L'Institut Bernardaud

“The pleasure of the table is for every age, every condition, every country, and every day; it may be combined with every other pleasure, and remains as the last, to console us for their loss.”

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in The Physiology of Taste (1825)

Ambassador of the art of living à la française, dedicated to reenchanting the art of hosting through workshops and lectures combining unique anecdotes and absorbing histories. Also designs custom experiences of any length for any audiences. Nomad, mobile. Also accessible digitally.


Two hours and eleven minutes. That is how long the French spend at table, on average, each day … taking first place worldwide in this category. No surprise, considering the sacred nature of the gastronomic meal of the French, which in 2010 was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

But do we truly know the history of the table ? “Is it polite to say Bon Appetit?” “What was used before plate on the table ?”“ Should the wine glass be on the right or on the left of the water glass ?” “What are the rules for setting a table?” “How to take care of porcelain tableware and silver cutlery ? ”

Many questions to ask and as many answers to discover together.



The table is an inexhaustible source of inspiration: L’Institut Bernardaud’s team of experts is constantly at work creating modules for a general audience on a range of themes, such as the epic of porcelain, the fascinating history of tableware, the art of being a host or a guest, the discovery of french regional cuisine…

Fascinating and creative cultural content at the nexus of gastronomy, art, history, and decorative design.


L’Institut Bernardaud is offering theoretical training courses as conferences.

Workshops combining theory and practice are also led by specialized guests like florists, decorators, table stylists… Each participant gets hands-on and leaves with ideas and tips on creating floral arrangements, Christmas wreaths, or a holiday table…

Because every participant, every business, every school is different, L’Institut Bernardaud creates tailor-made content: theme, length, setting… Personalized master classes for an experience responding to the needs of each of our partners.

L’Institut Bernardaud is completely mobile. Its lectures and workshops are given in a variety of settings worldwide.

Chez Nous At our Manufacture in Limoges or our Bernardaud boutiques in France (Paris, Lille, Bordeaux) and abroad (Tokyo, Seoul…).

Offsite L’Institut Bernardaud’s experts travel to businesses and prestigious establishments worldwide, like Taillevent and Cheval Blanc Paris, or schools like the Institut Paul Bocuse, the École Ducasse, and the Glion Institute of Higher Education.

Digital L’Institut Bernardaud offers online presentations and podcasts and fresh content on social networks.


Subscribe to the hashtag #InstitutBernardaud on Instagram and you will never miss an Institut post from the @Bernardaud account, recognizable by the white Bernardaud label profile picture. A digest of unusual anecdotes, captivating stories, and practical advice…


Would you like to take part in a conference or build a project with us? Don't hesitate to contact us.

Hélène HURET, Directrice de L’Institut Bernardaud

+33 (0)1 43 12 52 06 | institut(at)


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