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Featured Cooking School Programs for 2016

Featured Cooking School Programs for 2016
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Cook in Crete!

Greek Culinary Tours


Cook in Crete is a tailor made Greek culinary tour that's fun, friendly and professional, offering a unique experience of the local food and culture.

Crete is the southernmost and largest of the Greek islands where food and travel have intersected for thousands of years. Chania is a destination that promises many culinary delights and surprises. Experts, fluent in English, who love good food and travel escort all tours!

Your culinary travel experience in Chania includes everything from visiting a local farmers market, wine, tsikoudia (a Cretan specialty – a strong distilled spirit made from the must-residue of the wine-press), goat cheese and olive oil tasting, as well as attending food and wine festivals.




Multi-day Hands On Courses in Turkey

Turkish cuisine is the last great frontier of Mediterranean cooking that offers a beguiling blend of the Ottoman palace kitchen's sophisticated traditions and the robust, hearty flavours of the country's nomadic past. Explore Turkish cuisine with Engin Akin at her new cooking school in the Turkish countryside. 3 day programs provide hands-on classess with the high priestess of Turkish cuisine. A cookbook author, radio & TV personality, who has received praise from Food & Wine magazine, Engin Akin is a world-renowned authority of Turkish gastronomy.


Discover the authetiic Italian cuisine at "La cucina del Gusto"cooking school! Learn cooking that is simple, authentic, rich, natural...
If you are passionate about cooking or even if you have always wanted to learn, but have never found the time, why not consider a cooking school in beautiful and charming Sorrento?

The cookery school of Oasi Olimpia, called "La cucina del Gusto", permits you to experience authetic Italian cuisine and at the same time discover the many attractions of the rich Sorrentine Peninsula.

Oasi Olimpia has specialised in culinary vacation since 2002 and today ranks as the best Amalfi Coast and Sorrento cooking school.

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Savor the wine and cuisine of the Mediterranean! Come to Spain for a captivating culinary vacation where you will learn how to cook delicious Mediterranean dishes with hands-on classes at the luxurious Casa Azahar in the historic Albaicin district of Granada, home to the famed Alhambra Palace. The School's Food Learning Vacations will expose you to not only the best hands-on cooking school in Spain, but also visits to food markets, wineries, farms, olive groves, and restaurants around Granada and Andalusia.  We will take you on an olive oil tour of some of the the world's best D.O. olive growing regions, visit enchanting Renaissance cities and palaces in Jaen province, tour the captivating Olive Culture Museum at a 17th century Hacienda, and peruse the food markets of Granada for optimal ingredients. Wine and food culture tours are the latest addition to the School's offerings.
Optional Spanish language classes now available!

Experience a Culinary Vacation in Provence with Carol Peck!


Savor the sun-splashed splendors of Provence—with your own personal guides to reveal the Provençal landscape, culture, foods, wines, and restaurants as only natives of the region can appreciate them!

Join acclaimed culinary authority Carole Peck and her husband Bernard Jarrier for Carole Peck’s Provence Culinary Tour, with the following 2010 culinary tour dates:

June 6 – 12, Sept. 19 – 25

June 20 – 26, Oct. 3 – 9

This very special Provence culinary vacation will introduce sophisticated travelers to the rich history, natural beauty, and culinary delights of this extraordinary region in the south of France. Intimate tour groups of 8 to 12 persons allow each participant to enjoy an unforgettable personal experience as they discover Provence from a true insider’s perspective. Become honored guests at Carol Peck's newly restored home in Montfrin, Prieuré Notre Dame, which boasts a history dating back to the 12th century and all the contemporary comforts of today.

  • Cooking classes featuring local star chefs who will demonstrate culinary techniques suitable for all skill levels—plus the bonus of dining on the fruits of their labors! 
  • Visits to local open-air farm markets, the biggest and best of France. 
  • Sumptuous meals in some of the region’s best bistros and most acclaimed restaurants—enlivened even more by Bernard's special dining discoveries, where he pairs the local cuisine with wines from the best regional vineyards. 
  • Plenty of sightseeing opportunities that take full advantage of Carole and Bernard's knowledge of Provence, plus shopping and antiquing made easy with the euro. 
  • Abundant opportunities for private tastings that allow you to experience the wonderful foods and wines of Provence at their source.


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Trout Point Cooking & Wine School, a Small Luxury Hotel in Nova Scotia, Canada

Culinary vacation at Trout Point Cooking & Wine School

Trout Point Lodge offers the Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School, a favorite program since 2000. Classes for 2016 include topics in Seafood Cookery and Mediterranean Cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood and Mediterranean culinary techniques. New this year, Trout Point will also offer daily cooking classes by the hour!

Among the most acclaimed cooking schools in North America, the Trout Point Cooking & Wine School has recently garnered top recommendations from:

Top 10 hotel culinary schools Fox News/

 World's top foodies getaways, Departures

World's best culinary trips" ForbesTraveler 

"ten terrific culinary vacations" Bon Appetit

"A touch of class" Food & Travel

"Global Culinary School"é-Nast

"They come for the seafood" Globe & Mail 

"Gourmet traveling North American style" Peter Greenburg

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