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Mathilde-Ploix

Mathilde PLOIX, Owner of Tastes of Provence

Mathilde’s love of cooking and fresh seasonal produce was anchored at a very young age in a long-established family tradition.  As a small child she watched as her grandmother prepared foie gras for Christmas along with tasty tomato sauces and a variety of other preserves in the summer.  Her mother, Brigitte, a fine cook who was also a culinary critic for the Gault Millau guide, instilled in her the desire to be uncompromising on the quality and origin of produce.  Preparing a meal for gatherings of family and friends is one of Mathilde’s greatest pleasures. 

Having worked for 18 years in management positions in marketing and sales, Mathilde was able to change her career in 2012 and establish her cooking school, the Atelier de Cuisine de Mathilde, in Aix en Provence. She also worked over a year with Jennifer, the founder of Taste of Provence and then took over Tastes of Provence, continuing to provide and develop tours which bring alive the colourful character of Aix-en-Provence, and show-casing through tasting the wonderful and varied produce offered by stallholders and traditional small shop vendors.

With her love of the city of Aix and through Tastes of Provence, Mathilde naturally gives her guests a 5 star service in the way that’s she always has.  She ensures that, by discovering the town through a local’s eye, they experience the same magic that makes her want to call Aix-en-Provence home.

Jennifer-Dugdale

Jennifer Dugdale, Founder of Tastes of Provence

Having grown up in sunny California, and with a characterful French family background, Jennifer’scareer in group tourism and corporate event planning gave her extensive travel opportunities in France and within Europe and the Middle East.  She loves to discover countries through their cuisine and, as a passionate cook and loving to eat, she was entranced with Provence and its vast market garden.

Captivated by the wonderful cuisine, produced in such variety from colourful, “real-tasting” seasonal produce, Jennifer wrote a monthly recipe column for a local magazine as well as guest blogs and other magazine articles on request.  Settled with her young family in France from 2004, Jennifer founded Tastes of Provence and established the company as one of the premier walking tours of Aix-en-Provence. She moved in 2015 to England with her family.