If you want a disciplined culinary experience for your child while in Paris, here are two excellent options: The Ritz Escoffier Cooking School located in the grand Hotel Ritz Paris offers two different workshops for children.
“Marmiton”, located in the Ritz Escoffier kitchen, is for children ages 6 to 11. These 2 1/2 hour classes are held most Wednesdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m and cost 95 Euros for 2010 offerings (up from 90 Euros in 2009). The 2010 class selections are now up on their website with a variety of cool classes and seasonable offerings…Easter classes are already COMPLET (which means full for you non-Francophiles). Toque Juniors, for teenagers, has limited but seemingly more creative classes with interesting titles such as “Grand Mother Tart”, “Black Forest” and “Crazy Christmas“. The 2010 classes (same times and price) are now available online as well.
It would be a sin to forget Le Cordon Bleu, (where Julia Child trained. Check out the DVD “Julie & Julia”) which offers a more traditional culinary program appropriately named “Le Petits Cordons Blues”. Children between 8 to 12 years old learn to prepare a recipe step by step. The Chef reviews each dish and children bring home their dish to taste with their parents. The 2-hour class is usually held in the mornings and cost 55 Euros (Parents can take a demonstation cooking class for 45 Euros while waiting for their children).
Hint: If you want to immerse yourself in the whole Cordon Bleu experience, you can purchase a uniform for your child at the boutique.
See the 2010 calendar for dates and to book online. Warning: classes are held in French but some offer translation.