This cooking class exceeded my expectations. Chef Jean Mathat Christol was charming, funny, and highly skilled in this English-speaking cooking class. It was a market-cooking class held on a Sunday in a lovely plaza behind the beautiful big door on Rue Sedaine.
We walked to the outdoor market close by and selected items that looked fresh, were in season and at an inexpensive price and brought them back to the kitchen to learn to chop, prepare and plate the fresh ingredients to make a 3 course meal. Chef Jean was patient and playful with the novice cooks with virgin palates for ingredient combing on this level. We ended up with an appetizer that was roasted rhubarb, with a mirepoix and eggplant and preserved lemon sautée, sea spinach weaved with mackerel sashimi and Swiss chard stems chopped finely with a gooseberry compliment all stack bottom to top creating an impressive flavor explosion for the mouth. Our main was a soft crab tomato, mushroom based risotto with a stuffed squid with artichoke heart and mirepoix inside. A sea asparagus infused butter complimented our bread. The cheese plate was amazing and for dessert-a tart made with fresh apricots and blackberries atop a filling of hazelnut flour, butter, pistachio paste, and brown sugar in a hazelnut flour crust.
Please note that your meal will be influenced by your own dietary needs and tastes. I do not believe Chef Jean will attempt such a aggressive combination again. We were there until nearly 2:30 when class announced an end at 1:00.
I cannot encourage you enough to try this class. I could not think of any negative.
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