A Bespoke Cooking AND Painting Holiday

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A week-long holiday during which you can cook AND paint. Explore different media and formats with Louis Jansen van Vuuren in his La Creuzette art studio. Join Hardy Olivier for cooking sessions in the summer kitchen and on excursions to markets and other great tourist attractions. Early evening, once the studio sessions are done for the day, guest chefs join the group in the La Creuzette kitchen to celebrate the abundant late-summer produce. You get to dine on the results of your culinary efforts and take home the recipes for everything you have learned on the programme.

Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette special interest programmes are carefully compiled to ensure that you have the ultimate, hassle-free luxury holiday experience. Our all-inclusive land arrangement means that everything aside from flights, Schengen visas and personal expenses are taken care of as follows:

  • €3 250 per person sharing
  • Collection from Charles de Gaulle airport and transfer Paris to Boussac
  • Luxury full-board accommodation at La Creuzette (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All cooking demonstrations and classes with various guest chefs
  • Art materials and instructions
  • For guests who prefer NOT to paint and just to cook, there will be additional food-related excursions to fill each day
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transfer to Montlucon or Chateauroux station and train back to Paris

A deposit of €1 000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at La Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 applies for single occupation.


Day 1 (Saturday, 19 August)

Collection at Charles De Gaulle, from where we drive to La Creuzette, your château holiday residence in Boussac village. En route, we stop for a delicious lunch at the famous l’Escalle truck-stop. You arrive at your destination in time for tea, coffee and migniardises (typically French confectionaries). Take some time to settle in to your room, explore the grounds and get to know your hosts. We meet in the ground floor salon at 7.30pm for a glass of champagne, followed by a four-course welcome dinner prepared by your hosts.

Day 2 (Sunday, 20 August)

Breakfast will be served at 9am in the main dining room. After breakfast, we will visit a typical French brocante (antique and bric-a-brac market), where you may come across amazing antique bargains. Lunch will be enjoyed at a nearby restaurant. After lunch, we return to La Creuzette where the artists will meet Louis in the art studio for an introduction and overview of the week. The chefs join Hardy in the kitchen for a cookery demonstration and later the whole group meets for cocktails, followed by dinner.

Day 3 (Monday, 21 August)

After breakfast, the artists will start their art session at 10am in the studio. A full day will be spent in the studio: morning session 10am to 1pm, followed by lunch in the garden. Afternoon session 2pm to 5.30pm. The chefs will meet Hardy in the summer kitchen at 10am to learn some basic molecular gastronomy techniques and after a morning of great fun dreaming up and producing ElBulli type dishes, we all (artists included) sit down to lunch that we will have created. Early afternoon, the chefs visit a nougat manufacturer to see how nougat is made (with opportunity to taste of course). Later, once the artists have finished in the studio for the day, the whole group meets in the summer kitchen for our evening cooking demonstration, followed by dinner.

Day 4 (Tuesday, 22 August)

Another full day of painting in the art studio for the artists. After breakfast, the chefs and Hardy will have a full day cookery session with Michelin chef Thierry Finet. Lunch at La Creuzette. The artists will join the rest of the group in the kitchen after their afternoon studio session for an early evening cooking demonstration by Thierry Finet. Dinner follows.

Day 5 (Wednesday, 23 August)

Art studio from 10am to 1pm for the artists. After breakfast, Hardy and the chefs are joined in the kitchen by patissier Philippe Vacheyroux for a morning pastry-making session. Lunch at La Creuzette and, later, the whole group (artists included) goes on an excursion to Aubusson, the tapestry capital of France. In the evening, we have another cookery session and dinner follows.

Day 6 (Thursday, 24 August)

Market morning in Boussac. After breakfast we take a short walk to the village to take in the fresh morning air and to browse the market stalls. Here you will find everything from fragrant soap from Marseilles to live chickens. The art guests will return to the studio at 10.30am for their last art session, while the cooking guests will forage for inspiration for our lunch menu with Hardy. Using the fresh ingredients selected at the market, lunch will be prepared and enjoyed at a long stone table in front of the La Creuzette summer kitchen. After lunch, the artists will have time to finish up in the studio and late afternoon there is a feedback session and an exhibition of all the art produced during the week. The chefs will assist Hardy in the kitchen with preparation for dinner. Later, it is time to start packing, before we meet for cocktails, followed by our farewell dinner.

Day 7 (Friday, 25 August)

After a leisurely breakfast, we head for Châteauroux station where you board the train for your return journey to Paris. When you arrive in the capital city, the day is yours to do as you please until you leave for the airport.

Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.

Terms and Conditions apply

19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017

€ 3 250 per person sharing

  • Collection from Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer from Paris to Boussac
  • Luxury full-board accommodation at La Creuzette (all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Art materials and instructions
  • All cooking demonstrations and classes with various guest chefs
  • Transport to Chateauroux station or Montlucon station and train back to Paris

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