Amelia Island Culinary Academy

35 South 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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About Amelia Island Culinary Academy

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. 
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19 Reviews

Nov 04, 2018 by 374gaylenc

Amazing Hands On Cooking Class

This is the first cooking class I have ever taken, and the experience was nothing short of amazing. I loved the fact that the # of participants is limited so everyone gets an opportunity to prepare...

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Dec 26, 2017 by 237kent

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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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.