7 Best International Cooking Schools for Home Cooks

If you’re thinking about an international vacation this year, and let’s be honest, who isn’t, at least, thinking about one? 

Then you might be able to combine your love of good food with your trip and attend an international cooking school. Here are some of the best to inspire your journey!


L’École De Cuisine Alain Ducasse, Paris, France 

You can’t go wrong with a Michelin starred chef in the world’s capital of cookery, really and this school was established by the legendary Alain Ducasse. 

They have a huge range of courses, suitable for most budgets, and all you need to do is visit their website to book. 

We’d recommend booking a bit in advance though as popular courses can sell out quickly. 

It can get pricey, particularly, if you want to try the wine tasting too, but it’s worth it, so worth it. 

Best International Cooking Schools for Home Cooks

The Casa Luna Cooking School, Bali, Indonesia

This is a hugely popular cooking school in Bali, Indonesia and you can join a class where their experts will demonstrate everything to you before you take the meal on yourself.

One nice aspect of a visit there is they will take you to the night market to drink in the local atmosphere and pick up some ingredients. 

You’ll be an expert in Balinese cookery, really quickly, if you go and classes are surprisingly low cost compared to some of the other options on our list. 

 The Casa Luna Cooking School, Bali, Indonesia

Cook in Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Simone Almeida runs cookin in Rio and she’s not only super knowledgeable about Brazilian food but very warm and humorous too.

The classes aren’t the cheapest but the ingredients are all world class and there are plenty of caipirinhas provided to get the whole thing going with a swing. 

In a half-day class, you’ll learn enough to keep your friends entertained for years. 

 Cook in Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Finca Las Encinas, Andalusia, Spain

With a neat tie to America, you can examine the impact of the great Christopher Colombus on Spanish cookery here at the Finca Las Encinas which is a bit different to your regular cooking school.

It’s also a bed & breakfast and you get to stay in the place and learn to cook with the secret ingredients that Columbus would have used. 

 Finca Las Encinas, Andalusia, Spain

Diane Kochilas, Ikaria, Greece

We love Greek food and the ability to take lessons in the Ikaria region is super exciting, why? Well, the people of this region are famed for their longevity, if you eat the way you learn to cook here – you might live much longer than you were going to. 

Diane Kochilas is a celebrity chef who has won awards for her cookbooks and her cooking school will get you out in nature appreciating the heritage of the food before you learn to cook it!

 Diane Kochilas, Ikaria, Greece

Casa Mãe, Lagos, Portugal

They’ve got a lovely vegetarian day at this cooking school in Portugal, which marks them out from most international cooking schools that tend to make meat mandatory.

For the more carnivorous, they also have fish and meat cooking days and we recommend the fish where you get to go and choose some of the fresh catch, that you will catch on local fishing boats. Yum. 

 Casa Mãe, Lagos, Portugal

Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany, Italy

And we end our whistle stop tour of the world’s culinary greats in Italy at the sublime Castello di Vicarello which is not just a cooking school but also a castle set in sumptuous Tuscan countryside!

Aurora Baccheschi Berti is your host and she and her chefs will teach you everything that you need to know about making traditional Italian food.

We were so pleased with our new found ability to make great ravioli, we think you will be too. 

 Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany, Italy

Final Thoughts On The Best International Cooking Schools

Vacations are always fun and if you attend one of the best international cooking schools for home cooks at the same time?

You’re going to have an incredible time that you’ll never forget. 

It’s worth noting that full time cooking school is expensive (how much does cooking school cost?), but if you’re not going on vacation this year, you might consider a vegan cooking school or an online cooking school to get some lessons for a more reasonable rate. 

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