If you love cooking as much as you love travelling, why not combine your passions and embark on the ultimate tasting tour? With gastronomic tourism on the rise, travelers from all over the world are able to get a unique perspective on a country’s native cuisine and how it’s prepared while sampling the local culture, sights and attractions. Try a cooking class in Europe and learn culinary secrets from world-renowned chefs in some of Europe’s most spectacular settings. Learn to make paella in Valencia, how they make cheese in the South of France, or about nose-to-tail butchering in the English countryside.
Start with your first “course” at Two Bordelais in Bordeaux, France. Get an insider’s view by meeting with local artisans, taking in the architecture of famous chateaux, savoring the region’s best wines, and enjoying expertly prepared dishes that highlight local flavors.
For an elevated culinary experience in Italy, book a stay at the sumptuous Castello di Vicarello in Cinigiano, Tuscany. Learn to make traditional Italian dishes using ingredients right from the Castle’s garden, then retreat to the luxurious spa for a massage or facial.
Advanced chefs might want to try a weeklong course at the storied FERRANDI school in Paris, France. From courses in classic pastries to exploring the rich tradition of French charcuterie, hone your French cooking skills with the best instructors in Paris.
Passionate about farm-to-table or field-to-fork cooking? Enroll in a cookery course at Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, England. They host a range of classes that focus on healthy, organic living, and are suitable for beginners up to the most proficient home chefs.