Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools
If you love to cook and love to travel, why not take a lesson at one of the world's best hotel culinary schools? It's a great way to master new cooking skills while enjoying yourself. Check out the Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools worldwide.
Cavallo Point Lodge
Located within the Golden Gate National Parks, this elegant eco-lodge sets the standard when it comes to fine food and wine in the Bay Area. The LEED Gold certified property is home to the outstanding Murray Circle restaurant and a dynamic cooking school that emphasizes seasonal cuisine, sustainable practices and local, organic ingredients. Under the direction of Chef Jayne Reichert, the bright and airy country-style kitchen classroom welcomes a variety of guest chefs, artisan producers and vintners to share their expertise. Topics run the gamut from learning to make Vietnamese pho to preserving tomatoes. From paella parties to Italian dinners, lessons span the globe. Along with the cooking school, the lodge is home to the Healing Arts Center & Spa, located amid pine and eucalyptus, and a popular tea bar serving healthy brews.
For more information please visit www.cavallopoint.com.
Thorn Park by the Vines
There is no finer pairing than food and wine, so it only makes sense to open a cooking school in wine country. Home to classes led by the convivial David Hay (who owns the property along with his partner, Michael Speers), Thorn Park by the Vines offers an elegant and sophisticated boutique escape. Outside, you will find gum trees, wild olive trees and grape vines, while indoors (along with three stylish suites) a custom kitchen hosts classes for groups of two to four. Featuring formal and casual menus inspired by Hay's travels to Europe, Turkey and Asia, class-prepared meals are complemented with regional varietals, such as Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For more information please visit www.thornpark.com.au.
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Accessible only by boat, Jumby Bay is an exclusive private escape located a few miles off the coast of Antigua. The 300-acre island offers well-appointed villas next to private white sand beaches, a hawksbill turtle preservation project, Sense spa and — following a major 2009 renovation — a cooking school with a regular schedule of classes. Culinary programs are conducted in the Verandah restaurant's residential-style kitchen, which features a wood-burning oven. In this space, guests can learn the art of preparing seafood dishes or how to work with cuts of meat supplied by artisanal butchers.
For more information please visit www.jumbybayresort.com.
Daylesford Organic Farm Gloucestershire
Rather than a hotel with a cooking school, Daylesford is an organic farm with a creamery, farm shop, cooking school and cottages for overnight stays. A commitment to sustainability underlies the philosophy of this unique destination, where cooking classes include the perfect roast dinner, artisan bread-making and "from field to fork" with a tour of the on-site, 25-acre market garden. For an even more memorable experience, sign up for a venison butchery and preparation class or a holistic seasonal cooking program with a yoga session and massage at the Hay Barn Spa. Additional farming-related classes range from foraging and beekeeping to scything and cider making. Accommodations are in charming Cotswold cottages right on the farm or in the village, and all come with a blend of traditional and modern amenities, such as log fires and flat-screen TVs.
For more information please visit www.daylesford.com.
Trout Point Lodge — Trout Point Cooking & Wine School
Rugged wilderness, sustainable food practices and cozy accommodations that include freestanding cottages make this Atlantic Canada lodge one of our favorites. Surrounded by verdant Acadian forest, this property features riverside accommodations, a refreshing flow of mineral water from its taps and innovative French Acadian cuisine served in the "haute rustic" dining room or the more formal Chez la Tousquet. Those who come for one of the culinary programs at Trout Point Cooking & Wine School may find themselves visiting an oyster farm or collecting fresh mussels for the day's meal, which will also include seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and produce from the house gardens. Among the more notable culinary sessions are the art of paella, cheese appreciation and smoking and curing. Non-food related activities include guided star-gazing, catch-and-release fishing and wilderness safaris.