More and more vacationers are opting to spend their time off from work toiling in the kitchen—just not their own kitchen. Instead, they are traveling long distances to slave over a wood stove in a rustic Tuscany villa or over a primitive outdoor grill in Tasmania.
Anyone considering a food adventure vacation can choose from a cornucopia of different places and projects. From nearby community college courses to specialty cooking cruises to Caribbean destinations, such as the CuisinArt Resort & Spa (www.cuisinart resort.com) on Anguilla in the British West Indies, there is no shortage of choices. For example, the Culinary Institute of America (www.worldsofflavor) sponsors tours of Mexico, the Mediterranean, India, Southeast Asia and the southern United States; these trips are half cooking school and half vacation.
If money is no object, try one of the schools that target high-end travelers, such as the Greenbrier Barbeque University in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; rated “Best Barbeque Experience in the U.S.” by the Food Channel, this posh resort charges $3,100 for couples and $2,300 for singles for its sessions, which sell out fast and usually have a waiting list (contact www.greenbrier.com). On the lower end of the scale, the Institute of Culinary Education (www.iceculinary.com) in New York City offers daylong programs that average about $100 per person.
To find a cooking vacation that meets your taste and budget, contact the International Association of Culinary Professionals, which maintains a database of cooking schools that can be searched by state and specialty (www.iacp.com).
Bon voyage and bon appétit!