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Top 10 Cooking Schools
Thinking of channeling your inner chef? Or perhaps you’re throwing an extravagant dinner party and need to brush up on your cooking skills. Here are our picks for the best local cooking classes for aspiring masterchefs:

By Saloni Jain | Dec 28, 2011

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Complete Deelite

Master the techniques of baking a delicious chocolate or butter cake from Jacinta Yu, founder of Complete Deelite, at her Classic Cake Technique classes. You can also join the seasonal cookery workshops that cover everything from cookies and cake pops. The icing on the cake is the 4-day Wilton Method course in cake decorating (2 hours per day for $1,550 including starter kit and certificate).
2/F, On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan St., Central, 3167-7022, www.completedeelite.com.

Coriander Connections

Learn about curries, lentils and heaps upon heaps of spices in Coriander Connections’s Introduction to Asian Cuisine class. Or take up their Appetizers and Chutneys class on January 12, where you can learn how to make aloo tikki (potato fritters) and mint chutney. Choose between private tutorials or group demo classes. The former costs $1,500 for one or two persons, while the latter costs $450 and consists of 4-20 students. Both type of classes last for 2.5 to 3 hours.
Class location in Discovery Bay. Specific address disclosed upon registration. 6698-5810, www.corianderconnections.com.

Cooking with Talent at Hotel Nikko Hongkong

Get first-hand experience of cooking professionally under the tutelage of expert chefs at Hotel Nikko. European, Chinese and Japanese cuisine and dessert classes will be held in January and February. All classes last for 2 hours and are held every alternate week. A complimentary apron and cash coupons for semi-buffet dinner at Les Célébrités will be given out at the end of the courses. Lessons will be conducted in Cantonese only.
Hotel Nikko Hongkong, 72 Mody Rd., TST East, Kowloon, 2313-4222,
www.hotelnikko.com.hk

Corner Kitchen

Get a hands-on, Western culinary experience with New York chef and food stylist Vivian Herijanto. Reserve a lunch or dinner cooking party at $1,000 per person and enjoy your own creations at the end of the cooking class. Pricing includes ingredients and tapas along with wine, coffee or tea.
G/F, 20 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2803-2822, www.corner-kitchen.com.

By Joanne’s Stylish Baking

Start off the New Year by whipping up some special cakes like purple glutinous rice coconut milk, banana leaf palm sugar and many more. Or opt for the Great Popular Cookies course and impress your New Year party guests with macadamia or coffee and walnut cookies. All of the instructors are fully bilingual.
5/F, Chang Pao Ching Building, 417 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2833-2066, www.byjoanne.com.hk

6 Senses Cooking Studio

Director and chief instructor of the studio, Denise Wai believes in promoting a healthy lifestyle through cooking. Special cooking classes, from gluten-free to low-fat, are provided to people suffering from serious food allergies or people requiring special diet arrangements.
Unit E, 3/F, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau St., Tai Kok Tsui, 2838-9905, www.s6nses.com/

Martha Sherpa’s Cooking School

At Martha Sherpa’s, you’ll learn how to marinate meat, prepare crunchy shrimp and cook restaurant-caliber Chinese food. If you prefer spicier cooking, immerse yourself in authentic Thai cuisine by using fresh herbs and spices to make curry paste or dipping sauces. Appointments have to be made in advance for all cooking classes. Lessons are conducted in English and are also available in Cantonese, Fujian, Mandarin and Taiwanese upon request.
Flat B, 1/F, Lee Kwan Building, 40-46 Argyle St., Mong Kok, 2381-0132, www.cookery.com.hk.

Chinese Cuisine Training Institute

Cook authentic Chinese dishes at Fun Kitchen by signing up for a tailor-made, 4-hour course. Apart from the experienced chefs, trainees are present to offer any kind of help you might need. The program costs $770 per person, which includes a lunch meal prepared by trainees, a certificate and souvenir. A minimum of 10 people is required.
7/F, VTC Pokfulam Complex, 145 Pok Fu Lam Rd., Pok Fu Lam, 2538-2200, www.vtc.edu.hk/~ccti/index.htm

Art-Tastic Hobbies Centre

If you’re ga-ga for Asian cuisine and cake-baking, owner Renu Singh will be a great source of knowledge. You can study cuisines from all over Asia, including Lebanese, Malaysian and Indonesian. Or join the Fun with Fondant course and learn new ways to decorate cakes. Special cooking classes are also provided for teenagers or novices in cooking.
Room A2, Block A, 3/F, Friend's House, 4-6 Carnarvon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2739-8681, www.art-tastichobbiescentre.com

Towngas Cooking Centre

You could go the easy route and take the introductory course—Introduction to Chinese Cuisine, for January—or shake things up by joining the Flame Cooking Demonstration classes. You’ll learn about the differences between flame and non-flame cooking methods and how they affect the taste and texture of food. Online registration 3 days prior to class is required.
B/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2576-1535
www.towngascooking.com

 

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