Learning at Camont

"If you want to learn to surf, go to Hawaii. If you want to learn to make charcuterie, go to France."
— Renzo Garibaldi- OSSO, Peru

Courses at Camont

Immerse yourself in France! Discover the best raw materials, learn classic techniques & taste the delicious results while living & learning in the beautiful agricultural landscape called Gascony.

Food Photography Workshop with Tim Clinch- Food Stories from Gascony

  • 5 Days
  • 2900 €uros
  • June 13-18 2017; September 19-24 2017

Food photography in France tells a timeless yet modern story-amazing food, classic stone and old linen surroundings, and sparkling morning light. Working alongside award winning photographer Tim Clinch is an life-enhancing experience. For twenty years I have cooked and created, styled and…

Summer Cooking Days at Camont

  • 6 hours
  • 295€ per day
  • June 19-23

  Summer Cooking at Camont, day by day, is what we do to celebrate our favorite month of the year! Easy French pastry cooking classes, French vegetable cooking from soups to main courses from my garden and markets, working with…

Camp Charcuterie: France

  • 5 Days
  • 2950€
  • June 26-30 2017; October 2-6 2017

Camp Charcuterie: France. Discover the foundations of Old World flavor and New World techniques as we make traditional French charcuterie in France. New to the game? Or want to brush up your skills? Maybe just explore the deep roots of…

Insider’s Gascony: Cook with me at Camont & Chateau de Mazelières

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • 3950€ (double occupancy; single supplement 750€)
  • May 21-27; September 10-16

Insider’s Gascony is a food lover’s discovery of Gascony, that part of France known as the potager or “kitchen garden.”  I have been cooking this good food grown in Southwest France at Camont, my French farmhouse kitchen, and teaching cooking classes…

Online Courses

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Travelling Courses

Several times a year, we pack our knives and know how, jump a plane and bring a little of Gascony to you. Butchery & charcuterie workshops & cooking classes can be booked for schools, organizations, private groups or individuals.

The French Pig: whole carcass charcuterie masterclass

  • 9:00-5:30, 7 hours instruction + lunch break
  • $395
  • October 2017 dates available

How to get from ‘Pig to Plate’ in six weeks. This one day advanced level butchery and charcuterie masterclass is designed for industry folks; the 7 hour class features a 6-week outline for transforming whole carcasses into a butcher’s dozen of…

Le Cinq or a 5th Quarter Workshop

  • 10:00am-4:00pm
  • March 12 2017- Smoking Goose Indianapolis

In France, whole carcass charcuterie is the standard way to make money, use all the meat, and celebrate the deliciousness of le Cochon.  In this special workshop, we ignore the first four quarter primals and concentrate on the fifth. Kate…

Kitchen at Camont is a French culinary retreat in Gascony, led by Kate Hill, teaching the art of charcuterie and butchery.

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France is at the heart of all cooking. From my perspective in the Southwest of this country, a fertile culture steeped in culinary lore and laws, we keep close to our hearths and practice everyday cooking as it has always been done here-with attention to regional traditions, the abundance of local products, and a regard to celebrating each season in it’s own turn. Why rush Summer when Spring is barely on our doorstep? How many ways do we cook cabbage?  Why replace a classic dish with a faux version? France holds on to its traditions and I keep them alive in my own kitchen.

Gascony nestles in the very southwest of France in the crook of the Garonne River Basin. The abundant rivers, fertile flood plains, and temperate 4-season climate of this historic Duchy makes it a perfect place to grow food. Lots of food. In fact, the Lot-et-Garonne department boasts the most diverse agriculture in all of France and our region Aquitaine is called the Grande Ferme. Teaching from the heart of this garden of France, I learned to shop from a wealth of local farmer’s markets and from the farmers themselves. French food culture conspires with us in the kitchen at Camont to teach a certain thoughtful approach, an understanding of truly seasonal produce- not just fruits and vegetables, but meat and cheese, too. Working with the people who literally ‘turn dirt into food’, understanding the seasons, discovering the anatomy of a healthy meat animal- be it rabbit, chicken, pig or cow, and learning how to choose a ripe vegetable or a perfect piece of fruit, will change the way you think as you cook. As I learned to cook, butcher and make charcuterie in Gascony, so I teach it- in Gascony.

 

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Camont-and it’s original kitchen above built in 1724-is my historic farmhouse perched on the Canal de Garonne near Agen in Southwest France. From this privileged site-I’ve been discovering thoughtful producers, dedicated artisans, and an amazing diversity of product all over Gascony for nearly 30 years. In 2015, I created a new teaching space-the new Kitchen at Camont-where we butcher, cook, salt, cure, and celebrate all things charcuterie working alongside farmstead butchers and inspiring cooks in a comfortable spacious setting.

Carved from the long stone barn at Camont, the new 600-square foot workshop space allows us to work on whole carcass and primals creating finished products in sufficient quantity for small production. A creative workshop as well as classroom, the new Kitchen at Camont, draws on our own gardens, orchards, and poultry yard. Camont is a modern day creative culinary retreat, far from the competitive world, where students are encouraged to develop new food products as well as master traditional French farmstead charcuterie.

Retreat Stays at Camont

This summer, 2017, the 2 bedroom/2 bath pigeonnier at Camont including the original kitchen pictured above, is available for vacation rentals. If you are interested in a 4-7 day stay (or longer), please contact Kate Hill directly through our get in touch page here.

 

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Kate Hill, a published author and professional cook of 30 years, founded Camont as a cooking school and retreat in 1991 after moving to this fruitful spot in France from the US. Camont became a place to rethink ideas about food and cooking and Kate is a willingly mentor, coach and teacher. Here, we grow and buy seasonal produce from local farmers and make great Gascon food to share in the old stone kitchen.

Our programs have grown from Kate’s relationships with Gascony’s thriving food community – particularly its farmstead butchers, and now you, too, can work with them to learn how to break down a pig and cure your own charcuterie. This work has placed Kate at the forefront of the global nose-to-tail butchery movement organizing international workshops with French farmer/butcher Dominique Chapolard and founder of Grrls Meat Camp.

Kate teaches and consults with professionals like Michael Ruhlman for Conde Nast Traveler, the BBC’s French Odyssey series with chef Rick Stein, which was filmed in Camont’s wonderful kitchen and International restaurant groups. Kate’s work has also been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Dish, Appellation and Maison Sud Ouest magazines, as well as the New York Times, the LA Times, London Times and the Boston Globe. On line she write the Food Stories from Gascony here, as well as serve as a administrator to the very popular facebook group- the Salt Cured Pig. When not working virtually, Kate welcomes students to Camont with her giant farm dog Bacon, a trio of barn cats, a dozen chickens, a flockette of ducks – and whoever else happens to be stopping by.

Food stories from Gascony

Food Stories from Gascony is curated by writer/cook Kate Hill to share the good food of Gascony as it is grown and made on the small farms and in the tiny villages of Southwest France.

Stay at Camont this Summer- vacation rental in Gascony

Live your French Dreams in Gascony! Camont is now available as a vacation rental for the Summer of 2017 only. Although we always have a revolving door open at Camont- friends come and go, students arrive to learn, journalists scoop…

Food.Photography.Workshop with Tim Clinch

  Food and Photography are a way of life here at Camont. We Instagram and post to Facebook all the time. However, when Tim Clinch comes to town with his bag of magic light tricks, I click into a different gear- cook/stylist/author.…

Cassoulet Redux

When you search my blog Food Stories from Gascony- the word cassoulet appears in 126 different posts. That means that over the last eleven years I have written about cassoulet at least ten times a year. There are dozens of photographs,…

La Croustade aux Pommes

  La Croustade. Think crusty, crunchy, and sugary pastry. Aux Pommes. Think juicy, sweet, and acidy apples. This is the one sweet French recipe you need to know when you are at home or traveling. With only 6 ingredients and…

Summer Food: When August descends like a nap.

If you’ve been following my Instagram feed this summer, you’ve been gastronomically assaulted with picture after picture of my rustic tables set for lunch at Camont. More than once, we overflowed the big round wine vat table to two, then three old…

on ducks, death and rillettes at Camont

NO MORE FOIE GRAS!!!??? FOIE GRAS BANISHED IN FRANCE!!??? From the crazy headlines of international magazines like Conde Nast Traveler publishing cautionary tales to the simply illustrated flyer from my village explaining how to help stop the spread of the…

It’s the berries! Strawberry fields forever in Gascony

The best part of Spring in Gascony, is the explosion of fresh fruit vegetables that happens. One minute all blossoms and promise, the next a red pink and green confetti of flavor. Fresh fava beans and first petits pois cozy…

March Hares and Spring Madness

A little Spring madness begins with a strong blue sky and ends sitting outside at the School Lunch Table at Camont. I can’t help but jump and plant and cook and plot the Summer garden. Yay Spring! The Wednesday market…

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Tel: 33 5 53 47 56 29
Int: 05 53 47 56 29
Email:
hello@kitchen-at-camont.com

Camont
47310 Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois
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