Cooking Classes: Culinary School Lenôtre, Paris (France)
Lenôtre Culinary School
Back to school. I took the class «Apéritifs Dinatoires» (French Appetizers) at the Ecole Lenôtre, in the heart of Paris
Classes are provided at different locations in or around Paris
This class was held on the Champs Elysées, in the heart of the capital
Lenôtre provides culinary classes since 1971...
Classes are composed of small groups. I lucked out as today we are only 3 students, turning this class a semi private one...
Chef David Martin
Once arrived, I discovered that our instructor is the great chef David Martin
We started the class by making a toast with Lenôtre champagne
Crab and Avocado appetizers
The first course is Crab and Avocado appetizers, a delicious treat to start a meal...
We start with the creamy crab sauce
and we prepare the avocado. Chef David Martin recommends to dice the avocado very thinly instead of mixing it
We add Tarama (a mediterranean cream made of fish eggs)
Then Chef David tops it off with black fish eggs...
... and red fish eggs to bring some nice color contract
C'est magnifique ! Simply delicious. A nice treat when hosting friends or family for a buffet or a diner
Green Peas, Salmon and Mint appetizers
The second course is a fresh cream of green peas and salmon, which I simply loved. A fresh appetizer that goes well during hot summertime days.
We start by cooking and then mixing the green peas and added the spices and ingredients of the recipe
We then added the smoked salmon. The quality of the smoked salmon was really good. Lenôtre picks fine products for its ingredients
Chef David decided to add lemon cubes which was a nice addition
Adding chopped mint leaves gave it a nice kick
A simple apetizer that I found really classy and fresh
Tartine of Goat and Mushrooms
This other appetizer is simple but also very tasty. Goat cheese and mushrooms. A nice one to remember for those special vegetarian guests...
Mushrooms are cooked with coriander seeds and spices first...
and served on grilled bread slices with goat cheese and baked tomatoe slices
So deliCious !
For the dessert we baked Pistachiers, a very French sort of muffin or cake made with psitachios paste, and baked in a oblong shape
To be baked at 360 degrees Fahreneheit
Chef David helps us out and walk us through all the details....
Chef David Martin is a talented chef and a great instructor.
Pistachiers are just a great treat if you like pistachios taste
Dining in the Lenôtre Restaurant
We finished the class and headed to the Lenôtre restaurant on the Champs Elysées to share the diner with David.
The class is over, what a great experience !
We cooked so many meals that we are bringing our «doggie bag» home
I loved my class at Lenôtre. Beautiful building and kitchens, with top quality professional cooking equipment.
Chef David Martin is a great chef, so experienced, who stayed down to earth and spent time to give us so many advices and improve our techniques, he's really easy to talk to and I can't wait for another class with him.
Recipes are somehow easy to learn, with a final «Lenôtre touch», which I will use soon at home for my parties !