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World-class cooking schools

Posted: Sep 27 2012

World-class cooking schools

Indulge in a fortnight of tastebud tantalising luxury at some of these international cookery schools. Time Out picks the best.

Tante Marie cheese workshop, San Francisco

Baked camembert with dried fruit, gratins with fontina d’Aosta, and manchego tarts are among the mouth-wa- tering dishes prepared during Tante Marie’s one-day cheese work- shop in San Francisco. If you have more time, you can spend a sinful three days in its pastry kitchen.

Cooking classes in a Moroccan medina www.holidayonthe-
Venture off the Moroccan tourist trail to forgotten Kasbahs and old seaside medinas where village women teach you to prepare lo- cal dishes and bake traditional bread. Travel by mule between mountain routes and through valleys.

Elizabeth Andoh’s cooking work- shops, Tokyo
Learn the basics of Japanese home- cooking and washoku philosophy– based on the harmony of colour, preparation and flavour in its approach to food – at Elizabeth Andoh’s cookery school in Tokyo.

Alpujarran cuisine with Sam Clark
For Spanish cuisine with an exotic stamp try a weekend in Mairena, a Moorish mountain village in southern Spain with chef Sam Clark, one half of the same-named pair who are behind London’s renowned Moro restaurant. Local produce-picking and the dubious opportunity to milk a goat are included perks for adventurous guests.

Red Bridge Cooking School, Vietnam
Master four traditional Vietnamese dishes and go shopping for banana flowers at a local village market, on a one-day-tour with the Red Bridge Cooking School. The school is located on the banks of the Hoi An River in the city of the same name, on the south-central coast of Vietnam. Half- day tours and evening classes are also available.

Tawlet’s Cooking Workshop, Tawlet (01 448129) Chalhoub Bldg, Naher Str, Mar Mikhael.
These guys started their own slow food movement in Lebanon. They’ll give classes everyday so long as it’s upon reservation. You can call them anytime between Monday and Friday and book for 101 Lebanese Cuisine or any other theme you fancy. The producer of the day (or the specialist you’ve requested) will give a class at Tawlet from 4.30pm till 6.30pm followed by a dinner of what was cooked.

Traditional Italian cookery classes, Etrusca
Flee to an Etruscan village where wild boar and wolves still roam the Tolfa Mountains north of Italy’s capital. Locals teach traditional recipes and guide visitors through wine, grappa and olive oil tastings.

Goan cuisine, India
Indian food-lovers bound for Goa,
where the cuisine is flavoured by Portuguese colonisation – can sign up for one- to eight-day courses and trips to local spice plantations.

Langa Cookery School, South Africa www.capefusion.
Luxury cooking tours in South Africa take you wine-, cheese- and chocolate-tasting between wildlife excursions and trips to beauty spots. Master the chakalaka at the Langa Cookery School, which trains poor locals at its restaurant built from shipping containers.

Jerk-meat classes, Jamaica
Learn traditional Caribbean reci- pes at a luxury resort in Jamaica. Discover how to curry goat meat and jerk pork between rosewater face-mistings on the beach and trips to the marbled, scented spa.

Ireland’s Ballymaloe Cookery School
The Ballymaloe Cookery School used to be an apple barn. Set in rolling hills on an organic farm by the sea, no-nonsense courses vary from producing butter and yoghurt to posh canapés. Run by Ireland’s celebrity chef, Darina Allen, the centre also offers professional training.

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  1. Posted by Sandra on Thu Aug 5

    Are you kidding me? You forgot the French cuisine and all the French cooking and Pastry courses !!! And, the website of Tawlet’s Cooking Workshop is (with a k). I still loveTime out Beirut :p Thanks !

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