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by Nancy Freeman


Le Cordon Bleu
(see also France)
Leith's School of Food and Wine, Ltd.
21 St. Alban's Grove
London, W8 5BP
0171 229 0177
Fax 0171 937 5257

Leith's offers classes for amateurs who wish to improve their cooking skills both during evenings and holidays (remember the more civilized Europeans take longer holidays than we do). Beginners and advanced evening courses last ten sessions. Single demonstration classes are held on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.


Cooking with Friends in France
La Pitchoune, Domaine de Bramatam
06740 Chateauneuf de Grasse
(33) 58 44 68 33
Fax (33) 58 44 85 93

Sessions are a total of six days and run from a Sunday evening supper through a Saturday morning breakfast. Classes cover basic cooking techniques and adaptable recipes. Class size is limited to six. Students stay at private homes originally owned by Julia Child and Simca Beck. Classes are led by Kathie Alex.

Ecole de Cuisine du Domaine d'Esperance
Mauvezin d'Armagnac
40240 La Bastide d'Armagnac
(33) 58 44 68 33
Fax (33) 58 44 85 93

Six times a year chef Natalia Arizmendi, a Grand Diplome of the Cordon Bleu, offers week-long classes in French cuisine in an 18th century country house in France's Armagnac country. Enrollment is kept to a maximum of nine. In addition to cooking classes, students visit the local market and neighboring vineyards. Menus and classes vary with the seasons.

Le Cordon Bleu
London - Paris - Tokyo
Information Office - (800) 457-CHEF

Cordon Bleu's Gourmet Sessions last anywhere from three days to four weeks and entail concentrated introductions to the essentials of French cuisine. Special courses include cooking light, marrying food and wine, food hygiene, bread baking and pastry. The school even offers a half-day cooking class for children. Be the first one on your block to send your kid to Cordon Bleu.

Ritz-Escoffier Ecole de la Gastronomie Francaise
15, Place Vendome
75041 Paris Dedex 01
(800) 966-5758

Any one-week certificate course offered to professionals at the school is open to amateurs who wish to tread these sacred halls. The school is also willing to organize special classes for groups of whatever length you wish.


Ida Ayu Agung Mas
Sua Bali
PO Box 3574 Denpasar 8001
Bali, Indonesia
Fax 974029

If you're after cooking lessons in paradise, Bali is your place. But first you have to get out of Denpasar and the beaches packed with tourists as quickly as you can and head for the artists' town of Ubud where Ibu Mas will give you as many lessons as you care to take. She can either arrange to put you up in one of her guest cottages or you can stay in a nearby hotel. I've lived in Bali and believe me you don't need air conditioning. Little cottages on the rice paddies, mosquito nets at night, flowers and fruits everywhere and a fine cook teaching you the intricacies of her cuisine. Go for it.


Belle Isle School of Cookery
Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT94 5HG Northern Ireland UK
(44) 28 6638 7231
(44) 28 6638 7261
E-mail: accommodation@belleisle-estate.com

At the Belle Isle School of Cookery, we aim to stir the imagination and inspire in you confidence to learn new techniques and perfect existing skills. Our ethos is to provide simple, flexible & practical instruction whether you enjoy gourmet cooking or simply wish to host a dinner party without trepidation! Courses range from a weekend to four weeks and are limited to ten participants, ensuring expert tuition in a pleasurable and relaxing atmosphere. A choice of accommodation is included in the course price. Belle Isle is one of eleven islands owned by the Belle Isle Estate on Upper Lough Erne; an area renowned for its beautiful unspoilt countryside and vast waterways. The original Belle Isle Castle was built on the island in 1680.


Giuliano Bugialli's Cooking in Florence

Foods of Italy, Inc.
60 Sutton Place South
Suite: 1KS
New York, New York 10022
Phone: (212) 813.9552
Fax: (212) 486.5518

Giuliano Bugialli offers four week-long classes in Florence and the surrounding countryside and one cooking class in Sicily starting first in Florence and then traveling throught Sicily for regional cooking classes. The Florence trip involves five classes, some of them taught in the city and some in Bugialli's kitchen in the Chianti Classico country. The Hotel Gallery Art is the hotel in Florence where students stay.

Giuliano does many one or two days cooking classes in the US: New Jersey, Washington DC, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Classes with Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan has closed her school in Venice and now teaches two courses a year, in May and November, at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. For details and an application, write to:

Admissions Department
The French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway, NY, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 219-8890 or (1-888) FCI-CHEF Fax: (212) 431-3054

Tenuta di Capezzana Wine and Culinary Center
Via Capezzana, 100
50042 -- Carmignano (Fl)
(011) 39-55-870-6005
fax (011) 39-55-870-6673

In the hills overlooking Florence, this estate has been producing wine and olive oil since the year 804. Their food and wine workshops began much later. Cooking workshops are held in the villa's family kitchen and are run by Countess Lisa Contini Bonacossi with lectures by visiting chefs. Wine classes are led by Nicholas Belfrage. Programs run five days each with a maximum of 12 students. Accommodations are provided in a wing of the Fifteenth century villa.

Good Tastes of Tuscany
2825 East Cottonwood Parkway,
Salt Lake City- UTAH 84101
Telephone & Fax in US:
+1 801 4050700
Fax in Italy:
(39) 02 95441357

Tuscany cooking class, Chianti wine tours and wine tasting classes: Tuscany Cooking Class offers beginning and advanced cooking classes in Tuscany and wine tours and wine tasting classes in Chianti, Tuscany. Cooking Tuscan recipes in a Tuscan villa is the perfect way to experience
Tuscany at its most.

Le Cordon Bleu
(see France)


Mexican Cuisine Seminars with Lula Bertran
Diego Fernandez de Cordoba, #135
Romas de Chapultapec
Mexico City DF 11000
5 202 7251

One of the most imaginative chefs in Mexico today, Lula Bertran offers five-day classes every other month to a group of 10 students in San Miguel de Allende. Classes take place at the Casa de Sierra Nevada Hotel and lodging at the hotel is part of the package. San Miguel de Allende contains so many monuments that the entire town has been declared a national monument.


The Thai Cooking School at the Oriental Hotel
48 Oriental Avenue
Bangkok 10500 Thailand
(662) 236-0420
(662) 236-1937 fax

The school runs four classes every week. Price includes apron, spice pack and lunch.
PRICE: 3000 baht (U.S. $100)

The Boathouse, Phuket
2/2 Moo 2, Patak Road
Kata Beach
Phuket 83100 Thailand
(66 76) 330015-17
FAX: (66 76) 330561

Weekend mornings Executive Chef Tummanoon Punchun teaches students to cook traditional Thai dishes. Price includes the cost of two classes including apron and lunch. There is also an early morning visit to the market (optional).
PRICE: 1,200 baht (U.S. $40)

Modern Women Institute
45/6-7 Setsiri Road
Samsen, Phayathai
Bangkok 10400 Thailand
(662) 279-2831

8-day courses covering the basics of Thai cuisine including use of curries, chilli pastes and yummy desserts.
PRICE: 4,000 baht (U.S. $133)

The Thai House
32/4 Moo 8 Tambol
Bangmaung, Ampur, Bangyai, Nontaburi
(662) 280-0740
(662) 280-0741

Learn the basics of Thai cooking -- from picking the herbs to preparing unique, creative Thai dishes -- in a traditional teak guesthouse located 22 km from Bangkok. Price includes transportation to Thai House, lesson and lunch
PRICE: 2,150 baht (U.S. $72) per person, one day course; 14,450 baht (U.S. $483) per person, four day course.

Nancy Freeman is a San Francisco-based freelance writer whose food stories have appeared in the San Francisco Magazine, The Contra Costa Times, Filipinas and Morsels, a publication of the American Institute of Wine and Food.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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