Mandarin Oriental Thai Cooking School
MANDARIN Oriental’s renowned Thai cookery school has taught thousands of students from all over the world. Open every Mon-Sat, the school shows budding chefs how to create four-course menus with a touch of gourmet flair (menus are different on each day and change every four months). The regular class is B4,000 per person (9am-1pm); private class is B5,800 per person (2pm-5pm). A free shuttle boat service is available at Saphan Taksin pier.
48 Oriental Avenue Bangkok Tel:02 659 9000
Chon Thai Restaurant
THE Siam hotel’s signature Thai restaurant is a great spot for a private cooking class. Set within a cluster of three century-old Thai teakwood houses, which were once part of antique dealer and OSS agent Connie Mangksau’s home, the restaurant is headed by Chef Naritta Tongjitti, who only takes a maximum of two participants per class. A true ‘market to table’ experience, each day starts at 9.30am with a trip to the local market to buy seasonal ingredients before heading to Chon to learn how to make three dishes (Pad thai, Tom yum goong, and Mango with sticky rice are among the choices). B5,500++ per person.
Khao Rd, Dusit Tel: 02 206 6999
Silom Thai Cooking School
THIS great value cooking class starts with a trip to the local market where participants are taught how to select the best ingredients, before heading back to the kitchen to cook-up a five-course menu. The school offers three classes per day: 9am-1pm, 1.40pm-5.30pm, and 6pm-9pm. Menus change daily. B1,000 per person.
Silom Soi 13, Bangrak Tel: 084 726 5669
Rembrandt Cooking Studio
REMBRANDT Hotel Bangkok’s Cooking Studio opens its doors for small groups of two-four persons, and offers two-hours of expert tuition (2pm-4pm) at just B999++ per person. Price includes a cookbook, a certificate, and a sit-down meal after cooking. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.
19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Bangkok
Tel: 02 261 7100 ext.7538
ACCLAIMED Chef Ian Kittichai of Issaya Siamese Club has teamed up with Sub-Zero & Wolf, a leading manufacturer of premium refrigeration and cooking appliances, to open the Issaya Cooking Studio. Located at the new Central Embassy complex, the 170 square meter facility gives budding chefs the opportunity to learn everything from classical and basic Thai cuisine to molecular and modern culinary techniques. Classes range from beginner to professional chef levels, and the Studio is open daily. Prices for regular classes start at B2,000++ per person. Classes conducted by Chef Ian start at B4,500++.
Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Rd Tel: 02 672 9040-1 www.issayacookingstudio.com
Tinee Eatery Workshop
GOOD food shouldn’t be difficult to make – that’s the philosophy behind this no-nonsense eatery at Town in Town, which serves simple and hearty food that’s easy to make at home. Imparting the knowledge behind the dishes is owner and chef, Tinee Santiwattana, who, prior to opening her restaurant, spent 10 years living in Australia where she honed her culinary craft. Several cooking classes are on offer, including a Thai a la carte menu at B3,000 per person (four students max), a Thai Regional menu at B6,500 per person (four students max), and an Australian menu starting at B8,800 (two students max).Classes are available every Tues-Sat. Advance booking is essential.
Town in Town Soi 4, Wang Thonglang
Tel: 02 559 2475 www.facebook.com/tineeeateryworkshop
Amita Thai Cooking School
LOCATED on the banks of the Bangkok Yai canal, which feeds the Chao Phraya River, this homely cooking school gives visitors the chance to learn all kinds of popular Thai dishes made using ingredients from Amita’s own herb garden. Four-course cooking classes are available daily from 8am-1pm, priced B3,000 (includes pick up and boat transfer).
162/17 Soi Wutthakat 14 Thonburi Tel: 02 466 8966
Dusit Thani Chttp://www.dtc.ac.th, facebook.com/trainingdtcollege
IN partnership with Italy’s most prestigious culinary institute, Gambero Rosso, Dusit Thani College offers The “Best of Italian Cuisine” cooking courses during June to August. Twelve courses are offered annually. The five that are still available this year include The Real Cuisine from the South of Italy (July 19-20. B22,900 per person); Most Popular Italian Desserts (July 26-27. B19,900 per person), and Advance course: Typical Italian Menus for Feast Days (Aug 9-10. B28,900 per person). Upon completing the course, all students receive a certificate issued by Dusit Thani College and Gambero Rosso.
1 Soi Kaenthong (Next to Seacon Square), Pravet
Tel: 02 361 7811 ext.141-145
Le Cordon Bleu Dusit
THIS internationally renowned cooking school has helped shape the fortunes of many Thai restaurateurs who received their culinary grounding in its well-equipped kitchens. If you dream of opening your own restaurant, but have no idea how to cook, sign yourself up for one of its intensive courses. Among the options: a bakery course (240 hours. B195,000), and a Thai cuisine course (540 hours. B390,000), which features over 200 recipes and gives participants the chance to learn all aspects of the restaurant business. Courses begin in January, April, July, and October.
946 The Dusit Thani Building Rama IV Rd. Silom
Te:l 02 237 8877 www.lecordonbleudusit.com
Blue Elephant Cooking School
UNDER the guidance of Master Chef and restaurant founder Nooror Somany Steppe, The Blue Elephant Cooking School opened in 2002 and today enjoys a glowing reputation for being one of the best places in Bangkok to learn how to make gourmet Thai cuisine. Located on the third floor of the Blue Elephant Restaurant, the school offers group and private cooking classes all year round, and provides both theoretical and hands-on sessions. The morning course runs from 8.45am-12.30pm and includes a morning market tour, theory session and cooking demonstration of four dishes, a hands-on cooking session, and lunch. The afternoon course, from 1.30pm-4.30pm is the same as the morning program without the visit to the market.
South Sathorn Rd Tel: 02 673 9535-8 www.blueelephant.com
Cooking with Poo
KHUN Poo found instant fame with her brilliantly named ‘Cooking With Poo’ cookbook. Now you can experience her great sense of humour and delicious food first-hand by joining one of her cooking classes. Available every Mon-Sat from 8.30am, each eye-opening class takes participants into the heart of the Klong Toey community to learn about Thai produce from the locals who know it best. B1,200 per person (includes shuttle service from Emporium Suites, market tour, ingredients, and recipe cards).
Klong Toey community, Tel: 094 053 7009 www.cookingwithpoo.com
Baipai Thai Cooking School
OFFERING a home-style learning environment, the modern kitchen at Baipai Thai Cooking School is run by a team of enthusiastic chefs who conduct four-hour cooking classes every Mon-Sat (one session in the morning, one in the afternoon. Participants learn how to create one set menu). B2,200 per person per class, or B2,000 per person for group bookings (maximum of ten persons). An intensive Thai cooking program is also available.
Ngam Wongwan Rd, Soi 54, Chatuchak, Tel:02 561 1404 www.baipai.com