Say hello to the incredible people who make it all possible!
One Team, One Promise
The French Kitchen Experience
We believe everyone should be able to experience the joys of French cooking. We believe recipes should be as enjoyable as they are doable. We believe food should be memorable experiences shared between family and friends. So, we make it easy for the whole family to participate in the French culinary experience.
Because there’s no better way to connect people than with food, and we want to accomplish exactly that — one table at a time.
From Our Kitchen to Yours
Give the Gift of Great Memories
When we share food, we’re sharing memories. And we believe that gift should be shared with the whole family. That why we offer cooking classes for kids, teens, and adults. So whether you’re doing the cooking, the eating, or both, we’ll be giving your family the gift of great memories. These are also good for the boutique, bakery, and café...everything we do!Gift Cards Available
Meet the Team!
You may have known her as the personal chef of Chez Blandine, or as the owner and chef of Wholly Crêpe. But today, she’s recognized by a different title: Blandine Mazéran of The French Kitchen culinary center — the woman uniting families around the dinner table with the art of French cuisine.
As a single mother of three teen girls, Blandine fully understands the hustle and bustle of daily life. That’s why she’ll give you recipes that are quick, easy, and doable in large quantities.
If you are looking for professional chefs’ techniques, credentials, or professional material, this is not the place. There are some great cooking schools out there, and Blandine is ``just`` self-taught. But if you are looking for a great place to learn and share the art of French cooking, then Blandine’s kitchen awaits!
Her promise to you:
- Detailed recipes that you can reproduce anytime, anywhere
- Tips and tricks for organization and faster cooking time
- No fancy utensils that you can’t find in your own kitchen
- Alternative techniques if you don’t have the necessary utensils
- Blandine’s favorite utensils and ingredients available for purchase in The French Kitchen boutique
- Simple techniques you can reproduce anywhere
- No crazy ingredients that you can’t find in stores
After moving to Colorado Springs, Sébastien was eager to expand his career. He worked at several upscale restaurants and bakeries in Colorado Springs, searching for one that truly felt right.
That’s when he found The French Kitchen — his home away from home.
Today, Sébastien is proud to be a part of the French Kitchen family, and he loves sharing his passion for French baking with his customers. He’s not just a phenomenal baker and pastry chef, but he's also Blandine’s right-hand man and regularly advises her in all aspects of the business.
Hogan Ahrens started his culinary career in Colorado Springs when he began a 6000-hour apprenticeship program with the American Culinary Federation in 2004. Three years later he completed the program while working simultaneously as a Sous Chef at the Garden of the Gods Club where he would remain until 2010. Hogan then resumed his education completing his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from UCCS in 2011.
Since then he has expanded his knowledge and experience by working at restaurants around the springs including Nosh, and most recently the Warehouse Restaurant where he has been for the past five years.
A US Marine Corp Veteran Hogan spends his free time with his wife and three children typically outdoors playing lawn games or sitting by a fire. When he’s not entertaining them with his humor, you can usually find him extending his creativity beyond the professional culinary world by creating something new in the woodshop or in his home kitchen.
Anne’s adventures have inspired her to share cooking techniques from across the globe with the people of Colorado Springs. You can find her at The French Kitchen teaching classes that specialize in Asian cooking and cuisines from other countries as well.
To Anne, food is a memory. Food is how she shares her incredible experiences with others. And she’s excited to share those experiences with you, too!
Julien’s desire for growth, determination to achieve leadership and passions for new opportunity allowed him to effortlessly move to the United States in pursuit of his dreams. He landed in San Diego, CA and took a position as an Executive Pasty Chef supervising a team of 6 at French 101. During this time, he branched out and became a consultant in San Francisco, CA for Cocola Bakery. Helping the team expand and enhance the production of their French macaroons and other desserts. He then went on to an Executive Pastry Chef position at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, CA. Working under Chef Sean Eastwood who had been trained by world renowned French Chef Paul Bocuse.
Julien’s' career eventually brought him to Breckenridge, CO, where he was the Executive Pastry Chef at La Française French Bakery for 4 years.
Opportunity in the big city eventually called him to Denver, CO where he began a position at The Wellshire Event Center as the Director of Cuisine. His years of training, knowledge and priceless experience allowed him to take lead and bring growth to their culinary menu. He opened a pastry kitchen allowing bakery production to be used for Corporate, Private and Wedding events. All while managing the staff and running their state-of-the-art kitchen for all banquet events.
In 2016 he realized it was time to branch out on his own and he opened La Belle French Bakery. His goal is to offer outstanding French pastries with the highest of quality to local businesses. Guaranteeing authentic French recipes and ingredients to every cafe, restaurant, hotel and business in Colorado. Julien has also made an effort to bring young talented French pastry chefs to the USA to allow them the same opportunities he once created for himself! As the success of La Belle continues to grow, Julien is always working on expansion. He is currently planning to branch out of state and or open a retail bakery location. His endless desire to share his passion will never waiver.
Running a successful business proves to be one of the many endeavors Julien is partaking on in 2020.
Julien was asked to join the French Chamber of Commerce in Colorado as the Culinary Director; he began teaching Master Pastry Classes at The French Kitchen in Colorado Springs; and has partnered with a farm in El Salvador producing his own brand of gourmet coffee brilliantly named Sombre. His coffee matches the same level of quality he provides with his pastries and will be available in 2020.
Kristal has been with The French Kitchen as an employee off and on for over a year, but she has attended lots of classes. Her favorite class has to be Potatoes, since they are one of her favorite foods! She loves pairing wine and food together, and potatoes can pair with anything... making it the perfect food for her. Kristal also enjoys the bread classes and taking classes with her son.
As for 2020, Kristal is starting to teach a Cooking with Wine Series here at TFK, where she will share how to use wine in your every day meal preparation and how to approach wine tasting and food pairing. She will also continue to offer wine and food pairing experiences around our major holidays. Cheers!
When not at work, she loves doing most anything outdoors such as bicycling, hiking (with her chocolate lab, Jesse), snowshoeing, kayaking ... and also loves reading, sewing/quilting, music and playing with her awesome grandchildren. She is enjoying learning about the wonderful foods The French Kitchen has to offer, and yes, learning to pronounce them properly as well!
Heidi is currently writing a cookbook featuring her breakfasts served at her Bed and Breakfast, and is passionate about the non-profit she is a part of ... NASTaP (Association for Native American Sacred Trees and Places).
Jennifer has two only children (11 years apart), two Siamese cats, a ``Velcro dog``, and a husband of nearly 17 years. Jennifer is an introverted computer geek who honed her customer service skills while serving as a computer programmer in the US Air Force, a picky eater, and an insatiable learner. She has a deep appreciation of ``Dad Jokes`` and tries to keep a couple of knock-knock jokes always at the ready.
Jennifer has loved to bake her whole life. Her adult daughter discovered The French Kitchen in 2018 and promptly introduced the two. After taking 10 or more cooking classes, a job opening allowed Jennifer to join The French Kitchen team of folks she'd grown to adore over the previous year, and now Blandine can't seem to get rid of her!
Also Blandine's middle daughter.
Days usually consist of work, sleep, and anime.
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The French Kitchen
4771 N Academy Blvd.
(At the corner of Flintridge and Academy)
Hours & Closures
Tuesday – Saturday: 7am to 3pm
Sunday & Monday: closed
Private events can be scheduled outside of opening hours!
Holidays observed: New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day