Cooking schools around the world

Frying fish cakes at Baipai If you’re interested in learning about cooking, last week’s final RTÉ Winter Food radio programme focused on cookery schools in Ireland and abroad. Programme guest Sinéad Gleeson has more information on the programme over on The Sigla Blog. I haven’t yet embarked on any cookery classes here but I very much enjoyed the few that I did in New Zealand at the Mediterranean Food Company and with cookery teacher extraordinaire Judith Cullen.

As for exotic locations, the last time I was in Bangkok I did a Thai cookery course at Baipai Thai Cooking School which I can’t recommend highly enough. It cost 1,400 Baht per person (about €30 at the time) for a whole morning of hands-on cooking, a recipe book and a lunch which, of course, you make yourself.

Step-by-step, with our small class of eight making every effort to follow her actions, the teacher demonstrated how to make fish cakes (Tod Man Pla), stuffed chicken wings and some gorgeous little banana custards. There were some ardent cooks in the class – as well as some who were less than enthralled at being there! – but it looked like everybody enjoyed the day, cooking, eating and getting to meet both the wonderful Thai staff at Baipai and fellow travellers. If you’ve ever got a morning to kill in Bangkok, amidst the temple visits and shopping, water taxis and cafés, it’s well worth signing up for a class.

Baipai Thai Cooking School, 150/12 Soi Naksuwan, Nonsee Road, Chongnonsee, Yannawa, Bangkok, THAILAND 10120. Email:



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2 Responses

  1. Sinéad says:

    That Thai course sounds amazing, there are sooooo many out there, I couldn’t believe it. You name the foodstuff, a whole of people are running courses on it in every part of the world.So myself and Suzy have been volunteering you to start your own food podcasts? :)What do you reckon?

  2. Caroline says:

    I’ve noticed the volunteering going on! I’d love to get into podcasting and back into radio but it’s the same old excuse at the moment – lack of time. Still, it’s an idea…

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