Learn to cook like a local

It’s winter time in Cape Town and what better way to spend a day than to learn to cook delicious, traditional South African food? South Africa is known for its cuisine, from simple favourites like the good old boerie roll, to delicately flavoured Cape Malay curries, served with a homemade roti and a samosa to start with. When I visit a country, one of my favourite things to do is to become familiar with the home-grown cuisine, especially when I go the self-catering route which means I can really go out and try to live like a local and test out the secret foodie hotspots. FZP has a variety of stylishly-appointed self-catering apartments, located all over the city, providing the perfect base from which to explore it.FZP Property

I love to cook and I try to gather recipes from all over the world, as they are a wonderful reminder of where I have been and of the happy moments I spent there. However, I always long for home- Cape Town and South Africa get under your skin and the smell of malva pudding, or a steaming, spicy curry make my mouth water and make me think of my beautiful city. Doing some of these cooking lessons is also a fantastic way to interact with Cape Town’s different characters, who will capture your heart through their warmth and hospitality. Learn about their history and hear their stories as they invite you into their kitchen for a glimpse of what life in the Mother City is like and how talented some of her chefs are. This is a selection of different cooking classes located around Cape Town- from sushi to chocolate work, curry making and basic cooking skills.

The Chocolate Studio

This is honestly a chocoholics dream and I tend to try to stay far away, because I know if I am let loose here it will be over for me, and I will become a happy whale-like creature, or resemble Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate factory! The Lindt Chocolate Studio offers a variety of wonderful courses, including their winter chocolate decadence class, which is the perfect way to chase away those winter blues. Learn from the master chocolatiers, and have a wonderful time with your friends and family, learning all about the art of chocolate.

Tel: 021 831 0360 Email: CPTStudio@lindt.com

Cape Malay Cooking Experience with Martha

Cape Malay is a type of cooking which originated in the Western Cape in the 17th Century, and combines a number of historical influences- it was created by the early Indian and Malay settlers in the Cape and has been evolving ever since. The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is a majestic hotel set in Constantia known for its outstanding service, beautiful grounds and famous restaurants. Martha Williams is the resident expert on Cape Malay Cooking and in this three hour course you will learn all her tips and tricks for producing outstanding Cape Malay cuisine. Tel: +27 21 794 2137 Email: reservations5@collectionmcgrath.com

Learn the Art of Sushi Making at Nobu

Nobu is located in the gorgeous six star hotel, the One and Only, in the V&A Waterfront. Become a master sushi maker, under the guidance of Nobu’s amazing chefs, and impress your friends and family.

Tel: 021 431 4511Email: Restaurantreservations@oneandonlycapetown.com

Chez Gourmet:

A well-known cooking school, run by a team of highly qualified cordon bleu chefs- whether you are a beginner or a pro looking to upgrade your skills, this ‘home of good food’ has something for everyone. There are a variety of courses on offer, just hop onto the website, check out the short courses calendar and choose the course that tickles your taste buds- I’m grappling between cake decorating and the Italian cuisine class- they both sound amazing.

Tel:  (021) 671 2080 Email: info@chezgourmet.co.za

SA Chef’s Academy

The SA Chef’s Academy has an outstanding reputation and offers monthly gourmet evenings, which are R700 per couple. Arrive and enjoy a cocktail and delicious starters and then you have a chance to become the chef and put on your apron and get to work. Watch cooking demos by professional chefs and then cook your own scrumptious main course, after which you can indulge in dessert. You also get an exciting goody gift bag and a bottle of Estate wine with each course.

Tel: 021 447 3168 Email: info@sachefsacademy.com

Giggling Gourmet

Jenny Morris is the giggling gourmet and a well-known SA food personality, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher and culinary tour guide who has an ongoing love affair with food. The Giggling Gourmet offers the Cooks Course which is a six week, ‘Around the World’ cooking tour, teaching you all the skills you need to become an accomplished cook.

Tel: +27 (0)21 425 3000 Email:  info@gigglinggourmet.com

Kitchen Angel

Kitchen Angel’s hands on cooking classes are on a Tuesday evening from 19h00 until 22h30 and include a sit down dinner. All equipment is provided, so all you have to do is bring your own apron and then start cooking and having fun with your friends and family! The Kitchen confidence classes are on a Monday and give you the skills you need to be a confident kitchen whizz.

Tel: 021 683 5318


Silwood is a wonderful school, located in a leafy road in Rondebosch, which offers fantastic part-time courses- I’ve done a few of them and got a lot out of it- I can now make you fresh pasta and summer tiramisu. They offer a range of full time and part time courses; just choose the ones you want to do.

Tel: +27 21 686 4894/5 Email: cooking@silwood.co.za

Andulela Experience Cape Malay Cooking Safari

This is a special experience, which will give you a unique insight into some of Cape Town’s fascinating history and secrets. The Bo Kaap is an area of Cape Town with a rich history and significance- learn all about it at the Bo Kaap museum, then take a stroll around the area and admire the brightly coloured houses. Pop into the shops for some spicy ingredient, and then visit your host’s own kitchen, where she will teach you with warmth and humour to make your own absolutely delicious Cape Malay feast.  Experience life in a typical Bo Kaap family home and learn to make Masala, to fold samosas and to balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay curry.

Tel: +27(0)21-7902592 Email: info@andulela.co.za

Lekka Kombuis

Gamida Jacobs is a lovely lady who will keep you entertained as she teaches you how to make scrumptious Cape Malay food- she will even come and teach you in your own home. She provides the ingredients and the expertise for a fun couple of hours cooking with family and friends. A two hour lesson is a steal at R180 per person!

Tel: 079-957-0225 Email: lekkakombuis@mweb.co.za

Chefs Warehouse

Another of Cape Town’s best known cooking schools, Chefs Warehouse offers a wide range of courses for both amateur and expert chefs- whatever level you are at, there’s always something new to learn. Check out the website to find out what courses are on at the moment.

Tel:+27 (0)21 422 01 28 Email: info@chefswarehouse.co.za

Doing a cookery course is a fantastic way to familiarise yourself with Cape Town cuisine- once you try it, you will be hooked, I’ve never met a person who doesn’t salivate at the mention of sticky toffee pudding, Malva or milk tart. Discover a whole different side to life in Cape Town- food is an integral of our culture and by choosing self-catering accommodation you can really explore all that the amazing city has to offer.

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