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  • Location:Avignon, France
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Provençal Cooking Class and Market Tour in Avignon

Get the full Provençal culinary experience with a cooking class and market tour in Avignon. Head to 15th century historic home Maison de Fogasses and get ready to learn – and eat! Meet local chef Jean-Claude Altmayer, gather ingredients at the local market, and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Provençal dishes such as tapenade, ratatouille and chocolate mousse. Then prepare and savor a delicious meal with fellow food lovers!


  • Cooking class and market tour in Avignon
  • Follow your passionate chef-guide through a local market to pick out your ingredients
  • Prepare a traditional Provençal meal in a private 15th-century home
  • Enjoy your freshly prepared meal at the end of class
  • Take the recipe sheets home with you
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Provençal Cooking Class and Market Tour in Avignon

The 15th-century mansion where your cooking class takes place

Take your gastronomic tour of Provence to a new level with a professional cooking class and an informative market tour! In the morning, make your way to Maison de Fogasses in central Avignon, a historic 15th century building and private residence. There you’ll meet expert Provençal chef Jean-Claude Altmayer. Grab a seat with fellow food enthusiasts and enjoy a rich cup of award-winning coffee as Chef explains the menu for the day. You’ll get acquainted with some of the local ingredients before setting off to the open-air market. 

At the market, take a stroll through stalls bursting with colorful produce like olives, fragrant basil and thyme, chickpeas, tomatoes and more. Purchase the essentials and take your bounty back to start preparing your authentic Provençal meal. Model Jean-Claude as he demonstrates classic cooking techniques for making dishes such as tapenade, ratatouille, roasted veal with honey and chocolate mousse. The menu is variable based on the availability of products. (Please see sample menu below.)

As the chef finishes and plates the dishes, enjoy an aperitif and then sit down for a friendly group meal. Leave with a better understand of southern French cuisine and some recipes to take home and perfect on your own!


Sample Menu

These are examples of dishes that might be included, but the chef will decide on the set menu on the day of the class.


Black-olive tapenade and Anchoïade (anchovy paste) with Provençal herbs


  • Ratatouille
  • Artichokes barigoule (braised artichokes in a broth)
Main Course:
  • Roasted veal with honey
  • Cod fillet roasted with turmeric
  • Chocolate mousse with a Sault macaron
  • Fresh fruit soup with a whipped basil cream


Wine, mineral water and a choice of tea or coffee

Customer Reviews

james g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was exceptional from start to finish, Jean Claude the chef was very entertaining and inviting. The owner of the inn was charming and delightful, the visit to the market left my wife envious of French culture and the cooking experience was fantastic. The food in the end was amazing and we were lucky enough to have a really great group of people to share the experience with. if you splurge for 1 tour in Avignon, this is the one to spend your money on.

lloyd h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a great day, for the price you couldn't go wrong, the chef Jean Claude was terrific and very entertaining... Drank wine all day along with cocktails and ate and helped achieve a wonderful dinner... Highly highly recommend this trip... The market tour was fantastic as well.

Janelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Lots of fun with Jean-Claude! Still waiting for the recipes though.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This tour was definitely fantastic. Loved every moment of it!! I would recommend to anyone and everyone!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was really fun! The market tour was informative and more extensive than just a shopping trip for our lunch. Our Chef was creative, talented and very fun as well. A great addition to my trip!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic cooking class, lunch, and so much more! The day started with guided shopping at Les Halles market with Chef Caroline, who showed us all her favorite stands. Her grandmother passed down the recipes for the traditional, seasonally-driven Pronvecal dishes we made—what a delicious and interesting way to learn about the area’s culture and history!

The dishes were elegantly simple and refined, and Caroline gave expert instruction on cooking techniques, knife skills, and running an efficient home kitchen.

And what a great house too! The owner, Corrine, basically turned large rambling property into a living art studio with many super-interesting, multi-dimensional pieces (even the bathroom was a work of art!). She joined the group for lunch and wine, and the five of us had a wonderful time eating, sipping, and learning about each other’s cultures.

Overall a great value and a top-notch experience, easily the highlight of our trip in Avignon!

Jenny S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

spectacular! love the class! the venue is located in local classic house. the hostess and the chief are amazing! learnt a lot and had a great time. I am glad i done this!! it's very very good especially for me coming from different culture!

deb k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Lots of fun and very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Everything about this day in Avignon was perfect. The location of the facility was this amazing home in the center of town, right near the market. We were made to feel so welcome in this home/restaurant/shop with the amazingly perfect kitchen. Everything was so clean and pristine. Chef Caroline Millet was so helpful, informative and patient. We learned so much and enjoyed every minute.

Judy N

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

I really enjoyed this cooking class. Such a buzz at the Les Halles Markets.... Caroline was lovely... I would have loved to have taken the recipes home with me though. The tour of the place with the owner was great, soooo French and quirky.

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