Whip up restaurant-worthy dishes and cook up a storm at these top-notch culinary schools and courses.
We can’t deny that we Honeycombers love eating out. But there’s always that sweet satisfaction of slipping on our aprons and getting our MasterChef on. Whether you’re a dedicated home cook or kitchen newbie, these cooking classes in Jakarta will have you cooking up a storm in no time. Learn how to whip up tasty dishes like fiery Thai delicacies and Nyonya style Peranakan cooking – you’ll be a hit at your next dinner party.
If you only know how to cook one thing, you best make sure you know how to cook it well! Luckily Chef Blake Thornley of modern gastro-pub Queen’s Head (and former Executive Chef of Mozaic in Bali), runs weekday cooking classes where he shares his culinary secrets of putting together a killer three-course meal so you can impress at your next dinner party. Classes are IDR 550,000 per head, have to be pre-booked in advance, and run from Monday to Thursday afternoons.
Queen’s Head, Jl. Kemang Raya 18C, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 719 6219
Keen home chefs and baking enthusiasts are of course familiar with the beautiful world of Pantry Magic (we have our eye on pretty much every appliance in the store). Besides every single kitchen crockery you can think of, the kitchenware store also hosts regular cooking classes for any type of cook. From Chinese cuisine to Tex Mex delicacies, you’ll get recipes and hands on cooking tips from some of the city’s most passionate chefs. You’ll even get 10% off any Pantry Magic purchase on the day of your class! Sign up on their mailing list to find out what cooking classes they’re hosting next.
Pantry Magic, Jl. Kemang Raya 14B, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 718 2673
Blue Elephant is one of our favourite Thai restaurants in Jakarta, so you can be sure that we were pleased to find out that they host The Best Thai Cooking School program every Saturday morning. Learn their tricks of the trade and whip up your favourite Thai dishes in a matter of three hours. Classes are hands on, and include recipes and kitchen secrets, an official Blue Elephant cooking apron and certificate, fresh refreshments, and lunch in the main dining room. At IDR 500,000 this is a great way to spend a Saturday!
Blue Elephant, Jl. Cut Meutia No. 2, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 315 0980
Almond Zucchini Cooking School
Want to improve your kitchen skills? Almond Zucchini boasts top-notch cooking facilities that are decked out with Kenwood, Delongi and Pantry Magic appliances. Hands-on cooking classes range from natural bread baking to chocolate workshops. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch celebrity chefs like Chris Salans teaching a course there. Little ones aspiring for a Junior MasterChef title can also hone their culinary chops here as Almond Zucchini has plenty of cooking courses for kids on offer.
Almond Zucchini Cooking School, Jl. Prapanca 6, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 739 9303
Dapur Babah Elite
Peranakan food is always better when the recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. At Dapur Babah Elite’s Djawa and Babah Heritage Cooking Class, you’ll learn from Nyonya Oei’s family recipes on how to cook up authentic Babah Peranakan dishes using a meticulous balance of fresh ingredients – just like Nyonya used to make.
Dapur Babah Elite, Jl. Veteran I / 18 – 19, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 385 5653