Ojai Culinary School

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.

Culinary School in Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

Private 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 (limited to 8 people) to create a memorable meal. One popular class is our seasonal Cooking with Lavender class taught by cookbook author and Chef Robin Goldstein. Plan a weekday class and get $10 off per room.. Call Beth at 805.646.6635 to reserve your group experience.

Team Building Classes

The Ojai Culinary School is the perfect place to host your team building class.. We offer an interactive approach where participants get to know each other in an environment that is ideal for building strong relations in a fun, hands-on way while eating delicious food. For example our Pizza Making/Interactive class with Chef Randy Graham has proven to be fun yet bonding while creating your own pizzas (gluten-free as well). Call Beth at 805.646.6635 for more information!

Join us for our Winter Classes:

Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

Healthy Sauces with Chef Bianca

Sunday January 26th @ 1:00

Cozy up in the kitchen with soul-warming soups in this hands on class, perfect for the colder months. You can also stick to those New Years resolutions to eat healthier as we learn tricks to make rich creamy sauces and satisfying soups using all organic, wholesome, plant-based ingredients. Start the New Year off right with some delicious healthy recipes and fun memories!


Vegan Albondigas Soup (Mexican meatball soup)
Vegan Clam Chowder in a gluten-free bread bowl
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Pesto cream sauce
Roasted tomato Sauce
Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Plus some bonus salad dressings!

$75 per person
Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

Aphrodisiac Meals with Chef Bianca

Sunday February 9th @ 1:00

Enjoy a unique Valentine’s experience with your sweetie at the romantic Lavender Inn. We will be making delicious recipes with sensual tastes and textures you can feed your lover such as juicy chocolate dipped berries, creamy pasta bites a shared meal to enjoy together and a special dessert! We will also be learning about exotic superfoods and spices to get the blood flowing to all the right places!


Strawberries dipped in avocado chocolate mousse with maca root
Pomegranate salad with toasted pepitas and roasted fennel (optional organic goat feta)
Pasta with creamy Alfredo sauce
Hemp and brazil nut crusted tofu & butternut squash hearts with red quinoa and asparagus
Coconut cream brûlée
$75 per person
Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

Pizza Party with Chef Randy Graham

Sunday March 1st @ 1:00

In this hands-on class, private chef and author Randy Graham will show you how to make restaurant quality pizza at home using pizza stones and traditional ingredients. In addition, there will be a pizza surprise so come hungry! Recipes and copies of his most recent cookbook are included in the $75 cost of the class. Class size is limited to 8 participants so call (805) 646-6635 today to secure your reservation. This class will fill up quickly.


$75 per person
Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

Sushi with Chef Thom

Sunday March 8th @ 1:00

Sushi at home from a Sushi chef’s perspective. Thom has over 40+ years in many local restaurants such as Juro Cho, Seafresh, Watermark, and Koi in Los Angeles.
Learn the basics of making sushi at home. Preparation of rice, cutting of fish and ingredients for making nigiri sushi, sashimi and rolls.


Learn the story behind the iconic Tempura Jorge Roll (George’s Roll) from Juro Cho in Ventura and watch how to make it from start to finish. Learn how to rinse and make sushi rice., and how to form the rice for sushi and rolls. Learn the cuts of fish for sashimi, sushi and rolls.
$75 per person
Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

In The Orchard with Chef Robin Goldstein

Sunday March 22nd @ 1:00

More info to come!


Recipes celebrate the Pixie with an Ojai Pixie Spritz cocktail; a Citrus Salad with fennel and crushed pistachio with a bright citrus vinaigrette; Olive, Fig, and Tangerine Chicken; and Candied Pixies that grace a Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Loaf Cake that each guest will make in class
$85 per person