Dominique Chapolard & 2013 Students

Charcuterie-at-Camont: Seed to Sausage learning in Gascony

One-week or four-week programs of Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie on a French farm.

Come learn the skills of traditional French Farmstead Charcuterie working with Kate Hill at Camont and her friends, the remarkable Chapolard family. For three generations on their Ferme Baradieu, the Chapolards have reared their own pigs, butchered their meat, made beautiful charcuterie and sold the produce directly to loyal customers at local farmers’ markets. They offer a singular artisan approach from farming to retail- we call it seed-to-sausage. Kate has been working with Dominique and his family as a cook, teacher and writer for nearly 20 years. Both one week introductory courses and month-long extended learning programs focus on whole carcass butchery & hands-on production of artisan charcuterie. Enjoy the French life while learning and cooking at Camont and on the Chapolards’ Seed-to-Sausage farm.


For Serious Students: One Month Intensive Butchery & Charcuterie Course in France

This program is perfect for self-motivated chefs, butchers and farmers as well as budding artisan charcutiers seeking a traditional French experience. This unique foundation program  was designed by Kate Hill and Dominique Chapolard to present both theory and practical study of whole carcass butchery specifically for making French charcuterie. Perfect for those looking to explore and experience working with quality mature pork, seed-to-sausage farm production and nose-to-tail cooking and charcuterie. At the end of four weeks, you will understand the ethos of the purpose-raised charcuterie pig, from French field to French kitchen. At Camont, our goal is to teach, refine, and practice ‘butchery for charcuterie’ while learning the French lexis of meat cuts. Traditional methods using just pork, salt, and pepper transform carefully matured charcuterie pigs that tip the scales at 400 lbs into a catalog of  delicious charcuterie . The four classic approaches of fresh, cooked, salted and air-dried curing are explored, learned, and practiced each week. In addition, we work with Gascony’s famous fatted  confit ducks raised for their meat and foie gras to complete the French charcuterie experience.

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For lovers of the saltbox: One Week Discover the Art of French Farmstead Charcuterie

Each of our five discovery days is a complete workshop in itself from duck curing and confit to traditional French butchery and charcuterie. After an introductory visit to market and farm, we begin with the basics of European artisan butchery, breaking down ducks, chickens and rabbit to create terrines, pâtés, and confits at Camont. After visiting the Chapolards’ farm cutting room, we return to Camont with fresh farm pork primals to transform into delicious home-cured charcuterie like noix de jambon, ventreche, rillettes and saucisse. This program is perfect for the serious cook and home butcher.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

craig blue December 8, 2013 at 5:04 am

do you have dates for 2014?


Kate Hill December 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Hi Craig, will be revising and posting this week! thanks Kate

Sarah mason May 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Can you advise me if you have any availabity on your courses?

Benito Molina May 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

Hello Kate I’m Benito Molina from Ensenada Mexico I am interested in the 4 week program could you give information on where to say and where is the closest city or train station from where you are . Thank you

Kate Hill May 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Hi Benito- sent you an email with more detailed information. Your restaurant looks lovely! Kate

Chris Bowman July 19, 2014 at 6:28 am

Hello Kate
I would love to have some more info on the.. For Serious Students: One Month Intensive Butchery & Charcuterie Course in France? I live and a Chef in California.

Thanks for your time
Chris Bowman

Kate Hill August 5, 2014 at 6:14 am

Hi Chris- sending you information about our next one month butchery & charcuterie courses via email. Let’s talk!

jeff bizzarro September 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

please send me detailed information concerning the 4 week charcuterie course. Thank you,

Michelle Coffey September 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm

1 week corsés december/ january 2015?

Rich Freedman September 30, 2014 at 2:22 am

Kate- I wish I was there right now for the charcuterie week plus the game element!! Will this be offered again in early 2015? I see someone above also mentioned Jan 2015.

My slow season is nov-mar, could not leave this time of year unfortunately. What are your thoughts?

Kate Hill November 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hi Rich- New dates for spring 2015 include Feb 16- Mar 13. Please email me if you are interested in those dates. best- Kate

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