Woking Academy

Taste of France: Classic menu

Get ready to say 'Oui Chef!' as you join us in the kitchen for three hours learning how to cook classic French cuisine with delicious dishes, recipes and techniques that you'll want to repeat again and again at home. This half day class is the perfect introduction to French cooking for anyone looking to up their cooking game. 


Friday Jun 7th 2024

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Limited places

Sunday Jun 23rd 2024

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Limited places

Tuesday Jul 16th 2024

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Places available

Saturday Aug 31st 2024

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fully booked

What to expect

With our Taste of… classes we want to get you excited about some of the amazing food that’s being cooked all around the world. There’s so much to learn and discover when it comes to regional cuisines, from new flavours to age-old traditions, this is just the starting point for many more kitchen adventures to come.

Get a fantastic introduction to the flavours and techniques of French cuisine as you join our chefs in the kitchen for a morning or afternoon of delicious dishes inspired by the tastes of France. French-style cooking stretches from rustic to refined, but every dish is always packed with flavour. 

With our menu of the day we'll focus on some classic skills, sauces and preparations that will help start your French culinary journey. You'll learn how to cook duck to perfection and serve it with a sweet-and-sour sauce gastrique plus a braised pea fricassée (often known as petits pois à la Française). 

France is undoubtedly famous for its bakeries, so we'll also get you knocking up a delicious flavoured fougasse bread and rich, buttery gâteau Breton to finish. 

Class details

3-hour classes: Starting 9.30am, 11am or 1pm (please check individual booking)

Arrive up to 30 minutes before your class to check in at reception and there’s no rush at the end – you might be too busy eating your delicious dishes!

Class size: Maximum 10-12 guests, some elements may require working in pairs with a classmate, don’t worry if you’ve come alone – it’s a great way to meet new people and have a laugh

Typical recipes and skills (we’ll cook the best available on the day, so we might surprise you!):

  • Pan-fried duck breasts 
  • Classic sauce such as sauce gastrique
  • Braised vegetable side such as petits pois à la Française
  • Bread-making with a flavoured leaf-shaped fougasse
  • Buttery dessert or sweet bake - a gâteau Breton filled with preserves or seasonal fruit

What’s included

  • Expert guidance from our chef teacher and assistants
  • All ingredients and equipment
  • Gordon Ramsay Academy apron to wear in class
  • Recipe wallet and class recipes
  • Refreshments throughout the class 
  • Takeaway containers to take your creations home in (although feel free to bring your own or a cool bag if travelling far)