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Flavorful experiences -- and trash talking -- on the menu at Gascony cooking school

May 2, 2010 | 10:14 am

"I was looking for a good place to park my boat" is how Southern California's Kate Hill explains what brought her to southwestern France and inspired her to buy an abandoned 18th century brick-and-stone farmhouse and turn it into a B&B and cooking school. And here's what she thinks about chefs: "Chefs usually know a lot about cooking but often don't know anything about food, and my school is a culinary retreat where students, chefs and artisan-food producers meet and work together."  Read more about Hill's adventures here.

Photo: The Kitchen at Camont, in a restored farmhouse, is a cooking school overseen by Kate Hill, upper left, who immerses students in regional cooking. Credit: William A. Davis / For the Los Angeles Times