The Mercersburg Inn is proud to partner with the acclaimed L' Academie de Cuisine of Bethesda, MD to present a series of culinary weekends offering French Cooking Class throughout the year. The weekend includes two classes and is limited to 14 paricipants. All skill levels are welcome. This is a relaxed fun weekend, You arrive Friday afternoon/evening and the first class starts directly after breakfast on Saturday morning. The second class starts after breakfast on Sunday. These are two hands-on cooking classes and (of course) fabulous meals for you to enjoy are the results. Saturday night's Chef's 5-course French dinner, prepared by the Inn's Chef de Cuisine Dan Nowalk, is an elegant gala event.
Chef Francois Dionot is the founder and director of L'Academie de Cuisine and has over 30 years of experience in the food service industry. A native of Reims, France, Mr. Dionot was educated at L'Ecole Hoteliere de la Societe Suisse de Hoteliers in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he earned a diploma in hotel and restaurant service management and all phases of food preparation. Mr. Dionot worked at various highly acclaimed kitchens in Switzerland, France, Washington DC, and New York.
Mr. Dionot remains an integral part of L'Academie de Cuisine, handling day-to-day operations as School Director and Instructor for the theoretical portions of the school's professional programs. He also teaches vocational French cuisine classes, conducts master classes on specialized food subjects around the country, and acts as a food consultant for various professional groups. A founding member and past President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), he also is a Chef Rotisseur member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and a member of the Vatel Club.
Chef Dionot's Dates: Sept 16-17 and Nov 18-19
Requires a 2 night stay (Friday and Saturday) Room rate not included in class price.
Fee for 2 days of class including lunch and wine - $185pp.
Optional Saurday chef's 5 course French Dinner - $85pp includes dinner, wine, taxes and gratuities.
Room Rates: $140-$325 - includes a 3 course served breakfast each morning.