Alex Miles is the only chef who offers PRIVATE COOKING CLASSES in Burgundy tailored to your desires and needs, in English and French. Based in Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy, Alex has lived in France for 30 years and has an intimate knowledge of French Culture and Cuisine.

The day begins at the Market, (le marché), where you get a cooks tour of all the fine fresh products on display. At le marché you will be able to choose your menu, with the help of Alex, from all the ingredients available. Then you go to the kitchen to cook, talk and enjoy. The day begins at 8:30 AM and finishes up at around 4:00 PM.


The cooking course is called “French Family Food”. People love this class because it shows what French people really eat at home. Alex worked with the world famous chef, Gaston Lenôtre, where he did the finest in cooking, catering and baking. He now prefers the more rustic, people friendly approach to making food and will explain clearly in a relaxed atmosphere what French home cooking is all about. The idea is to share with you his experiences in France as well the knowledge he’s attained through working with the top restaurant chefs as well as his own bakeries in New York. Because he has interviewed many of the 3 star chefs in France for his radio show about books and food, he can also recommend the best places to enjoy a fine meal for dinner or lunch.

Alex has become something of a local celebrity on TV, radio, magazines and newspapers, being the only American who is a pastry chef, chef de cuisine and has been a professor and lecturer in the area of the Sociology of Food at various schools and institutions throughout France. So you get not only a cooking lesson but a wide ranging cultural approach to France, the French and their food habits.


This is Culinary Tourism at its best where you get the recipes you’ve always wanted and the cultural introduction to the French life style. Alex will answer all your questions about the French and their food without inhibition, frankly and clearly and with bit good humor thrown in for good luck.

Whether your voyage to France is for business or pleasure, or both, you and your travel companion could take the time to learn some cooking techniques and recipes you can bring home with you. You can take a full day seasonal cooking class which includes a starter, main dish and dessert or you can do a full day of pastries which can include doughs, tarts, savory items and even chocolate desserts.

Look at Alex’s résumé* and you will get a glimpse of the man you will cook with. Contact him by e-mail so he can give you all the details of his cooking and baking classes for your French vacation.


** Noted in Fodor’s Guide to Travel Experiences in Burgundy



Business, Gastronomy, Sociology, Special Events Management

Domains of Expertise

Teacher Trainer

Definition and elaboration of pedagogical programs

Create training videos

Evaluation and follow up of personnel

Lecturer, jury member for diploma

Classes in Gastronomy and Identity, Sociology and History of Food, Food Safety and Consumer Behavior, Restaurant Business, European Union and International Culture



Experience in management and human resources

Managed production, sales and distribution personnel

Development and follow through of new ventures

Communication and public relations

Wrote commercial sales manual

Liaison between the American Embassy and the company



Development of wholesale service

Opened stores in New York City

Managed chain stores and franchises

Collaboration with architects on concept and image

Realized marketing and packaging projects


Pastry Chef

Creation of French bakeries in New York

International desserts at the United Nations

Produced a line of “Light” frozen desserts

Consultant for: Cointreau America, Lenôtre Paris, Chocolat Valrhona, Disneyland Paris, SEB, Cassis Boudier, Danone, Lacanche, Tupperware.


Initiator/Organizer of Special Events

Thanksgiving Dinners for 250 people as a Benefit in several cities in France.

Conference on French and American Culinary Historical Relations at the American Ambassador’s Residence in Paris with food and wine tastings.

4-14 Festival: Celebration of the Music and Food of France and America. World famous musicians and starred chefs from both countries shared their talents with an enthusiastic public in Dijon.

Public & press relations, raise funds from the public and private sector.








Organizer of the 4-14 Festival 2009 in Dijon

Professor and Lecturer: Burgundy School of Business, Dijon; Université de Bourgogne, ENSBANA; ISIPCA; ENSIA; ISAB; EHESS; Sciences Po Paris; Université de Toulouse, CETIA, ERIT; New York University; and the American Embassy in Paris.

Member of Pilot Committees, “Dijon Ville Santé”, for Dijon and “Bien dans Mon Assiette” for the Burgundy region

Culinary instructor in classic French and international cuisines

Researcher for the European Commission on “Animal Welfare”

Research Associate, Sociologie: Université de Toulouse, Mirail

Writer : « Arts & Gastronomie Magazine »

Radio Show Host: interview authors of books about food on RCF Parabole

Sales Trainer: Ecomarketing, Chenôve

Regional Director: Société Cjys, Gevrey-Chambertin

Owner Operator: La Bonne Pâtisserie, New York City

Pastry Chef: United Nations Hotel, New York City

Commercial Administrator: Lenôtre Paris, Plaisir

Sous-Chef & Pastry Chef: Domain Chandon, Yountville, California



1983 Certificates in Human Resources Management and Management Communications – ESSEC, France (IMHI, Cornell University)

1982 Certificat D’Aptitude Professionnelle, French Government Certificate in Pastry Arts

1982Certificat Escoffier- Ecole Hôteliére Jean Drouant, Paris

1980Certificates in Pastry, Cooking, Catering, etc. Ecole Lenôtre

1970Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Education, City University of New York


Publications :

« Ces hommes qui cuisinent », éditions Agnès Viénot, 2005, « On Baking », Labensky, (contributor), éditions Pearson, 2005.

Préface « A La Découverte des aliments » de Charreau, Etienne et Ingagriola, Educagri, 2006. « Scènes Gourmandes », J-J Boutaud, (contributor), J-P Rocher, 2006. Articles in « le Bien Public » and « Papilles ».

Birth Date: August 27, 1947 Marital Status: Married

Nationality: American and French

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