Culinary Program at Cannes Film Festival in France

May 8-24, 2020 in France

Learn, Work, Connect

  • Learn

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

  • Work

    • Culinary Boot Camp: 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

2. Current résumé

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

4. Photo for Festival credentials – Photo should be ID-style, of face only, with a light background and no headwear or other items/people in the photo. Format: jpeg; minimum dimensions: 300×420 pixels; maximum file size: 1 mb. File must be titled as applicant’s full name (e.g., Doe_John.jpg).

5. 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 a telephone interview and notified of a decision on a first come, first served basis.

All completed applications received by December 6, 2019 will be considered Early Decision. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the program can fill up quickly.

Apply Online

Conditions of Acceptance

If accepted into the program, applicant has four days to confirm participation in the program. Failure to confirm acceptance may result in losing your place in the program.

If accepted Early Decision, a non-refundable payment of $1000 USD is due within two weeks of acceptance to hold your place in the program. The non-refundable balance of $995 USD is due 30 days later.

If accepted General Admission, a non-refundable payment of $1995 USD is due within two weeks of acceptance.

Failure to comply with the above stated conditions may result in forfeiting your place in the program.

Important Dates:

Early Decision Deadline: December 6, 2019
General Admission Deadline: February 7, 2020

Flight/Travel Arrangements:

If accepted, participants are responsible for travel arrangements to and from Nice, France.

Program Fee: $1995, includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
  • 16 nights of shared accommodation with three to four other participants 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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