If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site
dinner plate from the Essex


Low-Pressure Classes, High Octane Results

To ensure proper distancing, class sizes are limited.  

Please wear a mask when moving about the resort. You will not be asked to wear a mask while dining.

The classes at Cook Academy are perfect for cooks of every level, whether you spend all your free time in the kitchen or leave the cooking to someone else. Our renowned chefs love to share their passion for food and are patient, supportive instructors who guide you step by step through the preparation of a delicious meal. You can expect to acquire new cooking techniques or hone the skills you already have, plus learn industry insights that can help you entertain at home.

Classes are small, so each student gets personalized instruction.Class offerings vary throughout the year depending on the season and availability of fresh ingredients. Past courses have included cooking with Vermont beer, making fresh pasta, indoor grilling and vegetarian cooking. 

  1. Policies and FAQs
  2. Book a Class

Inner Chef

Bring out your inner Chef at The Essex Resort & Spa with our Inner Chef Package for Two Enjoy a hands-On Vermont Cook Academy Class where you will chop, dice, sauté, and prepare a 3-course meal to be enjoyed. The fun doesn't end there, as you will also get the opportunity to sit back and watch our Chef as you enjoy an intimate & interactive dinner experience made from the freshest local products at Junction. Start each day with a delicious breakfast in the Tavern.

Click To Call


Package includes:

  • Up to 25% off two nights’ accommodations for two
  • Two Essex Branded Aprons
  • Cook Academy Class for Two (reservation required)
  • Dinner for two at Junction (reservations required)
  • Breakfast for two at The Tavern Daily

Meal and spa gratuities included. Alcohol is not included. Tavern breakfast includes one juice or milk, coffee, and entrée or two sides per person. Junction dinner includes one order from each course, upcharge for premium items. Upcharges for add-ons, premium entrees, and extras may apply, ask staff member at time of meal/service. Please note spa services, dining reservations & cook academy classes must be booked in advance. Please call to reserve when you have finalized your overnight package or guest room reservations.  


Restrictions: Two Night Minimum Stay. Advanced reservations of 14 days or more required. Stays available Wednesday through Sunday. Restrictions and add-on upcharges subject to change.