The Best Cooking Classes in Bali

Learn how to cook like a Balinese local with one of these educational cooking classes
Learn how to cook like a Balinese local with one of these educational cooking classes | © Paul Springett / Alamy Stock Photo
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5 September 2021

Balinese dishes are closely tied to the community’s culture and ways of living – and cooking offers an unparalleled means to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. If you seek to learn more about Balinese culture – or simply want to create these delicious meals yourself – try out these cooking classes in Bali, Indonesia.

You can enjoy a traditional Balinese cooking masterclass in Ubud as part of Culture Trip’s immersive 12-day Bali adventure.

Casa Luna

Australian Janet de Neefe teaches a cooking class to Australian andEuropean tourists in the town of Ubud on Bali August 10, 2003. The16-room guesthouse, two restaurants and Casa Luna cooking school thatde Neefe and her Balinese husband own have been bu
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Casa Luna is a hospitality and culinary establishment that includes guesthouses, restaurants and a cooking school. It is the brainchild of Janet de Neefe, who has been living in Bali for decades and initiated the Ubud Food Festival – as well as the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Now married to a Balinese from Ubud, Janet will teach you about the exotic herbs and spices that make traditional food exceptionally delicious – as well as the customs and culture around food in Balinese society. Casa Luna Cooking School also provides market tours where you can pick your own ingredients from nearby traditional markets.

The Balé Nusa Dua

The Bale Nusa Dua
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This luxurious villa in Nusa Dua offers more than just accommodation – they immerse you deep into the Balinese ways of living, with programs such as the excellent Balinese cooking class. The fun class begins when Chef Nadi from The Balé himself escorts you to the markets and shows you how to source the best ingredients. The friendly, renowned chef will personally assist and guide you in the learning process – and attentively answer questions where going home with new cooking skills is guaranteed. And because the class is held in The Balé’s luxe complex, you can expect to learn in a well-equipped and tasteful kitchen.

Lobong Culinary Experience

B60E1C Fruit and vegetable market in Bedugul, Bali, Indonesia
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Cooking classes at Lobong Culinary Experience take place in a host family’s compound – where you get acquainted with a local Balinese family and learn their traditional ways. The class is led by a professional chef, and the process starts from picking fresh produce from local markets. In addition to learning how to cook delicious Balinese dishes, you’ll also have the opportunity to make new local friends and immerse yourself in authentic Balinese culture.

Bumbu Bali Cooking Class

2CCFYDK Balinese cuisine is the traditional cookery of Balinese people from the volcanic island of Bali. Using a variety of spices, blended with fresh vegetables, meat and fish
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This cooking school is one of the most sought-after workshops in the Tanjung Benoa area – a neighbourhood best known for lavish resorts and fun water sports. Chef Heinz von Holzen – who spent decades working as an Executive Chef at five-star resorts and has published numerous books on Balinese and Indonesian cuisine – is in charge, making sure every one of his students learns meaningful skills during the class. You’ll cook lunch with elaborate recipes and guidance from the chef and eat together while discussing more insights and reviews from the chef and other participants.

Anika Cooking Class Bali

In this cooking class, traditional recipes and techniques meet modern settings in an intimate, authentic Balinese-style kitchen. You’ll be introduced to traditional herbs, spices – even utensils – in order to learn how to apply traditional cooking techniques to create authentic meals and desserts. You can choose between a morning class that starts with a market tour and concludes with their cooked lunch – or an evening class that starts after lunch and concludes with dinner.

Raw Food Bali Culinary Class

KW1NHJ Sambal matah, Raw salad with Bali traditional sauce
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If you are committed to raw, healthy food, this cooking class is an excellent opportunity to learn how to make your own delicious meals. Even though the culinary class includes minimal processing, the skills that you’ll learn during the class are not remotely trivial as you’ll learn how to make raw food enticing and great tasting. If you still need a little convincing, the program also offers a nutritional lecture and raw food fundamentals.
These recommendations were updated on September 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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