Everyone wants to be a kitchen whiz these days, particularly as more people realize the benefits of cooking and the dangers of processed food. Good thing there's lots of options to choose from, no matter what your culinary preferences are. It isn't that hard to become a good cook, so Singaporeans, check out these Top 10 Cooking Classes!
1) Palate Sensations Cooking School
Palate Sensations Cooking School has been in the business of educating the masses on culinary arts for over a decade, so they are well prepared with a 2000 square feet kitchen than can house up to 75 people. Many chefs, local and international, have graced the school with their presence. Classes offered include lessons on myriad techniques and cuisines. There are even classes meant for domestic helpers to better their culinary skills, which are slightly more affordable. You can even purchase a gift voucher so your friends and loved ones can enjoy a class there.
2) Food Playground
At Food Playground, you'll be encouraged to immerse yourself in Singapore's fine food culture. In fact, their Cultural Cooking Class introduces expat participants to Singapore cuisine and has won several awards for excellence. Beyond this, Food Playground also plays a role in providing flexible employment to seniors and stay-at-home mothers who want to earn a little extra for themselves, so you'd be supporting a great cause by signing up for a class with them! There are also corporate cooking challenges that can be organized for team building events.
3) Cookery Magic
Ruqxana Vasanwala has always been passionate about cooking, so venturing into Cookery Magic truly is a labour of love for her. Sign up for her classes and you will be taken on a very Asian gastronomic adventure, with influences from the melting pot that is Singapore's culture, as well as other countries like Thailand and Indonesia. With over 500 dishes in her repertoire, you will be spoilt for choice. She even has classes especially for busy bees who still want to squeeze in a recipe, which are priced at $50 per person.
4) Hungry Mummies
Whether you're looking for some new family friendly dishes to cook up at home, or you just want to learn some meals from a totally different culture, Hungry Mummies is here to help. In addition to classes for domestic helpers and solo classes, you can also have a class with your partner and be entitled to the "Cook With A Mate Group Discount". Fees are inclusive of ingredients, recipes and transportation to your location.
5) Little Green Kitchen
We haven't forgotten our vegetarian friends, as Little Green Kitchen is the perfect for those who want to learn recipes that are free of meat. Chef Shalu is intent on showing you all the ways vegetarian food can be fun and delicious, and she has lessons on vegetarian brunch meals, gluten free dishes and even festive cooking, so she's covered all the bases. Her classes clock in at 2 hours and you can opt to stay after to eat what you've cooked or take it home with you.
6) Shermay's Cooking School
Shermay Lee is a food consultant by trade and also has her own line of marinades and sauces, which feature in her cooking school recipes as well. Her cooking school has been in existence for 12 years now, making it a well-known name to locals. Now her recipes can be found online, making it accessible to anyone who wants to learn her style of cooking Singaporean and Peranakan dishes.
There are cooking schools and then there are places like CulinaryOn, which is known as a "Culinary Entertainment Centre". It started in Moscow in 2012, before opening in Singapore last year. With a 7,000 square feet studio, space is not an issue, and it is kid friendly too. There are a wide selection of cooking classes available, categorized by country and even specific themes like Cheese or Meat, to suit a particular food group or ingredient you like.
Learning exotic dishes doesn't have to come at a high price, which is why Buonissimo promises affordable cooking classes for recipes you can replicate at home. Here you can pick up the best of Greek, Mexican and Moroccan recipes. Corporate cooking events can also be organised, as they have a selection of fun games like the Masterchef Challenge. Book and pay for a class online, and you're good to go!
9) Coriander Leaf
At Coriander Leaf, cooking classes will bring you on a culinary tour around the world, with dishes from Singapore, Thailand and even Vietnam, among other places. Chef Samia Ahmad's classes are well sought after, considering her expertise in the craft, but there are also other classes by fellow chefs, Vivian Pei and Shen Tan. Corporate cooking events can also be scheduled.
10) Cookyn Inc
Cookyn believe in Making Food Fun, and there is a highly social aspect to their programs as they understand how it can bring people together. With programs suited for corporate events or even small and large groups of friends, you can definitely find a fun activity to sign up for. Check out their All Fired Up challenge, which was developed especially for Muslim guests who adhere to a Halal diet.