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Cooking classes at ranches are a great way to diversify your western ranch vacation, especially if you or your travel buddy are self-confessed "foodies". Cooking classes also make a great gift for a friend or loved one, be it for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day or Christmas. And where better to indulge your passion for food than somewhere you can also indulge your passion for the cowboy lifestyle? Check out Top50 Ranches' best dude ranch vacations offering cooking classes with a touch of "yeehah"...

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, Canada, is Top50's only luxury tented safari camp, and offers culinary experiences just as exotic. Foodies can enjoy Chef Ryan’s foraging excursions and cookery classes, which can be arranged on request.

Let Echo Valley's Master Chef, Jason Folk, teach you some culinary tricks

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is another BC ranch offering cooking classes to guests - and a whole lot more! Famous for creating the ranch's healthy gourmet meals, the Canada dude ranch's Master Chef, Jason Folk, is always happy to provide guests with cooking demonstrations, tips and techniques. You might even enjoy some preview tasters of dinner to whet your appetite! Cooking lessons are offered upon request, and there is also the opportunity to explore the concepts of "Eating Right for Your Blood Type" - a healthy way of eating that promotes overall good health, including good digestion, cholesterol counts, weight loss and more. One for the health-conscious foodie!

Lazy E-L Ranch in Montana, USA, serves up food so good you'll be begging for the recipes! Ask chef Jesse for a cooking lesson and he'll be happy to oblige. Jesse says he most enjoys "watching people's eyes roll back in their heads" when they eat his food - so a cooking lesson from him will earn you some real respect at your next dinner party!

Create dishes like Jacob Leatherman's French-inspired food in a cooking class at Triple Creek Ranch

Also in Montana is Triple Creek Ranch, a luxury dude ranch whose restaurant's Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman has become famous for his French-style gourmet creations. Jacob believes the most flavorful food is that which is made simply but from the best and highest quality products: “After love, cuisine is the most important part of life," he says. Take a dude ranch vacation here and take advantage of the Triple Creek Ranch Cooking School, where Jacob is sure to transform your culinary skills and inspire you in the kitchen.

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