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.


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 to create a memorable meal.


The Ojai Culinary School is the perfect place to host your corporate team building class offered in three different formats. First, our Italian Instructor Clarissa Fishman (and Innkeeper) offers an interactive approach where employees 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. You have a choice of Italian or California/Italian Fusion classes. The second option is a Pizza Making/Interactive class with Chef Randy Graham. This class has proven to be fun yet bonding while creating your own pizzas (gluten-free as well).  The third format of our Team Building classes is similar to the TV Show “Chopped” where two teams compete to create the best recipe/food items with a preplanned set of ingredients. “Contestants” work together to plan and execute a dish to win a ‘prize’. Call Beth at 805-646-6635 for more information!

Reservations: 805-646-6635


Join us for our Winter Classes:

Raw Foods with Chef Bianca February 24th 1PM

In this class Bianca will be sharing ways to include more wholesome raw and sprouted foods into our diets. You don’t need to be a “raw foodist” to enjoy the wonderful health benefits of nutrient dense fresh organic food! We will be going over some basics like sprouting and dehydrating, making non dairy milks and then move into making veggie chips, dips, easy, quick raw food meal ideas and more!



Raw Hemp milk
Chia pudding
Mung bean and lentil sprouts
Lentil burgers
Dehydrated kale chips
Sprouted Buckwheat herb crackers
Sprouted sunflower pate and collard leaf wrap
Cilantro pesto with zucchini noodles
Raw berry cheese cake with pecan date crust
(all menu items are vegan and gluten-free)

$75 a person

Cooking Around the Mediterranean with Chef Robin Goldstein March 3rd 1PM

Discover new recipes, develop your skills and practice timesaving techniques.

Hands on participation.

Everyone will be making some of the following:
Feta Cheese Filo Parcels with pistachio and honey
Handmade Potato Gnocchi
with shrimp and scallops and herb pesto
Torta Caprese
A traditional cake of the beautiful island of Capri from Italy. A dense, moist flourless chocolate-almond cake.
$85 a person

Asian Flavors with Chef Gill Boyd- March 10th 1pm

Experience Asian flavors making four soups from different countries.  Join Chef Gill Boyd and learn how to make these soups with simplified steps so you can really make them your own. It’s really about understanding how to make the base stock, then adding layers of texture and flavors.


  • Coconut Soup Thailand 
  • Ramen Japan 
  • Pho Thailand 
  • Spice Beef Soup Korea
$75 a person

CALL 805-646-6635 for RESERVATIONS & more information on private or these public classes!