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About Madelaine


Madelaine Bullwinkel has been teaching the "whys" and "how tos" of French cooking in an interactive environment for 40 years, Her hands-on classes are held at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago and private kitchens.  Madelaine's recipes interpret current trends in French cuisine with today's home cook in mind.  The emphasis in on quality ingredients and basic techniques.

Since 1995 Madelaine has led small, personalized week-long tours to France. When she travels to Provence, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and the Limousin, Madelaine chooses a private home or small hotel that best represents the region's culture and cuisine. By combining her food and wine expertise with an earlier career as an art historian, Madelaine is able to offer a multileveled week of immersion in French culture. The pleasures of daily life - artisan market shopping, chateau wine tastings, hands-on cooking classes - are enhanced by visits to places that illuminate each regions cultural heritage.

Madelaine is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Chicago. She has a degree in Haute Cuisine Francaise from L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Maryland. Madelaine's cookbook, Artisanal Preserves  was reissued in 2017. Chez Madelaine Cooking School was featured in Bon Appetit and in a "Travel to Cook" insert in Better Homes and Gardens. In October 2001 Madelaine received a Good Eating Award from The Chicago Tribune: "Good Eating honors those in the food and beverage industries who are making a difference in Chicago through their commitment, quality, passion and vision. These experts have enhanced life in Chicago with their accomplishments."