Step into the kitchen and get your hands dirty with one of these popular cooking classes in Cape Town.
Cape Town has become one of the leading food cities in Africa, if not the world. Local flavours, international influence, expert chefs and idyllic locations have made it one of the best locations in which to enjoy a meal in a world-class restaurant. But if you want to figure out the magic behind some local delicacies, or simply spend an evening cooking your own meal in the company of an expert, give one of these hands-on cookery classes a go.
Bombay to Cape Town offers small, personalised Indian cooking classes in owner Gautami Seksaria’s own kitchen. Unlike more commercialised cooking classes in the city, Bombay to Cape Town offers hands on lessons with small groups. The classes start in the scenic Ocean View Drive garden with a drink of rosewater, before you move indoors to cook your way through a culinary experience linked closely to Seksaria’s fascinating story. The courses last three to four hours, include wine, and can be tailored to your specific group requirements.
38J, Ocean View Drive, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 72 633 3356
Ginger & Lime offers one of the more popular cookery courses in the Cape. Though less personable and intimate, they operate a slick kitchen with the latest equipment. They run various classes throughout the year with different expert chefs. Themes vary according to each class and the time of year, and include everything from winter comfort foods, to plant-based and low-carbohydrate meals. Guest chefs also make regular appearances to teach participants about specific cuisine, such as Cape Malay, Italian and Japanese.
2b Ave Disandt, Fresnaye, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 83 251 6282
If you’re looking for fun, informative and entertaining cooking classes in the heart of peaceful Hout Bay, then Stir Crazy will have you covered. They offer interactive classes that provide insight into various culinary arts. The focus is on creating a relaxed, intimate environment in which to learn about various cooking styles and techniques, from Thai to tapas and dim sum.
If you have a sweet tooth, clear your schedule and head to the Lindt Chocolate Studio at the V&A Waterfront Silo District. There, expert chocolatiers will teach you about a range of sweet delicacies, from making chocolate macarons, truffles and the ultimate chocolate cake, to the art of pralines, and even the secrets of chocolate décor. They also cater for younger chocolate fans with a variety of children’s classes.
Cape Town’s Jenny Morris, otherwise known as the Giggling Gourmet, is a celebrity chef with a presence across local media, and yet her cooking schools are personable, charming and intimate. The Giggling Gourmet facilitates classes for everyone from first-time cooks through to aspiring chefs. The most popular courses run over consecutive weeks and aim to teach participants important techniques taken from global cuisines. The classes all take place in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen with high-end cooking equipment.
27 Somerset Rd, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 425 3000
Silwood is one of the country’s most respected cooking schools. Their alumni have ended up in the an array of celebrity chef kitchens. Though they run professional courses for aspiring chefs, they also offer part-time courses and cooking schools for people who want to take their skills to the next level. The part-time courses cover topics like cooking for students, baking, sweet treats, and steak masterclasses. They also offer children’s classes and can organise birthday party cooking events.
40 Riverton Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 686 4894
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