Hotel Cooking Schools

Take amazing cooking lessons all day, then go upstairs, get into bed and dream about the great food yet to come: There’s a reason why cooking schools in hotels are so appealing. Here are five terrific new ones and their tastiest dishes.

Cavallo Point Lodge

Cavallo Point Lodge

Courtesy of Cavallo Point Lodge

Sausalito, California

This new eco-lodge brings terrific food and wine to the Golden Gate National Parks, with both a Michelin-starred restaurant, Murray Circle, and a cooking school run by F&W Best New Chef 1997 Kelsie Kerr. Kerr invites local guest chefs, food artisans and vintners to teach classes both advanced (sausage making) and fundamental (roasting meat).

Casa De Sierra Nevada

Casa de Sierra Nevada.

© Dean P. Andrews

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Sazón, the school at Casa de Sierra Nevada, is tucked in the back of the resort’s artisan tabletop shop. Every day the hotel’s chef, Gonzalo Martinez, teaches homestyle Mexican cooking. Classes highlight regional recipes (Oaxacan moles) or restaurant dishes (guacamole).

Panamonte Inn & Spa

Courtesy of Panamonte Inn & Spa

Boquete, Panama

This 12-room country lodge in the biodiverse eco-destination Boquete dates back to the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. A renovation last year added a new studio-style kitchen where chef-owner Charlie Collins teaches small, hands-on classes focused on traditional dishes like empanadas and local ingredients like cassava.

Lisloughrey Lodge

Lisloughrey Lodge and Wade Murphy

Chef Wade Murphy. Photo © Corin Bishop.

Cong, Ireland

The Guinness family’s 19th-century former country estate in County Mayo recently became a hotel and restaurant. In addition to demonstrating highlights from his menu (like an insanely indulgent foie gras parfait), chef Wade Murphy gives hands-on classes on how to make simple dishes like seafood chowder.

Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm.

Courtesy Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee

Sam Beall, owner of this glorious Smoky Mountain retreat, is a chef by training, which explains why he brought an 18th-century barn here, installed Viking stoves and launched a cooking school. Resort chefs, including Joseph Lenn and Josh Feathers, teach students to cook Southern ingredients like collards and catfish.

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Published May 2009

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