Most courses kick off with a trip to the market to peruse and learn about fresh ingredients.
The teacher will then give a demonstration, after which students prepare the dishes themselves, usually ones you've chosen yourself from a list. Some courses cook then immediately eat their produce throughout the whole day, but most save all dishes for mealtimes. In one day, you will generally cook around six to seven dishes, and some teachers will also cook up a few extra for you to taste. Course price usually includes a cookbook.
Instead of the market tour, some schools offer to teach either vegetable carving or how to make curry paste. This is usually done by group consensus or when the course runs for two or more days.
The cost is generally 700B to 900B per day, depending on the course and where you booked. Booking directly through the company itself is often a little cheaper than through an agent or guesthouse. Transport is usually included to and from your guesthouse.
Reputable and well known companies include:
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Tel: (053) 206 388
Fax: (053) 206 387
Tel: (053) 418 309
Tel: (053) 278 140
Website: http://thai-culinary-art.infothai.com , http://www.gaps-house.com
Tel: (053) 277 823
Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre
Tel: (053) 276 886
Fax: (053) 272 569
A Lot of Thai
Their brochure doubles as a city map, and includes some great information and eating suggestions. Contact them directly on T:(053)800724 , Mobile: (089)853 9680 or by email for more information.
Baan Thai Cookery School
Tel: (053) 357 339
Pad Thai Cookery School
Tel: (053) 380 151
Fax: (053) 207 017
Smile Cookery School
Classic Home Cooking
Tel: (053) 806 392
Three cooking classes differ from the rest:
Jungle Survival Cooking Class
(Run by Smile Cookery School) teaches how to cook using equipment that can be found in the jungle such as banana leaves and bamboo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indian Cookery School
The Indian Cookery School teaches Vegetarian Indian Cooking, where you'll learn to cook 10 dishes and also eat others. One day costs 700 baht.
27/3 Moon Muang Rd, Soi 9
Tel: (053) 223 396.
Thai Farm Cooking School
Thai Farm Cooking School does a similar class to the others, with a local market tour, but the class is held on an organic farm 17 kilometres out of Chiang Mai. You pick your own fresh ingredients from the herbs and vegetables grown there. The cost is 900 baht a day.
Tel: (053) 419 125
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