Classic French Cuisine (VIRTUAL Hands-on)

Cost: $49

Take a trip to France in springtime with this VIRTUAL course focused on the fundamental techniques that make French cooking world renowned. Join Certified Executive Chef Bill Twaler as he guides you through every step of the process for slowly cooking chicken in wine to make coq au vin—a dish in which extraordinary flavors develop from humble origins.

In this course, you’ll learn the essential techniques for braising and how to create one of the world’s great sauces. You’ll also learn how to make and pipe elegant Duchess potatoes for a side dish that threatens to steal the show. For dessert, Chef Twaler will show you how to turn cooking with wine from savory to sweet as you prepare almond-flavored financiers (mini brown butter cakes) and pair them with a luscious port wine caramel. Bon appetit!

Coq au vin
Pommes Duchesse
Financiers with port wine caramel

For this VIRTUAL hands-on course, you can learn how to cook from the comfort of your home kitchen! Certified Executive Chef Bill Twaler has more than two decades of experience as a culinary educator and will help you become a stronger cook while enjoying your time in the kitchen. This course includes real-time personalized instruction for a small group of students via Zoom.

  • A shopping list will be available two weeks before class begins. After you register, you’ll receive an email with details on what to buy to cook along during class, plus a link to the virtual class (via Zoom).
  • An informational packet with full recipes, tips and techniques covered during your virtual class will also be emailed to you before class begins.
  • Because this course takes place online, you’ll need a strong internet connection and a mobile device with a webcam (laptop, phone or tablet) in order to participate.
  • For the latest on weather-related delays and cancelations, visit Greenville Technical College’s policies on inclement weather.


  • Facemasks covering nose and mouth are required for all college visitors, students and employees.
  • Please do not bring extra guests.
  • When you arrive, proceed to the restrooms to wash your hands properly for 30 seconds. Hand sanitizer is throughout the building, however, washing hands is the best way to remove and kill pathogens.
  • For updated information, please check reopening plans and guidelines to the college’s response to COVID-19.

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