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. 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 with her husband 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!

Kristina Varga

Prep Cook

Welcome to the Team, Kristina!

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.

Heather Currie

Marketing Coordinator at the 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 the Marketing Coordinator at the New York Branch of The French Kitchen!

Tiffany Anderson

Café Manager

Welcome to the Team, Tiffany!

Logan Hexter

Class Assistant & Café Attendant

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Logan!

Dakota Santellana

Tech Guru & Class Assistant

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Dakota!

Tamara Calcara

Café Attendant

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Tamara!

Victor Lipscomb

Delivery Driver

Welcome to the French Kitchen Team, Victor!

Alexis Fletcher

Café Attendant

Meet our Designer strait line !

Once upon a time … there was a pandemic . Alexis was let go of her previous job and needed somewhere to go. Blandine graciously accepted her. Today, Alexis is the happiest little critter … that can afford to eat. Yay !
- Love
Alexis

Big ``B``

Door Greeter & Team Mascot

When she isn't busy baking cookies or washing dishes, you can find Big ``B`` greeting our guests outside with an ever-present smile.

Cléa Brutel

Admin

Blandine's oldest daughter.

Pearline Brutel

A.W.E.S.S.O.M.E Team Member

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!
Classes Taught
3,250
Croissants Made
84,000
Happy customers
96,850
Coffee Drank
14,500
F.A.Q.'s

Questions? We’re here to help!

What Are Your Hours?

Monday - Saturday from 7:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Private Events can be scheduled outside of regular business hours by appointment.
We will be closed on the following days: 11/26/20, 12/25/20, 12/26/20, 1/1/21, and 1/2/21

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. We will also exceptionally be closed on Saturday Dec. 26 and Jan 2nd.

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 guys cater?

Yes! We would LOVE to cater your next event! We’ll just need a 48 hour notice for orders. Orders are for pickup only (unless your order is approved by one of our managers and a delivery fee has been charged). Just call (719) 528-6295 to order and pay over the phone.

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 across our center. What we love about it is that we have heard from many clients (although not a guarantee), that even if they are gluten sensitive, they can eat everything we do with this flour. Give it a try! We even sell it in our Market.

Are you a sit down restaurant?

We are a grab and go service. Our savory items can be taken to go hot or cold or eaten in our café. Due to current Covid restrictions, we do not offer any dine-in options.

Give the gift of togetherness

Nothing connects people more than food!

Gift Cards Available

Contact Us

Location

The French Kitchen
4771 N Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
80918

(At the corner of Flintridge & Academy)

Hours & Closures

Monday thru Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holidays Observed: New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
Private events can be scheduled outside of opening hours!

Call

(719) 528-6295