Try these culinary schools and learn to be a top chef
Asado This Argentinian venue is holding a one-off Christmas-themed cooking class next week. Students will learn how to prepare seasonal dishes such as gingerbread cookies, shortbread and bûche de Noël. There’s also a weekly barbecue masterclass on Saturdays – see page 64 for more details. Dhs295. Advance booking required. 11.30am-2pm, Sunday December 9. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).
Balance Café This specialist healthy-eating venue also runs cooking classes, offering a different schedule each week, and bringing in expert chefs from around Dubai for each class. Classes scheduled during December include baking, Thai food, Indian cuisine and sushi: sessions focus on healthy variations on popular dishes from each cooking style. Dhs250 per class, Dhs800 for a course of four. Times vary. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 7010).
Blue Flame Blue Flame’s cooking classes take place in a futuristic glass-encased pod situated proudly in the centre of the restaurant. The sessions take guests through the intricacies of preparing and presenting dishes from the restaurant’s meat and seafood menu, so they can make the signature dishes at home. Dhs300 (food only); Dhs465 (grape pairing). Advance booking required. Daily 7pm-9pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8555).
L’atelier des Chefs The dedicated cookery school offers a schedule of daily classes, with options for bespoke and private events. It covers cooking styles such as French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, pasta-making, sushi-making and pastry, as well classes for specific skills such as making macaroons. For example, this week cocoa connoisseurs can join the ‘chocoholics anonymous’ class, which covers mousses, tarts and fondants. From Dhs250. Times vary, see online schedule for details. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud www.atelierdeschefs dubai.com (04 702 2604).
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Launching this week, The Ritz-Carlton’s kids’ cookery classes take a Christmassy turn: children can learn to create and decorate a gingerbread house, guided by a ‘Chef Santa’. After baking, kids can enjoy an afternoon tea. Dhs225. Sat 2pm-6pm. The Library Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk at JBR (04 318 6150).
Top Chef Launched in the summer, this cooking studio offers a daily programme of classes to help aspiring and accomplished home-cooks brush up on their skills. The classes range from ‘chef to be’, which covers skills for beginners, to ‘culinary art’, which takes an advanced look at French gastronomy. The latter is suitable for those who want to impress guests with Michelin-style finesse: students create dishes such as foie gras ravioli with truffle emulsion. The school also offers kids’ and family classes, and plans to launch new barbecue and Christmas-themed classes in December. From Dhs375 (‘chef to be’ class). Times vary. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.topchefdubai.com (04 385 5781).
White Orchid Fresh from its recent renovation, White Orchid has launched new sushi classes. Students are provided with all the essential ingredients for preparing sushi (nori seaweed, fresh fish, vegetables, wasabi and rice), and taken through the key processes, from steaming the rice and cutting the fish and vegetables to rolling the sushi. Dhs200 for 90-minute class; Dhs350 including meal of taster plates. Wed and Sat 4.45pm-6.15pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort (04 814 5555).