Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes

Come take a delicious insider culinary journey of Paris with Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Richard, a former New Yorker and Cordon Bleu trained chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author with Olivia Kiang-Snaije of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook, will teach students how to make classic French food with an ethnic twist. Classes will start at 9:00am with a tour of a fresh food market, where we will shop for some of the seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients. After, we will go to Charlotte’s private townhouse minutes from the Eiffel Tower. We will discuss the menu over coffee and prepare a three-course feast for the next few hours. We will finish with our delicious lunch we just prepared along with a selection of ripe cheeses and French wine from a local shop specially selected for the cuisine. Classes will end approximately 2:00pm. Scroll down for sample menus and more about Richard and Charlotte.

Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm (approximately 4 1/2 hours)

Class days: Tuesday to Sunday

Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market

Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students. 

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Sample Menus

Asparagus and goat cheese tart
*Monkfish cooked in caramelized nuoc mam (fish sauce) from Vietnam
Almond Macaroon Galette with Strawberries

*Two-salmon tartare with bulgur and walnut oil- Lebanon
Roasted duck breast with pomegranate sauce
Warm chocolate Tarte

Zucchini carpaccio with roasted red peppers and pine nuts
* Chicken tagine with Apricots and Almonds- from Morocco
Peaches and Blueberries with Honey Cake

*Recipe from Charlotte Puckette’s The Ethnic Paris Cookbook

About Richard and Charlotte

Richard Nahem was a chef, caterer, pastry chef, and chocolatier for over 25 years in New York City before he moved to Paris four years ago. He worked mostly in the fashion and design world preparing feasts for Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Ave. Celebrity clients included Madonna, Whitney Houston, Joan Rivers, Justin Timberlake and supermodels Cindy Crawford, Gisele, Naomi Campbell, and Lind Evangelista.

Charlotte Puckette, from Charleston, SC, left the world of shrimp and grits and moved to Entebbe in Uganda with the Task Force for Child Survival for the Carter Presidential Center. Staying in East Africa for three years, she traveled the world and developed a passion for cooking. Charlotte moved to France and graduated from the prestigious Cordon Bleu cooking school in 1992 with top honors and the Grand Diplôme. She briefly worked at L’Oasis restaurant in La Napoule and later at Fauchon gourmet shop, before starting her own catering business Cuisines et Traditions du Monde, introducing people to ethnic cuisine. She also teaches cooking classes and is constantly on the prowl for new restaurants or sources that will provide her with inspiration for her creations.