In case you hadn’t noticed, the world is in the grips of a foodie revolution: pop-up restaurants, food-based festivals, Instagram shots of every single meal ever consumed and an upsurge of TV cookery shows. We find that travel is increasingly playing a role in the foodie furore, as more and more people are keen to try new flavours and acquire new skills – enter the holiday cookery class.
More of the world’s incredible hotels are offering cookery classes so that people can get pick up some local know-how, and we’ve put together a few of our favourite places around the globe where you can take a class in some amazing surroundings.
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Villa San Michele
A one-of-a-kind hotel in a former monastery, perched on a hilltop looking out over beautiful Florence, Villa San Michele - not content with being a simply superb property - also holds the Buono Buonissimo Cookery School. Renowned chefs lead hands-on and intimate classes in the fundamentals of Tuscan cuisine; the focus of which changes with the season, from truffles in October to fresh fish in summer – and budding foodies can master the basics in the Young Chefs Academy.
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Mexican food is some of our favourite and there may be no better souvenir to take home from a holiday there than a few authentic, local culinary tips. Take a two-hour class at Esencia and come away with six new recipes, or if you want some intensive tutelage perhaps opt for a one-to-one class – junior chefs can also get in on the action with the pastry classes for kids.
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Cavallo Point Lodge, San Francisco
The cookery school at the plush Cavallo Point Lodge is a destination within itself, with top-class chefs at the helm and a wealth of fantastic local produce to work with. Not simply a class in which you learn a couple of local specialties, there are various themed courses available, from healthy eating workshops to cupcake lessons to knife skills.
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Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
The word ‘stunning’ may get thrown around a lot when it comes to travel, but Ubud Hanging Gardens’ setting amongst palm-topped, jungle-covered mountains really deserves the accolade. A cookery class in this amazing hotel will give you the lowdown on the best local ingredients with a visit to a nearby market in the morning and how to make the best of them.
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Au Co Cruise, Halong Bay
Lots of people can say they’ve been to Halong Bay – but can you say you’ve learned how to cook there? Chefs on board the luxury Au Co cruise ship will quite happily show you how to rustle up a few local dishes on the ship’s deck, although, with the spectacular limestone karsts as a truly unique backdrop, you could be forgiven for being distracted at times.
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