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Santa Fe School of Cooking

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Address: 125 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM
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+1 505-983-4511
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
Sat 09:30 - 17:00

Come discover the rich culinary history of the "City Different” at the...

Come discover the rich culinary history of the "City Different” at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, the authority on Southwestern cuisine. The School offers a variety of authentic classes and events, including demonstration and hands on cooking classes, restaurant walking tours, and a regional market. Celebrating over 23 years in business!

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I thought this part of our tour would be a waste of time but was I so wrong. Not only did I get a better understanding of the available grown foods of New Mexico, ( hot peppers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I thought this part of our tour would be a waste of time but was I so wrong. Not only did I get a better understanding of the available grown foods of New Mexico, ( hot peppers, chilies etc ), I got to taste the meal that was prepared. I got a better understanding of the uses of spices. The... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I visited Santa Fe and Taos for 12 days over Christmas. I was on my own for a few days before my son arrived and decided to try something new, a New Mexico brunch cooking class. What a great decision! I learned so much about using spices. Chef Allen Smith and his sous chef were professional and engaging. I am... More 

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Picayune, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I enjoy cooking and I love learning about the history of different cultures through their foods. Santa Fe Cooking School satisfies both! I have attended two classes, one in April/2016, and New Year's Eve/2016. Two different instructors and menus and both great food and fun, and taught me so much about New Mexico's history. The classroom is comfortable and very... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Our recipes were thrown off because we were told that the mini premeasured portions cups were accurate, ,BUT they were not. The pre-portioned cups were way off. Messed up our final recipes and flavor.

Thank MIkerry
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

My husband and I visit Santa Fe five or six times a year and always make sure to attend a class at the School of Cooking. This past week we attended 2 demo classes: Spanish Tapas and Traditional New Mexico III. Both were taught by Michelle Chavez. The menus were well-balanced, the food was excellent and the atmosphere relaxing and... More 

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Edgewood, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I surprised my husband and signed us up for the Authentic Spanish Tapas class. This is a demo class with lunch included. It was really fun! The chef was Michelle Chavez who was so knowledgeable and engaging. Learned a lot of history and cooking techniques that we hope to use. The time went by quickly and the tapas at the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Great cooking class - very informative and entertaining. Michelle Chavez was a great instructor! I learned a lot about the history of Santa Fe as well as the history of the food. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

The Tamales class was informative and fun. Such a well run school!! Hands on teaching, knowledgeable and relevant instruction. Can't wait to take another class. Best Christmas gift! M Morgan

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We booked our holiday specifically to attend the cooking school, and were really looking forward to taking their hands-on "Salsa I" class. 2 days after we arrived in Sante Fe, they called us to say they were cancelling the course because they only had 3 people enrolled ! This is inexcusable. If there are only 3, then they should still... More 

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Pasadena, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

On this Santa Fe visit, the hubby and I were looking forward to a taking another "hands on" class at the Santa Fe Culinary School but were sad to find out that they have closed. So we decided to take a "cooking class" at the Santa Fe Cooking School for $85 a person. It sounded fabulous, Foods of Spain, right?... More 

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Nicole A, Owner at Santa Fe School of Cooking, responded to this review

I am so sorry that you were not happy with the class that you took with us earlier this week. We offer both demonstration style classes and hands-on classes. This was obviously a demonstration style class and I am sorry if that was not communicated to you in advance. I appreciate the feedback in regards to the chef and will... More 

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