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Pray, Montana U.S.A.


Dutch Oven Outfitters Welcomes You!

This school is designed to teach you the art of cooking with Dutch ovens and cast iron over open flame

 with briquettes and wood.

Whether you want to learn Dutch oven cooking as a hobby to use in your backyard or go farther and be able to travel the world working in the wilderness, lodges or any remote areas.

These classes will get you well on your way.

I offer beginners, intermediate and advanced courses.

No previous Dutch oven experience is necessary but basic cooking skills are required.

Meet the staff

I look forward to sharing my skills with you!


Sheila Dwyer

Founder/Instructor of Dutch Oven Outfitters

I am the Innkeeper/Owner of The Chicory House- Bed & Breakfast in beautiful Paradise Valley, Montana. This will be our venue for all classes. I started Dutch oven cooking for family and friends in 1988 in my backyard where I quickly turned it into a full-time job that I have as a back country wilderness camp cook since 1992. Each fall in September, I travel by horseback 32 miles one-way up and over a 10,800-foot mountain pass to the most remote location in the lower 48 states called the Thorofare. There, I cook in a primitive, off-grid setting for guests for 7 weeks. There is no cell service, no internet, no running water, no electricity; located just below the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. There is an art to Dutch oven cooking and techniques that you will need to learn. I am offering to bring my skills from the mountain to the valley floor and share my experience with those wanting to learn this skill.

The back country is not for the faint of heart, but my goal is to host a 

full-time year-round school that offers private or group classes designed around your schedule.


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