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Cook’s tours in Charroux, Auvergne – Spring

May 8 - May 14

For the past eleven years streams of food enthusiasts have been visiting Bagatelle, the cottage in the center of the medieval village of Charroux. Here the huge old 35L Rosieres chef’s cauldron steams away in front of the window facing the cobbled street, with the odd Frenchman calling out a friendly ‘bon appetit’ as he passes by.

During the 6 days course we shop at the local food markets, cook wonderful brasserie luxe food which we enjoy around the huge hard-pear table in the kitchen or under the bay tree in the courtyard. We share long early morning walks, gentle bicycle rides, endless picnics as well as some antique hunting.

We dine from ancient crockery, with antique silver on white tablecloths using embroidered napkins. Our wine goblets are brocante finds and glamorous Bohemian flutes…

All this I want to share with food friendly travellers who can make their way to the train station in Vichy.


Convivial, small-group culinary experience in a drop-dead gorgeous location
Cooking classes at the hand of one of South Africa’s best-loved chefs
Visits to fresh food markets to gather ingredients
Lovely lunches & dinners around the huge hard pear table in Bagatelle’s kitchen
Foodie outings to local producers and places of interest
An immersive introduction to the French way of life


6 full days (not including travel to and from Charroux)

Spring Course : 8 – 14 May 2018

Spring in the French countryside is a time redolent with deep purple peonies, lilac and tulips. Also hands full of tiny green asparagus, artichokes & glasses filled with fragrant Burgundy. Early morning walks through dew-covered canola fields, warm coffee in front of the kitchen fire, oxtail in Tresallier wine and reduced chicken stock on the stove.

Start: May 8
End: May 14
Cost: €2250
Venue Name: Charroux, Auvergne
Address: Rue de la Poulaillerie
Charroux, 03140 France

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Organizer Name: Marlene van der Westhuizen