Archive for October, 2011

Alain Ducasse cooking school in Paris

Posted in luxury, Paris, restaurants on October 26, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

One of my favorite chef is Alain Ducasse (try the Plaza Athenee restaurant in Paris or Louis XV  in Monaco  !). This worldwide- three times triple stars -chef opened two years ago a cooking school in Paris and because people know I’m gourmet and gourmande (greedy) my name was given to the school to do the translation for a british group ! I’m not a translator but art historian, nevertheless I wanted to go and see the cooking school, and by the way it was the opportunity to take a class ! I was not desappointed : the kitchens are so gorgeous, bright, colourful, high tech, a perfect frame to improve your talent ! There were two female chefs, Rosalba and Sabrina, very professional and flexible, adaptating themselves to the level of the participants.


pictures : courtesy Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse,  by Vincent Lappartient and Eric Bergoend.

I was called again for this friday and lucky me , it was a macaroon workshop with a pastry chef, Cyril. So great !!


You can come in family, with friends, with your company (it changes from museums tour !), you have also a wine cellar for wine initiation and tasting sessions.

N.B :  They  have a special kids workshop for Halloween right now !

The Stein collection : Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso at Grand-Palais, Paris, until january 16th 2012

Posted in Art, event, Paris, private guide in Paris on October 4, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Anna Wintour saw it on sunday afternoon before everybody and I was invited this morning for the pre-opening of the wonderful exhibition devoted to this great family (2 brothers and a sister, the famous female poet Gertrude Stein) who lived in early 20th century in Paris in Montparnasse district, on the legendary left bank, where they received all the parisian avant-garde : Picasso, Matisse (they were their very first collectors), Braque, Apollinaire, Man Ray, Gris… and  also Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

The show explores  their tastes and how they built it, from modernity printed with a certain classicism (Manet-Renoir-Degas-Cezanne) to avant-garde,  and how they participated to the adventure of 2 most important artistic trends : fauvims and cubism, weaving strong relationships with artists, as the one between Gertude Stein and Picasso illustrated with the amazing proto-cubist portrait below :

– But the portrait doesn’t look like the model  ! said the  sceptical viewers when the poet organized a party to celebrate the new painting hung in their appartment rue de Fleurus.

– It doesn’t matter replied Picasso, very confident. One day, the model will look like the portrait.

Copyright Adagp Paris 2011- Copyright succession Picasso 2011-Copyright succession Matisse photo Moma San Francisco 2011

Pablo Picasso: Portrait of Gertrude Stein 1906, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Henri Matisse: Woman with Hat 1905, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art