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Cooking Ateliers at ArtHome Paris - Tres Chic

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Posted by : Guest Blogger, Wed, May 26 2010

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A few months prior to my trip to Paris, perusing the internet for ideas, I discovered ArtHome Paris, an art installation/ cooking class/ restaurant overlooking the Eiffel Tower? Sign me up!

It's easier to score a place at the cooking "ateliers" than at the restaurant which requires some persistence and early mornings - bookings open exactly one month prior at 10am Paris time.
12 noon on the designated day.  Twelve lucky chefs du jour head through a door marked "Do not enter" - it felt a little bit illicit! The setting was magical - a cook's dream kitchen with every Electrolux appliance you could imagine and/or want!


Our "menu" for the day consisted of what looked like a shopping list of ingredients. The seasonal Nomiya Restaurant menu changes nearly every day and the atelier generally makes the main course and dessert from the previous night so it's never documented in writing.

We made the same main course and dessert as those enjoying the 5-course luncheon in the restaurant - Pan-fried foie gras with potatoes, caramelized apples and endives with pain d'épices toast and passion fruit île flottante served on mango coulis with cocoa-saffron shortbread.


Participants worked in three groups - dessert, vegetables and the foie gras.  If you come to the atelier, you should know that it takes place in French and whilst you will most likely get the gist of what's going on, there might not be anyone who can really translate the proceedings for you.

The result? Delectable and above all, so much fun!  I got to live a chef's dream, working in a fabulously appointed kitchen with all the bells and whistles!  A far cry from my postage stamp sized kitchen!

If you are planning a trip to Paris in the next few months (the installation is only there until the end of June), try to get a place for the cooking workshop or even the lunch/ dinner. Set your alarms -
it's SO worth it!

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Guest Blogger Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher and part-time food blogger based in Toronto.  Her blog, eat.live.travel.write  focuses on culinary adventures both near and far because she travels as often as she can!

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Posted: Wed, May 26 2010 by Guest Blogger

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