Cooking School

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The idea of going to cooking school in Paris is dreamy, filled with images of whisking up soufflés and carving ducks à l’orange. It really is a dream to be taught by passionate chefs with thick French accents. But it was just a matter of time until the dream became very real and I realized that cleaning floors and getting yelled at is also very much a part of life in the kitchen.

I had already spent some time in two restaurant kitchens in Boston and Bangkok and knew the demands of a restaurant, but kitchen culture in France is very different. Here is what it’s really like to go to cooking school in Paris.

Oui, Chef!

Cooking school is unlike any other school I’ve been to. Yes, you learn classic French recipes, but what you really learn comes more from watching, noticing and practicing. While asking questions is welcome in the…

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