Sinéad is from Ireland, and studied Home Economics in Sligo
before moving to France with her Belgian-born husband,
Philippe in 1993. Read more…


French Cuisine


Discover delicious, authentic French cuisine.  Experience l’art de vivre à la française in a typical Normandy farmhouse.  Try local recipes, meet new people and make yourself at home in Sinéad’s Wilde Kitchen.


our cooking courses

Our cookery courses are one, three or six day. Our three day/four night and six day/six night residential courses offer basically the same programme, the latter having two ‘free’ days to explore the many other interesting aspects of Normandy.  Sinéad will willingly share her vast knowledge of the area and help plan those days ‘off’ so that you will make the most of your stay in Normandy.

 If you don’t see a course that suits you, tell us what you want and we’ll design one to meet your requirements.






Read what people said about our cooking school and get excited for
your visit. Book your place today!

Sinéad is a very knowledgeable cook and makes everyone successful. These classes aren’t just about learning some new recipes or polishing your knife skills. We have learned so much more about the connections between food and culture. The trips to the local markets were highlights, since going with a local allows you to feel more comfortable asking questions and trying new things.
- Cindy and Jim (U.S)
I wish we had organised a few extra day at the Wilde Kitchen cooking school, as while the cooking was terrific, the school terrific, we fell in love with the area and so a couple of extra days to look around would have been marvellous! Sinéad Wilde is the best host – so much fun, and full of knowledge about Norman food and cooking. We had a ball.
- Christine (Australia)


Located in converted barns in what once were the domestic living areas and hay lofts, across the garden from La Blonderie, the main house, our guest rooms are comfortable and attractively decorated, each with its own style.


We run one day, three day and six day courses as well as tailor-made courses. Please note that all classes are held in english. However, should practising french be a priority, guests will find lots of opportunities to do so.


Situated in the northwest of France, the quintessential image of Normandy is of beautiful landscape, green pastures dotted with brown and white Norman cows, apple orchards, calvados, good food and plenty of beautiful creamy cheeses.

Getting to

the Wilde Kitchen

The Wilde Kitchen is located in the Cotentin Peninsula, lower Normandy, only 5 kms from sandy beaches, 3 kms from the nearest market town, Les Pieux, and 20kms from the ferry port of Cherbourg.

Just across the English Channel, visitors have a choice of transportation to get to the Wilde Kitchen  – by air, sea, train or road.

For international visitors flying into Paris, most of the major towns in Normandy are connected by rail. Getting from Paris to Normandy is easy on the SNCF from Gare Saint Lazare to Cherbourg.

Guests are encouraged to take a train from Paris to Cherbourg and rent a car from there. All the major car rental companies operate in Cherbourg. We recommend Hertz for their flexibility.

Alternatively, you may prefer to rent a car in Paris and visit some well known sites en route – Monet’s gardens in Giverny, Honfleur, home to the impressionist painters, Deauville, the Parisien’s beach, Bayeux, and its tapestry,  which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and of course, the Normandy landing beaches, sites, cemeteries and museums.

Please feel free to contact Sinéad for help on getting to the Wilde Kitchen.

By boat

From Ireland – it’s now possible to take a ferry directly from Dublin to Cherbourg

Irish ferries

Or from Rosslare


From the UK

Brittany Ferries

Wilde Kitchen, La Blonderie, 50340 Benoistville, Normandy+33 (0)6 03 17 83