I’m Beeta, the chef and instructor behind the French Culinary Experience.
Growing up, I wasn’t what you would consider a Francophile. While Paris always seemed like a beautiful place to visit, my relationship with France was limited to three brief months of French class during a sixth grade elective.
It wasn’t until I was 20, when I visited my best friend abroad in Paris, that I fell head over heels in love with France.
When I landed, I took the train from Charles de Gaulle airport to the 6th arrondissement Saint-Germain-des-Pres, where my friend had been living at the time. I found myself mesmerized as I climbed up the steps out of the train station and saw the cobblestone streets, looking picturesque and quintessentially French.
In front of me were Haussmanian buildings with ornate balconies and charming cafes on the bottom floor. I remember thinking that Paris looked even better than it did in the movies. More than anything, I could feel my soul awakening and my heart feeling lighter, like I was finally at “home” where I had always been meant to be.
If you talk to anyone who loves France just as much as I do, you’ll probably get a similar response. France isn’t just a vacation destination or a tourist site to cross off the bucket list. It’s one of those rare places in the world where you go to feed your soul.
And while you’re there, you’ll probably transform your taste buds too. You’ll gain an insatiable appetite for fresh baguettes and bistro classics like steak frites and French onion soup. You’ll find yourself stopping for an afternoon eclair and cafe creme, and get used to dinners that last longer than an hour.
Then, when it’s all said and done, and you’re finally back home, you’ll find yourself intolerant of anything less than what you experienced in France. The sad croissant in the coffee shop window or boxed dinners will taste bland and boring. They did for me, at least. That’s how I ended up cooking and baking everything I ate in France right at home.
I spent the next decade taking classes, studying French cuisine and pastry, and turning my kitchen into my very own culinary studio. I developed and sharpened my technical skills in the kitchen while also becoming more and more of an avid proponent of home cooking.
I built the popular French food blog, Mon Petit Four, as I continued practicing the art of French cuisine and pastry, refining my entertaining skills, and building a business around what I loved.
I was spending more quality time with loved ones sharing my passion of good food with them. My body was appreciating all the home-cooked meals and fresh ingredients, and perhaps most importantly, I was feeling lighter in my mind and heart.
The idea to start a culinary membership around French cuisine and pastry was sparked out of my desire to combine two great loves in my life: good food and France. Not only that, but I find that there is a lot to learn from the French when it comes to the way in which we approach life and the way we embrace community. The French are a very social society that treat food and time spent preparing and eating it as sacred.
My goal with The French Culinary Experience is to bring the essence of France home to your table, wherever you may live. I want to share the tips, tricks, and techniques behind making a sensational meal, so that you never have to rely on boxed meals again.
Not only that, but as a fantastic home cook, you’ll find it easier and easier to get family and friends together around your table, increasing the quality time you spend with loved ones.
So if you’re ready to transform the way you cook and eat, and join a community that is there to support you and rally with you on your culinary journey, I encourage you to check out the membership.
I’m so grateful that I can share everything I’ve learned and everything I love with people like you each and every single day. You are much appreciated and I hope that you find what you are looking for here.
With all my heart,