Laurels
Best Cooking
Teachers in
Orlando
2017

Why These Cooking Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored cooking teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best cooking teachers in Orlando, FL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Golden Plum Personal Chef Service

The Golden Plum Personal Chef Service is a personal chef with a weekly meal service and gourmet cooking instructor for the Winter Park and Orlando areas. Owner Susan Ytterberg is an experienced and professionally trained chef and NEHA certified professional food manager with a degree from the Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in San Francisco. She's dedicated to making sure students meet their nutritional and dietary goals with delicious, customized meals. Her recipes have been featured in books and magazines, and Golden Plum's services have recently earned a "People Love Us!" Yelp award for top reviews. Some of the cooking classes Golden Plum offers include Farm to Table Seasonal Bounty, Casual Summer Fare, Health Conscious Delights, Easy Indoor BBQ, Classic French Cuisine, Gluten-Free and Vegan Cooking, Creative Raw Food Preparation, and Friday Night Comfort Food.

Winter Park, FL(407) 961-8280

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Gourmet Magic

Gourmet Magic is a culinary instruction and social etiquette advisor located in Windermere, Florida. Originally from London, England, instructor Julia Anita has been conducting workshops, classes, seminars and briefings in business and social etiquette, communication skills, and culinary and wine appreciation to students in the United Kingdom and the United States for many years. She's written three cookbooks, including Flirting with Food, and also regularly contributes to various culinary magazines. Cooking classes teach students how to prepare delicious, healthy four-course meals. Business Etiquette classes include instruction in protocol, professional appearance, and social skills and strategy. Social Etiquette classes are available for both children and adults. Julia believes that food truly brings people together, and the many lessons learned in the kitchen can be translated into the office and corporate world.

Windermere, FL(407) 484-7378

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Katinka Bencs

Katinka Bencs is a culinary nutritionista and health coach in the Orlando, Florida area offering cooking classes and nutritional advisement. Originally from Hungary, Katinka moved to the U.S. and studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, in addition to Meghan Telphner's Culinary Nutrition Academy. Katinka's cooking classes are designed for anyone who wants to eat healthier, and her recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free. Many of the meals she designs are both vegan and organic and build upon her "Cook once, eat twice" philosophy. Each class includes time-saving tips and discussion of the healing properties of the ingredients. Katinka also specializes in cooking for mothers, with instruction highlighting pregnancy nourishment, postpartum nourishment, and baby and toddler nourishment.

Orlando, FL(312) 391-9319

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Kids Cooking Connection

The Kids Cooking Connection in Windermere, Florida is a culinary instruction provider designed specifically to teach children the basics of good nutrition and healthy food preparation. Certified Healthy Hands instructor Tracy Mohr has more than 30 years of experience working with children, teaching children's dance, and entertaining kids at Disney World as a performer. Her cooking classes follow the Healthy Hands Cooking curriculum, which adheres to ChooseMyPlate.gov educational standards. KCC also offers specialized creative cooking classes that help teach kids valuable life skills while preparing fun, healthy foods. The Kids Cooking Connection is dedicated to empowering children in the fight against childhood obesity. The company believes that every child deserves the knowledge necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle that will follow them on into adulthood.

Windermere, FL(407) 791-3346

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Orlando Cooking Classes

Orlando Cooking Classes offers personalized in-home cooking classes to residents in the Orlando, Florida area. Self-taught cook Lynn Beacher tailors each class to her students, with instruction highlighting appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. Each cooking class generally last three hours with a choice of four different menus designed to produce healthy, delicious meals.

Mount Dora, FL(352) 978-2821

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Rocks, Sticks & Hell

Rocks, Sticks & Hell is the brand of Winter Park, Florida chef Bob Aungst, who offers cooking classes in addition to his work in the food service industry. Chef Bob affectionately derived the name from a late-night cooking session in which a dearth of the usual ingredients yielded a new spin on the gluten-free chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Before moving to Florida, Aungst grew up in New England and received his culinary arts degree from Schenectady College. During his 20+ years in the food service industry, he's had the pleasure of serving three U.S. Presidents, members of royal courts, and has worked high profile sporting events including the Kentucky Derby and the Super Bowl. In the course of overseeing preparation for an average two million meals per year, Bob has gained extensive knowledge in both "front of the house" and "back of the house" food service operations. His classes are designed to teach both novice cooks and seasoned home chefs, with instruction tailored to the skill level of each individual. Class types include Cooking for Singles, Couples and Groups, Cooking with Kids, Gluten-Free, Around the World Cuisines, Crockpot Cooking, and Cooking for a Week. All of Chef Bob's classes are provided in a laid-back, fun atmosphere with hands-on training, and snacks and beverages may be enjoyed during each session.

Winter Park, FL(919) 605-6033

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Top Private Chef

Top Private Chef, located in Orlando, Florida, provides catering services and personalized in-home culinary instruction to students and novice chefs at all levels of experience. Originally from Orlando, award-winning chef John Procacci has been serving delicious, healthy cuisine to local residents for over 25 years. His spa-inspired dishes have been featured in Health, Self, and Newsweek magazines, and in 2001 he launched an organic whole foods cooking school teaching a hands-on approach to nutritious eating. John was also the Culinary Director of Healthy Chef Creations, the first national organic prepared meal distributor, for over 11 years. He is now a private chef for hire in the Orlando region. Cooking classes are offered throughout the year, and topics range from pasta making to sauce creations to themed cuisines. Chef John is dedicated to helping his students have fun while learning how to make culinary masterpieces in the privacy of their own home.

Orlando, FL(407) 376-2433

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Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living

Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living is a nutritional services company in Orlando, Florida offering cooking classes for a plant-based lifestyle. Chef Nancy Stein is a plant-based chef who has been serving the Central Florida area for over seven years with delicious, healthy recipes. She received her certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and worked as a private chef to internationally renowned nutritionist and public speaker David Meinz. She's also been a regular presenter at New World Wellness in Kissimmee, Florida for several years, in addition to performing cooking demonstrations at Orlando Earth Day. Classes include Plant-Based Lifestyle Basic Cooking, Plant-Based Cheese Making, Lactose/Casein-Free Foods, Seitan and Plant-Based Meat Analogues, and In Your Home Buffet 4 You. Students will have access to more than 20,000 recipes compiled by Chef Nancy.

Orlando, FL(407) 683-6817

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Wine and Dine Adventures

Wine and Dine Adventures is a cooking instruction provider in Orange City, Florida offering culinary classes, foodie tours, and foodie travel options for local students. Owner Rose Forbes is a board certified holistic health practitioner and nutritionist and former owner and executive chef at Asheville, North Carolina's first organic, eco-conscious bed and breakfast. As a self-taught cook, Rose loves to experiment with creative recipes, flavor combinations, and knife techniques. Wine and Dine offers a variety of classes specializing in classic, exotic, international, and experimental foods. Each class highlights a specific theme and includes interesting trivia, history, and background information about the dishes in addition to preparation instruction. Past classes have included Fresh and Healthy Mexican, Thai and Asian Extravaganza, Spanish Tapas, Italian Night, French Dinner Menu, and All-American Classics. Wine and Dine also sponsors foodie tours of local Florida restaurants and travel adventures highlighting the Napa Valley and cooking throughout the South. Wine and Dine welcomes foodies of all levels of experience.

Orange City, FL(386) 747-7427

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