How to Select the Best Cooking School to Attend in Thailand
There is something to be said about the food in the Land of Smiles. It’s rich in nutrition, flavorful in taste, and fills the stomach.
Since Thailand is known for its fresh ingredients and a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes, learning how to cook a meal from this cuisine is something truly rewarding.
If you’re a tourist wanting to explore the country’s cuisine, it’s best to take a food tour or a cooking class. But if you’re a local having tried almost all Thai food, it may be about time to spruce up your cooking prowess.
Fortunately, Thailand has an abundance of cooking schools, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. You can absolutely find a teacher or a school offering cooking classes just about anywhere in Thailand.
The challenge, however, is finding a cooking school that suits your culinary skills and what you want to learn. The good news is that we’re here to help to find the most appropriate cooking school for you. Here are some things to look for when selecting a cooking school to enrol in:
One important thing to consider when choosing a cooking school is the flexibility of classes.
In this time and age, the majority of people have tight schedules and rigid routines to follow each day. Maybe you have a daily household endeavor to maintain, a busy full-time job to keep up with, or weekly leisure activities that you enjoy with your friends. It can be rather challenging to find a cooking class that can fit in your schedule.
The flexibility of classes will, therefore, allow you to have ample time to hone your cooking skills. Of course, you don’t want your money wasted simply because you can’t attend your class on a regular basis.
Easy booking process
Another thing to look for when you’re in search of a cooking school is an online booking feature and a strong online presence.
This will save you the hassle of dropping by the school just to reserve a seat in the next class and make a payment. If you decide to enroll in a short course or staggered classes, then an easy online booking process is sure to make your life easier.
Aside from that, cooking classes with an online teaching presence will allow you to learn on your own theoretically while you apply the skills during actual classes. Many reputable schools have websites with recipes and instructions on how to cook certain dishes; these tools will surely help you enhance your cooking skills.
Most importantly, you have to strongly consider whether the menus for the cooking classes cover what you want to learn. Some schools offer extensive menus where you can cook up to six dishes (or more) and choose which of those dishes you cook. Other schools have fixed menus but focus much more on the theory and teaching, rather than rushing through as many dishes as possible. Being exposed to these different types of dishes - from soups to curries to stir-frys - will definitely take your culinary expertise up to the next level. However, teaching in a way that allows you to adapt to quickly pick up other dishes is important.
Cooking class sizes can vary significant from almost purely private classes of 1 or 2 people to large groups of 15 or more! The reality is the smaller the class the more attention you will get, but this usually makes the class more expensive.
Ultimately, how well you learn comes down to the instructors. Instructors should not only have good experience in cooking Thai food, but also understand dietary requirements and the challenges of finding ingredients overseas. Instructors with international experience are more likely to understand such challenges.
Now that we’ve listed the things to consider when selecting cooking classes, it’s about time to choose a school, book online, attend flexible classes, and cook the dishes you want to learn. Just watch out - your house is about to become the newest socialization spot as your friends won’t be able to stop coming over for some delicious Thai food!
Don't forget to check out our own class selection ranging from 4 hour morning classes to a quick and easy 1 hour afternoon class. Our classes have a maximum 8 people and are taught by Thai instructors who have worked as chefs overseas. Book online