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 Summer Classes:

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

Ed Babic’s Art and Science of Pies and Tarts

August 18th at 12:30PM
Ed is a highly skilled, versatile pastry professional chef. He has taught at Culinary Institute of America and has been a guest on radio and TV shows.


In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of the three classic French doughs, Pate Brisee, Pate Sucree, and Pate Sablee. In addition, you will learn how to make basic pie dough and a lattice top pie crust, and how to “blind” bake a shell. We will have an overview of how to make a basic fruit filling, a custard filling and a tart filling. Each participant will be able to make a pie or tart to take home. Please bring a rolling pin. Questions and enthusiasm are welcome!
$75 per person
Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

In Search of the Perfect Scone with Ed Babic

Sunday September 8th @ 12:30
Have you ever wondered why scones are hard and crumbly or dry and flavorless? In this class you will learn that scones are light and airy, and even soft the next day. We will explore the various techniques that are used in scone making and you will have the opportunity to make scone dough to take home and bake in your own kitchen. Chef Ed will demonstrate the technique for making both sweet and savory scones and we will taste the finished product. You will soon be making scones that rank among the best in the world!


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

Hearty Soups for Fall with Randy Graham

Sunday October 27th @ 1:00

There’s just something about these four distinctly different yet tasty and easy-to-make soups that are perfect for Fall. In this class you will learn how to make each soup (with fresh, organic, and local produce) and then to enjoy them with warm, crusty French bread for dipping and a hot buttered rum drink, made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, to keep you warm! You will leave with a smile on your face and a comfortably full belly. Included in the $75 cost of this class is a copy of Randy’s book, the Ojai Valley Slow Cooker Cookbook.


Savory Pumpkin Soup

Hearty Cannellini Bean Soup

Tortilla Soup

Ravioli and Rosemary Soup

Hot Buttered Rum Drink

$75 per person