In Maubec, near Cavillon, chef Jean-Marc Villard opens the doors of his own kitchen, which has been specially designed for budding cooks. Over one or two days, this former teacher at the Institut Paul Bocuse shares his know-how in French or English. In Aix-en-Provence, chef Gilles Conchy welcomes you to his country house after a trip to the market. To taste the pleasure of preparing lovely little dishes in an historical kitchen in an 18th-century estate, head to the Château de Berne in Lorgues, near Draguignan. Want to cook in a location laden with history, that is a short walk from the Palais des Papes in Avignon? Then head to La Mirande. Its school, Le Marmiton, teaches the secrets of Provençal cuisine to adults and children in a friendly atmosphere.