5-Star Wellness Retreat

Hands-on culinary skills and education

A retreat with your own private chef

Learn healthy cooking

Be a more confident cook

Have fun in the kitchen

Cooking doesn't need to be complicated or difficult

Increase your cooking knowledge

Build confidence in the kitchen and around food

Enjoy restaurant-quality meals in your own home

Be more confident in your home kitchen so you can stop eating unhealthy convenience foods

Culinary Week

$ 3850 August 11 - 18
  • We understand that not having confidence in your kitchen skills can make cooking at home difficult. That's why our expert culinary team with more than 42 years of combined culinary experience will help you find your kitchen confidence. After all, our more than 150 5-Star Trip Advisor reviews regularly highlighting our culinary offerings can't be wrong.

Fewer than eight guests

It's hard to learn in a big crowd. That's why we keep our classes small so you can recieve the personalized instruction and culinary skills you deserve.

10+ featured classes

With so many different recipes, ingredient essentials, knife skills and kitchen gadgets, it can be difficult to know how to prepare meals that are healthy and delicious. That's why we offer hands-on cooking classes and step-by-step culinary education from our experts who will guide your transformation into a confident home cook.

Culinary kit for home

Take home a special kit for putting your culinary education first. Be the chef of your kitchen with a cutting board, apron, and chef's knife curated by Skyterra culinary experts.

We're here to help

The more you feel intimidated by your kitchen and disconnected from your food, the more you rely on eating out and convenience foods.

Cooking healthy and delicious recipes does not need to be complicated or difficult. With hands-on, individualized personal experiences at Skyterra Culinary Week, you will gain a deeper confidence in your cooking skills and greater competence in the kitchen.

At Skyterra Culinary Week we know that you want to be the confident cook of your own kitchen. In order to do that, you need to understand how and what to prepare. The problem is the vast and overwhelming amount of culinary knowledge and cooking skills, which makes you feel confused about where to start and apprehensive in the kitchen and around food.

Cut through the noise. We understand that not having confidence in your kitchen skills can make cooking at home difficult. That's why our expert culinary team with more than 42 years of combined culinary experience will help you find your kitchen confidence. After all, our more than 150 5-Star Trip Advisor reviews regularly highlighting our culinary offerings can't be wrong.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Call today.
  2. Book your specialty week.
  3. Enjoy the retreat.

So call us. And in the meantime, watch this culinary demo video so you can stop feeling intimidated by cooking your own meals and instead find your kitchen confidence.

Culinary Retreat Apron, Cutting Board, Recipe Book

Watch a culinary demo

Chef Michael shows you how to make Chicken Francese, one of our most popular entrees. Here, it is being served with cauliflower rice and brussels sprouts. This is a more involved recipe, so be sure to check out the recipe page for the full details.

Meet The Experts

MichaelVess

Michael Vess

Director of Culinary Services & Executive Chef

Every guest has different dietary needs and preferences, but all deserve food that’s beautiful, beneficial, and delicious. Michael taps into his years in the restaurant industry to ensure that each Skyterra visitor enjoys a nourishing, memorable dining experience at every single meal.

A lifelong cook, Michael has been a leader in some of the Southeast’s most well-regarded kitchens, including the Southern favorite Tupelo Honey. His multi-faceted cuisine has deep roots in traditional comfort cooking, but it is constantly informed and inspired by both world and local themes. A visit to the Skyterra culinary center during mealtimes confirms that his stunning dishes elicit a glowing response from everyone who tastes them.

He works closely with Skyterra’s resident dietitian to establish varied, nutritionally dense menus for our guests. Everyone – regardless of food allergies, restrictions or dislikes – is guaranteed mouth-watering foods with a complete nutritional profile. Michael sources whole, quality ingredients from local farms and high-integrity purveyors, so guests receive only the best.

In Skyterra’s culinary center, the value of food is not reduced to calories, protein, carbs and fat. Macronutrient content and portion sizes are important, but so are the sensory thrills and the sense of community that meals provide. Michael’s passion and dedication to his craft ensure that every guest associates eating with mindfulness and pleasure, and all are empowered to do so upon their return home.

Lindsay Ford

Lindsay Ford

Registered Dietitian

Lindsay Ford is a Registered Dietitian who believes in sustainable behavior change and honoring the body through nutrient-dense food choices. Lindsay aims to meet people where they are at, supporting their individual nutritional needs while working to create an environment in which food feeds both the mind and body. Lindsay has years of experience working with individuals battling eating disorders, those striving for weight loss and weight management, as well as those seeking enhanced athletic performance.

Lindsay’s passion stems from being a collegiate soccer player for Ball State University while battling severe disordered eating her freshman year. Her personal wake-up calls led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science followed by a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Lindsay has run the Boston Marathon, prioritizes strength training, loves a good hike, enjoys cooking, and happens to be married to Jeff Ford, Skyterra’s Executive Director.

Selected Certifications & Achievements
  • BS Exercise Science, Ball State University
  • MS Nutrition, Ball State University
  • ACSM Wellness Coach Training
  • Registered Dietitian for Power Speed Endurance
  • Registered Dietitian for Flexxbar Company
  • Pursuing CEDRD certification
  • Member of IAEDP; International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
  • Member of SCAN; Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition DPG

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