Hi Marjorie, thank you for letting MFCH come visit with you! We’d love to know more about how you came to live in France, and about the life you have created for yourself here. What brought you to France, and when?
Where did you learn to cook?
I originally trained as pastry chef in the States. I had my own restaurant, and when I wanted to come to France and learn some more, I was thrilled to have the chance to work with Anne Willan who founded the Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.
Can you tell us what do you love the most about your everyday life here, and give us an idea of your typical day?
A typical working day for me at The Cook’s Atelier might begin with a cup of tea as I sit down with my daughter and we work out the logistics for an upcoming cooking class or workshop. We might be hosting clients for a cooking class or preparing for a wine dinner at our atelier.
I may visit a favourite artisan food producer or take our 1983 2CV car (aka Madeleine) for a ride to visit a local brocante or market. Every day is different, but the focus is always on food and creating the life that I have always dreamed of.
How easy is it for an American to set up a cookery school in France?!
I remember how nervous I was for our very first clients! Ten French men, together for a birthday celebration! But we served them good food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and they loved it!
Today I love my life here. I have friends, I have got to know all our producers; and of course I now have two French grandchildren … life is perfect!
What do you like about your region of France?
Merci Marjorie !!
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