Our customers fall in love with us

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unforgettable experiences

More reasons to love us

Lisa Marie Boehmke, Twin Lakes, Colorado Umbria 2019

"Cooking Studio Taos offered a perfect balance between exploring, learning and relaxing.  More importantly they give you the truly authentic experience of the country you are touring. Most definitely a gem of a studio."

Carol W.

"We had a family from NYC over the holidays who participated in a private class for their family and chose to do New Mexican cuisine, and here is her email she sent when they returned home:   Dear Chris and Valerie-- We LOVED that cooking class. It may have been the highlight of our ski week. Thanks so much -- and guess what? I served biscochitos last night in NYC to rave reviews. Woohoo! "

From a group of six friends visiting from Colorado July 2014

"I'm not sure if you've heard from the others yet, but let me just say that we had a BLAST with you and your whole family.  We feel this is the best cooking class we've experienced and we just couldn't quit talking about it.   Your warmth and hospitality were most appreciated---we really loved the interest in us as people and individuals.  Unforgettable.   And the food was fabulous."

Kay and Neil Glassie, 2019

"We just wanted to thank you for a wonderful and delicious October and November Taos Secret Supper. We enjoyed both of them so much. We enjoy the food, but also meeting everyone and being able to see the different and beautiful homes. We hope to be able to attend more Secret Suppers in the future when we visit." 

Yvette Wiltgen, Sunshine, Louisiana, Portugal 2019

"This trip offered just the right blend of hands-on kitchen activity and excursions out in the gorgeous Portuguese countryside.The days were well-planned, yet there was room for spontaneity.The accommodations, a charmingly restored historic property surrounded by beautiful grounds and vineyards provided a feeling of relaxation and renewal. We ate wonderfully, authentically, shopped in local markets and just being in the same kitchen with Chef Chris will make you a better cook.  Looking forward to my upcoming fourth trip with Cooking Studio Taos."

Yvonne F, Denver, Colorado from Umbria 2017 

“Fantastic. The trip of a lifetime with my daughter. The location was wonderful and even better than I had imagined. The week was well planned with diverse activities including sightseeing, wine-tasting, experiencing a pottery factory, vineyards, olive groves with olive oil tasting and of course wonderful food. Chris is a terrific chef and teacher and Valerie a great organizer.  Loved ALL of it and making new friends”.

Rebecca Lenzini, Publisher, Nighthawk Press

“We hope to repeat the experience at some point in the future.  If you need any endorsements, don't hesitate to contact me.  All best to you, Chris and the gang meanwhile”.

Muriel Desloovere

Dear Chef Maher,

The dinner you prepared for the Dali/Opera group Sunday night was the perfect ending to our marvelous four-day excursion to Santa Fe and Taos.  If I had to chose among the courses which one was my favorite (and luckily I don’t since I was able to taste them all), I’d say the red lentil soup came in second as it was like no other lentil soup I’ve ever had; its flavor and consistency were happily surprising.  However, my highest accolades go to the seared ahi tuna.  This is one of my favorite choices when I go out to eat and I’ve eaten it in many restaurants.  Yours is by far the best I’ve ever had.  Not only was it off-the-boat fresh (and it wasn’t even Thursday), but the sauce in which it was served complemented it in the most delicious way. The evening was memorable.  Thank you so very much.

About Us​

Come have an unforgettable food adventure with your hosts, James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher & Executive Director, Valerie Maher. Bon Appétit!

Contact Us

P: 575-776-2665
E: cookingstudiotaos@mac.com

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Located in beautiful Arroyo Seco, New Mexico - Call for Directions!

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