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

In The Orchard with Chef Robin Goldstein

Sunday March 22nd @ 1:00

Join Chef Robin for a fun afternoon in the kitchen at The Lavender Inn. This hands-on class will be a celebration of the citrus season in Ojai. Learn to make the following citrus-inspired recipes from Chef Robin’s cookbook,
A Taste of Ojai Cookbook – Flavors of the Valley


Ojai Pixie Spritz Cocktail
Citrus Salad with Fennel, Crushed Pistachio & Citrus Vinaigrette
Olive, Fig, and Tangerine Chicken
Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Loaf Cake with Candied Tangerines
$85 per person
Chef Robin of Ojai, CA/Lavender Inn, bed and breakfast

French Crepes with Chef Keith Maxwell

Sunday May 3rd @ 1:00

Keith is a native of Orange County, CA and grew up in Los Angeles. As a child, he was inspired by his mother and grandmother, both of whom were excellent cooks, as well as being greatly influenced by Julia Child and Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet.
Having experience in all phases of restaurant work since the 1970’s, from busboy to management, his resume includes Ah Fong’s of Beverly Hills, Yesterday’s of Westwood Village, and the Century West Club of Los Angeles, among others.
He apprenticed under a Cordon Bleu-trained Chef De Cuisine at Bon Appétit in Westwood Village, Los Angeles, CA.
He has performed as chef in several restaurants in Mammoth Lakes, CA, a popular ski resort destination, including The Comstock Lode, Comstock II, and The Bus Stop Café.
Cooking is among one of Keith’s utmost passions. He is continually researching and creating new and exciting recipes to share with friends and family. Keith is currently offering private chef services.


Appetizer –
• Crostini Baguette Rounds with Balsamic Bruschetta with wine and champagne pairing.
Savory Crepes – (2) Versions –
• Petit Filet of Salmon (wild caught) with steamed asparagus and
mild salsa wine reduction cream sauce nappé.
• Vegetarian – Mushroom, wild rice, and tarragon with Béchamel Gruyere sauce.
Dessert Crepe –
• “Pink Moment” Crepes – Ojai Pixie Tangerine and Pomegranate Marscapone Filled Crepe with Tangerine Pomegranate Reduction Sauce.
NOTE: All ingredients will be sourced organic as available.
$75 per person