Cooking Classes

on Long Beach Island

When you can’t make it to France, we bring France to you!

√ Create delicious savory or sweet French dishes to share with your family.
√ Connect with your old and new friends in this French cooking class.
√ Interact with a professional chef and fellow participants.
√ And the best part – tasting what we’ve prepared together.

About Francis

Francis Pons is one of the most recognized chefs on Long Beach Island. He’s studied the culinary arts in France and has cooked worldwide.

But one of his favorite parts of cooking is teaching others to make his amazing French-inspired recipes. From decadent, creamy cakes to mouth-watering Mediterranean entrees, learn from the best!

“Cooking is my passion but it is teaching that inspires me. Teaching means that hard-won skills are passed on to others. That means a lot to me.”
~ Francis Pons

Each cooking class with Francis will include:

√ A brief history of the dish or dishes
√ Basic cooking skills (chopping, stovetop techniques, cake decorating, etc.)
√ Plating and presentation
√ Wine pairing
√ Enjoying the end result over a glass of wine!

Previous cooking classes have included:


√ Homemade Pasta & Beef Bourguignon
√ French Onion Soup
√ Foie Gras de Torchon
√ Salmon Tartare
√ Oysters Rockefeller
√ Marinated Grilled Octopus
√ Wild Flounder with Scaled Yukon Potatoes in a Garlic & Champagne Vinegar Sauce served with Broccoli Rabe


√ Chocolate Mousse Cake with Chocolate Ganache
√ Tiramisu
√ Belgian Chocolate Cake
√ The Marquis (French Meringue, Fresh Raspberries
& Chocolate Ganache)

“I cannot say enough amazing things about Francis creating a private dining experience in our home.”

Alisa F.

Brant Beach, N.J.

Quick FAQs

Where do I learn to cook with Francis?

Your place or ours! We have a fully equipped kitchen in our restaurant in Surf City but we’re happy to come to your home to teach a class. Perfect for a special birthday, anniversary or a fun family learning experience. (If you’re looking for a class larger in scope, contact us.)

What dish will I learn to cook?

The sky’s the limit! Each class is customized to the customers and their tastes. We do suggest one dish (two dishes at the most). Each dish requires time and teaching, so it’s best to keep it simple and manageable.

How many can take a cooking class with Francis?

Francis offers cooking classes to individuals, couples, groups, students and more. Call 609.361.0506 to arrange your private cooking class and discuss specific details.

How much does a private cooking class with Francis cost?

While the cost is contingent on the chosen dish(es) and the time to teach, you can expect $85 per individual (for a dessert) and $125 per individual (for a savory dish such as homemade pasta and Beef Bourguignon).
Again, these are approximate estimates. Please call us so we can review the exact details of your class.

Will we eat the dish once it’s complete?

Of course! At the end of each class, you (and others) will take the time to enjoy your culinary masterpiece–that’s the best part after all! We’re happy to suggest a wine to accompany your dish.

COVID Notice

Private dining is performed safely, with every health and CDC precaution applied.
We take every possible step to ensure the safety of our diners and employees, whether at your home or our Surf City restaurant. This includes mask and glove-wearing, routinely disinfecting and sanitizing our equipment, hand-washing, mobile payment options and social distancing.

Inquire about Cooking Class w/ Francis

4 + 6 =

“We had a wonderful time and everything was delicious!
And Francis is so personable and friendly!” 

Vicky W.

Barnegat Light, NJ

Whatever your dream dish, contact us!
Francis can create almost any dish(s)
and is happy to accommodate!

1419 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, N.J. 08008