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.
FRENCH FAMILY FOOD
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
TEACHER, LECTURER, CONSULTANT
Business, Gastronomy, Sociology, Special Events Management
Domains of Expertise
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
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. www.4-14-festival.org
Public & press relations, raise funds from the public and private sector.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER : 1978 – 2009
Organizer of the 4-14 Festival 2009 in Dijon www.4-14festival.org
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
« 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