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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.
I absolutely love the outdoors! In my free time I love to go on hikes with my dog Luna! I also love to rock climb and snowboard.
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!
I grew up in Vietnam and came to the US when I was 10. My life has always been around food, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been in the kitchen either with my mom or with my mom’s kitchen helpers! I was raised to have three full meals a day that my Mom happily made for us. She was a very adventurous cook! There was nothing that she couldn’t make or recreate at home! My cooking is greatly influenced by my Mom’s cooking and the memory of my childhood in Vietnam.
As a young adult off to college at The College of William and Mary, I met many international friends that also loved to cook and eat good food like myself. There I learned how to cook food from Greece, Japan, Thailand, the Middle East, China, and the Philippines.
As an adult, I married my husband and together we lived all over the world! With his career, we were lucky enough to live in France. There I was determined to learn how to make French food from my retired neighbors. They became my extended family, my neighbors taught me how to make food the way they make it and not like fancy French restaurants. I shopped, ate, and cooked like a local. I shared many delicious meals with my neighbors.
After France, we were lucky enough to live in Japan for a few years. Again, I jumped right in and found a few wonderful ladies who were willing to take me in and taught me how to make food like they do. I shopped, cooked, and ate like a local. I shared many delicious meals with my extended family in Japan. I also learned so much from them on how to eat and how to appreciate food.
Cooking and eating for me is a way to create memories for my family. A dish can take me back to each place and time that I’ve shared with the people that I’ve met in my life. I love to cook and share food with friends and loved ones. It is how I show people I care about them.
I hope with each dish that I share with you, it will bring good memories for you and your loved ones. I am just happy that I have this opportunity to share my joy of cooking with you. Thank you!
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).
From a young age, I remember going to both of my grandmothers’ houses and cooking various dishes. This sparked my interest in cooking delicious meals from a young age. At age 8, I discovered Blandine’s In-Home French Cooking Class. Since then, I have taken any and every class I can with Blandine. After completing numerous classes, I became the first teenage V.I.P. When I'm not in the kitchen, I enjoy skiing in the Rocky Mountains and hanging out with my family. I look forward to showing your kids the basics of cooking and laying the foundation for a a lifetime of talented of cooking.
Also Blandine's middle daughter.
Days usually consist of work, sleep, and anime.
Elisabeth is the eldest of six children. She loves her large family and is used to helping with meals and cleaning. Because of this, she feels right at home at The French Kitchen. Growing up, Elisabeth was homeschooled along with the rest of her siblings. She has been dual enrolling at Pikes Peak Community College where she is enjoying classes immensely.
Besides school, Elisabeth enjoys a variety of activities including baking, reading, and music. She loves spending time with her family going hiking, playing games, doing puzzles, and cooking in the kitchen together. Elisabeth loves Jesus and cuddling with her cat, Allie.
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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