The French House Party – Top Gastro Academy at BBC Good Food Show

November sees the launch of our fabulous Gastro Academy for 2010 – the only residential holiday cookery school of its kind and calibre in South West France.

The French House Party is a listed Top Retreat in the National Geographic book, The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life and we now have an enormous, brand-new kitchen, designed specifically for group cookery classes. We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning French chefs, Franck Putelat, Robert Abraham and Jean-Marc Boyer onto our team.

When not leading our hands-on classes, our chefs run their own renowned gourmet restaurants in Carcassonne and nearby towns.

Outside France, they may not be household names, but they have a celebrity status with French people television appearances, countless newspaper articles, Michelin stars and top-class recommendations in the most influential restaurant guides mean that they and their signature dishes are synonymous with cooking innovation and flair.

Lovers of food, wine and travel now have a unique opportunity to cook in France, learning from master-chefs who will guide them through practical creativity in the kitchen. Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, they will demonstrate and teach the cookery techniques for mastering classic French cuisine with an added contemporary twist of adventure.

There are three course options:

* Cuisine in Brief (3-day weekend themed courses from £495 pp)
* Gourmet Explorer (6 days, from £1200 pp)
* Cook au Vin – a unique holiday in which guests spend 3 cooking days with our chef, plus 3 days study with a Master of Wine at our partner wine school to achieve a WSET qualification in wine knowledge (from £1400 pp.)

We will be holding a Preview weekend *for our cookery courses in France, from 6-8 November 2009 in Carcassonne. If you are interested in coming along to this or to one of our other Gastro Academy courses next year, we would be delighted to extend an invitation to one of your journalists.

If you want to learn more, visit us at the BBC Good Food Show from 13-15 November at London Olympia (Stand E41) or from 25-29 November at Birmingham NEC (Stand J76).

Alternatively telephone Moira Martingale on +44 1299 896819 or email on