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Amelia Island Culinary Academy

Amelia Island, FL, USA
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About Amelia Island Culinary Academy
Professional Chef Bill Thompson, formally with the Ritz-Carlton, offers lively, interactive cooking classes in Historic Fernandina Beach located on Beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. Chef Bill promotes both the Slow Food and the Farm to Table movements, focusing on locally produced ingredients.
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Amelia Island Culinary Academy
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Gaylen C wrote a review Nov 2018
Bethesda, Maryland31 contributions12 helpful votes
This is the first cooking class I have ever taken, and the experience was nothing short of amazing. I loved the fact that the # of participants is limited so everyone gets an opportunity to prepare the dishes. Chef Bill offers great preparation and cooking tips throughout the class and is very welcoming in fielding questions even from a novice cook. The preparation experience is awesome, but then you get to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. During this time you are provided the opportunity to engage your fellow class mates and Chef Bill in a relaxed conversation period which is the icing on the cake. With my recipes in hand, I headed out with a much higher degree of confidence and look forward to joining Chef Bill on another culinary adventure.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Bill T, Owner at Amelia Island Culinary Academy
Responded Nov 4, 2018
Thanks so much for the fantastic review!
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Ken T wrote a review Dec 2017
Rochester, New York10 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a fun two hour experience that combines island history, tour and tips from the farmers market and tips and cooking philosophy from Chef Bill as he prepares a multi-course lunch for you. This is not a hands on cooking class but one where Chef Bill prepares lunch while instructing you on how to select better ingredients, combine foods more effectively and think about cooking differently. Fun, educational and tasty !
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Response from Bill T, Owner at Amelia Island Culinary Academy
Responded Dec 27, 2017
So glad you enjoyed our Farmer's Market Tour & Class! Thank you!
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518ATLCouple wrote a review Aug 2017
Mableton, Georgia479 contributions184 helpful votes
We enjoyed our evening with Chef Bill as he prepared shrimp three different ways. He is a great chef and conversationalist. The food was amazing and he provided the recipes for us. Reservations are required. Bring your own alcoholic beverages. He only supplies water.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Bonjsc wrote a review Jul 2017
Hilton Head, South Carolina160 contributions84 helpful votes
We arrived at 10:30 for the Saturday Market Tour and class. My wife and I plus four delightful women. We all got along very well! Chef Bill provided a history of the town of Fernandina Beach during the short walk (about 6 blocks) to the market. He knows the vendors and their products. We had ample time to buy anything we wanted. He had very wisely been at the market earlier to get what was needed for the class (we didn't have to wait for him to make purchases). After returning to the class room, Chef Bill gave us the recipes for the three things to be prepared. Rice wine vinaigrette, Red pepper vinaigrette and amaretto zabaglione. It was a hot day (95+) so these dressings were light and favorable. The techniques that he showed us and the chemistry made the preparation very informative. Each dressing was prepared with a different salad and the zabaglione was matched with strawberries and black berries. When we were all finished with the eating, he brought out his home made lemon chella ( kept in the freezer). Nice finish to a three hour tour and class. He has a variety of classes and we will sign up for additional ones when we are back in the area. He keeps the classes small and he is easly to understand and answers all questions. Class is informal and therefore lots of fun while still being very educational.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Mae D wrote a review Nov 2016
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What a great experience. I cannot speak highly enough of Chef Bill! My friend and I attend Chef Bill's pasta making class and I was so pleasantly surprised. Not only did I learn how to make fresh, handmade egg pasta, I learned that it wasn't as difficult as I thought and the payoff was amazing. He showed us proper cutting technique and gave us information about the right ingredients and how to make great food with simplistic dishes. Isn't how funny how simple is often times better than anything else. Chef Bill is also so knowledgeable about Amelia Island's history and economy and it was so interesting to listen and learn not only about the culinary background of the city, but overall how it impacts the culture and the feel for the little town. There are a variety of programs for children and adults and it makes the perfect date night outing! I highly recommend the experience, and you get to taste some pretty amazing dishes!
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Date of experience: November 2016
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