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HGTC’s ICI Students Experience Culinary Expedition to Paris

(Conway, SC) 04/12/2024

 HGTC Culinary Students Experience Culinary Expedition to Paris

HGTC Culinary Instructors and Students take group photo in front of the Michelin 3 Star Restaurant Alleno at Palace Ledoyen.

HGTC’s International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach (ICI) announced the successful completion of its extraordinary journey to Paris during the spring break. This captivating expedition provided students with an immersive experience in the culinary capital of France, offering a unique opportunity to explore and learn amidst the backdrop of culinary history and innovation.

“This culinary odyssey provided students with an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of French culinary heritage, fostering a deeper appreciation for the artistry and innovation that define Parisian gastronomy,” said Joseph Bonaparte, HGTC Executive Director of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach.

The itinerary boasted an array of captivating activities, beginning with a visit to the esteemed La Maison d’Isabelle, located in the picturesque Latin Quarter. Renowned for clinching the prestigious title of the best croissant in France in 2018, this charming bakery provided an unforgettable gustatory experience for our students.

Students embarked on a captivating sightseeing tour of Paris, encompassing iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Invalides, and the illustrious Champs-Elysées. Additionally, they savored a delectable dinner at the recently revitalized Aux Crus de Bourgogne, an institution steeped in culinary heritage and tradition.

The culinary journey continued with immersive cooking lessons at the esteemed Ecole Ritz-Escoffier, where students delved into the intricacies of classical French cuisine. From artichokes à la Barigoule to lamb Navarin and lemon tart, students honed their skills under the guidance of expert chefs.

Exploration of Parisian culinary culture extended to the Les Halles area, where students perused renowned kitchen supply stores such as E. Dehillerin, MORA, and A. Simon, offering an array of culinary tools and gadgets. The itinerary also included visits to specialty food stores, including Caviar Kaspia and La Maison de La Truffe, offering a tantalizing array of gourmet delights.

An indulgent visit to the iconic Galleries Lafayette Food Hall awaited, where students discovered the finest artisanal produce and savored an Opera Torte from the legendary DALLOYAU bakery, renowned for its exquisite confections.

As the culinary expedition unfolded, students relished in exquisite dining experiences at historic venues such as Le Procope, L'Ami Jean, Michelin-starred 114 Faubourg, and the Michelin 3 Star Restaurant Alleno at Palace Ledoyen showcasing the pinnacle of French cookery.

The culmination of this remarkable journey included immersive cooking lessons in contemporary French cuisine at the Ritz, followed by a scenic boat ride on the Seine River, offering panoramic views of Paris’ enchanting skyline.

To find out more about the HGTC International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach or other HGTC programs, call 843-347-3186 or visit hgtc.edu/culinary.

Those interested are also invited to an Open House event at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on the Grand Strand Campus, 920 Crabtree Lane in Myrtle Beach.