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World's best cooking schools

Hang out in a kitchen, tour a food market or meet the world’s big names in cooking.

By Joanna Saville

CHINA Chinese Cooking Workshop
Popular among Shanghai-based expats and visitors. Covers wok, dim sum, market tours and restaurant visits. From about $30.

ENGLAND Raymond Blanc Cookery School
Spend quality time with your offspring at the newly devised adult and child classes at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. From about $1050 for two.

FRANCE Ritz Escoffier School
Learn all about truffles or food and wine matching. From about $165.

IRELAND Ballymaloe Cookery School
An organic kitchen garden in East Cork. Twelve-week courses, or try butter making, smoking or pig curing in a day. From about $172 for a half day.

ITALY Villa San Michele
Total Tuscan immersion. Hands-on classes, food excursions and meals. From about $278 to $4600.

MEXICO Seasons of My Heart
Celebrity chef Susana Trilling will open your palates to Mexico's regional cuisines. From about $82 per day.

SPAIN Seville Cooking Class
Australian-born chef Ruth Roberts will take you on a market tour before a cooking class with lunch on her roof terrace. From about $340.

THAILAND The Oriental Thai Cooking School
Half-day classes with lunch at Bangkok's most iconic hotel. From around $173.

USA
The Culinary Institute of America runs 'Enthusiasts' courses for one to five days, from about $350.

THE WORLD Visit www.tastingplaces.com to find tours and cooking classes around the world.

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  • Author: Joanna Saville