The Cretan Culinary Experience

This exciting educational program will share the secrets of the traditional Cretan diet, substantiated by scientific research to be the world’s healthiest cuisine. The Cretan Culinary Experience provides an authentic and culturally rich collection of classes, excursions and instructors.


  • Professors from the University of Crete
  • Guest Chefs- local and international
  • Local Cretan cooks with extraordinary expertise for a truly authentic experience
  • Cookbook Authors
  • Nutrition and Health Professionals
  • Local purveyors of cheese, olives, olive oil, herbs, honey, bread, Phyllo, wine and more

Learning Opportunities

  • Hands-on classes for children and adults
  • Theater-style lectures and presentations
  • Week-long Cretan Cooking School
  • The Olive Oil Culture of Crete
  • Health and Wellness Classes
  • Identifying Wild Greens (horta)
  • Decorative Cretan Breads for Celebrations
  • Continuing Education Classes

Excursion Opportunities

  • The Agora of Chania
  • Tour an Olive Oil Estate and Factory
  • The 3,500 year old Ancient Tree of Vouves
  • Local farms, orhcards, beekeepers and vineyards
  • Renowned local restaurants