10 Cooking Courses in Cape Town You Need to Try!
Looking to upgrade your culinary skills, learn to make local cuisine or just have a fun evening with friends? Here are some of the best cooking courses on offer in Cape Town.
Make Samosas in the Bo-Kaap
Cape Fusion Tours offers a variety of cooking experiences, including Cape Malay cooking in the Bo-Kaap. This is a half-day course, which starts with a visit to the District 6 Museum and a walk through the Bo-Kaap to visit Atlas Spices, plus two other community projects before heading to a local Cape Malay home to cook. You’ll get to make rootis from scratch, samosas, traditional Cape Malay curry or Bobotie. The tour ends off with a relaxing cup of cardamom tea.
Curry at Masala Dosa
At Masala Dosa you can learn the art of blending spices and create your own unique curry mix with their fun and creative approach to the art of Indian cuisine. You’ll get to take home a little recipe booklet and your spice blends. Once you have completed the first class you can go back to make Paneer, Puri bread and spiced green tea! Classes can also take place in the comfort of your home or garden!
Have a Jol at Food Jams
Food Jams are not really cooking courses, but more social gatherings where you are paired up with friends or strangers at a food station and given one of Jade de Waal’s magical recipes to prepare for the group. The delightful and very passionate Jade, imagines up most of these concoctions, which will honestly blow your mind and you’ll find yourself making things you’ve never even heard of. An absolutely joyful and delicious way to spend an evening!
Go International at Ginger and Lime Food Studio
With cooking courses like Taste of the Karoo, Argentinian, Asian Fusion and French on offer, there’s always something different to look forward to in Denise Levy’s kitchen in Fresnaye. A self-taught cook, Denise’s personal specialties include sauces, marinades and dressings that complement the cuisine she prepares. Denise and the team’s focus is very much a passionate and fun approach to food. The cooking classes are relaxed and very interactive. As a student you leave with a full tummy and a recipe booklet. Cooking experiences often include renowned chefs like Matt Manning, Liam Tomlin and Niell Anthony – so you’ll get to rub shoulders with some proper foodies too.
Mix up some Fun with Stir Crazy
The Stir Crazy Cooking School aims to teach new kitchen and entertainment skills and in the process, have as much fun as possible! They offer specialised cooking courses such as one-off singles evenings and weekend courses. The classes are intimate and interactive and new themes are regularly introduced. Past sessions include Dim Sum making, Vietnamese and Cambodian cooking, Banting creations and preparation of Morocco cuisine. Depending on the number of people attending, cooking classes may be hosted as a demonstration class, but will include volunteers to assist the chef in preparing the evening’s meals. The aim is to ensure you get the most out of the event, as well as first-hand experience on how each meal is prepared, highlighting the tricks of the trade.
Eat all the Chocolate at the Lindt Studio
Become a real chocolatier – or just have all the fun at the Cape Quarter’s Lindt Chocolate Studio where you can learn everything from truffle making and the art of cupcakes to more serious feats like chocolate tempering and décor moulding. There are also themed lessons for occasions like Valentine’s Day and children can visit to make their own creations for Easter and Christmas.
Get all the Cooking Tips and Tricks at Top Nosh
Chef Nadin Pospech hosts cooking lessons aimed at beginners, domestics and enthusiastic food lovers who want to experiment with new dishes and learn some tricks and tips in the kitchen. You can choose to do extended courses of 4-6 sessions or join her once-off themed classes that cover everything from Mediterranean and sushi to vegetarian and gluten-free cooking. Students are also welcome to bring wine and drinks to enjoy while they cook!
Make Pasta With Enrica Rocca
Enrica Rocca’s cooking school in Cape Town – run with her friend Emma Freddi – is where you can learn how to make authentic Italian dishes and prepare homemade pasta. The half-day option will equip you with the skills to prepare an authentic Italian banquet and takes place in Emma’s beautiful home in Constantia. Plus you will get to cook with herbs and vegetables picked from her kitchen garden using the freshest and strictly “in season” products throughout the meal. The full-day course will take you on a discovery of the most important wine producers in the Constantia Valley, as well as introduce you to the wonderful world of Italian cuisine! There is also a wine pairing class for those vino lovers!
The Kitchen Cowboy
Renowned chef Pete Goffe-Wood runs cooking courses and classes with themes like baking bread, braai tricks and even the art of butchery. The classes are a bit undercover and happen sporadically so check his blog for updates!
Learn New Techniques at Chez Gourmet
For those who want to learn the basics, upgrade their skills or fine-tune their cooking, Chez Gourmet – meaning ‘The Home of Good Food’ – has loads of short courses for you to take part in. Here a team of passionate, fully qualified Cordon Bleu chefs offer fun and informative classes. Check their website for a full list of lessons on offer.