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Old Nov 6, 17, 2:21 pm #16

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Ballymaloe in Ireland is a nice historic country house hotel with a great cooking school with lots of different courses. We had lunch there and food was excellent and complex.

My mom did a session (4 days) at Manior Quat mentioned by others with Chef Blanc a number of years ago and still raves about it.
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Old Nov 6, 17, 3:01 pm #17

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Originally Posted by chgoeditor View Post
These days San Sebastian, Spain, is one of the world's top culinary destinations. Depending on the level of intensity your husband seeks, there are several cooking schools, including the Basque Culinary Institute and Mimo San Sebastian, which is located within the Hotel Maria Cristina. There are wineries and a beach nearby. San Sebastian is home to two of the world's top 30 restaurants, and has more Michelin stars per square meter than any other city in the world except Kyoto.
We were in San Seb this summer, stayed at the Maria Christina, and took a calss at Mimo. The folks at Mimo are great. It's not a super-intensive cooking school with skills training and the like. More for folks on vacation to have a good time, pick up some skills, and get some local experience. Worth doing.

The beach (concha beach) in San Sebastian is fine, but there are no beach services. You're bringing your towel from the hotel and finding a small spot. Totally fine if you're forewarned, but you should know ahead of time.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 2:38 am #18
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Four Seasons Hoi An at the Nam Hai has a cooking academy https://fourseasons.com/hoian/se...oking-academy/
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Old Nov 7, 17, 8:29 am #19

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons as mentioned above.

While not perhaps what people consider as "luxury" in this forum, Masseria Torre Maizza in Puglia also had cooking classes and the setting/Puglia is wonderful. If I were to take a cooking class, I would do so there.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 9:57 am #20

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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
who are your top luxury hotel chefs? ask what they might offer themselves, especially any you have met and done private dining with etc?
Vito Mollica, who is Exec Chef for FS Florence and FS Milan will do private lessons and is extremely good and entertaining. Probably best to do this at FS Florence.
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