Chef Francois and participants are cooking in French Cooking Class

French Cooking Class at the Mercersburg Inn

Sharpen Your Skills & Indulge Your Taste Buds


If you are looking for a fun weekend with great food, wine and want to learn a thing or two about French cooking, you have found the place.


Now, this is not a lecture, there is no homework and there are no grades. You don’t even have to know how to cook. You just have to like really good French food, like wine and are curious on how it all comes together for a spectacular lunch.


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The weekend includes two classes. You arrive Friday afternoon/evening and after a good night’s sleep and a gourmet breakfast, the first class starts on Saturday morning. The second class starts after breakfast on Sunday. These are two hands-on cooking classes/experiences and (of course) fabulous meals for you to enjoy are the results. Saturday night’s Chef’s Dinner, prepared by the Inn’s Chef de Cuisine Dan Nowalk, is an elegant gala event. A five course French dinner with wine which the class has as a group with Chef Dionot as their host.

This is not a class where you sit and someone teaches. This is a hands-on, fun weekend. Chef Francois will do a demonstration and then discuss the menu and recipes. Then the group splits into teams and each prepares one course of the lunch. This is for all skill levels. Got a question, want to know how to do something, Chef Francois is right there.


chef francois Chef Francois Dionot has over 30 years of experience in the food service industry. A native of Reims, France, Mr. Dionot was educated at L’Ecole Hoteliere de la Societe Suisse de Hoteliers in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he earned a diploma in hotel and restaurant service management and all phases of food preparation. Mr. Dionot worked at various highly acclaimed kitchens in Switzerland, France, Washington DC, and New York.

Mr. Dionot also teaches vocational French cuisine classes, conducts master classes on specialized food subjects around the country, and acts as a food consultant for various professional groups. A founding member and past President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), he also is a Chef Rotisseur member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and a member of the Vatel Club.



All skill levels are welcome. Singles, couples, groups all are welcome. Your partner doesn’t want to join in the class, they can still partake of the lunches and dinner. Just let us know in advance.

You will also have free time to golf, hike, swim, explore or shop. Here is a sample schedule.


Arrive at the Inn


8:00am-9:30pm – Breakfast

10:00am – Cooking class Starts

1:00 pm – Lunch with wine-(approx.)

7:00pm – Cocktails in the Tile Room (not included in the course fee)

8:00pm – 5 course French Chef’s Dinner with wine (optional not included in the course fee)

SundayFrench cuisine and fine wine prepared at a french cooking class in PA

8:00am-9:30pm – Breakfast

10:00am – Cooking class Starts

1:00pm – Lunch with wine-(approx.)


Check the schedule come join us for these great weekends.!