About

Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
49, rue des Tables Claudiennes
69001 LYON, FRANCE

The Plum Lyon kitchen welcomes you to come and cook in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Located in the ancient silk-worker's district on the hill of the Croix Rousse, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Plum Lyon is offering seasonal market classes, classic French cooking, children's workshops, and single subject ateliers that cover a chosen technique or theme in French cuisine. We accommodate 6-8 students per class. There is plenty of opportunity for hands-on learning in English at Plum Lyon.

Come visit and cook with us!

Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen

A typical week at PLUM:

Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
Monday is design day. We hold our food photography ateliers, and invite colleagues and friends to brainstorm and create with us. We test recipes, work with future collaborators, conduct research, edit copy for various projects, and handle administrative work related to the running of the PLUM LYON kitchen.


Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
Tuesdays, we tour the best markets and cook a full meal with you. First stop: Lyon's biggest outdoor market and fill up our market baskets. Next, we go together to Lucy's favorite fromagerie and put together our cheese plate. We return to Plum Lyon to cook up a sumptuous lunch based on that day's finds. Add offered tastings of a selection of local wines and there you have it. A wonderful meal (with recipes!).


Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, PLUM does pastry. Learn how to execute your own croissants, brioche, feuilletage, charlottes, choux based desserts like eclairs, choquettes, the famous paris-brest, les religieuses, etc. and know the satisfaction of acquiring a skill you can keep forever.


Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
Fill your market basket on Friday with PLUM. We stroll the market together in the morning, make a cheese plate, gather local artisans' nibbles, and head back to the kitchen to cook, sample, learn and share well into the afternoon.


Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
If you're in Lyon for the weekend, why not contact Plum for a Private Class? It's an idea. To book a private class, contact Plum and we'll work with you from there.

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About Lucy Vanel:
Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen

Lucy Vanel is owner of the Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen and is a French trained pâtissier, having been accepted into the ranks of France's pastry profession after passing épreuve technique and professional qualification tests for Le certificat d'aptitude professionnelle in pastry through the Académie de Lyon. She began teaching French cooking 7 years after her arrival in Lyon, in 2007.

Lucy observed that many shared teaching kitchens were missing the proper batterie de cuisine and the flexible schedule she knew she was going to need to accomplish her goal of running longer, more encompassing workshops. In 2010, she embraced the decision to build Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen. One year later, after an exhaustive search for the right property, she signed the papers on a 230 year old bakery with good bones before a notary and undertook the project to completely remodel the space, creating the teaching kitchen.

Lucy’s work and the Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen have been featured in San Pellegrino Itineraries of Taste, the New York TImes, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Delicious Magazine, France Magazine, France Today Magazine, The Guardian UK, The Independent UK, In-Flight Magazine, Washington Post, South China Morning Post, C&IT Magazine, Syracuse Herald Journal, Watertown Daily Times, and on World Radio Switzerland, with television appearances on BBC’s Great Railway Escapes, Luke Nguyen’s France, as well as featured in Marcia DeSanctis’ NYT Best-seller, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.