Fun Florida Cooking Classes

By: Kara Chalmers


Recently, I experienced "Reality Cooking" at Chef Allen's restaurant in Aventura (unfortunately, the restaurant will be closing, which means this cooking experience will no longer be available. For more details on the closing, you can click

So below I have compiled a list of restaurants, resorts and schools in Florida offering cooking classes for visitors. This isn’t a comprehensive list, and I’m sure I will be adding to it, so please feel free to let me know if you think there’s a place not listed that should be.

Also, since summer is approaching, some of the following are not offering classes right now, but plan to in the fall, so if you’re interested, call or click the links provided to find out more.  

3030 Ocean Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale: 954-765-3129,

The Good Life, Naples: 800-846-254,

The Viking Cooking School, Destin (plus one opening soon in Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota): 850-650-9092,

The Biltmore Culinary Academy, Coral Gables: 305-913-3131,

Tarpon Springs Cultural Treasures (Greek cooking classes presented by the City of Tarpon Springs): 727-942-5605,

Euphemia Haye, Longboat Key: 941-383-3633,

Le Bistro Restaurant, Lighthouse Point, 954 946-9240,

Soma Diner, Bradenton: 941-748-0002,

Salt Cooking School at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: 904-277-1100, details here

Chef’s Choice Classes at Johnson & Wales University, North Miami: 800-DIAL-JWU, details here

Chef John's Creative Culinary Services, Dunedin: 727-433-1889,

Darrel and Oliver's Café Maxx, Pompano Beach: 954-782-0606,

Massimo’s, Palm Harbor: 727-784-1881, details here

Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School, Fort Lauderdale: 954-563-2700,

Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami: 305-913-8288,

The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami: 305-644-4680,

One Ocean Resort, Atlantic Beach: 904-249-7402,

Publix Apron’s Cooking School, with locations in Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Plantation, Sarasota, Tallahassee and Tampa:

Whole Foods, cooking classes at locations throughout the state:

Also, check out this story I once wrote about dining at Florida’s culinary academies.


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Darris.Enoex November 10, 2013 5:36 PM
I will be in Orlando from 12/6/2013 to 12/12/2013 and I'd like to take a 1 day class while there. Can you refer me to a few .?Thank You.
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