Learn how to whip up everything from local dishes and Japanese classics to Italian fare and more
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, #03-05, Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 457908
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 40 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 Korean, Chinese, 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!
Palate Sensations Cooking School, #01-03 Chromos, 10 Biopolis Road, Singapore 138670
ABC Cooking Studio
ABC Cooking Studio, which hails from Japan, is one of the country’s top culinary schools. With three outlets in Singapore, the classes teach you to master the art of Japanese cuisine, from takoyaki to tempura to tonkatsu. It also offers international cuisine like Korean, Indian and Italian. You can take up the 12 lessons, 24 lessons or 36 lessons, depending on your cooking skills and interest.
ABC Cooking Studio, various locations.
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
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 puff pastries and choux pastries, their Japanese and Asian culinary classes are also popular with beginners.
Creative Culinaire, 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04, Eng Hoon Mansions, Singapore 169767
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 Greek and other cuisines do make an appearance on the class schedule too.
Buonissimo Culinary School, Little India and Sentosa Cove.
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, it offers classes on Italian and Spanish cuisine to spice up your cooking repertoire. If single dishes seem too mundane, there are also themed-classes featuring diverse cooking styles to learn and dine on too.
Culinaryon, #04-63, Tower 2, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Short for Tools Of The Trade (ToTT), this studio lets you make dishes closer to home like chicken rice and nasi lemak – all from scratch too. You can also bring the little ones for the Junior Chef classes (fun stuff!). While you’re at it, shop or upgrade your kitchenware from the curated selection of brands like Jamie Oliver and Cuisinart.
ToTT, Century Square and Suntec.
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
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
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
Founded in 2007 , 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
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
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
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