French Macaron master class

Arlington, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Michael

2.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
French cuisine
Includes food

What you'll do

Don your chef aprons, grab your whisks and lets get baking! In this fun and interactive class, you will learn the fine art to making these mouthwatering morsels that are easy enough to be done in your own kitchen! The classic 'Gerbert' or 'Paris Macaron' is a French meringue-based almond sandwich cookie.

Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century during the Renaissance, French queen Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs made them when she brought them with her to France in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France.

Chef Michael of Pastry Codex personally guides you as your ambassador into all of the subtle nuances of Making them, from proper development of the the Meringue, the development of the Macaronage mixture, demonstrating a folding technique, how to pipe them, differences of Silpat vs. parchment paper, explanations of color types gels vs. powders drying techniques and proprietary baking techniques to preserve color integrity.

Several flavors and types of fillings are available, seasonal themes. a genuine French buttercream is demonstrated, addition to ganaches, and flexi gels.

This has become an amazingly popular class! It comes with a 100% success rate guarantee, in other words if for whatever reason your Macarons do not come out correctly, you get a full refund with no questions asked!
Don your chef aprons, grab your whisks and lets get baking! In this fun and interactive class, you will learn the fine art to making these mouthwatering morsels that are easy enough to be done in your own kitchen! The classic 'Gerbert' or 'Paris Macaron' is a French meringue-based almond sandwich cookie.

Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century during the Renaissance, French queen Catherine de’ Med…

What's included

  • Food
    Enthusiasts are provided with their own set of ingredients to make a batch...

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 22 Reviews
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Chef Michael has been described as a "designer" Pastry Chef, with his experience encompassing wholesale, retail, fine dining restaurants, hotels, off-premise catering and country clubs. Chef Michael has studied in France and holds a certification in Baking Science and Technology from the American Institute of Baking. Chef Michael's approach to food taste philosophy is that the palate should be like a symphony, with no one taste being dominant, more of a wave of tastes, textures and temperature juxtaposed against each other whilst also working in harmony.
Chef Michael has been described as a "designer" Pastry Chef, with his experience encompassing wholesale, retail, fine dining restaurants, hotels, off-premise catering and country clubs. Chef Michael has studied in France and holds a certification in Baking Science and Technology from the American Institute of Baking. Chef Michael's approach to food taste philosophy is that the palate should be like a symphony, with no one taste being dominant, more of a wave of tastes, textures and temperature j…
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Sun, Aug 8
$99 per person
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Mon, Aug 9
$99 per person
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$99 per person
Tue, Aug 10
$99 per person
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join 1 other guest
$99 per person
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Where you'll be

The Boardroom is an outstanding restaurant located in the downtown part of Arlington, Virginia. As a part of conducting the classes, guests can order appetizers, and drinks, making for an even more social event. The venue itself is hosted in their "MS. PEACOCK’S CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE room" an intimate sprawling room, that offers enough space to spread out and adequately keep to 6 foot social distancing regulations for safety.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 22 reviews.

Essence Enterprise Group LLC
July 2021
Michael was such an awesome Chef. We were in town visiting for a few days so it was nice to make macarons on our last night in town. Michael was very interactive, patient and thorough. We learned a lot and had a fun time. Highly recommend….Looking forward to joining him again in the very near future.
Michael was such an awesome Chef. We were in town visiting for a few days so it was nice to make macarons on our last night in town. Michael was very interactive, patient and thoro…
Marissa
June 2021
I got this as a gift for my fiancé. It was a small class in a cute location. Michael went into everything. The what’s, the why’s, the how’s, everything. It was so much fun and so much more simple than I thought for macarons. We truly enjoyed ate time. I recommend whether a local or visiting!
I got this as a gift for my fiancé. It was a small class in a cute location. Michael went into everything. The what’s, the why’s, the how’s, everything. It was so much fun and so m…
Susan
June 2021
Chef Michael provides such a fun and informative macaron class! These little French cookies can be a bit intimidating, but his tips and tricks gave us all the confidence to attempt making them ourselves. Definitely a class worth taking, bon appetit!
Chef Michael provides such a fun and informative macaron class! These little French cookies can be a bit intimidating, but his tips and tricks gave us all the confidence to attempt…
Elizabeth
June 2021
I really enjoyed taking this class with my 16 year old son while we were here on vacation. Michael had a lot of great tips and tricks and I am looking forward to making macarons at home!
Johnny
June 2021
Literally the best decision and find for something thing to do for a date night. GF lovessss macaroons and to make them ourselves and get the knowledge behind them and be hands on, Nothing can beat that! Super confident leaving the class this is something we could do at home and try an abundant of fillings with. Chef Micheal was awesome instructor. Don’t even debate just buy the dang experience! Highly recommended!! Chef really mad the experience great and talking to him after for additional advice was great as well. Thank you and the GF and I will deff be back for additional classes!!
Literally the best decision and find for something thing to do for a date night. GF lovessss macaroons and to make them ourselves and get the knowledge behind them and be hands on,…
Kirk
June 2021
An absolutely phenomenal experience that I'd highly recommend! Chef Michael is fun, knowledgeable, and guides you through the experience. While my group was far from talented at baking, we all left feeling like we had a great grasp of the macaron-making process. The location is ultra-cool (show up early to grab drinks!), the baking process is way more relaxing (and fun!) than expected, and we're already recommending the class to friends and family.
An absolutely phenomenal experience that I'd highly recommend! Chef Michael is fun, knowledgeable, and guides you through the experience. While my group was far from talented at b…

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    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Tue, Aug 10
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $99 per person
  • Wed, Aug 11
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Join 3 other guests
    $99 per person
  • Sun, Aug 15
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    This time is popular
    $99 per person
  • Mon, Aug 16
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Tue, Aug 17
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    $99 per person
  • Wed, Aug 18
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.