Terresa Murphy’s strength as a teacher and chef comes from her ability to immediately imbue others with the passions essential to her existence: great food, good friends and the places where the two collide. The intoxicating effects of these passions last as long as the lessons learned when one takes cooking lessons in Paris from this extraordinary American expat.
La Cucina di Terresa, Terresa’s home-based cooking school, offers Italian-influenced vegetarian cooking lessons in Paris to individuals and small groups. An ideal spot for the collision of cuisine and good company, Terresa’s kitchen is a testament to her industriousness. The place is stocked from floor to ceiling with enticing ingredients and kitted out with space-saving solutions that optimize a characteristically small Parisian kitchen.
Terresa provides the aprons and ambience to go along with her varied cooking classes. During two half-hour classes, a half-day class, or a full-day course ( which includes a trip of some of Terresa’s favorite Paris markets), you will roll up your sleeves and produce a three-course meal of quality ingredients, better than anything you’ll find in a neighboring bistro.
Terresa is dedicated to supporting local producers and only buys the best seasonal produce. Students in her classes will learn not only how to prepare fresh ingredients, but also when and where to buy them in Paris. Locavores, vegetarians and ethical foodies will find an ally in Terresa, and those who are interested in these food movements will likely see their conversion complete after spending a day at La Cucina di Terresa.
The classes are fun and informative, and, above all, interactive. Terresa adapts to all skill levels and ensures a hands-on experience in the kitchen. While Terresa has lived in the city long enough to be considered a Parisian, she still has her laid-back Californian attitude and her work space is an intimidation-free zone, where there’s no such thing as a mistake or a stupid question.
After finishing up on the stovetop, it’s time to savor your rustic meal, which you will enjoy at Terresa’s table, accompanied by natural wine she’s chosen from the Loire Valley. It’s a perfect ending to an educational and inspirational experience!
Dinner: polenta with sautéed green asparagus and roasted radish, with Parmesan and a mint olive-oil sauce.
Instructions for how to re-create the day’s menu are included in the pdf version of the recipes that Terresa sends to you after your lesson. A unique souvenir from Paris, the cooking skills you acquired in Paris will surely impress your friends back home!
If you’re interested in learning more about La Cucina di Terresa and the various classes, visit the website, where you’ll also find Terresa’s contact information. Get in touch to find out about pricing and to schedule your cooking lesson in Paris!
La Cucina di Terresa
Editor’s note: How about a French cooking class in Paris? It might be the most memorable part of your next vacation. Visit the GG2P Travel Club partner page and click on Classes for our recommendations.