Cooking with Alexandra Tallen

Join us for an exceptional weekend of fun and learning in the beautiful, light-filled Maison Conti kitchen. Organized around themes that change with the seasons, each culinary course will delight your senses. Learn tricks of the trade that will simplify your home cooking and amaze your friends. Experience the pleasure of working with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

One of the friends of Maison Conti is Alexandra Tallen, a professional cook and a marvelous teacher. She offers courses in the Maison Conti kitchen by special arrangement. If you would like to enjoy a day of cooking with Alex, please contact us.

An example from a past spring menu:

Creamy fennel soup with star anise and hazelnut
Salmon with sorrel beure blanc
Spring vegetable ragout
Lemon pudding cake

 A previous dessert class featured:

Rhubarb and orange flower tart
Toasted almond-rose panna cotta with raspberry coulis
Perfect molten chocolate cakes with coffee crème anglaise


Alexandra Tallen grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota before going to college in Washington, D.C. where
she studied French literature and theatre. After moving to Paris in 1999, she worked for several years as
a literary and historical researcher and as a translator specializing in film scripts and subtitles. Passionate
about food and cooking since childhood, Alexandra decided to attend culinary school for formal training.
After a fascinating year spent at the Ritz-Escoffier Culinary School in Paris and an apprenticeship in the
Ritz kitchen, she received the Grand Diplôme from the École Ritz- Escoffier in 2008.