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The Top 14: Hotels with Cooking Schools

From sushi rolling in Kyoto to pizza-making in Tuscany, learning a local cuisine is a meaningful and delicious way to immerse oneself in a destination. Read on for Indagare’s favorite cooking programs worldwide.

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For a Beginner’s Bootcamp: The Biltmore Estate
A Jazz Age icon that attracted the likes of Babe Ruth and Al Smith to its annual Golf Tournaments, the historic Biltmore Estate operates a lauded culinary academy. Work alongside the hotel’s executive chefs during a three- or four-day ‘Adult Bootcamp,’ with a focus on ‘mise en place’ and foundational culinary techniques.

For the Freshest Flavors of Tuscany: Castiglion del Bosco
Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco is a Tuscan dream, known for its delicious wines and wealth of family-friendly activities. La Canonica Cooking School, housed in a former priest’s home on the property, emphasizes farm-to-table dishes and hands-on tutorials. Start in the estate’s organic garden before moving to the kitchen for pasta, pizza and trattoria-style cooking lessons. There’s even a mixology-centered offering.

For the Environmentally-Conscious Chef: Ballymaloe House, Ireland
Vine-covered Ballymaloe House in East Cork is located on a 100-acre organic farm and embraces all aspects of its sheep and cattle farm roots. At the Ballymaloe Cookery School, students are encouraged to think critically about reducing food waste and the ethics of global food consumption, all while working with solar-powered energy sources to prepare farm-to-table dishes. Courses are taught on farm-friendly topics like fermentation, beekeeping, butter-making and more.

– Avery Carmichael on March 25, 2019

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