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's 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 you the gift of great memories. Our gift cards can be used for our Bakery, Classes, Café, and Market....everything we do!

Gift Cards Available

Meet the Team!

Say hello to the incredible people who make it all possible!

Blandine Mazéran

Owner & Chef Instructor

Blandine Mazéran moved from France to Colorado Springs in 2008, and she’s been sharing the art of French cooking ever since.

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

Sébastien Mullebrouck

Head Baker & Pastry Chef

Sébastien is originally from a small village near Valence, France, where his passion for French baking first began. Before moving to the States in 2000, Sébastien undertook several apprenticeships to hone his craft, starting as a baking apprentice for Boulangerie Dufour and eventually becoming a pastry chef apprentice for Patisserie Dagand.

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

Head of Production

“A good meal may not change your whole life, but it can certainly change your day”

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.

Janon Bourgeois

Chef Instructor

Chef Janon Bourgeois has taken the long route to Colorado Springs. As an honors graduate from the Oregon Culinary Institute (Portland, Oregon), Chef Janon founded a successful catering company, café, restaurant consulting service and a professional clown party business. Chef Janon has been teaching culinary skills for a number of years through the local school district, wineries and private parties.

Chef Janon has lived in several European countries throughout her life, gladly returning to the USA each time to create new experiences and twists on the classics. Fresh from nearly a year in the Loire Valley of France, she has found her true calling here at The French Kitchen.

Chef Janon enjoys road trips and cooking with her son. She also loves to paint, hike and read tarot cards. She is excited to share her experience and expertise with you!

Anne Doan

Chef Instructor

Originally from Vietnam, Anne came to the US when she was just 10 years old. Cooking is a hobby and a passion for her. A self-taught home cook and an avid cookbook collector, she has over 500 cookbooks in her home library! Believe it or not, but Anne has read all of her cookbooks from cover to cover! She is also very lucky that her mom is a wonderful cook, in her own right, and when Anne was young, she was often next to her mom in the kitchen helping her prep and cook many meals. As a former Navy spouse, Anne made it a point to always seek out opportunities to learn from local home cooks in all of the places she has lived.

Anne’s journey from Vietnam to the US took her on a journey to far away places like Thailand and the Philippines. During her time in those countries, the fondest memories she has are about food. Even during her time in refugee camps set up by the UNHCR, you wouldn’t think it, but some of the most delicious food that she has ever eaten were meals shared with fellow refugees. She will tell you that they were some of the most memorable meals in her life! Later, growing up in Northern Virginia, she met many people from many cultures that shared food with her and her family.

Anne’s favorite memories are always centered around food being cooked in home kitchens, whether they are a Filippino kitchen, a Korean kitchen, a Chinese kitchen, or in her mom’s kitchen - the common thread is always a fun and delicious meal to be shared with friends and family. After she married her Navy husband, an adventure that took her to many more places to explore and to build her culinary skills! During her over 20 years as a Navy spouse, she was lucky enough to live in and completely immersed herself with the local cultures. No matter where she lived, she was always very fortunate and blessed to be ``adopted`` by others, whether they were her French neighbors, or her Japanese hiking buddies, who showed her how to make wonderfully diverse family meals. Her adventures have given her the opportunity to experience cuisines from all over the world and helped shape her unique perspective and palate.

To Anne, food is memory. Sharing a meal with family and friends is one of the best ways to show love and bring people together. Food is how she shares her incredible experiences with others and she is excited to share those experiences with you, too!

“I realized very early the power of food to evoke memories, to bring people together, to transport you to other places, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
-Chef Jose Andres

Logan Hexter

Class Assistant & Café Attendant

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Logan!

Tiffany Anderson

Executive Assistant

Welcome to the Team, Tiffany!

Heather Currie

Admin/New York Branch

Heather is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in The Springs for the last 4 years. She is married with 2 boys (ages 7 and 2). She has 3 dogs (small, medium, and very large), and a Russian Tortoise named Waffles. Growing up Heather was a gymnast and performed shows on the Exhibition Team. She taught pre-school and pre-K gymnastics classes for 5 years. In 2017, Heather became a certified Yoga Instructor and has taught yoga in North Carolina and Colorado. Although she enjoys baking, Heather HATES cooking dinner. She says if she won the lottery she would hire a personal chef and never cook again. Recently, Heather and her family moved to up-state New York where she is now working remotely from the New York Branch of The French Kitchen!

Cléa Brutel

Admin

Blandine's oldest daughter.

Kristina Varga

Prep Cook

Welcome to the Team, Kristina!

Robert Grant

Prep Cook

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Robert!

Taylor Finnicum

Prep Cook

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Taylor!

Kershaunna Sanders

Lead Baker's Assistant

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Kershaunna!

Jeremy Hasty

Bakery Coordinator

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Jeremy!

Marlene Fisher

Pastry Chef

Welcome to The French Kitchen Team, Marlene!

Tamara Calcara

Café Attendant

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Tamara!

Lauren

Artist & Shopper

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Lauren!

Jesse Snyder

Head Steward

Welcome to The French Kitchen Team, Jesse!

Kristal Alfonso

Sommelier & Cheesemonger

Kristal is a retired KC-135 pilot, originally from North Carolina. Her husband is originally from Pueblo, and they both retired from the Air Force in Colorado Springs and have been living there since 2010. While she was on terminal leave from the Air Force, Kristal attended Cook Street Culinary School in Denver, earned her butchery certificate from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, and her Level 1 Sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild. She is currently a Level 2 certified sommelier with the International Wine Guild and Kristal also teaches yoga at a local studio.

Kristal has attended lots of classes with The French Kitchen ,but 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.

Pearline Brutel

In-House Photographer

Member of The AwesSome Team: Administrator of Website and Excellent Superior Supervisor Of technology Management Execution.
Also Blandine's middle daughter.
Days usually consist of work, sleep, and anime.

Emie Brutel

Cookie Professional

Blandine's youngest - but tallest - daughter!

VIP Linda

#1 VIP with over 225 classes!

We love our VIPs! We see them so often, they might as well be a part of the Team! Welcome to the Team, Linda!
(Become a VIP when you take at least 15 classes with us!)

From Linda

I’ve always liked to cook but I didn’t know what I didn’t know until I started taking cooking classes at the French Kitchen. But they’re more than just cooking classes…they’re exciting, entertaining, relaxing and you meet a lot of fun people. There are thousands of ingredients, new cooking techniques and equipment to learn about, understand and use—it’s never-ending. And don’t forget the butter and cream that make everything taste good. Now I LOVE to cook. And since you never learn enough about the things you love, there will always be classes for me to take…even repeat. I’m an OK cook, but I’ve learned to be creative beyond a recipe, and that can be magical. I especially love that my husband, Bob, loves to eat, and do dishes. It wouldn’t be as much fun if he didn’t!

Sometimes you just know what you want to be doing once you retire from your career. So you start doing those things before you retire to try them out. Cooking classes stuck. But I also love to do international folk dancing, which I’ve done since college and have continued since. I’ll never stop learning new dances. We’ve also rescued a West Highland Terrier that takes up a bit of time too. I’m sure he wishes he had all of our attention.

VIP Lisa

#2 VIP with over 180 classes!

We love our VIPs! We see them so often, they might as well be a part of the Team! Welcome to the Team, Lisa!
(Become a VIP when you take at least 15 classes with us!)

From Lisa:

After I retired I looked for a way to keep busy and I found the French Kitchen.
I enjoy learning new things and learning new exciting recipes at The French Kitchen is amazing. It’s great making so many dishes from scratch that are nutritious as well as delicious. My other activities include quilting , as well as arts & crafts.
I can’t ask for a better retirement.

VIP Penelope

Top VIP with over 100 classes!

We love our VIPs! We see them so often, they might as well be a part of the Team! Welcome to the Team, Penelope!
(Become a VIP when you take at least 15 classes with us!)

From Penelope:

Retired principal, professor and wildlife rehabber, loves to bake ,travel , garden, and read. The French kitchen has been such a joy to me !

Blandine's classes gave me a new take on life and a renewed passion for baking. I just think she is beyond wonderful as an instructor and visionary entrepreneur and admire what she has done so much.

VIP Mary

Top VIP with over 100 classes!

We love our VIPs! We see them so often, they might as well be a part of the Team! Welcome to the Team, Mary!
(Become a VIP when you take at least 15 classes with us!)

Big ``B``

Door Greeter & Team Mascot

On a particularly blustery day, Big ``B`` blew away like Mary Poppins on the wind! But don't worry! She'll be back soon and will be better than ever!

VIP Amy

Top VIP with over 100 classes!

We love our VIPs! We see them so often, they might as well be a part of the Team! Welcome to the Team, Amy!
(Become a VIP when you take at least 15 classes with us!)

From Amy:

I love to cook and was self-taught, after being kicked out the Home Economic Kitchen back in Middle School. I will never forget what the teacher told me – “go to wood shop you will never be successful in a kitchen; you will burn the place down.” I did not attempt to cook again until I was out of school. Being self-taught you know there were some issues in the kitchen however I learned from them all. When I moved to Colorado, I wanted to learn how to cook in the altitude so looked for a cooking class and that is when I found Blandine and The French Kitchen. Since the first class, in her home kitchen, I have grown leaps and bounds as a cook.

At The French Kitchen I have been honored to learn different skills and recipes from a variety of Chef’s. I have a selection of go to recipes for every day and then fancy ones for holidays, parties or when trying to impress the in laws. The French Kitchen is not just about the classes it is more about the friendships, bonds, and the love of food that is shared with everyone. With over 160 classes I still look forward to learning new things but I really enjoy the camaraderie between everyone.

Classes Taught
6,250
Croissants Made
184,000
Satisfied Customers
296,850
Coffee Brewed
14,500
F.A.Q.'s

Questions? We’re here to help!

What are your regular Business Hours?

Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Private Events can be scheduled outside of regular business hours..

What Days Are You Closed?

We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Do I need to worry about food allergies?

Both our kitchens processes foods containing wheat, nuts, dairy, shellfish, and meat. Because we use the same tools across all classes, we can't guarantee a totally sterile environment. If you have questions and/or concerns about this policy, please email us before signing up for a class.

How do I book a class?

That’s easy! Just visit our classes page and click on any date and time to register and pay for a class.

Do you offer catering?

Yes! We would LOVE to cater your next event! Browse our Catering Solutions or contact us directly to discuss special requests. Catering orders are for pickup only (unless other arrangements are made in advance).

Why is the flour you use different?

We pride ourselves in using a premium European-style flour that is unbleached and unbromated in all of our baking and cooking. Many of our gluten-sensitive clients have reported that they can happily enjoy everything we make with this flour! We also have it available for purchase in our Boutique.

Are you a sit down restaurant?

Yes! In addition to Carry-Out and Delivery, we also offer Indoor Dining options including a bar counter with workstations and a comfy sofa. We also offer outdoor seating (weather permitting).

Give the gift of togetherness

Nothing connects people more than food!

Gift Cards Available

Contact Us

Location

4771 N. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(At the corner of Flintridge & Academy)

Call

(719) 528-6295

Hours & Closures

Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday**: CLOSED
**We are exceptionally open on Sunday for Mother’s Day from 7am to 11am**

Holidays Observed: New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
**We will be exceptionally CLOSED on Monday, August 22, 2022 for Staff Development**

Please Note: Private events can be scheduled outside of opening hours!