French Macaron master class

Arlington, Virginia, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Michael

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
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What you'll do

Don your chef aprons, grab your whisks and lets get baking! In this fun and interactive class, you will learn the fine art to making these mouthwatering morsels that are easy enough to be done in your own kitchen! The classic 'Gerbert' or 'Paris Macaron' is a French meringue-based almond sandwich cookie.

Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century during the Renaissance, French queen Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs made them when she brought them with her to France in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France.

Chef Michael of Pastry Codex personally guides you as your ambassador into all of the subtle nuances of Making them, from proper development of the the Meringue, the development of the Macaronage mixture, demonstrating a folding technique, how to pipe them, differences of Silpat vs. parchment paper, explanations of color types gels vs. powders drying techniques and proprietary baking techniques to preserve color integrity.

Several flavors and types of fillings are available, seasonal themes. a genuine French buttercream is demonstrated, addition to ganaches, and flexi gels.

This has become an amazingly popular class! It comes with a 100% success rate guarantee, in other words if for whatever reason your Macarons do not come out correctly, you get a full refund with no questions asked!
Don your chef aprons, grab your whisks and lets get baking! In this fun and interactive class, you will learn the fine art to making these mouthwatering morsels that are easy enough to be done in your own kitchen! The classic 'Gerbert' or 'Paris Macaron' is a French meringue-based almond sandwich cookie.

Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century during the Renaissance, French queen Catherine de’ Med…

What's included

  • Food
    Enthusiasts are provided with their own set of ingredients to make a batch...

Meet your Host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Chef Michael has been described as a "designer" Pastry Chef, with his experience encompassing wholesale, retail, fine dining restaurants, hotels, off-premise catering and country clubs. Chef Michael has studied in France and holds a certification in Baking Science and Technology from the American Institute of Baking. Chef Michael's approach to food taste philosophy is that the palate should be like a symphony, with no one taste being dominant, more of a wave of tastes, textures and temperature juxtaposed against each other whilst also working in harmony.
Chef Michael has been described as a "designer" Pastry Chef, with his experience encompassing wholesale, retail, fine dining restaurants, hotels, off-premise catering and country clubs. Chef Michael has studied in France and holds a certification in Baking Science and Technology from the American Institute of Baking. Chef Michael's approach to food taste philosophy is that the palate should be like a symphony, with no one taste being dominant, more of a wave of tastes, textures and temperature j…
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Where you'll be

The Boardroom is an outstanding restaurant located in the downtown part of Arlington, Virginia. As a part of conducting the classes, guests can order appetizers, and drinks, making for an even more social event. The venue itself is hosted in their "MS. PEACOCK’S CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE room" an intimate sprawling room, that offers enough space to spread out and adequately keep to 6 foot social distancing regulations for safety.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 37 reviews.

Rita
January 2022
We had a great time learning and exploring something new. We will definitely have to take a different class with Michael when we come back to the area next year.
Sam
January 2022
I purchased this experience as a gift for a fairly experienced baker, who still learned a lot and had a great time. Highly recommended.
Sara
December 2021
My son and I loved this experience. We adore watching baking shows together, so I got this for him as a 14th birthday gift. Chef Michael gave us all his tricks of the trade and explained the science behind the best way to make a fail-proof macaron. They turned out so good! We were able to pick our colors and had a few flavors of buttercream to fill them with. We went home with a printed recipe packet and the confidence that we can be French pastry chefs too! Thank you for the great company and interactive evening!
Hessa
December 2021
The macron making experience is highly recommended. The class was held in a beautiful space at the peacock room. Wanted to achieve a delicious french pastries and went with the intimidating macrons but, chef Micheal was very informative, friendly and assuring his comments and tips were very handy! Eventually went home with a professional made macrons and can't wait to try the recipe after being confident handling it with the chef! Would definitely try other offered classes on the chef website.
Mikhail
November 2021
Good class, but we didn't cook the fillings, only the cookies for the macarons. I wish we could experience making fillings as well
Brad
November 2021
Michael was an amazing host! Very informative and personable. The macaroons were delicious and we left wanting more, will definitely be looking into his other experiences.

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  • Sun, Jan 23
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    $99 per person
  • Mon, Jan 24
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Wed, Jan 26
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Sun, Jan 30
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Mon, Jan 31
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    $99 per person
  • Wed, Feb 2
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    $99 per person
  • Sun, Feb 6
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    $99 per person
  • Mon, Feb 7
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    $99 per person

Dietary preferences

If requested, the Host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the Host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
Let the Host know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.