Cooking: Essentially French

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Learn how to prepare authentic French cuisine at this workshop in Sydney.

During this 3 hour class, French Chef Pierre Gaudin will guide you through a series of classic French dishes and teach you how to present them with absolute sophistication, as he has done for many years working in top restaurants in Paris and France.

Hiding behind this seemingly simple menu is a range of techniques that Pierre will show you to expand your cooking skills repertoire for other recipes in future.

On the menu
  • Tapenade with seasonal vegetables
  • French Chicken Roast - start with your own whole chicken and learn how to portion it down. Pierre will then explain how every part of the bird can be used to prepare this stunning roast, plus stocks and sauces
  • Pomme Fondant - the classic French side to a roast, prepared with good quality stock and plenty of butter!
  • Carrot and Onion Glace
  • Individual Tarte Tatin with Crème Anglaise - this time-honoured dessert requires a lot of attention and technique for perfection, Pierre will show you how!
About the Chef

Pierre is a French Chef with 15 years experience in fine restaurants and hotels, passionate about respecting the produce and reducing wastage. Born and raised in the surrounds of Paris, Pierre has travelled and worked widely. Since 2014, he has lived in Sydney, where he has enjoyed our great native produce and vibrant coffee community.


The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills
146 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Please note: Street parking is very limited nearby. You might try St Margaret’s Car Park at 417-435 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. It is a 5-minute walk from the venue, with casual parking rates after 5pm at approx. $4/hour.

On the day...
  • We’ve cut out disposable plastics, so please bring your own food containers to take any leftovers home
  • All participants must wear closed-in shoes – no high heels please!
  • Aprons supplied, but dress appropriately for the kitchen, and tie back long hair
  • Arrive a little early as the class will start on time
Booking conditions
  • Withdrawal from the course is not refundable or transferrable.
  • The Essential Ingredient reserves the right to alter or cancel a class without notice. In the event of a change, you will be contacted on the phone number and/or email address you provide.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary requirements in all cases. For more information, please contact The Essential Ingredient 02 9555 8300 prior to booking.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Excellent course. Looking forward to more similar courses!

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