Amelia Island Culinary Academy

35 South 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Website: http://www.ameliacooking.com/

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Learn to cook in paradise. The Amelia Island Culinary Academy offers fun-filled cooking classes in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. Head Chef Bill Thompson, Chef with the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Ritz-Carlton, Tysons-Corner for over 10 years, is a graduate of Johnson and Wales who has taught professional Culinary Arts for over 7 years. Chef Bill promotes Slow-Food and Farm to Table movements. 

Recent classes have included gluten-free workshops, Tuscan inspiration (accompanied by homemade Limoncello), French Provencal and Low Country specialties. All classes include take-home recipes, so that you can re-create dishes in your own kitchen. Chef Bill also teaches knife skills. 

On Saturdays, join Chef Bill for a lively walk to Fernandina's Farmer's Market and back to the Amelia Island Culinary Academy for a cooking class that takes you literally farm to table.  Chef Bill brings out the natural flavors of fresh, locally grown produce with light, delicious dressings and dips. Meet at the Academy: 25 South 3rd Street on Saturday Mornings rain or shine.  Cost:  $40/person

The Academy can host special classes customized to your needs, including anniversaries and birthday parties. 

A children's playroom is available adjacent to the main classroom. 

Hours: Saturday Mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm

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Dec 26, 2017 by Ken T

Fun combination of a walking tour, shopping, cooking and a great meal

This is a fun two hour experience that combines island history, tour and tips from the farmers market and tips and cooking philosophy from Chef Bill as he prepares a multi-course lunch for you. This...

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Aug 16, 2017 by 518ATLCouple

Great way to spend an evening!

We enjoyed our evening with Chef Bill as he prepared shrimp three different ways. He is a great chef and conversationalist. The food was amazing and he provided the recipes for us. Reservations are...

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Jul 02, 2017 by Bonjsc

Fun and educational from start to finish!

We arrived at 10:30 for the Saturday Market Tour and class. My wife and I plus four delightful women. We all got along very well! Chef Bill provided a history of the town of Fernandina Beach during...

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About Amelia Island

Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.

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