Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Thai Cooking Schools

Finding a cooking school in Bangkok or the major proinces is increasingly easy. Most of the major hotels that have their own in-house Thai restaurant will offer cooking classes, either as intensive hands-on sessions or as watch-and-eat events. In addition there are cooking schools that provide basic skills sufficient to prepare a Thai meal in your own home, or even training to professional standards.

The Thai Cooking School at The Oriental Hotel
c/o The Oriental Bangkok, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok 10600
Tel : 0 2437 6211, 0 2437 2918

This legendary hotel on the bank of the Chao Phraya opened its own Thai cooking school on the other side of the river a few years back. The four-day cooking course, conducted in English, is mainly a “ watch and learn” experience, with emphasis on demonstration by the chef-lecturers followed by some hand-on participation by students. Classes start off with some background on Thai cooking, followed by different cooking techniques and fruit and vegetable carving. Recipes are a blend of the traditional and the imaginative. Menu preparation and selection is included in the course, as well as how to order at Thai restaurants. Classes take place from 9 in the morning to noon, followed by lunch. Tuition is charged per class.

Benjarong Cooking Class at the Dusit Thani
At the corner of Silom and Rama IV, Bangkok 10500
Tel : 0 2236 6400, 0 2236 7238

The Dusit Thani’s Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine is one of the most sophisticated Thai restaurant in Bangkok. Its head chef runs the Benjarong cooking class every Saturday morning, from 9.30-12.30. Recipes are drawn from the restaurant’s menu and include snacks and appetisers, soup and salad, main dishes and desserts. Benjarong Cooking Class offers a very hand-on experience, and the instruction emphasizes practicality and inventiveness. The complete course comprises 12 classes, and graduates will receive a certificate as well as recipe book in English.

Modern Women Cooking School
45/6 Setsiri Rod, Opposite Samsen train station, Bangkok 10300
Tel & Fax : 0 2279 2831, 0 2279 2834, 0 2279 3524, 0 26196428
E-mail : master@mwthaicook.com
Website : http://www.mwthaicook.com

The Modern Woman Cooking School was established since 4th July 1979. The school has been instructed by Mr. Polsri Kachacheewa who is the professional of radio and TV programs concerning the house cooking and food preparing. He is the professional of food magazine and the expert of nutrition. The school offers 1- day course or half-day course for foreigner from Monday to Sunday. Please make booking one or two days in advance.

Nipa Restaurant at The Landmark Hotel
Between Sois 4&6, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110
Tel : 0 2254 0404

The restaurant offers a 7-day course designed to teach beginners all the basics of Thai cooking and enable them to prepare curries, soups, salads and other dishes that make up a Thai meal. The restaurant’s chefs lecture on ingredients and recipes, and then let students participate in the cooking and tasting. Nipa is famous for its authentic food, which has not been toned down to suit milder palates, and the course offers plenty of hand-on experience. Students will receive a recipe book in English or Japanese. Fruit and vegetable carving sessions can be arranged separately.

UFM Baking & Cooking School
Sukhumvit 33 Road, Bangkok 10110
Tel : 0 2259 0620-3

UFM offers 10-day Thai cooking courses every other month. Classes take place from 8.30-noon daily, and recipes are mix of the simple and the sophisticated, regional specialties and national favourites. Students will receive a companion book in English. Five-day vegetable carving courses are available on alternate months.

Blue Elephant Bangkok Cooking School & Restaurant
233 South Sathon Road, Yan Nawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel : 0 2673 9353
Fax : 0 2673 9355
Email : cooking.school@BlueElephant.com

Located in the heart of Bangkok opposite the Surasak sky train station, the school offers hand-on classes commencing with a visit to the morning market. Accompanied by the instructor, you will learn to select and buyThai ingredients for your personal cooking lesson. The class will be followed by a meal to sampling your own cooking as well as additional Thai dishes. Every participant, whether expert or novice, is able to graduate with a Blue Elephant Cooking Class Certificate and will receive a basket consisting of Thai herbal tea and packets of curry paste and apron. Private cooking classes can be organized for professional chefs.

Chiang Mai Cookery School
Moon Muang Road, Chiang Mai 50180
Tel : 0 5320 6388
Fax : 0 5320 6387

The school offers one-two- or three-day cooking classes in English. Recipes include northern specialties, and students will get hands-on experience with kitchen tools. Classes include northern-style lunch, where students will learn the etiquette of eating at the unique khan toke table.

Air’ s Thai Culinary Kitchen
9/1 Nong Prateep Rd., T.Nong Pakrung, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50000
Tel : 0 5324 9326-7
Fax : 0 5324 9328
Email : sales@airthaikitchen.com
Website : www.airthaikitchen.com

Air’s Thai Culinary Kitchen was established in 2004 by Mr. Chanrat ‘Air’ Karatna. Air was inspired to help visitors learn Thai cooking so that tourists could learn how to cook their favorite delicious Thai foods when they returned to their own countries. The kitchen classroom of Air’s Thai Culinary Kitchen is surrounded by herb and spice gardens that you will pick and use in the course making the learning of Thai cooking a truly unique experience.

Silom Thai Cooking School
31/11 Silom Soi Bangrak , Bangkok 10500
Tel: (Domestic) 0-47265669 or ( Oversea) +6647265669
E-mail : silomthaicookingschool@yahoo.com
Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/silomthaicookingschool

Silom Thai Cooking School offers its customers the opportunity to learn how to cook real Thai food in a traditional Thai setting, with skilled and friendly teachers who can impart the secrets of Thai cooking to customer in a fun atmosphere. Silom Thai Cooking School offers four separate courses Silom Thai Cooking School is located in the heart of Bangkok, Silom Road. We view Silom Thai Cooking School as more than just a school, but rather as an extension of our home, and an opportunity to share Thai cooking and culture with student.

Silom Thai Cooking School (Home Cooking Course) is conducted in a traditional Thai setting, and caters to people with keen interests in Food and culture. Learn to cook famous Thai dishes in a relaxed and Friendly Environment. Small classes led by certified Thai cooks make for a highly personalized and rewarding experience. Cooking is done Thai style-in an open kitchen. Each class starts with a trip to a local Market to buy fresh ingredients. You’ll get a feel for real Thai culture as you experience its rich colors, and unique tastes and Smells. Your Guide will explain about Thai tastes and customs, local meat, fish, and Produce, finding the best ingredients...even bargaining! This exciting

Program is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic cultural and culinary Experience. It’s also perfect for the serious home cook wishing to serve their family and friends real Thai food at the next dinner party, The "stay at the hotel” spouse accompanying husband or wife on A business trip, or for the adventurous traveler who wants to explore More than just the sights of our great City.

Days: Monday-Sunday (Friday by appointment only)
Time: 9:40 am. - 4:00 pm.
Class size: 1-9 people
Price: 1000 baht / person
Price include:
- Easy-to-follow recipe book
- All ingredients for cooking / Snacks / Drinks
- Transportation from/to customer residence in Silom and Surawong Road
- Market Tour
- Cooking rice & sticky rice
- Making Home made coconut milk
- Making Home made Curry Paste
- Learn how to cook four separate courses

Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Art
46/6 M00 3, Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui, Suratthani 84320
Tel : 0 7741 3172
Fax : 0 7741 3434
Email : info@sitca.net

The Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA) offers Thai cooking classes taught in modern air-conditioned facility. Everyone is equipped with an apron, their own burner at the stove, and everything needed for a complete hands-on experience. There are lunchtime and dinnertime classes. Students who participate in three or more of the evening classes receive a certificate of achievement and free souvenir apron. Training for professionals programmes began in January 2004.

Culinary Workshops at The Boathouse
Patak Road, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100
Tel : 0 7633 0015-7
Fax : 0 7633 0561
Bangkok office : 0 2439 2312, 0 2439 4740-4

The Boathouse’s Thai cooking classes, led by the resort’s executive chef, take place every Saturday and Sunday morning. Classes are very hands-on, with attendance limited to 10 persons to ensure participation by all. Recipes have been chosen for adaptability to Western kitchens. Classes are conducted in fluent English.

BAN ING NAM Health Resort & Spa
14 Moo 3 Klong Phra Udom,Pakkred, Nonthaburi, 11120
Tel: (66) 2 9627750-2
Fax: (66) 2 9627753
Email: sales@baningnam.com or info@baningnam.com
Website : http://ww.baningnam.com

Ban Ing Nam Health Resort and Spa offers Special Cooking classes for people who are ready for a little more of a challenge there are specialty classes which deal with just about every topic under the sun: vegetarian cooking, diabetic cooking, and almost any other style of cooking a person can think of. Besides, food tastes better when you make it yourself…what a great sense of accomplishment to take various ingredients and fashion them into something delectable.