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Welcome to The International Kitchen. If you have visited us before or taken one of our trips, we are glad to have you back.

Twenty years ago The International Kitchen originated the concept of "cooking vacations." Today we remain the leader in the industry, now offering over 90 programs and over 30 choices for one-day classes. Our credo and promise to you: a top quality, authentic, intimate cooking experience, with lots of laughter and friendship.

Who We Are

The International Kitchen, the world’s premier culinary company, is dedicated to bringing you the best of Italian and French lifestyle and cuisine. Founded in 1994 by Karen Herbst, The International Kitchen now offers over 90 unique cooking vacations. Find out more about our company members and associates.

One-Day Classes

If you don’t have time for a full culinary week or weekend, the best option is to add a cooking class a la carte. Add a dash of Tuscan cooking or a pinch of Provencal cuisine to your vacation with our one-day cooking class options, which always include the meal with wine after the lesson.

News

Find out the latest news involving The International Kitchen and our culinary trips across the globe.

Recipes

Hungry? From Green “Lasagne”, Bologna style to Fried Turbot Fillet and Green Apple Juice you can find amazing international recipe ideas taken right from our cooking courses.

Cooking Vacations

Use the links below to browse through our cooking vacation offerings.

Italian Cooking Vacations

Enroll in a cooking school in Italy today for a vacationing experience like no other. Please check out the links below for more information on our many great vacationing options.

LUXURY AND GASTRONOMY AT VILLA LUPPIS
Discover the gastronomy of northern Italy on this cooking vacation at a private 4* estate in the rich region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

SORRENTO COOKING ADVENTURE
Cook with Chef Carmen in the town of Sorrento and enjoy six nights at a famous four star hotel perched on the cliffs.

AMAZING COASTAL ADVENTURE WITH CHEF GIUSEPPE
Cook with Chef Giuseppe, sous chef at a Michelin star restaurant, and with pastry Chef Salvatore during this wonderful 7-night culinary adventure. Visit Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento, and more during your stay.

LA CUCINA ROMANA IN THE SABINE HILLS
Just outside of Rome in the Sabine Hills lies your home for this amazing 6-night itinerary. Explore authentic Italian life, learn to cook Roman and Tuscan dishes, explore Tivoli and Rome, all while staying at a luxurious country villa.

A WEEK IN THE HEART OF PIEDMONT
Enjoy 6 nights near Cavour, in the heart of Piedmont. Cook with local chefs, explore the nearby Barolo wine region, and even take a trip to the Milan Expo 2015, dedicated to food.

COOKING IN MAGICAL MOLISE
Spend 6 nights in authentic, unspoiled Molise, one of Italy's most agricultural regions. Stay in a farmhouse-turned hotel on a working farm, take cooking lessons with a master chef, and enjoy spectacular views of the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.

COOKING WITH LEMONS IN AMALFI
Explore Amalfi, the center of Italy's Amalfi Coast, during a 3-night cooking vacation. Learn Mediterranean cooking, visit a lemon grove, and make mozzarella cheese.

MEDITERRANEAN COOKING EXPERIENCE
Surrounded by the idyllic Amalfi region and the comforts of a four star hotel, this Amalfi Coast cooking school will teach you recipes and techniques that have been passed down for generations. The culinary vacation features both 4-night and 6-night itineraries.

VILLA ROMANA: AUTHENTIC AMALFI CUISINE
Since medieval times, Minori has been renowned for its pasta tradition. During this week-long culinary tour in Amalfi, your senses will delight in masterfully concocted Mediterranean cuisine and views of the hilly coastline from your beautiful hotel.

COMFORT COOKING IN SORRENTO
Sorrento is one of Italy's most beloved towns, and you will get a full dose of its charm during this 6-night cooking vacation. You will have the chance to explore Neapolitan cuisine, Pompeii, and Capri. Accommodations are at a small luxury hotel.

BOUNTIFUL PIEDMONT
Enjoy some of Italy’s best cuisine while exploring the famous wine regions of Piedmont. Your hosts will show you the dramatic landscapes and warm hospitality that are trademarks of this wonderful region.

COOKING IN THE VALTELLINA VALLEY
Head to the stunning town of Sondrio, located in the Valtellina Valley near Switzerland, for a unique culinary vacation. In addition to three cooking lessons, explore the region known for its golf, hiking, cheeses, and wine. 

A CULINARY ADVENTURE IN PUGLIA
Puglia (Apulia in English) is one of the most authentic and fascinating regions in Italy, and one of the foremost in terms of cuisine. Puglia produces a year-round abundance of fresh produce, coupled with its strong production of wine and grains. Its coastline makes it an excellent source of fresh seafood, and its countryside and cities are dotted with amazing cultural and historical sites. A place not to be missed!

LOVE SICILY
Enjoy six nights in a charming converted home right in the middle of historical Modica. This relaxing week filled with Southern Italian hospitality and fabulous food will make you never want to leave!

SAPORI D'ABRUZZO
Located on the Adriatic Coast, the region of Abruzzo is full of lush forests and charming towns. Stay in the ancient borgo of Carunchio for six nights, and experience an unforgettable cooking vacation with four hands-on classes focused on Mediterranean cuisine.

RAVELLO COOKING HOLIDAY
This three-night vacation on the “terrace” of Ravello includes a very personal day with Chef Vincenzino, who runs a cooking school from his home, as well as accommodations at a four-star villa. 

A VENICE COOKING ODYSSEY
Explore Venice, one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the nearby island of Murano, during this 5-night cooking vacation. Your itinerary includes 3 hands-on cooking classes featuring Venetian cuisine.

LUXURY AND GASTRONOMY AT VILLA LUPPIS
Experience Northern Italy -- the 'land of contrasts' -- while staying at a 4-star private estate. This 3-night culinary vacation includes wine and grappa tastings, hands-on classes in a professional kitchen, and a visit to one of the oldest ham producers in the world.
 

Tuscany Cooking Class

AT HOME IN A TUSCAN VILLA
Enjoy a week in a family-owned Tuscan villa hotel tasting and cooking the delectable Tuscan cuisine and visiting such famed places as Pisa, Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta, and more.

A CLASSIC TUSCAN TABLE WITH CHEF CLAUDIO
In this culinary tour of Tuscany, you will see and experience the treasures of this rich region, learning its cuisine and culture in a historic palazzo. The cooking classes in Florence are instructed by Chef Claudio Piantini in a real restaurant kitchen setting.

CHIANTI COOKING
Stay in the famed Chianti region of Tuscany during this 4-night Italian cooking itinerary at a lovely, renovated B&B. Visit the famed towns of Tuscany and enjoy hands-on cooking classes with your hostess.

COOKING AND VINEYARDS OF SOUTHERN TUSCANY
Create four-course Tuscan feasts during this cooking vacation in the picturesque town of Pergo. In addition to cooking classes at the historic La Corte dei Papi hotel, tour the Tuscan countryside with a wine tour in Montepulciano a cheese tour in Pienza.

COOK IN THE HEART OF CHIANTI
Enjoy a relaxing getaway in the quaint Tuscan town of Tavarnelle. Enjoy our Tuscany cooking classes, sample wines, and visit charming Tuscan villages.

COOK UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Just outside the historical city of Cortona, this 6 or 3 night cooking vacation takes place in the beautiful hotel of Il Falconiere, which is run by the Baracchi family. Not only will guests learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine, but they'll also dine in the property's 1* Michelin restaurant and tour the family's winery.

ANTINORI'S NOBLE TUSCANY
Enter the prestigious world of the Antinori family, one of the world's most famous winemaking families. Stay at their beautiful resort estate, enjoy Tuscan cooking courses in their new teaching kitchen, and finish it all with dinner in a Michelin star restaurant.

COOKING AND VINEYARDS OF SOUTHERN TUSCANY
Create four-course Tuscan feasts during this cooking vacation in the picturesque town of Pergo. In addition to cooking classes at the historic La Corte dei Papi hotel, tour the Tuscan countryside with a wine tour in Montepulciano a cheese tour in Pienza.

TUSCAN DREAM: COOK IN A LUXURY CHIANTI VILLA
Stay in a luxury villa in the heart of Chianti and enjoy Italian cooking classes with a Cordon Bleu trained chef during this Tuscan cooking vacation. Visit local Tuscan towns and wineries, and experience the relaxing life of Tuscany.

LUXURY LUCCA VILLA COOKING
This 6-night itinerary features accommodations in a private villa in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Lucca. Learn the ins and outs of Tuscan cuisine, and live like an Italian noble during this luxury cooking vacation! For groups of 5-12 people.

TOSCANA SAPORITA
Master the essentials of Tuscan cuisine during this cooking vacation in Tuscany. Classes are completely hands-on and feature natural, seasonal ingredients.

Learn more about our Tuscany, Italy cooking vacations.

Cooking Vacations in Florence, Italy

FLORENCE FOR THE FOOD LOVER
Spend five nights in one of the most famous cities in the world, fabulous Florence. Enjoy cooking lessons, walking tours, and an excursion into the Chianti region.

TUSCANY'S LEFT BANK: BOLGHERI AND SUPERTUSCAN WINES
The western part of Tuscany, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea, boasts some of the finest wine estates in the world, including the Tenuta Argentiera, one of the most prestigious Bolgheri wineries, which you will visit during this wonderful 4-night itinerary.

French Cooking Schools

COOKING IN BRITTANY
Spend a week leaning French and European cuisine in Brittany. Twice daily classes, charming accommodations, and free time to explore make this a food-lover's dream.

CUISINE AND CULTURE OF PROVENCE
Enjoy a week in Provence touring the local markets, visiting the many historical and cultural sites, and cooking your way through Provencal dishes!

ROBERT ASH COOKERY SCHOOL AT RUE DU LAC
Southern Burgundy is especially rich in history – from the prehistoric site of the Solutré rock with vineyards carpeting its lower slopes, to the famous Abbey of Cluny and the Château of Pierreclos. This cooking course in Burgundy, France includes hands-on lessons, fabulous food, and fascinating sights.

CHATEAU COOKING IN BÉARN
Located at the food of the Pyrenees Mountains lies the chateau that will be your home during this 5-night luxury French cooking vacation. Enjoy stunning accommodations, five cooking classes with your host, and dinners at a two 3* Michelin restaurants.

MASTER FRENCH CUISINE
The Walnut Grove Cooking School in France is a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere in which to learn how to skillfully combine the flavors, textures, and presentation of French cuisine. Hosts Maynard Harvey and Benedict Haines are renowned chefs and have great passion and enthusiasm for their work, creating a satisfying cooking school experience.

A CULINARY ADVENTURE IN THE LOIRE VALLEY
This culinary tour of the Loire Valley is a six-day experience takes places at the cooking school of a husband and wife team. The motto of the chefs is to take traditional French cooking and introduces exotic flavors. With special week itineraries, stay in a chateau, go truffle hunting, and learn how to make special French dishes, including desserts.

COOKING CLASS IN PARIS
From the bustling markets of Paris to the dining room, the cooking schools and classes in Paris will teach you, in English, how to prepare delicious, yet simply dishes. Each Parisian cooking course is followed by a long lunch where students dine and enjoy their creations.

CHATEAU DE BERNE PROVENCAL COOKING SCHOOL
Located in the heart of Provence, between Nice and Marseille near Lorgues, Chateau de Berne’s heart beats to the rhythm of vines and wine and is the perfect location for a special cooking course in France. The Provencal culinary school is equipped with modern facilities and located in a quaint and perfectly restored country house on the property.

COLORS OF BURGUNDY
Spend six nights in the culinary heart of France, Burgundy. Explore the Cote d'Or wine region, the markets of Dijon, and the famed Burgundy recipes that make this an enticing culinary tour.

GASCONY COOKERY SCHOOL
Gascony is one of the culinary capitals of France, and you will explore it to its fullest during this comprehensive French cookery course. It was recommended by the Sunday Times as "one of the best ways to spend a weekend." Weekend and 5-night courses available.

ON RUE TATIN WITH SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS
Enjoy northwestern France during a cooking vacation in Normandy, home to artisan cheeses, cream, apple brandy, and cider. Your home will be the charming town of Louviers, your teacher the renowned journalist and chef Susan Herrmann Loomis.

COOKING WITH CHEF REINE SAMMUT
Your 3-night getaway in the Luberon region of Provence will show you the joys and pleasures of Provencal cuisine. Chef Sammut's family property is in the gorgeous Durance Valley, and you will explore the secrets of French cuisine together.

Spain Cooking Schools

COOKING IN ANDALUSIAN OLIVE COUNTRY
Enjoy cooking classes with Chef Clive, one of our favorite Chefs, and stay at a charming countryside Spanish Finca in the heart of Andalusian Olive Country during your 3-night or 5-night itinerary.

BASQUE CUISINE IN BILBAO FROM PINTXOS TO TXAKOLI
Spend three nights in the amazing city of Bilbao in Spain's Basque Country, learning to make Basque tapas ("pintxos") and other tasty Spanish dishes.

GASTRONOMY IN THE PROVINCE OF CORDOBA
Spend six nights exploring the province of Cordoba in Spain's Andalusia region, enjoying local foodie visits, tastings, and a hands-on cooking class featuring Andalusian cuisine.

INSIDER'S GOURMET TOUR OF SPAIN
This 7-night itinerary is a foodie's delight, featuring insider's access to renowned wineries, local product tastings, tapas tours, and even a lunch in Portugal.

CATALONIAN TASTES AND TREASURES
A fabulous opportunity for a true Catalan experience. With a local host you will visit markets and medieval towns, eat Tapas and “nouvelle” cuisine, and partake in hands on cooking classes.

TASTE OF SEVILLE
Experience Seville, one of Spain's most intriguing cities, during a 3-night culinary tour featuring a cooking class, tapas tour, and gourmet food visits.

Other European Cooking Schools

DELECTABLE PORTUGAL IN HISTORIC EVORA
Experience a unique gastronomic and cultural experience in sunny Portugal, where you will stay in a the town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn the secrets of Portuguese wine and cuisine.

DISCOVERING WESTERN PORTUGAL
Journey to the land of Portugal and visit such cities as Lisbon, Porto, Arcos de Valdevez, and Braga during this Portuguese cooking vacation.

COOKING AND TRADITIONS OF CRETE
Explore the island of Crete during this authentic Greek cooking vacation, and learn about the ancient civilization, its gastronomy, and modern-day culture.

CULINARY SECRETS TO A LONGER LIFE WITH DIANE KOCHALIS
Cook with celebrity chef Diane Kochalis and her husband on the magical island of Ikaria, one of the world's few so-called "Blue Zones." Explore island life, learn Greek cuisine, and make memories to last a lifetime.

IONIAN CULTURE AND COOKING ON ZAKYNTHOS
Enjoy a slice of island life on a Greek cooking vacation to Zakynthos, a fertile and temperate island rich in gastronomy and natural wonders.

GREEK COOKING ODYSSEY
Spend a week on the lovely island of Poros and learn the secrets of Greek cuisine from your charming host Katerina during this Greek Island cookery holiday. Available for a minimum of one person.

GREEK GASTRONOMY ON SANTORINI
The mythical isle of Santorini in the Aegean Sea is your home for this 7-night cooking tour of Greece. Experience the cuisine through hands-on cooking lesson and Greek Island life through cultural and gastronomic excursions.

ISLAND LIFE AND GREEK CUISINE ON CRETE
Spend a week on the island of Crete cooking with a famed Cretan chef, visiting local sites of interest, and experiencing the relaxation of island life!

THE CUISINE OF SULTANS
Journey to Istanbul, Izmir, Cappadocia, and Kusadasi during this once-in-a-lifetime cooking vacation in Turkey, the fascinating country where Europe and Asia meet.

A TURKISH DELIGHT
Enjoy the sunning southern coast of Turkey near Bodrum during this unique 6-night cooking vacation. Experience Turkish cuisine and a gulet cruse on the Mediterranean.

CULINARY ADVENTURE ON THE CROATIAN COAST
Discover the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia with a tour through the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik, accompanied with unique and memorable culinary excursions, including hands-on cooking classes, light hiking trek in the Hinterland, and a oyster harvesting and tasting.

Southeast Asia Cooking Vacations

COOKING AND CULTURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Experience Southeast Asia, with its ancient cultures and amazing culinary delights, during this 8-night cooking itinerary in Vietnam and Cambodia. This is an unforgettable way to visit an exotic and fascinating part of the world!

TASTE OF THAILAND
Enjoy four nights in exotic Thailand and explore one of the world's most popular cuisines. Pair this itinerary with our Cooking and Culture in Southeast Asia culinary vacation, or book it on its own.

CRUISE ON THE MEKONG RIVER
Take an extraordinary journey up one of the longest rivers in Asia, the Mekong, all while experiencing the rich food, people, culture, and history of Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip starts in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), stops in 9 cities and villages, and ends in Siem Reap.

India Cooking Vacations

AN IN-DEPTH CULINARY JOURNEY IN NORTH INDIA
Journey to India for an in-depth exploration of the culture and cuisine of this richly vibrant country, home to such sights as the Taj Mahal, and to one of the most recognized and respected cuisines of the world.

HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIA
Travel to North India and visit some of the world's most amazing cultural sites and explore the delectable Indian cuisine during cooking lessons and food tours.

Africa and Morocco Cooking Schools

A FEAST FOR THE SENSES IN MOROCCO
Experience Fes, the former capital of Morocco and one of its most vibrant cities, during this cooking vacation featuring visits to traditional souks (markets), walks along winding medieval streets, and of course tastings of gastronomic specialties.

MOROCCAN FLAVORS
Stimulate your senses in this culturally rich land while cooking and tasting the delectable tagines, salads, and pastries of Morocco, all while staying in four and five-star riads and hotels.

AFRICA: A SINGULAR ADVENTURE
Travel to Cape Town, South Africa, and Namibia during this amazing itinerary with one of our favorite chefs. Learn the secrets of South African cuisine, do a mini-safari, and explore the beautiful country of Namibia..

Cookery Course Holidays

LYON AND BEAUJOLAIS CULINARY GETAWAY
Spend four nights in one of the gastronomy capitals of France, take cooking and pastry classes, and tour the nearby Beaujolais wine growing region.

A GASTRONOMIC HOLIDAY IN AIX EN PROVENCE
Enjoy a five-night stay in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, one of the most quintessentially French towns. Take two cooking classes, see the local sites, and learn more about Provencal cuisine.

COOKING PASSPORT TO PROVENCE
Spend five nights in a charming, family owned hotel in a delightful Provencal hill town near the sea, while learning Provencal cooking secrets from a Master Chef.

PROVENCAL ADVENTURE
Four nights in an authentic Provencal home, learning typical cuisine, the opportunity to explore this wonderful region on your own; if that fits the bill, then this is the French cookery program for you!

RELAIS & CHATEAUX AND MICHELIN STAR COOKING AT DON ALFONSO
Stay at the renowned relais of Don Alfonso and experience top-level service during this six-night program, which includes five cooking classes and visits to the local pasta factory, mozzarella cheese maker, and the Iaccarino family farm.

LUXURY GASTRONOMY AT L'ANDANA
Enjoy this 3-night itinerary at the luxurious country retreat of Alain Ducasse, L'Andana. Explore Tuscan cuisine, enjoy the fabulous spa, and sample the fine wines of the Maremma coast.

CULINARY EXPERIENCE ON THE AMALFI COAST
This spectacular 6-night culinary itinerary takes place at an upscale historical hotel just 1 km outside of Sorrento. Enjoy the pool and sea access when you are not in the kitchen learning the secrets of Mediterranean cooking.

ROMAN COUNTRYSIDE DISCOVERY
Known for its extraordinary beauty, the town of Ciociaria is home to a villa built in 1797, which has been converted into a small hotel by an Italian American who returned to his roots. Learn local specialties from local chefs, and discover the meaning of "si mangia e si mangia bene."

AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IN PIEDMONT
Located just outside of the amazing city of Turin, this 3-night itinerary is one of our best deals. Stay at charming B&B accommodations and get to know the life of the locals during this one-of-a-kind culinary vacation in Piedmont..

ELEGANT TAORMINA AND THE EASTERN COAST
Taormina is a city regaled for its beauty, art, culture, and sun. During this six or four night vacation, enjoy the stunning views from the 4-star Hotel Villa Diodoro, learn the island's cuisine with three unique classes, and experience fun excursions, including the Godfather tour.

SECRETS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
A land of great food and wine, the Costa del Sol will expose you to all the delights of Spanish cuisine and life. This unique and cosmopolitan 6-night itinerary will fascinate your mind and delight your senses!

DISCOVERING MENORCA
Explore the island of Menorca during this Spanish culinary vacation. You will have a chance to learn Spanish recipes during hands-on cooking courses, and also to explore this amazing UNESCO biosphere reserve.

A PARISIAN RENDEZVOUS
Enjoy a culinary tour of Paris, complete with centrally-located accommodations in a 3-star boutique hotel, hands-on cooking and baking classes, market visits, gastronomic tastings and more during this 4-night itinerary.

CULINARY DELIGHTS OF PROVENCE
Spend six nights near the charming town of Les Baux, Provence, a village known for its picturesque ruins and charming life. Take hands-on cooking lessons focussing on Provencal cuisine during this relaxing sojourn in the south of France.

COOKING IN THE FRENCH ALPS
The beautiful French Alps are the prefect location for a 6-night cooking vacation at a luxurious resort. You will have four hands-on cooking lessons as well as guided excursions of the area and its food producers.

COOK ON A LUXURY BARGE
Cook on a small luxury barge in France's Languedoc region while cruising from Béziers to Carcassonne. The six-night itinerary is available for groups of four.

A WEEK IN BORDEAUX WINE COUNTRY
Stay on a beautiful French wine estate during this 7-night cooking holiday in Bordeaux. Available for a minimum of four people.

ITALIAN COOKING AT TORRE DEL TARTUFO AND CASA OMBUTO
Enjoy a relaxing week at a beautiful villa near the Tuscan town of Arezzo and learn to cook authentic Tuscan cuisine during your hands-on cooking classes.

SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF THE LANGUEDOC
Experience the Languedoc -- the largest area under vines in the world -- with a food writer and cookbook author as your guide and cooking class instructer.

Italy Cooking Classes

A FOOD LOVER'S PARADISE IN NORCIA
Explore the wonderful and undiscovered region of Umbria. Accommodations in an impossibly lovely hotel, with cooking lessons showcasing the best the region has to offer and amazing gastronomic excursions. One of our very best and favorite itineraries, Norcia is truly a food lover's paradise!.

COOK AT A VENETO RELAIS & CHATEAU
Experience pure luxury on this cooking tour to Italy and spend three fabulous nights at the amazing Relais & Chateau property, Villa Abbazia. Discover the authentic Veneto, learn culinary secrets during Italian cooking lessons, and enjoy a luxurious retreat.

FLAVORS OF THE REAL ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE
In Antica Corte Pallavicina, the last castle along the Po River, discover age-old cooking traditions, including how the King of Ham cures his famous meats. This 3-night stay takes place in the quaint town of Polesine Parmense in Emilia-Romagna.

FOODIE EXPERIENCE IN BOLOGNA
Stay in downtown Bologna, one of Europe's oldest and quaintest cities, and explore the region's famed cuisine. Visit the local food market, learn to make Bolognese sauces and pastas, and have more fun than you ever dreamed of!

BAROQUE SICILY
Known for its baroque architecture, the city of Modica is a beautiful town and a wonderful place for a culinary vacation. Stay in the best hotel in Sicily, Palazzo Failla, learn how to make exceptional Sicilian cuisine, and explore the stunning island.

DISCOVERING PUGLIA
Puglia is a fertile region known for its temperate climate as well as its production of olive oil and wine. Stay in a charming countryside mansion, known as a masseria, and learn traditional Puglia cuisine from Chef Rita.

INSIDER'S VENICE
Escape the crowds and stay on Venice's best kept secret, the Lido, or the Golden Island of the Adriatic. Experience the life of the locals and learn Venetian culinary traditions during this 3-night itinerary.

HOTEL GRITTI PALACE COOKING SCHOOL
Stay in one of the world's most famous hotels and enjoy cooking school style lessons with different chefs during this luxurious 5-night itinerary.

Italy Culinary Tours

TUSCANY COOKING IN AREZZO
Spend a week in one of Tuscany's most charming cities, Arezzo. Your home will be a lovely B&B in the center of town, and your cooking classes will be with a respected young local chef.

CULINARY TREASURES OF EMILIA ROMAGNA
Experience the Samoggia Valley, the beautiful countryside of Emilia Romagna, stay in a charming B&B, and learn how to make traditional Italian recipes that have been passed down for generations.

GASTRONOMY IN PARMA AND BOLOGNA
Discover the food basket of Italy, the Emilia-Romagna region, in this gastronomical culinary tour of Parma and Bologna. This six-night itinerary is packed with guided tours, food tastings, and one cooking class with the King of Ham. 

SEASIDE COOKING IN SPLENDID SANTA MARGHERITA
Experience the Italian Riviera when you stay for four nights in the captivating town of Santa Margherita. Ligurian cuisine is characterized by fresh herbs and vegetables, as well as seafood. 

AUTHENTIC SICILIAN EXPERIENCE FOR THE FOOD LOVER
Tour the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily with a charming guide during this 7-night vacation. While visiting the likes of Palermo, Agrigento, Modica, and Taormina, you'll also experience 3 cooking classes, 2 winery visits, and 2 olive oil tastings, among other excursions.

GASTRONOMY IN AN ITALIAN VILLA
Visit the ancient Umbrian city of Montefalco and stay in a beautiful restored Italian villa during this 4-night cooking vacation in Umbria.

Agriturismo Cooking Vacations

COUNTRY COOKING IN UMBRIA
Stay in a rustic country agriturismo and learn the secrets of Umbrian cuisine during this special week-long cooking vacation near Umbria's Lake Trasimeno.

AUTHENTIC ABRUZZO COOKING
Travel to the heart of Abruzzo and experience life at a working agriturismo, run by a husband and wife, with this rustic and relaxing getaway. This farm-to-table experience includes all meals, as well as unique excursions from the coast to the natural parks.

FLAVORS OF RURAL LAZIO
Stay at a lovely renovated farmhouse in the Ciociaria region of Lazio and explore the timeless rhythms of rural life in Italy. Visit nearby abbeys and towns, enjoy wine and olive oil visits, and spend a morning with a local shepherd.

CULINARY TRADITIONS AND TREASURES OF THE TRUFFLE
With an economy based on agriculture, Italy’s Le Marche region is the perfect place to stay in agriturismo for six nights, and to hunt for and cook with truffles. 

FARM TO TABLE IN EMILIA ROMAGNA
Get a true farm to table experience with this B&B cooking holiday in the Emilia Romagna. This three-night vacation features cooking with the farm's own berries and eggs from their chickens.

PESTO, PASTA, AND THE CINQUE TERRE
Explore the Ligurian coast, stay at a charming agriturismo in Levanto, the "gateway to the Cinque Terre," and learn authentic Italian recipes during this unforgettable 5-night cooking vacation.

IN THE LAND OF PROSECCO
At the foot of the Alps, in the heart of the Prosecco vineyards, lies your charming home for this 4-night gastronomic tour, a lovely family-owned agriturismo.

French Culinary Vacations

BONJOUR PROVENCE
Explore Provence for a week in the charming town of Maussane, exploring the local food and culture of this famed region.

DELECTABLE DORDOGNE: LAND OF THE BLACK TRUFFLE
Journey to one of France's most renowned gastronomic regions, the Dordogne, and explore the depth of flavor in French cuisine during this once-in-a-lifetime French cooking vacation.

DISCOVER COGNAC COUNTRY: FROM WINE TO GLASS
Discover the famed land of cognac and learn all there is to know about this type of brandy. Stay in a charming 17th-century hamlet.

GASTRONOMIC RETREAT IN THE QUERCY
Explore the gorgeous and historic region of the Midi-Pyrenees with three nights at a lovely Chateau and Quercy cooking classes with its Chef.

DISCOVER PROVENCE
Discover the magic of Provence and its famed Popes' Palace during your culinary vacation in Provence. Take three hands-on cooking courses with three different chefs during your 6-night culinary tour.

ELEGANT BURGUNDY
Stay in a charming 4-star chateau in the south of Burgundy, and experience this wine region with two personal concierges, the chateau's owner, and a food and travel writer from the States.

DISCOVER NORMANDY
Your four-night itinerary will show you the delights of Normandy, home to the Mont Saint Michel and Omaha Beach, as well as to an amazing culinary scene. Your hosts will introduce you to the wonders of Norman apple orchards, cheese producers, and more, during your food excursions and cooking courses.

GRAND TOUR OF THE LOIRE
Visit the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, and more, during your stay in the Loire Valley. Enjoy a hands-on cooking class in Tours, tastings of Vovray wines, and gastronomic excursions during this 4-night itinerary.

TERROIR, TOURING, AND TASTING
Tour the countryside of Provence, and explore Provencal wines during this unique 4-night itinerary. Your accommodations will be in Avignon, and your cooking tour includes a cooking class and guided visits of Provencal wineries.

COOKING IN THE LANGUEDOC
Explore one of our favorite French regions, the Languedoc, located just west of Provence. Enjoy some of France's best wines and scenery during this authentic and charming cooking tour.

Cooking Schools in Mexico and South America

A MEXICAN EXPEDITION IN THE YUCATAN
Experience the Yucatan, the "rising star" of the culinary world, during this cooking vacation in Mexico. Chef David will lead you in preparing outstanding Mexican recipes and exploring the region.

COOKING ON THE RIVIERA MAYA
Travel to Mexico's famed Riviera Maya, stay at a posh beach resort, and enjoy authentic cooking lessons at a nearby cooking school where you will learn the delectable traditions of Mexican cuisine.

HOLA MEXICO
Journey to the heart of Mexico during this 7-night culinary tour with Chef Ana, during which you will cook traditional and nouvelle Mexican cuisine and explore authentic Mexican life in a small town environment.

TASTE OF PERU
Peru is one of the world's most intriguing places, home to one of the new seven wonders of the world—Machu Picchu—and birthplace of such gastronomic delights as ceviche and Pisco. Experience the magic of Peru during this 6-night cooking tour.

CULINARY JOURNEY INTO THE AMAZON
Discover an Amazon cloud forest, home to the lost civilization of the Chachapoya, during this exclusive and unique 6-night tour in northern Peru. Experience the ancient ruins, some of which predate Machu Picchu, and discover the flavors of Peru with a mix of cooking classes, cocktail courses, and culinary tours.

CUISINE AND WINE OF MENDOZA
Explore the wine-making region of Argentina's Mendoza during a 3-night or 5-night culinary tour in South America. You will cook much more than just the famed Argentinian steak during your cooking classes, and will enjoy winery visits and mountain tours.

'Stage' Cooking Schools

AN INTENSIVE TUSCAN COOKING "STAGE" WITH CHEF CLAUDIO
Immerse yourself in the study of Tuscan cuisine in the kitchen of Chef Claudo Piantini. Visitors learn how to make everything from classic dishes to the more unusual, such as castagnaccio, with a wonderful, passionate chef in a charming town just outside Florence.

AN INTENSIVE COOKING "STAGE" IN NORCIA
Become an expert in Umbrian cuisine during a full week culinary immersion course in Norcia. The chef of the Vespasia Restaurant will teach you Italian recipes and techniques that will amaze you during this 6-night itinerary.

AN INTENSIVE COOKING "STAGE" IN THE LOIRE VALLEY
Take and intensive cooking course with your hosts, a husband and wife team of professional chefs, and become an expert in French cuisine with a bit of international flair. Your week will include hands-on cooking and pastry lessons.

Cooking and Walking Tours/Cooking and Biking Tours

COOKING AND HIKING IN THE UMBRIAN HILLS
Stay in a gorgeous Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Norcia, Italy, and explore the Umbrian hills on foot. When you are not hiking, learn the secrets of Italian cuisine from Chef Emanuele.

WALKING AND COOKING IN PORTUGAL
Discover beautiful northern Portugal and all its hidden treasures with a trip that combines both walking tours and cooking classes in two wonderful cities, Porto and Braga.

COOK AND WALK IN UMBRIA AND TUSCANY
Stay near the border of Umbria and Southern Tuscany, and explore on foot the lovely landscapes of both these regions while learning their gastronomic specialties.

BIKING AND COOKING IN THE LOIRE VALLEY
Experience the culturally rich Loire Valley, home to famed Chateaux and Manor homes, as well as to amazing French cuisine. You will bike your way around the countryside and enjoy the wonderful gastronomy of this picturesque region.

Gay Travel Destinations

The International Kitchen is proud to offer cooking vacations and tours in Italy and France designed specifically for the LGBT couples. Our gay cooking tours feature hands-on cooking lessons, gastronomic excursions, amazing food and wine, and the chance to make lifelong memories. Please see our website for our list of Gay Cooking Vacations in France and Gay Cooking Vacations in Italy.

Corporate and Incentive Travel

We are happy to create custom Corporate Retreat, Team Building, and Incentive programs for your company. With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Karen Herbst can create a unique and well-organized event for your crew. Please see our list of former corporate partnerships and contact us for a proposal.

Culinary Student Trips

For the past decade, The International Kitchen has helped hundreds of culinary school students further their culinary educations during cooking school courses and retreats in Europe. We would welcome the chance to create a cooking program for your culinary arts school and would custom design it to meet your budget and your needs. Please contact us for details.

The International Kitchen Blog

Learn more about our travel destinations, our cooking classes, our chefs, and ourselves in our Blog. We feature chef and tour guide interviews, recipes, in-depth looks at special dishes and regional wines, and discussions of cultural norms and holiday traditions.

Gift/Wedding

Have enough coasters and toasters? Register with The International Kitchen to make your dreams of culinary travel come true. Friends, family, and guests can purchase any amount of $100 or above (collectively or individually), redeemable towards any cooking vacations or one-day classes that we offer.