Frequently asked questions

The school

What are the core values of the school?

"Knowledge is worthless if it isn't shared": knowledge transmission is on of Alain Ducasse's core values.

When he created this cooking school in Paris his idea was to allow everyone to reach his know-how and his art of cooking until then exclusively reachable for professionals.

« Knowledge transmission is not simply about sharing for the love of sharing, it is most and for all a way to experiment the art of cooking. We need to open our doors to every non-professional cook. Allowing them to discover, feel, live and understand the backstage of all the delicious meals that come to the table. You cannot learn how to cook only by reading books. Cooking is something you live in practice. This school is full of experiences and know-how adapted to everyone's envies. »

Alain Ducasse

How are the chefs trained?

The team is composed of many chefs that all worked in Alain Ducasse's kitchen and are trained to teach practical classes with simple words, far away from the technical speeches…

In facts? That means step by step recipes with detailed explanations…

The courses

How are the cooking classes organized?

As soon as you arrive a breakfast and a beverage will be offered. Then you will go to the kitchen. You will taste the dishes you will prepare just like in a professional kitchen. A lunch will be planned with the full day package.

How does the wine tasting go?

Whatever the chosen theme, the wine tasting will propose 5 wines: the first one is a "welcome wine » that will help teacher and participants to get to know each other! Then the two hours are composed of explanations, dynamic questions/answers, practical advices: what is the good temperature? Which wine for which meal?

What are the schedules of the classes?

  • For cooking and pastry classes
    • Morning: 9:00 to 13:00
    • Afternoon: 14:00 to 18:00
    • Evening: 18:30 to 22:30 or 19:00 to 21:00
  • For the wee ones classes
    • Wednesday: 10:30 to 12:30 14:00 to 16:00
  • For the wine tasting classes
    • Tuesday and Thursday 19:00 to 21:00

Are there any theoretical lessons in those classes?

There is no theoretical teaching but tricks and advises all along the course. The technical support you will receive has all the theoretical points – recipes and techniques – you need to know during the class. At each step of the recipe, the chef will give you the correspondent theoretical advises in an informal and relaxed way.

Can we have the recipes of the dishes we made?

As soon as you arrive, you receive a recipes file with all the recipes you will cook

Where do the products used in the making of the dishes come from?

The selection of the products we use is very important for us, this is the base of our « cuisine ». We buy our products to local qualified producers we know for a long time and that we trust.

What do you call « noble products »?

Noble products are products which are not use in the everyday cooking such as: goose lever, truffle, caviar….You can find them in our classes « Haute cuisine by Alain Ducasse »

How many participants in a class are there?

There is a maximum of 10 people by course to be able to fulfill the expectations of each participant.

How to know which level to choose?

Level 1 is for beginners who want to discover original and delicious recipes as well as tricks they will easily reproduce.

Level 2 is for cooks who whish to learn new tricks and Chef techniques. No matter the level, our chefs are here to teach you cooking with entertainment and to enjoy this unique moment.

Are all the classes taught in English?

Unless otherwise mentioned ("Cooking classes in English"), classes are provided in French.

From which age can we enroll?

Our courses are from three to a hundred and three!

Can my child accompany me to a course?

For security reasons, children are not admitted to adult courses. Wee ones courses are especially dedicated to them.

May I stay with my child during the wee ones class?

Usually, children are alone during the wee ones class. However, during certain dedicated classes, parents are invited to register to cook with their children.

What do I need to bring?

Everything will be furnished (apron, pencils, knives). Just come with your cheerfulness and your camera to immortalize this unique moment!

I cannot come to a class, may I be refunded?

Classes are not refundable; however, you can postpone them once in the limit of the validity date of your reservation.

I cannot come to a class; may I give my course to a friend?

Absolutely. You can give your course to a person of your choice.

The gift voucher

What is a gift voucher?

A gift voucher is a personalized card without any face value, which gives to the beneficiary the description of the cooking course or the wine tasting. Each voucher has a bar code and an issue date valid one year allowing you to register on line for a course of your choice. The gift voucher is sent by mailing under 5 open days.

Someone offered me a gift voucher, how can I use it?

Very easy! To use your gift voucher, go to the web site, choose the course you want according to the formula indicated on the voucher. When you want to pay your course on line, enter the bar code and the date indicated on the voucher. If the price of the course is higher than the face value of the voucher, you can pay the difference with your credit card. The value of the voucher will be automatically deducted of the amount of your shopping basket.

May I exchange my gift voucher?

The gift voucher could be exceptionally exchanged against another formula than the one mentioned. A complement will be asked if necessary. No refund possible in the contrary case.

How long does it take to receive a gift voucher?

Gift voucher will be sent by mailing within 5 days

If I am in a hurry, may I collect the gift voucher at school?

Of course, upon agreement with our customers' service, you may come and get your gift voucher to the following address:

Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse
64, rue du Ranelagh
75016 Paris
from Monday to Saturday
from 9:00 to 18:00

Company offer – groups offer

I am a company manager, I would like to offer some cooking classes to my employees. How do I proceed?

You can organise a special course at the Cooking school for your team. Contact our events department for more information.

How to proceed to organise a private course?

You can privatise one or several kitchens of the school, our wine cave ou even the whole school

How do I proceed to invite my friends to a private class?

Our events service is at your disposal to organise an unforgettable event for you and your friends. Please contact Charlotte Lebert :

The Shop

How to buy or reserve a course?

Very easy! Discover our offers in the « Classes » section. Choose the theme which corresponds to your envies. Click on « View schedule and book » to see the planning and find the schedules you want. Make your choice and click on « Buy ». Then login and do the payment. Your reservation is done!

Will I receive a confirmation by mail concerning my class reservation?

Of course, as soon as your payment is done, you will receive (under 72h) a confirmation by email to the address indicated in your registration. This mail will confirm the date, time of your course and all the information needed to go to your cooking course or wine tasting.

Do I have to register on the web site to order a course?

In order to give a qualified and personalize service, we ask to all our customers to register on the website to order a course. Then you will only have to give your email address and password and we will identify you very easily.

I do not want to pay my purchases on internet, can I pay differently?

Absolutely! You are free to choose your way of payment: you can pay by check, bank wire or cash. Choose the course(s) or gift voucher(s) you want, click on « Buy », register to have direct access to your shopping basket.

Print and fill the form at your disposal then send it to the following address:

Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse
64 rue du Ranelagh
75016 PARIS