Best Courses to Learn French Cooking Online

by Mairead Finlay
Freshly baked French pastries on countertop.

The tender, golden fragments of a perfect pain au chocolat and its soft, buttery aroma: nothing inspires wanderlust to the home of gastronomy quite like the mere thought of one of its culinary delights. But whilst sojourns to France are temporarily on hold, you can certainly voyage with your tastebuds this fall. Transport yourself to bustling Paris or to the sun-dappled shores of the Côte d’Azur and learn French cooking online. Whether you are a beginner to French cuisine or can already master a madeleine, there is an online cooking class for everyone to enhance their repertoire of recipes.


MasterClass with Dominique Ansel

French pastry chef Dominique Ansel presenting his innovative pastries.

Add a little savoir-faire to your patisserie skills with the expertise of award-winning French pastry chef Dominique Ansel. The recipient of many accolades, including the “World’s Best Pastry Chef” in 2017, you will learn French cooking from a man feted for his imaginative interpretations of classics – Ansel created the coveted Cronut no less! This 17-lesson course will let you in on all the details needed to make everything from elegant fruit tarts to indulgent chocolate bonbons. His passion for innovation will leave an indelible imprint on your mind long after the course is completed, infusing your pastries with a creative flair for years to come.


French Cooking Academy

Beef ragout by the French Cooking Academy

Would you like your beef stew to remind you of bucolic Burgundy with every mouthful? Then opt for the French Cooking Academy’s comprehensive range of online classes. This 12-unit French cooking course (with 60 video tutorials) will provide you with all the fundamentals needed to excel at preparing French cuisine, from the importance of mise en place (“plating”) to creating classic stocks and perfecting your braising technique. Led by the talented Stéphane Nguyen (who has almost 430,000 subscribers on the Academy’s YouTube channel), he will gently guide you to crafting quintessential French fare.


La Cuisine Paris

Freshly baked cinnamon swirls by cooking school La Cuisine Paris

Inspire reveries of Parisian life with this Paris-based cooking school’s selection of online pastry and baking classes, taught in English. Helpfully organized in modules, you can craft delectable viennoiseries and learn French cooking online at your own pace. Master the fine art of an exquisitely bronzed croissant and imagine eating it as you saunter around Jardin des Tuileries, even if you are at home this time around.


Les Petits Farcis

Fig tart created by the cooking school Les Petits Farcis

How about a culinary Tour de France from your kitchen? Venture from the coastal charm of Brittany to the alpine beauty of the Savoie, through to the dazzling City of Light with Les Petit Farcis. The culinary school – based minutes away from the iconic, pastel-colored vision that is the Promenade des Anglais in Nice – holds virtual cooking courses on Saturdays at 6-8 p.m. CET (12-2 p.m. EST). Founder Rosa and sommelier Viktorija “travel” to a different region of France each week (from October 24 to November 28), focusing on one regional dish and one dessert accompanied by superb wine pairing recommendations.


Molly Wilkinson’s Virtual Pastry Classes

Expert pastry chef Molly Wilkinson piping a cake.

From colorful macarons to artfully puffed choux, Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef (and stellar member of the MFCH team) Molly Wilkinson, holds fabulous virtual classes about making French pastry (often something thought of as very complicated) accessible and easy! The schedule is released one month before, with the freedom to pick and choose classes as you wish. Taking place on Zoom at 7 p.m. CET (12 p.m. EST) you can bake along with Molly live, and also share your creations with fellow members in the private Facebook group. Also, you can now preorder Molly’s new book – out spring 2021!


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