Ojai Culinary School

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The intimate Lavender Inn is the setting for the innovative Ojai Culinary School. The cooking school offers a wide variety of hands-on and demonstration cooking classes ranging from visiting chefs to local artisanal cooks. The emphasis on the cooking classes is to develop technique and expertise along with a sense of ease in the kitchen. PRIVATE COOKING CLASSES: Let us cook up a celebration for you – whether it’s a birthday, a bridal shower, or just a group getting together. We can tailor your class to your group’s cooking skill level and type of desired menu. Chefs will work side by side with your group to create a memorable meal. See below for more on private classes.


strawberriesSweet & Savory Farm Fresh Strawberries with chef April Tucker

Sunday, June 7th @ 1pm

Ready for something different?  Join Chef April Tucker as she shows you how many out of the box ideas you can make with Strawberries.  This class will satisfy your sweet & savory palette. 

April’s passion for cooking began at a young age.  Encouraged by her parents and influenced by her Hispanic roots, she honed her skills and became a private chef and caterer, teaching cooking and nutrition classes at various locations for both children and adults.  In addition, April was a vendor at a Maryland farmers market for several years selling homemade baked items and canned goods.

The Menu:  Arugula strawberry salad with Gorgonzola and sweet basil vinaigrette, Chilled Strawberry Reisling Soup, Grilled Strawberry Goat cheese sandwiches, Strawberry Mint sparkling limeade, Pistachio Strawberry Tart.

This Class is limited to 10 participants. $65 per person.


robinCooking with Lavender with Private Chef Robin

Sunday June 28th @ 1 pm

Come celebrate the Lavender Festival with Private Chef Robin.  Author of a “Taste of Ojai“, Chef Robin will bring her Mediterranean travel experiences and over 30 years of experience to the plate!
You’ll enjoy how she uses fresh ingredients to awaken all your senses.  All of the ingredients will be organic, locally sourced (when possible) and sustainably raised.

The Menu:  Lavender Marscapone Spread with Handmade , Lavender-Fig Crackers served with a refreshing Lemon-Lavender Cocktail, Lavender Infused Brick Roasted Chicken with Lavender-Mint Salsa Verde, Potatoes with Lavender and Rosemary, Lavender Infused Brown Butter Shortbread with rose scented whipped cashew cream

This class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person.


Upcoming classes!

July 12th Summer Farm to Table with Suzanne Landry


For more information and reservations call the Lavender Inn at 805-646-6635.

***  a 72 hour cancellation required for a full refund.   The Lavender Inn is conveniently located behind the arcade in downtown Ojai at 210 E. Matilija. The Foodie Package is available for those who stay at the Lavender Inn while taking a class with a 10% off your room for one night per class.


Create your own private class for 8 – 12 of your friends! Whether it’s a Birthday, Baby shower, Family-get-together, kid’s party, company retreat, or time with friends, we can help you design an intimate class and menu around your theme. These classes are unique way to spend time with friends and enjoy delicious food. Sweet? Savory? We cater to any palate with a long list of chefs including April Tucker, Aparna Khanolkar, Chef Marcus Hollingsworth, Karen Evenden,, Private Chef Robin, Suzanne Landry and many more … Let us help you create the ultimate food experience and leave the work to us! The Ojai Culinary School @ The Lavender Inn 805.646.6635 210 East Matilija street , Ojai (across from the Rainbow Bridge)