Perfect your patisserie skills and make your own eclairs.
The French are famed the world over for their rich cuisine and for their expertise in wine, cheese and pastries.
Without the French, dishes such as the cassoulet, gratin, terrine and confit meats would not exist - or not as we know them - and desserts such as mousse may never have been invented. Shock horror!
Learning the tricks of classic French cuisine has been a starting point for many of the world's top chefs, as well as many local superstars; think Vue de Monde's Shannon Bennett.
For the home cook, mastering some basic French dishes can also be the key to improving your skills in the the kitchen, and in the very least, adding something special to future dinner parties.