The Santa Fe School of Cooking

The Santa Fe School of Cooking

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally-acclaimed, recreational culinary school and market specializing in the foods and techniques of the southwest. Our sparkling new facility offers a hands-on kitchen and a greatly-enlarged demonstration kitchen, accommodating more guests for a variety of exciting new classes and traditional favorites in a memorable setting for groups and team-building events.

Taught by some of the best chefs in Santa Fe, all of our classes are designed to be entertaining, educational and delicious. Guests receive a deeper understanding of the history and culture in Santa Fe and the signature ingredients that have created our unique cuisine. Recipes from classes are provided, and a plethora of spices, sauces, cookbooks and cooking tools are available in the onsite market.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking

Now celebrating 25 years in Santa Fe, the School offers a year-round class roster that runs the gamut from ever-popular traditional New Mexican staples such as tamales, enchiladas and salsas all the way to a 3-day Culinary BootCamp Immersion experience. Family cooking classes make spring break or summer vacation an unforgettable time for bonding over food, and special events feature noted chefs, cookbook authors and food mavens from around the globe.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking

Summer brings outdoor cooking classes at Estrella del Norte Vineyard, nestled in the historic setting of the Nambe Valley. One-of-a-kind dinners “At the Artist’s Table” provide an extraordinary view into the inspirational process that sparks the creativity of artists and chefs alike. And Restaurant Walking Tours introduce guests to the electric personalities and eclectic kitchens of the talented chefs who have made Santa Fe their home.

Come cook with us and take the flavor of Santa Fe home with you!





Classes are scheduled year-round




Santa Fe School of Cooking


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125 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA


“A must do if you want to learn about real New Mexican cuisine!”
– TripAdvisor review from Lsada2010, on December 27, 2013


Raised on an Idaho ranch, the Founder of the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Susan Curtis, has good food in her blood. Fishing, hunting and foraging added to a communal table laden with fresh garden produce and home-cured meats. She raised her family the same way, aware that a convivial sharing of work and pleasure makes life taste that much sweeter.

In 1989, Susan’s desire for a new life chapter and her love for traditional foods anticipated the cultural shift towards local sustainable lifestyles. Her foresight, focus and passion created a home-grown success story. Still active at the School, Susan has co-authored cookbooks on the foods of New Mexico and remains deeply committed to her family, community, and the original philosophy of the School: to celebrate and share the distinctive techniques and flavors of regional Santa Fe cuisine.

A Santa Fe native, the School’s Director of Operations, Nicole Curtis Ammerman, has immersed herself fully in the goals laid out by her mother. Nicole’s love of family and friends drew her back to Santa Fe, where her dedication to New Mexico culinary traditions has enriched the scope and abilities of Santa Fe’s original cooking school.

Nicole added Culinary Boot Camp experiences to the School’s signature roster of traditional Santa Fe cooking classes and created popular Restaurant Walking Tours, which benefit the School’s guests and provide exposure for local restaurants. She has wholeheartedly embraced the School’s mission to support the Santa Fe food community, sourcing some of the School’s produce from employee gardens.


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February 11, 2011

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