Host: Marie and Florent

Paris, France

USD
$56-$100 per person

Gourmet French cuisine with a professional chef in Saint-Ouen

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Marie and Florent

Marie and Florent are a delightful couple living just outside of Paris's 18th arrondissement in Saint-Ouen (they live just next to Paris' amazing flea and antique market, one of the largest in the world, so be sure to stop there before or after your experience!). Marie went to cooking school after being encouraged by her husband Florent who raved that Marie was one of the best cooks he had met and was destined to work in food. They met in Senegal, where Marie is from, and after getting married in Dhaka moved back together to Paris in 2010. Florent is a freelance graphic designer who formerly worked for the French foreign affairs office and Marie, when she is not working for her restaurant, loves dancing. They both love going to the cinema and museums, so be sure to ask Florent for recommendations.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Join Marie and Florent in their cozy one bedroom apartment for a plated, three-course meal of gourmet French classics. Marie is an outstanding cook who will keep you well fed with traditional French dishes that will include a first course, main dish and a dessert. You might enjoy dishes like delicately roasted cod with pureed cauliflower and roasted vegetables; boeuf bourguignon, or roasted chicken with Marie's incredible jus reduction. For dessert, enjoy a selection of cheeses in addition to sweet crepes or seasonal fruit salad. Please note that you will enjoy your meal in their living and dining area on their ingenious dining table that converts from a coffee table.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn how to make a traditional French classics with a professional chef in Marie and Florent's small, private kitchen. Marie will teach you how to make classical French dishes that are elegantly presented, like oven-roasted cod with assorted roasted vegetables and pureed cauliflower, or roasted chicken with Marie's secret recipe for rich "jus". After you have prepared 1-2 dishes, depending on their complexity (Marie may have prepared a few additional things requiring more time in advance), enjoy your meal together in Marie and Florent's living space that they convert to a dining area. You will be sure to leave full!

Market visit: (1-5 guests) (Only available on Saturdays) Join Florent for a walking tour that will include his favorite fromagerie, a cheese shop that specializes in products solely from the lesser-known Jura region of France. Pick up some cheeses to end your meal and take a leisurely 20-30 minute walk back to their apartment, stopping at the local market along the way to pick up fresh vegetables for your meal.

Notes: Please note that Marie only speaks French and a very small amount of English (she understands English but does not speak much!); her husband Florent speaks English and will be available to help translate during experiences.

Also please note that Marie and Florent prefer to host on the weekends, so they will be more likely to be available if you select a weekend date. Market tours are only available on Saturday.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Cod with legume grillés and pureed cauliflower
  • Poulet roti with jus
  • Boeuf bourguignon
  • Selection of cheeses
  • Sweet crêpes with sugar and jam

Traveler reviews

Marie and Florent were excellent hosts, we had a good conversation. I was able to practice a little of my French (and they were very encouraging!). It was a bit of a drive to their apartment which is just outside Paris (plan on 25 mins via Uber). The ride was totally worth it!! Florent met me at the door and when we arrived at the apartment Marie had made some appetizers for us to enjoy. Marie is studying culinary and wants to own her own restaurant - I would be the first customer!! All in all it was a wonderful experience that travelers don't usually get - to really speak to local people about their lives, their work, the politics of their country (France had just concluded it's election when I was there) and most of all the food. Marie was great to let me help her in the kitchen - she is a natural! It was a heartfelt and amazing experience - thank you Marie and Florent! The Ratatouille was fun to make and enjoy!! So many great flavors in a health dish. I hope you will visit Marie and Florent - you won't regret it, in fact it will probably be the most memorable part of your Paris vacation. - Lynda June 16, 2017

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Marie and Florent

$56-$100 USD

per person
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Exact pricing depends on experience and will be shown before booking

Meet Marie and Florent

Marie and Florent are a delightful couple living just outside of Paris's 18th arrondissement in Saint-Ouen (they live just next to Paris' amazing flea and antique market, one of the largest in the world, so be sure to stop there before or after your experience!). Marie went to cooking school after being encouraged by her husband Florent who raved that Marie was one of the best cooks he had met and was destined to work in food. They met in Senegal, where Marie is from, and after getting married in Dhaka moved back together to Paris in 2010. Florent is a freelance graphic designer who formerly worked for the French foreign affairs office and Marie, when she is not working for her restaurant, loves dancing. They both love going to the cinema and museums, so be sure to ask Florent for recommendations.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Join Marie and Florent in their cozy one bedroom apartment for a plated, three-course meal of gourmet French classics. Marie is an outstanding cook who will keep you well fed with traditional French dishes that will include a first course, main dish and a dessert. You might enjoy dishes like delicately roasted cod with pureed cauliflower and roasted vegetables; boeuf bourguignon, or roasted chicken with Marie's incredible jus reduction. For dessert, enjoy a selection of cheeses in addition to sweet crepes or seasonal fruit salad. Please note that you will enjoy your meal in their living and dining area on their ingenious dining table that converts from a coffee table.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn how to make a traditional French classics with a professional chef in Marie and Florent's small, private kitchen. Marie will teach you how to make classical French dishes that are elegantly presented, like oven-roasted cod with assorted roasted vegetables and pureed cauliflower, or roasted chicken with Marie's secret recipe for rich "jus". After you have prepared 1-2 dishes, depending on their complexity (Marie may have prepared a few additional things requiring more time in advance), enjoy your meal together in Marie and Florent's living space that they convert to a dining area. You will be sure to leave full!

Market visit: (1-5 guests) (Only available on Saturdays) Join Florent for a walking tour that will include his favorite fromagerie, a cheese shop that specializes in products solely from the lesser-known Jura region of France. Pick up some cheeses to end your meal and take a leisurely 20-30 minute walk back to their apartment, stopping at the local market along the way to pick up fresh vegetables for your meal.

Notes: Please note that Marie only speaks French and a very small amount of English (she understands English but does not speak much!); her husband Florent speaks English and will be available to help translate during experiences.

Also please note that Marie and Florent prefer to host on the weekends, so they will be more likely to be available if you select a weekend date. Market tours are only available on Saturday.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Cod with legume grillés and pureed cauliflower
  • Poulet roti with jus
  • Boeuf bourguignon
  • Selection of cheeses
  • Sweet crêpes with sugar and jam

Traveler reviews

Marie and Florent were excellent hosts, we had a good conversation. I was able to practice a little of my French (and they were very encouraging!). It was a bit of a drive to their apartment which is just outside Paris (plan on 25 mins via Uber). The ride was totally worth it!! Florent met me at the door and when we arrived at the apartment Marie had made some appetizers for us to enjoy. Marie is studying culinary and wants to own her own restaurant - I would be the first customer!! All in all it was a wonderful experience that travelers don't usually get - to really speak to local people about their lives, their work, the politics of their country (France had just concluded it's election when I was there) and most of all the food. Marie was great to let me help her in the kitchen - she is a natural! It was a heartfelt and amazing experience - thank you Marie and Florent! The Ratatouille was fun to make and enjoy!! So many great flavors in a health dish. I hope you will visit Marie and Florent - you won't regret it, in fact it will probably be the most memorable part of your Paris vacation. - Lynda June 16, 2017

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$64 $56 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $78 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $92 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-4:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation