Cooking in Savannah

Posted on December 2, 2010 by

Want to boost your culinary I.Q.? Consider sharpening your kitchen skills at a Savannah cooking class and you’ll be slicing, dicing and icing in no time.

Savannah is also home to two acclaimed cooking schools, both of which offer lively, hands-on classes attracting visitors throughout the year. The Chef Joe Randall Cooking School provides a full schedule of classes, from A Taste of Savannah to Southern Desserts. A nationally-renowned culinary expert who has been featured in Southern Living, The New York Times and on HGTV and The Food Network, Chef Joe has an unbridled enthusiasm for cooking and a passionate desire to share his knowledge with others.

Chef Joe warmly welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world to his cooking school, which comfortably seats 20 around a U-shaped demonstration kitchen. Located in a non-descript 1930’s cottage in midtown Savannah, this laid-back cooking school serves as one of the city’s hidden culinary treasures. The walls of this cooking school may be lined with framed articles, awards, and testimonials to Chef Joe’s culinary expertise, but he remains humble about his talent in the kitchen.

For a completely different experience, consider the 700 Kitchen Cooking School nestled in the ultra-luxurious Mansion on Forsyth Park hotel. This state-of-the-art cooking school attracts visitors with a desire to spend a few hours learning how to decorate a cake or prepare a seafood feast. At this hands-on cooking school, the most popular classes are Lowcountry Cuisine and Flavor Dynamics. Best of all, you don’t need to stay at The Mansion to enroll in a class or two.

Chef Darin, who has also served as sous chef at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando, enjoys leading classes for individuals and groups at 700 Kitchen and even offers customized culinary programs upon request. Class topics rotate throughout the year and tend to be based on seasonal menus, holidays, and culinary themes.