


It was a GREAT choice on Stephanie’s part!

dessert class in nantes

dessert in nantes class

nantes dessert cooking course

cooking course in nantes review

We enjoyed our meal with a local white wine (I believe it was Muscadet, which I had every day that I was in Nantes because it was so DELISH) and when we were all overly full and extremely happy, we made our way back into the calm bustle of the city of Nantes.

I also produced a video of our cooking class– watch it to see Sara, Stephanie and I in action!

Special thanks again to Stephanie letting us experience the local dishes of her hometown (and for putting up with Sara and I’s nonexistent French!) If you’re ever in Nantes, make sure to pop by L’Atelier des Chefs for a cooking course, as they have every type that you may want to experience. They also have quite a few more locations around France (include Lyon and Paris) .

Disclosure– this class was complimentary but as always, all opinions (and tastebuds) are my own.



  1. October 13, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Damn, who’s that blonde chick with the expert apple cutting skills?!

    Oh wait, that’s me 😉

    I love the video Jess, it turned out so well!

    • October 20, 2014 / 6:39 pm

      Haha! Love you. Thanks for being the star you always are. We need to vlog together more !

  2. October 15, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Ohhhh so lovely post ! Thank you too for your presence and for this cooking class. It was perfect for me too 🙂 ! I’m enjoy to read your post, memories… ^^
    See you later !

    • October 20, 2014 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Steph 🙂 Hope to see you again soon!

  3. October 22, 2014 / 10:09 am

    Oooh wow now I so wish I had chosen this class! Lovely post…and the food looks yummi!

    • October 23, 2014 / 10:30 am

      Thanks Steph! Yeah I was so glad that I was able to do it 🙂

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