Only female 3-star Michelin chef opens cookery school
Anne-Sophie Pic's school is next door to her famous restaurant in Valence.18 April 2008
VALENCE - Anne-Sophie Pic, the only female three-star Michelin chef in France, on Thursday opened a cookery school called Scook next door to her famous restaurant in the southern town of Valence.
Groups of 10 students will have the choice of attending a 90-minute course in which they cook and then consume their own lunch or longer full- or half-day courses with prices ranging from EUR 45 to 280.
The school will be run by 30-year-old chef Aude Rambour, with Pic in attendance once a month.
Pic, 38, who was awarded the stars by Michelin last year, was the first woman in France in 50 years to get three stars.
A self-taught cook and late-comer to France's haute cuisine scene, she has headed up the Maison Pic in Valence for about a decade, revamping the menu and reorganising the staff.
With her award last year, the Maison Pic won the three-star distinction for the third generation in a row: it went to Pic's grandfather in 1934 and to her father in 1973.
The acclaimed restaurant had lost its third star after Pic's father Jacques died in 1992.
[AFP / Expatica]