Cape Town is the gourmet capital of Africa, and is home to a wide range of fine restaurants and eateries, food markets and delis. It's also a great place to take a cookery class. You can either choose to do a short course, or something longer at a proper culinary school.
Many of the country's top chefs are based in Cape Town and many restaurants in the city and in the nearby towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and surrounds are repeatedly voted the top in the country in various awards.
Here's a list of some of Cape Town's better known cooking schools:
Silwood offers part time and professional cooking courses and is internationally recognised, with its graduates working in the kitchens of world-famous chefs Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White among others. Silwood awards the internationally accepted Silwood Grande Diplome after three years of training. The school's part-time courses include boerewors making, preparing romantic dinners or a steak master class.
Phone: +27 (0)21 686 4894/5
Liam Tomlin, chef and owner of Chefs Warehouse and Cookery School, presents “Basic Techniques & Methods of Cookery” – a set curriculum of 20 classes lasting about 3 hours each. Tomlin instructs aspiring chefs on the essential principles of cooking as well as covering topics such as food photography and styling.
Phone: +27 (0)21 422 01 28
Acclaimed chef, Lynn Angel, offers a fun, hands-on cooking class sharing her "Five Senses" cooking philosophy. Her food styles vary, combining her classic training with and emphasis on healthy eating and living. The classes conclude with a sit-down dinner.
Phone: +27 (0)21 683 5318
Brush up on your cooking skills, gain new ideas or pursue your dream of having your own catering business with the The Shanaaz Parker School of Cooking. The school offers full-time and part-time courses in catering and cooking. The Culinary Academy also offers several courses covering starters to desserts. Learners are supplied with recipe books to complement the courses.
Phone: +27 (0)83 453 9840
Whether you have a simple love of cooking or have the desire to make a career of it, the South African Chefs Academy has a course to suit your needs. Training is provided by five-star hotel chefs and courses include a one-year professional chef's diploma course, a six-month-long, part-time food preparation diploma, a six-month-long, part-time pastry diploma and for those who wish to simply have some foodie fun, a monthly lifestyle cooking class.
Phone: +27 (0)21 447 3168
For an authentic Cape Town experience try a Cape Town Malay cooking class. Classes take place in the kitchen of a colourful house in the Bo-Kaap. Learn to make really simple kombuis (kitchen/home-made) Cape Malay food while Gamidah, the chef, enthralls you with stories of her cultural upbringing between preparing rotis, folding samoosas, creating aromatic chicken curries and other traditional dishes. Classes are easy, fun and informative.
Phone: +27 (0)21 461 24 37
The Cape Wine Academy, recognised as the official wine education and training institution in South Africa, offers a range of entertaining and educational wine courses for members of the public, travel and tourism industries. Tailor-made wine tasting events are available for corporate groups. The courses are held in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Tokai, Durbanville, Somerset West and many other areas. All courses are presented by winemakers, viticulturists, Cape Wine Masters and people actively involved in the industry.
Phone: +27 (0)21 889 8844