Whether you’re looking to branch out from your fail-safe menu, or fed up of Foodpanda deliveries and the plastic packaging that inevitably follows suit, we could all do with bulking up our kitchen bravado, just a little. From introductory courses to specialist sessions, these are the classes that will have you transformed into a Masterchef contender in no time at all.
The Mixing Bowl
Offering a range of cooking and baking classes for adults and children, The Mixing Bowl takes you back to basics and equips you with the tools to whip up a slap-up meal at home. Using simple ingredients and processes, kids’ classes also provide a great learning opportunity, giving tiny tots the chance to divide, weigh, and (when they get to taste the fruits of their labour) conquer. There are also several classes specialising in gluten-free and vegan dishes, as well as other specific dietary needs.
The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2524 0001
Classes start from $550 per person
On the tail end of Hollywood Road, this neighbourhood café also boasts a private kitchen, accessible from an entrance on New Street. Looking for a birthday party venue? Combine dinner and the evening’s entertainment with a cooking party at Corner Kitchen. Suitable for between six and 24 people, an afternoon or evening’s festivities typically last around three and a half hours and include all the ingredients you need to cook your choice of cuisine – from Spanish, French, Thai, Vietnamese, and Italian menus. BYOB is accepted and free of charge for the first three bottles. The venue also offers a free-flow package for three hours, priced at $250 per person.
Corner Kitchen, G/F, 21-23 New Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2803 2822
Classes cost $1,000 per person, with a minimum charge of $8,000 on Fridays and Saturdays (10% service charge applies)
Little Miss Macarons
Move over mermaids, there’s a new Instagram sensation on the horizon – the unicorn. These mythical creatures recently took centre stage at an afternoon tea party at The Mira, but if you’re looking for your magic to last a little longer, give building your own a go. Enter Little Miss Macarons, Anita Caswell Ng, and her Unicorn Themed Macaron Tower Workshop. Learn to master the macaron, perfect your fillings, and transform these delectable desserts into trend-setting delights.
Little Miss Macarons Workshop, Unit 5C, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Classes run from 3pm to 8pm, and cost $1,280 per person
Looking to recreate your favourite Cantonese classics at home? Martha Sherpa offers a range of Chinese cooking courses, from barbecues and marinades to dim sum, vegetarian dishes, and more. Half and full-day classes are available, using readily available produce from local supermarkets and wet markets. Martha is a firm believer that you don’t need new-fangled equipment to whip up a tasty meal – just a good wok and a hands-on approach to learning.
Martha Sherpa’s Cooking School, Flat F, 14/F, Wah Lai Mansion, 62-76 Marble Road, North Point, (+852) 2381 0132
Classes cost $1,680 per person
Co-working spaces are cropping up across Hong Kong, but a co-working kitchen? Definitely something of a novelty here. But that’s exactly what BiteUnite is calling itself. This collective of chefs and foodie enthusiasts boasts a fully-equipped professional kitchen, from which they run frequent cooking classes, focusing on everything from cooking on a budget to how to pickle your own kimchi. Classes are run by BiteUnite members, so be sure to check the upcoming events calendar to see what’s on each month.
BiteUnite, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai
Classes are priced from $450 to $1,280
ABC Cooking Studio
This Japanese cooking school has outlets in eight countries across Asia, from Japan to Indonesia. If you’re looking to dip your toes in the water, ABC Cooking Studio offers a number of trial lessons. For those ready to commit, the cooking courses lead you through the basics and help you on your way to becoming a baker ready to rival Paul Hollywood. With a focus on teaching, classes sizes are limited, and each group boasts a student to teacher ratio of four to one.
ABC Cooking Studio, Shop 108-109, 1/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2336 7022
H110-112, 1/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, (+852) 2915 1022
Shop 148, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, (+852) 2568 1722
Contact the studio for pricing information
Famed for its quirky take on dim sum, Yum Cha is now offering diners the chance to recreate their favourite morsels at a private Dim Sum Cooking Class. With options for both adults and kids, classes cater to between eight and 20 people, and are typically conducted in Cantonese, but can be done so in English, when requested. In just over two hours, you will master the art of making the perfect Siu Mai and custard bun, before tucking into a homemade afternoon tea set.
Yum Cha, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, (+852) 3708 8081
Classes cost $550 for adults and $350 for children aged six to 12
Classes take place from Monday to Sunday between 3.30pm and 5.45pm
Gaggenau Culinary Masterclass
Twenty four of Hong Kong’s culinary masterminds are sharing their skills with members of the Hong Kong public for the Gaggenau Culinary Masterclass series. Chefs include Nicolas Boutin of Michelin-starred Epure and Daniel Calvert of contemporary French bistro Belon, among others. Each class is led by a different chef and limited to 14 students, giving those enrolled a chance to learn from the pros first-hand in a state-of-the-art kitchen.
KI Island South Galleria, 19/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, (+852) 2890 1522
Priced at $1,400 per person. Click here for information on upcoming classes
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