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 www.chefallens.com).
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, www.3030ocean.com/pdf/cookingschool.pdf
The Good Life, Naples: 800-846-254, www.goodlifenaples.com
The Viking Cooking School, Destin (plus one opening soon in Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota): 850-650-9092, www.vikingrange.com
The Biltmore Culinary Academy, Coral Gables: 305-913-3131, www.biltmorehotel.com/bca/index.php
Tarpon Springs Cultural Treasures (Greek cooking classes presented by the City of Tarpon Springs): 727-942-5605, tarponarts.org/greek-arts
Euphemia Haye, Longboat Key: 941-383-3633, www.euphemiahaye.com/employment/default.aspx
Le Bistro Restaurant, Lighthouse Point, 954 946-9240, www.lebistrorestaurant.com/classes.html
Soma Diner, Bradenton: 941-748-0002, www.somadiner.com
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, www.foodies-r.us
Darrel and Oliver's Café Maxx, Pompano Beach: 954-782-0606, www.cafemaxx.com
Massimo’s, Palm Harbor: 727-784-1881, details here
Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School, Fort Lauderdale: 954-563-2700, www.chefjeanpierre.com
Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami: 305-913-8288, www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/dining/azul/
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami: 305-644-4680, www.ritzcarlton.com/CoconutGrove
One Ocean Resort, Atlantic Beach: 904-249-7402, www.oneoceanresort.com
Publix Apron’s Cooking School, with locations in Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Plantation, Sarasota, Tallahassee and Tampa: www.publix.com/aprons/schools/CookingSchools.do
Whole Foods, cooking classes at locations throughout the state: wholefoodsmarket.com
Also, check out this story I once wrote about dining at Florida’s culinary academies.