Since opening in September 2011, Marcel’s Culinary Experience has become a destination for epicures throughout the greater Chicago area. Former insurance executive Jill Foucré founded this combination gourmet retail store and cooking school, which she named after her grandfather, a French chef and restaurateur. The 220 square meter (2,400 ft2) store features top brands in cookware, gadgets, small kitchen electrics, tableware and textiles. The cooking school offers more than 200 classes and 100 private events each year for home cooks of all ages and skill levels. Artfully displayed merchandise, an expert staff and talented chef team combine to create a warm and inviting destination.