Dubai cooking classes

We check out the top cooking classes in Dubai if you fancy learning a new skill to impress your mates with 21 Comments

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Nobu: Fans of Nobu Matsuhisa’s culinary style can now learn to cook like him. From May 2, Nobu is running monthly cooking courses. At 9am on the first Saturday of the month, small groups of 15 eager diners can learn to make sushi before heading to the kitchen, where chef de cuisine Herve Courtot will walk them through mains. Afterwards, they’ll put together a chocolate bento box. At noon, the group can feast on their labours. Can you think of a more edifying way to spend the weekend? Book ahead, as spaces are limited.
The Atlantis (04 426 0760). The first monthly cooking class starts May 2 at 9am and costs Dhs1,250 with lunch. Reservations are required.

Park Hyatt: Don’t feel you have time for a cooking class? At the Park Hyatt, culinary scholars can book a class according to their schedule and can choose the itinerary as well. The chefs de cuisine at Thai Kitchen and at Traiteur are both available to teach couples and small groups a number of recipes, and the focus is up to you. We do, however, recommend sticking to Italian and Thai themes, as that’s what the chefs, respectively, specialise in.
Classes cost Dhs295 per person, Dhs445 with a glass of champagne or premium wine. Groups can be from two to eight. To book a session, call 04 602 1804 or email

Cin Cin: Does wine talk leave you feeling fuzzy headed? Who can blame you, with all that chat of tannins, bouquets and legs? Luckily, you vino-saviour has come in the form of Matthew Jones, a wine educator who is hosting monthly appreciation courses at the Fairmont’s prestigious wine bar, Cin Cin. Next time someone says you don’t know your Alsace from your Bourdeaux, you can tell them to go Burgundy off. Plus, each wine course comes with unlimited cheese. Now that’s a deal.
The Fairmont (04 311 8316). The next appreciation course is on May 6 at 7.30pm and explores wines from Burgundy. Prices are Dhs185 per person.

The Cigar Bar:
If you want to fit in at the old boys’ club, it helps to know your malts. The third Wednesday of every month, whisky aficionado Leith Matthews explores the tradition and science behind some of the world’s most popular spirits. Attendees can also enjoy some of the establishment’s premium cigars while sipping on a drink in a plush leather chair. How’s it feel, ol’ boy?
The Fairmont (04 311 8316). The next appreciation course is on May 20 at 7.30pm and explores single malt whiskys. Prices are Dhs250 per person, Dhs300 with a premium Cuban cigar.

Tang: Molecular gastronomy is so last year. Nowadays, it’s all about molecular mixology. The bartenders at Tang know how to make cocktails that could double for lab experiments (only they taste divine). Want to learn how they do it? Lucky for you, Tang divulges its sci-fi mixing secrets. Plus, attendees get to drink the results.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa (04 399 3333). Dhs650 per class. Groups can range from one to three.

Verre: Gordon Ramsay enthusiasts now have the opportunity to whip up their own three-course meal à la Michelin. Verre’s executive chef, Matt Pickop, kicks things off with a cooking demo. Participants can then learn to make the perfect risotto in the high-powered kitchen. Afterwards, the group can eat their creations and even learn what wines to pair with their meal, thanks to the advice of sommelier Luca Gagliardi.
Hilton Dubai Creek (04 212 7551). Classes are available from 9am to 1pm. Call to schedule an appointment. Prices are Dhs950 per person and include lunch.

Le Méridien Dubai: Le Méridien has its very own amateur cooking school on premises: L’atelier des Chefs. There, beginners and cooking enthusiasts alike can learn anything from sushi making to French desserts. Classes range from half an hour to two hours, and run five times per day, Monday through Saturday. L’atelier is also open to private bookings.
Le Méridien Dubai (04 217 0000). Dhs120-350 per person. Visit for a class schedule.

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

User reviews:

Posted by: Mohammed on 18 Jun ' 12 at 19:07

I've heard of this new cooking studio that teaches you various culinary skills from scratch. It is both an entertaining and educational way to learn cooking. Fortunately, it has quite a good location- its opposite of town center and next to biker's cafe on Jumeirah road.

You can check out their facebook page: Top Chef Cooking Studio

Posted by: Sandy on 11 Jun ' 12 at 21:20

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Hi, I'm very keen to learn exotic mock tails, starters and deserts. Is there anywhere I can have one to one sessions . Yes being a vegetarian I would prefer starters in veg. Only. Are there any chefs who could also come to home and teach . Help shall be highly appreciated

Posted by: Minahil Ahmad on 05 Jun ' 12 at 15:07

Hi i just wanted to ask you that what courses are starting in july, in which resturaunt,its price,timings and fr 14 year old?

Posted by: monica on 12 Mar ' 12 at 11:51

i would like to take part in cooking courses. i want to know about the condition of bieng there cos im going to join you from iran.

Posted by: archana on 04 Dec ' 11 at 10:45

Dear sir/mam
l am looking for diploma as chef for all foods,
can i get short turm courses,
and what will be the fees,can i get international
certificate for this? pls let me know
your's faithfully

Posted by: ramazan on 13 Sep ' 11 at 14:16

Dear. Sr./ mis
would like to learn cooking. please, I want to know the charges and duration.

Posted by: Naeem Allawala on 09 May ' 11 at 07:38

I would like to learn pizza classes NYC style please let me know the charges and duration.

Posted by: Iman on 14 Apr ' 11 at 18:08

l am looking for diploma as chef for all foods
can you give me this diploma?
How many months shall l study?
l mean the period of diploma ?

Posted by: farhad on 01 Mar ' 11 at 09:11

do you guys know ,any institute or classes that i can take a cooking course and get a international certificate ?

Posted by: Diane on 08 Feb ' 11 at 11:20

i attended the most famous class of L'atelier des chef menu of the month seafood and i was delighted and had a lot of fun. first of all the chef he didnt made us realized that we were there for the first time and with people we dont know and all of us were so comfortable that we know each other for years and then he taught realistic lesson with so many tips that we as normal people can do easily at home.
we prepared roasted scallops with black truffle oil, shrimps and lastly my favorite dark chocolate crumble with pears. Amazing

well done keep it up. highly recommended......

Posted by: nabeel ahmed on 08 Feb ' 11 at 09:08

i want admassion in cooking class plz help me about this

Posted by: nabeel ahmed on 07 Feb ' 11 at 12:03

i want tro learn cooking

Posted by: dubaicook on 14 Oct ' 10 at 10:22

Attended a cooking class at the L'atelier des chefs at the Meridian. What a disappointment. I expected some sort of genuine interaction with the class, or at least an ability to cook the food properly. I did the seafood night. The first course was fine (prawns and couscous), if a little bland. The second course (at least what I had) was woefully under seasoned and the sea bass was underdone. I could have looked past that to the apple tarte tatin but unfrotunately this was left in the oven too long and couldn't be taken out of the cooking containers. This is one of my favourite desserts but I couldn't eat it as it was cloyingly sweet and burnt on the bottom. It's a shame. I'd really looked forward to the experience as I've attended classes elsewhere and thoroughly enjoyed them but I wouldn't bother doing this again when the food I cook at home is better.

Posted by: anonymous on 05 Oct ' 10 at 16:55

ICCA dubai doesn't offer much, the way to make food according to them is to bring most of the ingredients already made because its "easier", ANYBODY could do what they teach, just bring stuff and put it together. Except for pasta, and few other things, nothing is made from scratch so its basically the equivalent of a basic cooking book

Posted by: sabby on 02 Sep ' 10 at 11:45

how come no one has mentioned ICCA Dubai, its absolutely fabulous the way they blend food, technology and professionalism. if you know nothing about food ....they'll get you there!! sushi! your own pasta! one of the best experiences of my life!!

Posted by: jijidubai on 22 Mar ' 10 at 15:57

I tried dubai cooking lessons!
Chef Jean-Pierre is great!

I choose from the french menu Goat Cheese salad, gratin dauphinois, and french crepe!!! just good food and great time at home!

i will try soon the lunch in L atelier des chefs, and let you know!

Posted by: jijidubai on 01 Mar ' 10 at 15:12

Did you try

They offer only In-Home French Cooking Classes!?

Posted by: LA on 20 Jul ' 09 at 11:31

I'd echo V; Cooking Sense seem to have no schedule of classes on their website, and when I e-mailed them I didn't hear back. It's a shame.

Posted by: V on 28 Apr ' 09 at 06:29

Sandra no offence but they never seem to have any classes going on. They are all in home lessons and my cooker is rather rubbish so it's nice to find cooking classes that do not involve my kitchen.

Posted by: Sandra on 27 Apr ' 09 at 15:02

Well you missed out Cooking Sense - the pioneer in cooking classes since 2005 in Dubai and now also in Muscat and the best organisation when it comes to actually learn how to cook and learn how to lead a healthier way of life. These guys do a great job.

Posted by: Alifiya on 27 Apr ' 09 at 07:19

Thanks guys for taking my suggestion on doing a piece for cooking classes
Its a very helpuful one at that ..Thanks once again

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