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Atelier Cuisine de Mathilde - Mathidle

Mathilde PLOIX

Mathilde’s love of cooking and fresh seasonal produce was gained at a very young age amongst long-established family traditions.  As a small child, she watched as her grandmother prepared “foie gras”for Christmas, and in the summer she cooked tasty tomato sauces and preserved fruits and vegetables. Her mother, Brigitte, a fine cook who was also a culinary critic for the well-known Gault Millau guide, instilled in her an uncompromising desire for top quality produce.  Now, as an adult, preparing a meal for gatherings of family and friends is one of Mathilde’s greatest pleasures. 

 After an 18 year career in Marketing and Sales management, Mathilde was able to realize her dream in 2012 of following her passions and established her cooking school, the Atelier de Cuisine de Mathilde, in Aix en Provence.  After a year working alongside her colleague, Jennifer, the founder of Tastes of Provence, Mathilde then acquired Tastes of Provence, continuing to provide and develop gourmet walking tours which bring alive the colorful and delicious character of Aix-en-Provence. Nothing gives her greater enjoyment than to share the wonderful and varied produce offered by stallholders and traditional small food shops with visitors. 

With her love of the city of Aix, through Tastes of Provence, Mathilde naturally provides an immersive experience.  She ensures that, by discovering the town through a local’s eye, her guests discover the same magic that makes her want to call Aix-en-Provence home.

Tastes of Provence - Jennifer

Jennifer Dugdale

Jennifer grew up in sunny California, with a family heritage including a French grandmother.  Her parents travelled to France every year and brought back tales of Michelin starred restaurants and family owned wineries.  It’s no wonder that Jennifer ended up following a career in group tourism and incentive travel.  Through her profession, she enjoyed extensive travel opportunities within North America, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  She eventually settled with her young family in Provence in 2004.  Jennifer loves to discover countries through their cuisine and, as a passionate cook, she was entranced with Provence and its vast market garden.

Captivated by the wonderful cuisine, produced in such variety from colorful, seasonal produce that actually tastes real!”, Jennifer wrote a monthly recipe column for a local magazine, and used her tourism background to reinvent herself with the founding of Tastes of Provence.  As THE gourmet walking tour of the top foodie city of Aix en Provence, Tastes of Provence quickly enjoyed success and remains a wonderful experience for visitors and an authentic way to discover the local culture across one’s tastebuds.