French Cooking School in the South of France

Program Details

Start Date: year-round
Location: Cap d'Agde, France
Duration: 1-12 months
Program Fee: From: 2440.00 Euros
Compensation: Only with internship
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Created in 2005 by professionals in gastronomy, French pastry, wine and fine dining services, this international culinary academy offers a wide range of programs to learn the art of French cooking and pastry at Michelin star level. All instructors have years of experience at prestigious Michelin star level hotel restaurants and are certified in the fields they teach.

Programs and Fees:
Gourmet Program (1 month):  2,440 Euros (1 course) or 3,960 Euros (2 courses) + 240 Euros nonrefundable enrollment fee  
Epicure Program (2 months): 3,940 Euros (1 course) or 6,030 Euros (2 courses) + 240 Euros nonrefundable enrollment fee  
Gastronomy Program (3 months): 4,920 Euros (1 course) or 8, 020 Euros (2 courses) + 240 Euros nonrefundable enrollment fee 
Full Program (7 months): Gastronomy program + 4-month paid internship in a one-star Michelin or luxury hotel-restaurant in France (~618 euros per month + board and lodge): 9,520 Euros + 240 Euros nonrefundable enrollment fee 
1-Year Program: 2 Gastronomy Programs (3-month pastry and 3-month cooking) + 6-month paid internship: 18,430 Euros + 240 Euros nonrefundable enrollment fee 

Certificates received upon successful program completion.

Intake Months for 2021: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 8,  June 5, September 18, October 23 and November 20.
Intake Months for 2022: January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 6, September 17, October 22 and November 19.

Program Outline:
The Gourmet Program includes 1 module of 4 weeks (30 hours of hands-on training per week only); The Epicure Program is made of 2 modules of 4 weeks; The Gastronomy Program is made up of 3 modules of 4 weeks. Each program includes 15 hours French lessons and 15 hours hands-on training per week, Monday through Friday. If you choose one course per week only, the total number of hours is 15. Weekends are off except during internships where scheduling varies. Participants have one week of vacation to travel on their own on all programs except the 1-month Gourmet program.

Courses:
French language + Cooking: cold and hot first dishes, fishes and meats with sauces
French language + Pastry: breads, viennoiserie, dough, cakes and entremets, chocolates, plate desserts and decoration
French language + Wines:  winemaking, the most famous French wine regions, wine tasting initiation
French language + Food and Beverage service
One course is either French language OR Cooking OR Pastry. Each course = 15 hours per week.

Accommodations:
Students live in an apartment of 2 people with 2 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, separate facilities and an outside terrace. Housing cost is 380 euros per month. WiFi is available in the classrooms. The city center, shops and beach are approximately 6 minutes by foot from the housing at the Resort. A bus line provides quick access to the nearest railway station. Other housing options are available upon request at an extra cost. 

Additional costs to budget: International flight, departure transfer, health insurance, housing, and spending allowance during stay (~$250 per month for food, local transport, pocket money, etc. is recommended).

Program Eligibility

Any motivated person over 18 who is passionate about cooking, French language, and culture, and eager to learn new skills or change careers.

Visas:
A tourist visa is required for the 1-3 month programs. A student visa is required for programs longer than 3 months.

Selection Process

Please contact CICD.

Program Fee

From: 2440.00 Euros