The Amelia Island Culinary Academy 


Historic Downtown FERNANDINA BEACH

on Amelia Island, FLORIDA

(904) 515-6863


​​*DEMONSTRATION classes make students feel like they’re on a live cooking show!  Similar to the programs viewed on Food Network, students relax and watch as Chef Thompson prepares the food, demonstrating the techniques and skills used in professional kitchens. 

*Roll up your sleeves and bring an apron for PARTICIPATION CLASSES!  Chef Bill will teach you to improve your skills and techniques while creating delicious meals.

*Both types of classes are interactive and lively, with questions encouraged and the mysteries of cooking techniques revealed.  Students are invited to taste the dishes and will receive copies of all recipes.  

About the Classes

Chef Bill Thompson loves to cook and has fun when he’s cooking!  His classes demonstrate basic and advanced culinary skills, increase student’s self-confidence, and make you laugh!  After receiving his Culinary Arts degree, Chef Thompson worked in small independent restaurants in foodie city Charleston, South Carolina before joining the Ritz-Carlton culinary team.  

Chef Bill writes a weekly Cooking Column 
featuring his own recipes for Jacksonville's 

Folio Weekly​​

Click below for Chef Bill's recipes & column:

*Former  Ritz-Carlton  Chef 

*Taught professional Culinary Arts for over ten years

*Graduate of Johnson & Wales University