When you open your refrigerator and all you see is a mess of take-out boxes and a few sad jars of condiments, it may just be time to step up your cooking skills a notch. Fortunately for you, Singapore is a haven of cooking schools for fanatic foodies and absolute beginners alike.
If you’ve always fancied yourself somewhat of an aficionado of Italian food, you’ll definitely want to check out the cooking classes at Basilico, the Regent Hotel’s elegant and inspired Italian dining venue. Classes are taught by Italian chef Angelo Ciccone, and students get hands-on instruction in the art of creating an authentic 3-course Italian meal. Popular dishes on the menu might include the Tuscan Style Bread and Tomato Soup, Pappardelle ai Funghi or the Piedmontese Beef Tenderloin with Barolo sauce and Robiola Cheese.
1 Cuscaden Rd
Tel:+65 6725 3232
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For an introduction to Singaporean cuisine and other Southeast Asian cooking techniques, join Ruxqana Vasanwala as she walks you through each step at her warm and welcoming home in Singapore. Special classes include the Signature Cooking Class, where you head to 100-year old house on a small island just 10 minutes from Singapore and learn how to make the classic dish of Nasi Kerabu using fresh jungle herbs from the garden. Private, group and corporate classes are also available, as well as cooking classes for kids.
117 Fidelio Street
Tel: +65 6348 9667
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Cookyn Inc focuses on fun foodie events for corporate groups or social gatherings like birthdays, bachelorette parties and holiday bashes. Besides just learning to cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen with an expert chef, your team can also take part in spirited challenges that include planning food budgets, racing through the supermarket to grab great ingredients, and cooking the perfect dishes with primo ingredients and creative presentation. Have a special celebration in mind? They can also create customized cooking events that are sure to be memorable.
31 Ah Hood Road, Hometeam NS-JOM Club #01-04
Tel: +65 6748 4848
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With a broad range of cuisines to choose from including South Asian, Southeast Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, Coriander Leaf gives you the basics you need to master any type of cuisine. The cooking studio at Coriander Leaf was set up with home cooking in mind, and all of the menus for the cooking classes are made up of dishes you can easily recreate at home. The classes include step by step instruction from prep to plating, and they even sell hard to find exotic spices on site so you can get started at home right away.
#02-02 Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 6532 3357
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At 7,000 square feet, Culinary On is the largest cooking studio in Asia and a great place to host fun parties, master classes, and team building activities with a gastronomic twist. The space can be divided into a conference room and four event areas, each with their own cooking stations, chef table and bar. Groups can choose from a range of cuisines to cook including Singaporean favourites, Thai curries and noodles, Italian pizzas and pastas and Spanish tapas. They also offer thematic courses for meat lovers, health nuts, kids and wine lovers.
#04-63, Tower 2, One Raffles Place
Tel: +65 3108 0385
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Just as the name suggests, Food Playground is all about fun, interactive cooking classes in an easy-going environment where you can meet new people, get your hands dirty and dig in to all the great dishes you make. The Cultural Classes are taught by seasoned local chefs who will give you insight into Singapore’s food heritage and teach you how to make tasty traditional dishes. For health-nuts, the Nutritional Cooking classes are a fun way to learn about creating nutritionally-balanced dishes and menus.
4A Craig Road
Tel: +65 9452 3669
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Little Green Cafe
Focusing on healthy vegetarian cuisine, chef Shalu Asnani disproves the myth that vegetarian food has to be boring with her fun, interactive and hands-on cooking classes at her home on East Coast Road. Classes can be tailored to a particular theme or ingredient, or students can choose from a long list of classes that cover cooking styles and techniques such as 30-minute meals, gluten-free cooking, detox recipes, Asian salads, and regional vegetarian cuisine such as Sri Lankan, Thai, Laotian and Vietnamese.
1 Hacienda Grove
Tel: +65 9763 1483
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Geared towards home gourmands looking to take their culinary skills to the next level, Palate Sensations offers comprehensive courses such as the Foundations of Culinary Arts, Fundamentals of French Pastry and the Art of Bread Making. Classes range from 1-day culinary explorations to 8-week courses that will have you cooking like a pro in no time. With an open concept studio geared up with state-of-the-art equipment and space for up to 60 people, this is hands-on cooking at it’s finest.
10 Biopolis Road,
Tel: +65 6478 9746
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Shermay’s Cooking School
Foodies in the know will recognize the Chef-Owner of Shermay’s Cooking School, Shermay Lee, as the granddaughter of acclaimed cookbook author Lee Chin Koon and an award-winning cookbook author herself. Shermay excels at teaching traditional Peranakan cuisine, although she and her team of expert chefs also teach everything from Straits Chinese to Japanese, French, Spanish and Italian, along with specialty classes like chocolate tempering, bread making, holiday sweets and beer brewing. Aspiring chefs of all levels are welcome to join any of the multitude of classes on offer.
Chip Bee Gardens (Holland Village), Blk 43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-76
Tel: +65 6479 8442
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TOTT stands for 'Tools of the Trade', and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this kitchenware emporium and cutting edge cooking school. The classes here are divided into three categories: demonstrations, hands-on baking and hands-on cooking. For the demonstrations, students watch expert chefs prepare mouthwatering dishes, sample a tasting portion of the dishes, and get to take home the recipe. Students in hands-on classes get to take home all of the dishes they create in class as well as the recipes. Besides the usual classes in Asian, European and fusion cuisine, TOTT offers unique classes such as Sugar Flower Creations, Antioxidant Cooking Demos and Sweet Treasures in Jars.
896 Dunearn Road
Tel: +65 6219 7077
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ABC Cooking Studio
Established in Shizuoka, Japan in 1985, ABC Cooking has since gone on to open over 100 branches in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The focus here is mainly on Japanese dishes, so you can learn to make all your favourites like sushi rice, tempura, okonomiyaki and katsudon. They also have wagashi classes where you can make your own Japanese sweets, plus bread-making and cake-making classes and special cooking courses for kids.
391A Orchard Rd, #03-12/12A Ngee Ann City Tower A
Tel: +65 6694 6104
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Buonissimo Culinary School
Open to foodies, beginner home cooks, amateurs and professionals alike, Buonissimo offers hands-on interactive classes every weekend that focus on a particular European cuisine. The classes are limited to 15 people each, and you generally work with a team of five people to cook a 3-course menu that you can enjoy after the class or take home with you. The classes change regularly, so depending on the week you could be covering anything from Mediterranean to French, Italian or Spanish cuisine.
9 Norris Road #02-01
Tel: +65 9830 0231
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Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School
Dean Brettschneider is an award-winning baker and patissier, author of 12 cookbooks, and a judge on various TV cooking shows, so his cooking and baking school is a must for anyone looking to learn the fine art of baking. The classes here are open to all levels and cover the basics of cakes, cookies, tarts and pastries, as well as a wide range of cuisines and cooking techniques like tapas, dim sum, sous vide and seafood.
1 Greendale Avenue
Tel: +65 6463 5508
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If you’re looking for something a bit more serious than your run-of-the-mill baking or cooking classes, Creative Culinaire is worth checking out. This culinary centre offers full and half-day courses that cover particular skills like croissant making, bread masterclasses, and macaron making, as well as one and two-week professional courses like their Professional Cafe Running Course that teaches you the essentials of running a successful cafe business.
17 Eng Hoon St, #01-04 Eng Hoon Mansions
Tel: +65 6324 1663
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Australian expat Annette Lang originally create Expat Kitchen to teach helpers and maids in Singapore how to create healthy Western meals, but her classes are open to anyone who wants to learn more about Western cooking techniques and cuisine. The classes range from Basic Kitchen Skills for beginners to Master Classes featuring complicated dishes like souffles and dinner party planning, as well as themed classes like Fish Frenzy, Gluten-free and Curry Club.
9 Norris Road #02-01
Tel: +65 6299 4221
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Rosaline Swoon is the author or ‘Grandmother’s Recipes - Tales From Two Peranakan Kitchens’, which showcases recipes from both sides of her Peranakan family. She also shares these uniquely Singaporean recipes in her cooking classes based out of her kitchen at home. The small hands-on classes are designed specifically for either domestic helpers, beginner cooks and expats or tourists looking to delve into the world of Nonya fare.
81 Gardenia Road
Tel: +65 6459 7549
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