Cannes Culinary Program

May 9–25, 2025 ~ Applications opening soon!

Learn, Experience, Connect

  • Learn

    • Experience the cuisine of the South of France
    • Visit wineries, working kitchens, vineyards and outdoor markets

  • Experience

    • Help prepare over 1,000 meals a day for film industry professionals in The American Pavilion
    • Plan and prepare cuisine for high-profile parties, intimate dinners and celebrity events

  • Connect

    • Meet other working chefs
    • Meet other like-minded culinary students

  • Tyler Florence tending bar (2001)
  • Todd English and Sandra Suria celebrating AmPav's 15th Anniversary (2003)
A fantastic glimpse into the cuisine of the South of France...
— Mario Batali, Chef/Restauranteur

Registration Process

Application Requirements

1. Completed online application form with essay questions – Please note that applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program.

2. Current résumé

3. Unofficial college (or high school) transcript – If you haven’t received grades from your current college, please include your high school transcript (or previous school transcript) along with a list of your current classes.

4. Non-refundable application fee of $55


Completed applications are reviewed by The American Pavilion Selection Committee on a rolling basis. Candidates who meet all of the requirements for admission will be contacted for an interview and notified of a decision on a first come, first served basis.

Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the program can fill up quickly.

Conditions of Acceptance

If accepted into the program, a non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due within two weeks of acceptance to hold your spot.

The balance of $1,195 is due no later than March 3, 2025.
*Returning Cannes Culinary participants: a balance of $995 is due no later than March 3, 2025.

Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

Failure to comply with the above stated conditions will result in being put on the waiting list or forfeiting your place in the program.


*Program fees are non-refundable. Acceptance can be rolled over to a future year if participation is not possible due to travel restrictions, date change, or cancellation of the Festival.

Adherence to all COVID-19 safety protocols will be required. Depending upon conditions at the time of travel, this could include proof of vaccination/boosters, masking, and/or frequent testing. We will keep participants updated regarding policies and safety measures put forth by the French State Department and the Festival organization.

Important Info:

Application Deadline: February 3, 2025

Culinary Program Fee: $2,195

Program Dates: May 9–25, 2025

Flight/Travel Arrangements:

If accepted, participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Nice, France. AmPav will provide shuttles from the Nice Airport to the residence on Friday, May 9 (and back to the airport on Sunday, May 25).

Program Fee includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
  • Shared accommodation in a European-style residence apartment (a 10-minute drive from the Festival)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome Party and End-of-Program Party
  • Pre-Festival tours of wineries, markets, and restaurants
  • Unique and exclusive Cannes International Film Festival accreditation allowing privileged access reserved to The American Pavilion participants
  • Membership to The American Pavilion

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