If your life goals involve MasterChef-level cooking at home, here are some classes and courses to help you hone your culinary skills in the kitchen
Singapore is a big foodie city, with top-notch restaurants, hip cafés, and cool watering holes at every turn. But there are days when we just want stay home and whip up our own meals (especially after watching MasterChef). If you, like some of us here at Honeycombers, need more culinary guidance than YouTube videos and step-by-step recipes, help is here. So don those chef whites: with this comprehensive list of cooking lessons in Singapore, you’ll be honing your culinary skills in no time.
Little Green Kitchen
Heard of the phrase – “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym”? Get lean, fit and most importantly, healthy with the help of Little Green Kitchen (and a regular workout routine). Set up by former lawyer Shalu Asnani, the cooking studio and food consultancy dispels myths of vegetarian food being boring with its range of classes including Healthy Desserts, (yummy) Gluten-Free Cooking and Classic Thai Favourites.
Little Green Kitchen, 1 Hacienda Grove, Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 457908, p. 9763 1483.
Palate Sensations Cooking School
It’s time to curb your addiction to Betty Crocker and learn how to really bake (or cook). If you’ve dreamt of becoming the masterchef of your kitchen, book a sesh or two with Palate Sensations, one of the most established cooking schools in Singapore with over a decade of experience. Brandished with a 2,000sqft open kitchen, up to 75 participants can cook up a storm in one session – perfect for team bonding sessions. It even offers classes proficient in regional cuisine – learn how to cook Peranakan, Indonesian, Thai and even Vietnamese – so if you’re a tourist visiting this part of the region, you can take a slice of Southeast Asia home… literally! Wanna really step it up though? Enrol in the Chef In Training series and you’ll be one step closer to being a professional chef (Nigella, we’re coming for you!).
Palate Sensations Cooking School, #01-03 Chromos, 10 Biopolis Road, Singapore 138670, p. 6478 9746.
ABC Cooking Studio
The newly opened ABC Cooking Studio hails from Japan and is one of the country’s top culinary schools. Situated at Takashimaya in Orchard, the famous cooking institute can take approximately 64 students at a time, and classes are kept small (maximum four students) so that each person can be given the attention he or she needs.
ABC Cooking Studio, #03-12 Ngee Ann City Tower A, 391A Orchard Road, Singapore 238873, p. 6694 6104.
Master the art of making Asian dishes from scratch. It’s Coriander Leaf’s belief that you should be taught how to make dishes perfect for everyday consumption – so don’t expect anything too OTT or chi-chi on the programme.
Coriander Leaf, #02-01 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996, p. 6532 3357.
Creative Culinaire offers a wide variety of cooking styles to help students discover the joy of being in the kitchen and expand their repertoire of dishes. Besides teaching participants how to make desserts such as macaroons and chocolate cake, their Japanese and Asian culinary classes are also popular with beginners.
Creative Culinaire, 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-03/04, Eng Hoon Mansions, Singapore 169767, p. 6324 1663
Buonissimo Culinary School
Study the art of European gastronomy at Buonissimo. Most lessons centre around French and Italian fare (you’ll be taught how to make a three-course meal), but Mediterranean and other cuisines do make an appearance on the class schedule too. Note: classes are hosted at The Expat Kitchen (see below).
Buonissimo Culinary School, #02-01, 9 Norris Road, Little India, Singapore 208252, p. 9830 0231.
Branding themselves as an edutainment cooking studio, Culinaryon aims to add a pinch of fun and dash of excitement into the mix to make cooking a relaxed and enjoyable activity. If you fancy learning exotic dishes, Culinaryon offers classes on Thai, Japanese, and Russian cuisine to spice up your cooking repertoire. If single dishes seem too mundane, Culinaryon also has themed-classes featuring diverse cooking styles to learn and dine on too.
Culinaryon, #04-63, Tower 2, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, p. 3108 0385
The line-up of chefs teaching at ToTT (short for Tools Of The Trade) is pretty impressive, with well-known names like Dan Segall (group executive chef of The Big Idea [Fat Cow, Bedrock Bar & Grill, Kinki], Janice Wong (2am:dessertbar) and Audra Morrice (finalist in MasterChef 2012) helming the classes. With such diverse chef profiles, picking up a handy skill or two in the kitchen is only inevitable.
ToTT, #01-01A, 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472, p. 6219 7077.
Step into the home of Ruqxana Vasanwala and learn how to recreate Asian classics and Singaporean favourites in the kitchen. Every session’s pretty intimate; the personable Ruqxana conducts her hands-on cooking classes before getting everyone to sit down and enjoy the dishes over some great table conversations. She also occasionally holds special cooking classes in the garden of a 100-year-old village house situated on Pulau Ubin. Neat, huh?
Cookery Magic, 117 Fidelio Street, Singapore 458492, p. 6673 2649.
Popular with expats and travellers alike, Food Playground focuses on Asian-inspired cuisine. Aside from lessons on how to make laksa, chicken rice, and satay, expect to learn a lot about the various ingredients and spices that go into each dish (origins, varieties, etc.), as well as Singapore’s fascinating food culture.
Food Playground, 24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020, p. 9452 3669.
At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy
This may not be suitable for one-off cooking classes or short-term courses, but if you’ve have always wanted to pursue a serious education in the culinary arts, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is for you. You’ll begin with an 18-month study and work diploma programme before moving on to one of the six bachelor degree tracks available upon graduation.
At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, 5/F, 28 Tai Seng Street, Singapore 534106, p. 6416 6688.
Founded in 2007 by Australian expat Annette Lang, Expat Kitchen’s cooking programmes are catered to learners from all walks of life. Even if you are new to cooking, the cooking school aims to impart the skills of making delicious Western cuisine to everyone. Learn to whip up simple Mediterranean fare or learn to make gluten- free dishes from scratch.
Expat Kitchen, 9 Norris Road, #02-01, Little India, Singapore 208252, p. 6299 4221
Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School
Founded by award-winning baker and pâtissier Dean Brettschneider, the school aims to guide both amateur and professional cooks alike in the art of baking. The culinary school offers courses such as basic bread baking and pastry making. Need to customise a class for a group? The baking school also caters to team building events and children’s birthday parties.
Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School, 1 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289495, p. 6463 5508
Whatever the occasion, these guys know how to start a cooking party for small, large, and even corporate groups. Besides organising cooking classes, Cookyn Inc hosts a couple of cooking challenges for fun and friendly competitions – how’s that for a team-building activity? Learn tips and tricks in whipping up local and international cuisine, including light bites like pastries and desserts. These guys are also pros at budgeting and sourcing for the best ingredients in Singapore, so you’ll be learning from the best.
Cookyn Inc, 31 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329979, p. 6748 4848.
The Eureka Cooking Lab
Keen on making your own bowl of Japanese ramen? Partnering with Japan’s Yamato Noodle School, The Eureka Cooking Lab has a five-day course that teaches participants how to make ramen from scratch – from noodle-making to cooking ramen broth, and even oil blending. Planning to cook up a storm with your squad? Rent its 36-seat mock-up resto or its state-of-the-art kitchen for only $200!
The Eureka Cooking Lab, 8 Jalan Kuras, Singapore 577725, p. 6456 4322.
Chantilly Culinary Studio
Want to know the secrets of creating a masterpiece that’s just too pretty to eat? Roll up your sleeves and let Chantilly Culinary Studio hone your skills in baking and decorating cakes, pastries and bread. Bring along your little chefs for its Parent and Child Baking Workshops, where they’ll be taught the basics of baking from scratch and using child-friendly kitchen equipment – with supervision, of course! There are also separate courses for juniors and domestic helpers, and our Muslim friends need not worry for all ingredients used are Halal.
Chantilly Culinary Studio, 21 Simon Road, Singapore 545907, p. 6383 2313.