Culinary Instructor and Travel Hostess Karen Gros provides French-inspired cooking classes in her Provençal-style home, featuring locally-grown seasonal menus. She is a personal chef for private dinners or cooking parties, as well as a facilitator for cooking events such as Culinary Team Building. Karen also lectures on the subject of cooking with fresh and dried herbs, as well as the making of stocks and sauces.
Karen shares her love of France by taking small groups on "insider" tours to Paris, Normandy & Brittany, and to the South of France ~ emphasizing food of course, but also the culture, traditions, and history. Experiencing the locals first-hand is a unique feature of the trips.
Karen lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas with her two children and French husband, Patrice, who is a certified organic vegetable farmer and gardening consultant. Karen's culinary education was born the day she married Patrice in Marseille. She has spent much time in French kitchens and has had the luxury of being taught first-hand by her French in-laws. She attributes her success in the kitchen to their discriminating tastes which have aided in developing her refined palate.
Karen has attended master classes at the Lenôtre Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, as well as the Francoise Meunier Cours de Cuisine, also in Paris. Karen has also attended the Eggstravaganza workshop with baker Jen McAllister, winner of American Egg Board Fellowship, in addition to culinary courses at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College. Karen holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Karen has enjoyed serving as a judge at the Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival for two consecutive years; and is thankful to her friend Jennifer Tabary, COO at Pierre Hermé in Paris, for bestowing upon her a wealth of culinary knowledge and appreciation, as well as the inspiration to teach culinary classes.
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