Rosa Jackson never looked back after tasting her first coffee éclair at the age of four, when her family came to live in Paris for a year.  After working as a food writer for a daily newspaper in Canada, she moved to France in 1995 and founded Paris Market Tours, the first company to offer tours of the city’s food markets.

Rosa long dreamed of combining market tours with cooking classes, and chose Nice for its vibrant food market and unique culinary traditions influenced by Italy and other Mediterranean cultures. After more than ten years of teaching, her greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that people all over the world are now preparing local specialties such as pissaladière (caramelized onion tart), socca (chickpea pancake) and of course the stuffed vegetables known as les petits farcis!

Always preferring quality over quantity, Rosa has slowly expanded her business to include collaborators who are equally passionate about the local cuisine and culture.

During her parallel career as a France-based food writer, Rosa has edited several editions of the Time Out Paris Eating and Drinking guide and contributed to publications such as Food & Wine, Eating Well, The Financial Times, Australian Gourmet Traveller, and France Magazine, for which she writes a monthly column.

She divides her time between Nice and Paris, where she offers custom food itineraries and guided tours with

In the past few years Rosa has developed a passion for nutrition and she recently obtained a Certificate in Dietary Counselling at the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin. Her classes are peppered with advice on how select the healthiest ingredients and prepare them in ways that preserve their nutrients and minimize intolerances.

Rosa has published three cookbooks in French with Marabout, a division of Hachette. Her book Gourmet Paris won the Gourmet World Cookbook award for best travel guidebook in 2007. To read more about Rosa’s life in Nice and Paris with her food-loving vegetarian son Sam, visit her blog!

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