New Zealand Community Education Centres

Cooking with the Impressionists: Van Gogh

Recreate dishes straight from the recipe collections of Vincent Van Gogh and, while you cook, learn more about his life and works. All ingredients provided.


If you love French cooking and Impressionist painting, you’ll love our series of one-day workshops, with a different artist featured in each session. You’ll explore French Impressionism, and celebrate the good life so joyously captured by the Impressionists, with hands-on cooking workshops led by your tutor who is both a professional chef and an art historian.

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In this workshop, you’ll learn how to cook two dishes Van Gogh ate while living at the Auberge Ravoux at the end of his life. He was a frequent visitor to his doctor’s home, Dr Gachet, who lived up the street and with whom he dined regularly. We’ll make a roast stuffed, rolled lamb dish as a main, an easy but impressive dish that looks great on the plate and is easy to replicate at home. For dessert, we’ll make a pithiviers tart—an almond, puff pastry dessert traditionally made in France for Epiphany.


By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:
• Gather and prepare the appropriate ingredients
• Read and follow the recipes provided with confidence and master basic culinary techniques
• Competently cook and put together ingredients to create a two-course meal
• Have an understanding of the regional differences in French cuisine
• Have a greater appreciation of the lives and works of Van Gogh and other Impressionist painters

All ingredients provided but bring an apron, tea towels and a dish cloth and containers to take any leftovers home. 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".