The legendary culinary school at The Ritz Paris is feting a big birthday in September. Established in 1988 in honor of Georges-Auguste Escoffier, "king of chefs and chef of kings,” the school is a culinary institution, offering degree programs in cooking and pastry-making. Students of all levels are welcome to enroll in the hands-on classes, which are taught in both French and English.
To mark this special occasion, École Ritz-Escoffier is offering a series of special workshops and master classes from September 10 -15. The school has invited a number of famous chefs to lead these classes, including Akrame Bennalal, Sébastien Chambru, World Pastry Champion (2013) Quentin Bailly, and Pierre Sang Boyer, who first garnered acclaim on “Top Chef” and now runs a trio of in-demand Paris restaurants. These special 30th birthday classes are priced between 190 and 290 euros, and last between three and four hours. Bookings can be made here.
The Ritz Paris emerged in 2016 from a $450 million makeover that was the talk of the town. Since César Ritz bought the historic property on Place Vendôme with a goal of making it the most luxurious hotel in the world, The Ritz Paris has developed a reputation as a crash pad for famous guests, including Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway (for whom the bar is named). Today the palace hotel is home to 142 guest rooms, the world’s first Chanel Spa (part of the sprawling health club), an underground ballroom, a brasserie underneath a glass canopy, and L’Espadon gastronomic restaurant, overseen by Michelin two-starred chef Nicolas Sale.