As we kiss this year goodbye and welcome 2016, how about bidding adieu to bad habits and resolving to eat well and healthy for the rest of your life. While it can’t change your habits, the world’s most famous and priciest health and fitness resort, the Golden Door, can teach you to prepare more nutritionist and less figuring-busting meals. The spa is offering an immersive week-long cooking school next summer during the weeks of July 31–August 7 or August 28 and in the fall on Sept. 4. Participants will learn how to work with organic farm-to-table ingredients to meals that inspire wellness. There will be an intensive three-hour session daily with executive Chef Greg Frey, Jr. and the Golden Door culinary team that will include topics such as Kitchen and Cooking Basics, Knife Skills, Stocks and Sauces, and Vegetable Sourcing and Preparation. For the final session, guests prepare an entire sumptuous, farm-to-table feast from scratch.
Also during the week there will be educational workshops on bio-intensive gardening and nutrition and special sessions with culinary experts, renowned chefs and fishmongers. Tours of the Golden Door property take guests to see and learn about the organic vegetable garden, citrus and olive groves, and bee farm. A field trip provides the opportunity for an up-close look at a local organic farm and a conversation about specialty-food growing. After a hard day in the kitchen, participants can relax with afternoon pampering from facials to body massages or jump into activities such as as yoga, archery, hiking, cardio boxing and fencing.
The cost for the school is $10,850 a person and is for women only during the summer, coed in September. The fee includes lodgings, meals, activities and a Golden Door chef’s jacket, apron, recipe book and kitchen tool kit. To reserve a place in the Golden Door Cooking School experience, call Golden Door Reservations, (866) 420-6414.
Snuggled in a valley between San Diego and Los Angeles, the Golden Door offers a finely-tuned mind, body and spirit experience that focuses on each guest’s goals. Any workout clothing you need is provided from T-shirts to hoodies and warm-ups, jackets, hats, rain parkers but not shoes and you will need a sturdy pair to hike it. You also get robes, kimonos, slippers, all the toiletries you’ll need for a week and full-pampering not only by the therapists but by your room attendants who go out of their way to keep you comfortable. in elegantly simple comfort as they travel their own personal journey. Relax, restore, refresh. The Golden Door is a way of life—revealing the best individual balance of healthy mind, body and spirit.
By the way the cooking school could make a fabulous gift for the man, woman or couple who has everything.