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Akron native runs French school

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 7, 2011

Kudos to Akron native Jan Rhodenbaugh Gibson, whose cooking school in Normandy, France, was named one of the best "French cookery schools," by France magazine, a popular British magazine devoted to all things French.

Gibson, a 1970 Firestone High School graduate, and her husband Peter Gibson, operate La Conterie, in a 1770s chateau near the village of St. Denis LeGast.

They offer bed and breakfast stays, as well as four-day cooking school stays which include all meals and classes.

The chateau is three hours from Paris, just across the channel from England and smack in the heart of one of France's most famous cheese-making regions.

Gibson comes home to Akron several times each year to spend time with her mother.

To check out her school, visit Or check out the photo below.




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