Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
49, rue des Tables Claudiennes

The Plum Lyon Teaching 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 4-8 students per class. There is plenty of opportunity for hands-on learning in English at Plum Lyon.

Come visit and cook with us!

Lucy Vanel, owner of the Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen, holds both French and Amercian citizenship, and has been teaching French cooking since 2007. She is a French certified pâtissière, having been accepted into the ranks of France's pastry profession after passing the national l'épreuve technique and professional qualification tests for Le certificat d'aptitude professionnelle in pastry through l'Académie de Lyon.

In her workshop, a 200 year old storefront tucked into the hill of the Croix Rousse neighborhood in Lyon, France, Lucy teaches groups of 6-8 with a thorough exploration of the local offerings in her Market Table classes, as well as imparting technique of the official French repertoire in pastry with delightful relaxing French afternoon pastry workshops.

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, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, 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. Plum Lyon was featured by Food 52 in their round-up of the top 7 cooking schools in France.

In 2021, Plum Lyon obtained the prestigious label of "Outstanding Experience" from Vallée de la Gastronomie-France and is currently rated No. 1 by Tripadvisor in Classes and Workshops in Lyon.

Lucy is a founding member of the France chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, a non-profit philanthropic group of woman leaders in the fields of gastronomy and hospitality. She served with joy as President of the France Chapter from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021.