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 email@example.com.
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 www.atelierdeschefsdubai.com for a class schedule.