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LIST: LOCAL FOOD TOURS AND COOKING COURSES

These are local cookery schools and travel companies specialising in gourmet and gastronomic special interest holidays.

NB. You may not enjoy the same level of financial security and protection if things go wrong when you book directly with an overseas company.
Adventours Adventours (aka Armenia Explorer) offers a range of culture and adventure tours in Armenia and the Caucasus region including small group food and wine tours in Armenia with cooking classes and visits to vinyards.
Annie B's Spanish Kitchen Cooking holidays in Andalucia.
Burgundy on a Plate Small group wine and gastronomy tours in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards, from one to seven days, offering wine tasting, cooking classes, christmas breaks, truffles, cheese, etc... all set in medieval villages and rich landscapes.
Caucasus Trekking Company A Georgian company founded in 2006 by Gia Bakuridze and Frenchwoman Audrey Bogini, offers food and wine gourmet tours in Georgia.
Cook in Italy Italian cooking school launched by Federico Crova in 2004, operating english-language cooking courses on Elba and in Chianti.
Cook Italy Italian regional cookery courses run by Carmelita Caruana in various locations around Italy including Sicily, Umbria & Tuscany. Also gourmet tours in Bologna, Venice & Florence, and cookery courses in SW France.
Diana Seed's Culinary Adventures Italian cookery school with classes held in Rome, Puglia and on the Amalfi coast.
Euro Adventures Large inbound Spanish tour operator with a range of gastronomic tours and cookery holidays in Spain.
Finca Buenvino Guest-house the Aracena mountains, Andalucia where owners Jeannie and Sam Chesterton offer seasonal cooking courses/holidays using produce from their organic farm. Their five day and long weekend courses (for approx 6 - 8 guests) have been well reviewed in travel mags and cookbooks.
Flavours of Paris Pound sign Guided tours in English, of family run food shops and taste experiences ranging from "exquisite cheeses and charcuterie to heavenly chocolate" in off-the-beaten-path gems of daily Paris life.
Gourmet Safaris Gourmet tours run by food writer, Maeve O’Meara in Sydney and Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Hedonistic Hiking Gourmet walking holidays in Victoria, Australia.
Italian Cookery Course Italian cookery courses run by Paola Baccetti in Casa Ombuto and Franco Palandra in Torre del Tartufo They also teach Spanish, Moroccan and French cuisine.
Kea Artisanal Greek cooking holidays on the Aegean island of Kea.
La Varenne French cookery school run by American food writer & chef, Anne Willan at a chateau in Burgundy. Five day residential holidays for ten people featuring master classes conducted by Anne Willan plus gastronomic excursions & special tastings of fine wines and cheeses.
L'Ecole de Trois Ponts Short term residential French language and cooking courses (yes, you can do both at the same time!) in a chateau near Lyon. There are specialised pastry & wine courses too.
Let's Cook in Italy Family run cooking courses set in a recently restored large "Casa in campagna" 70 kms north of Rome.
Mami Camilla Italian cookery course and gourmet food & wine holidays based in Sorrento on the Bay of Naples.
Merrion Charles A private travel consultant based in Italy who specialises in organising luxury holidays including Italian cooking holidays.
Ocio Vital Spanish food, wine and culture operator offering a wide selection of gastronomic experiences wine tours and cooking holidays in Spain, Italy, France and other destinations worldwide such as Morocco and Argentina.
Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Italian language school that runs non-residential courses including Italian Cookery and Italian Wine.
Sorrento Cooking School The Sorrento Cooking School is an Italian school of cooking for foreigners visiting the Amalfi and Sorrento Coast. It offers cookery courses and daily hands-on cooking lessons as well as culinary programs including food & wine tours in the south of Italy. (And if you want total Italian cultural immersion, they also offer Italian language courses!)
Spanish Thyme Traveller, The The Spanish Thyme Traveller specialises in gastronomic and culture tours in Valencia, SE Spain, mixing local food and wine with history and landscape.
Thai Kitchen Cookery School The Thai Kitchen Cookery School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, teaches real Thai cooking, completely hands on, with instructions in English.
Tuscan Women Cook A week of culinary and recreational activities in the medieval Tuscan hilltop village of Montefollonico.
Walnut Grove Cookery Gourmet cuisine and residential cooking classes in the Loire Valley south-west of Le Mans.
Yangshuo Cooking School Set up in Yangshuo, China by Australian, Pam Dimond, who ran a catering business in Sydney before becoming a tour guide in China. The school teaches a wide selection of Chinese dishes and styles. The Imaginative Traveller feature YCS in their Far East programme.

Notes

  • Cape Insights is a special interest travel company that offers expert-led tours around South Africa, including food & wine tours.
  • Food Pyrenees is a Chicago based company offering French cooking masterclasses in Toulouse & Ariège in the Midi-Pyrenees (SW France).
  • Epiculinary is an American specialist operator with a wide range of cooking courses and holidays in the USA, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Spain & Portugal.
  • Every day, the Beaune Tourist Office directs visitors to cookery courses with Burgundy’s talented chefs at such popular venues as the Auberge de la Toison d'Or. Often beginning with the secrets of shopping for the best ingredients in the market, these daily sessions feature dishes involving the wines themselves, with classic favourites such as coq au vin and œufs en meurette (poached eggs in red wine). Courses for two or more guests are designed both for those keen to get involved in the preparation and others who are happy to take notes for experiment later at home, and everyone gets to enjoy a slap up meal at the end of class. All courses should be reserved in advance from the tourist office on 03 80 26 21 30 or contacts@ot-beaune.fr
  • The New Orleans School of Cookery in the historic French quarter of New Orleans, runs 3-hour cookery classes for groups and individuals with Creole/Cajun experts teaching specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines.
  • My Tasty Life is a Russian culinary school in the centre of St Petersburg offering 2-hour culinary demonstrations on contemporary and historic Russian cuisine, and day long group cooking lessons. There's no English version of the website but if you email them (info@avkusa.ru) they'll send you an English language description of what they do.
  • Betty's Cookery School in Harrogate, Yorkshire - part of Betty's & Taylors the cakes and tea brands - run non-residential cookery courses lasting from a few hours to 10 days. Many of the courses are focused on confectionary but they teach general and international cooking styles too.

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