Are you a beginner cook that doesn’t know your cumin from your turmeric? Or have you been experimenting for a while and you’re ready to take on another’s country cuisine?
Perhaps you’re just after something to do now that the days are shorter and the nights colder? Whichever category you fall in, you’ll find a cooking class in Cape Town that is the answer to your problem.
Whether you go on your own or take a friend, you’re sure to learn new skills and a have a few good laughs.
Basics for beginners: Top Nosh Cooking School and Speciality Caterers
Top Nosh runs a regular cooking course for beginners. It runs over six lessons and, like all their other courses, the emphasis is on dishes that’s easy to prepare and healthy. You’ll also learn kitchen basics, like proper cutting skills.
Chef Nadin Demmler who runs the school is originally from Germany, where she qualified, but decided to move to South Africa permanently after a stint at Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl in 2000.
Cost: R1920 per person or R3540 per couple
Classes are also offered for groups of 6 to 8 people.
Indian delights: Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa is an Indian restaurant on Cape Town’s popular Long Street. On a Saturday morning they open their doors to anyone who wants to learn about India’s aromatic spices and how to use them to create mouth-watering curries. It’s a hands-on experience – you get to see, smell, taste and even roast the different spices. At the end of the class, you’ll get to prepare a curry with your class mates and sit down to enjoy it as well. You’ll leave Masala Dosa with a recipe book and spices to start you on your Indian cooking journey.
French fare: Nadége Cuisine
Some argue that food on French menus are the best in the world. If you believe them and would like to know how to cook like the French, then the cooking classes this foodie presents are for you. Nadége was born and bred in France, but has been living in South Africa for many years. She offers classes on a variety of available menus, but can also tailor-make menus to suit your specific dietary needs or food interests. Classes are presented at her home, so you’re guaranteed a relaxed learning environment.
Cost: R400 per person per class
A 4-lesson package for 2 people is also available at R2 500.
Anything in-between: Giggling Gourmet
Jenny Morris is well-known in South Africa for being the Giggling Gourmet. In her six week CooksCourse you’ll learn first-hand how to cook with just about any ingredient you can think of, from chicken to cheese, and how to prepare all the meals you’re ever likely to serve up, from starters to soups.
If six weeks are too much of a commitment for you, or if you’d like to know more about a specific xxxx, you can instead attend a Cooksclass, which deals with one speciality at a time.
Cost: Please enquire with Giggling Gourmet directly.
The at-home experience: The Little Pink Chef
If you want to learn how to cook, but you don’t want to go too far to do it, then The Little Pink Chef is perfect – they’ll come to you. You can book them for kitchen teas, birthday parties, team builder, a birthday or any other special event. They offer classes in everything from Mexican cooking to Greek cooking, teach you the secrets of making sushi and even have a class on chocolate. We say ask if you can do both the sushi and chocolate, and you’re set for a fabulous day!
Cost: Please contact The Little Pink Chef directly
Don’t forget to ask what you need to bring when you call to ask about these classes. You can expect that the cookware will be provided, but you might need to take with one or two little things.
This is a guest post from Chantel Harris