The Best Culinary Classes in the World

28th May 2019 // By Emma Reynolds

The CIA at Copia

Napa Valley, California


The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is one of the top schools for wine-and-food education. There are four campuses, CIA California, CIA New York, CIA Texas and CIA Singapore. While there are comprehensive programs where students can receive an associate degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts, each school also has certificate programs, food-industry-specific programs as well as classes for food and wine enthusiasts. The CIA at Copia in Napa Valley allows oenophiles and food enthusiasts the chance to pair some of the best regional wines with local dishes through hands-on cooking classes (ranging from two to five hours), wine and beverage classes, boot camps, chef demonstrations, family classes and more. While in Napa touring various wineries, CIA at Copia allows you to expand your wine and food knowledge. We love that CIA at Copia in Napa and CIA at Greystone in St Helena, California are just 20 miles apart and offer different types of culinary experiences so you’ll never get bored. 

The Kitchen Cookery School at Chewton Glen

Hampshire, England, UK


This Relais & Châteaux property in the English countryside is the ultimate destinations for foodies who seek to increase their skills and knowledge of both local and global cuisine. Helmed by chef James Martin, The Kitchen Cookery School is an open-plan and purpose-built space dedicated to food. Here you’ll find stations for cooking classes, an informal dining room, raised beds and greenhouses surrounding the space (which is lined with glass walls to let in the natural light). Plenty of classes are on offer, including Coffee Connoisseur led by guest tutor and founder of Midnight Blue coffee, Tim Wookey; The Perfect Barbecue where you’ll learn about meat and fish preparations, marinades, rubs, salad and sweets; the Seafood Chef focusing on Mediterranean fish; It’s a Gin Thing where you can create your very own gin; Junior Chef classes; Teen Chef classes; The Perfect Steak; Bread – The Next Level; Italian Road Trip from Rome to Sicily; Essential Italy; Greek Odyssey; The Perfect Risotto; Mediterranean Tapas; Chewton Glen Classics; Classic Deserts and other special holiday-driven classes. The endless list of class options brings all types of guests eager to learn.