At the French Kebab Academy, Become a Master Kebab-er

A three-day certificate program teaches French cooks to prepare kebab.

By Ethan L. Johns
October 27, 2017

Image: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

So you love your street food. You live for that 2 a.m. shaved meat sandwich; that perfectly salty and greasy lil’ thang with ever-so-sad onion and lettuce shavings, with red sauce and white sauce, which just soaks up all sorrow, sadness and leftover liquor at the end of the evening. But do you love it enough to get a degree?

If your kebab dreams can’t be quashed, you’re in luck, because you can now go to kebab school. After a three-day training at the Kebab Academy in Saint-Lô, Normandy, you’ll be pro enough not only to grill up a killer meat tower, but you’ll also have the knowledge to open your own shop.

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On day one, you learn the product. Cooking? Check. Slicing and dicing with that snazzy meat saw? You know it. On day two, trainees learn to incorporate kebab into their menus with fancy new preparations. Finally, day three is all about operations, marketing and business. By the end, you’ll get your Maître Kebabiste (master kebab-maker) certificate. All for a low price of 760 euros (about $880)!

The Kebab Academy was opened as a solution to lack of proper hygienic training in small kebab shops, of which France has over 11,000 according to market research from Gira Conseil. It is run by the brand France Kebab, which sells pre-sliced meat to consumers and large doner kebab slabs to kebab shops.

For curious souls itching to discover whether those vertical meat stacks are actually meat, you can learn on YouTube how Turkish kebabs are made in France (if you need it, try that world-changing auto-translate option).

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns