All about bread and cheese Sounds difficult, but talented chefs promise to make it easy. Learn the tricks of the trade of baking bread, and then enjoy your very own produce with a fine selection of local and int Maximum ten people per class with both running from 3-6 pm. Cost BD 25++, inclusive of drinks and dinner (which you prepare!). Saturday, March 23. Call (17 171 000).
Cucina Italiana Fancy learning to produce the sort of Italian dishes mama used to make? Cucina Italiana started cooking classes in January and they’re already booked out for the whole year… so they’re going to be putting on extras.
Chef Fortunato shares the secrets of great Italian cuisine in a fun atmosphere and all classes include appetiser and main course, complimentary drink and take-home recipes.
Classes run on the third Wednesday of each month, except July 3, which is the Wednesday before Ramadan.
It’s a minimum of five and maximum of 12 people per class and they run for an hour and a half. Cost is BD10 or BD100 if you book a course of 12. Those who book for a whole year also get a certificate of completion, a Cucina Italiana apron and a recipe book. Call (17 001 317).
Rulla’s kitchen If you don’t fancy one of the commercial classes but still want to learn, check out Rulla’s international and Lebanese lessons, which are conducted in her own kitchen in Saar.
Taking place on Wednesday mornings, with prior booking only, classes run for an hour and a half and you can learn either Lebanese, Russian, Moroccan, Italian or various other types of cuisine – she rotates but if enough people come together she is happy to go with their choice of dishes.
There’s a maximum of eight to a class, cost is BD15 and Rulla also conducts individual lessons on request. Call (39 082 677).
Sheraton The Sheraton’s award-winning Chinese restaurant Soie has one of the island’s longest-running Chinese cooking classes and, though it’s no longer a regular Friday thing, you can still learn all you need to know from chef Cheng if you make a group booking for a minimum of ten (maximum of 12) people.
Classes cost BD12++ per person for a two-hour session and you can either dine in after your class or take away the yummy items you’ve made.
Individual classes do still take place from time to time so check with the hotel what’s available. Call (17 524 560).
Sofitel Bis Italiano The Sofitel also offers a great Italian cookery class under the watchful eye of head chef Kim Gates in it’s award-winning Fiamma restaurant. You’ll learn all sorts of skills, from making pasta to producing delicious antipasti, then sit down to a lunch of what you cook.
Classes run from 10am-noon on the first Saturday of each month. Cost BD18 including soft drinks and water.
Go Asian with chef Phuc Take a journey through the very best of South East Asian cooking with another award winner at Wok.
Classes are for six to ten people on the third Saturday of each month. Cost BD18. Call (17 636 414).