Twenty-four hours of travelling later, I’ve arrived in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world. Just walking through the city, you can feel the history, the culture; how glorious.
We started our 2-week French gastronomic extravaganza experience than a culinary cooking class at the institute of Le Cordon Bleu just a stone’s throw away from Tour de Eiffel.
Le Cordon Bleu is a culinary institution established in 1895. Their current premises were completed on the 22nd of June 2016, to cater to the quantum of student enrolments and to rejuvenate their kitchens with the latest in cooking technology and appliances.
The institution was named after the highest Fine Arts Court of King Henry III. This Court regulated all matters regarding civilised culture, including poetry, literature, philosophy and art. The Court members were called The Knights of the Cross and of the Holy Spirit, and all Knights were required to wear a blue ribbon to represent their status in the Kings Court. Le Cordon Bleu directly translates to the blue ribbon, symbolising their honour and tradition of fine cuisine.
During the tour, Madame Karin explained that within a year students could graduate from Le Cordon Bleu with a Level 3 qualification as a chef. I couldn’t help but wonder how fantastic it would be to spend 3 months finessing the art of cooking and obtaining a Level 1 qualification.
Following a tour of the institution, we began our Macaroon making class.
Three hours of egg beating, sugar whisking and bowel-licking goodness later; viola! We each created 2 flavours of Macaroons, Ultimate Vanilla and Apricot & Cinnamon, that taste amazing!
Certificate of Participation in hand, I walked out a new women with a fresh pep in my step and Macaroons to match.