Essential Guide to Cooking Classes in Joburg

09 Dec 2019

Joburgers take food seriously. With some of the country's hottest and most award-winning restaurants, as well as a new food market popping up every weekend, the City of Gold is a certifiable foodie Mecca. When you feel like you want to get out of the dining room and into the kitchen yourself, there are also plenty of cooking classes and culinary demonstrations on offer around the city that present a chance to learn something new in a fun and sociable atmosphere that is perfect for a night out with friends or a date night. From intimate classes at the home of a star chef inspired to share the tastes of her heritage, to skills workshops in the professional kitchens of the country's top culinary training institutes, here are some of Joburg's best classes for cooking fans.

A savant of Indian cuisine and Eastern culture, Alexis Kriel's classes are an inviting education on the whole package of cooking, eating and experiencing curries—the spices, flavour profiles, textures and colours, alongside the ritual and history. Alexis imparts a warmth and depth of knowledge in her kitchen, making her intimate classes feel like you're visiting with a familiar friend, while indulging in one of South Africa's most beloved cuisines. 
CUISINE: Indian 
BOOKING: Email Ale​xis Kriel at​ or call +27 11 887 8755.
PRICING: Contact Alexis directly for pricing

One of Joburg's most beloved, not-so-secret culinary experiences is Chef Su-yen Thornhill’s pop-up dinner party in Houghton, Chez Fong. Asian fusion meets the rest of world, as Su-Yen blends her Chinese heritage with flavours from across Europe and Africa in the mouthwatering dishes she prepares for her demonstration-style dinners. These dinners regularly sell out, so keep an eye on the schedule she releases on her Facebook page and make sure you book early. Su-yen also offers cooking classes where you have the opportunity to make the dishes yourself, these classes are by appointment only.
CUISINE: Asian fusion
BOOKING:  Booking by appointment only contact Chez Fong at +27 74 361 9079.
PRICING: Contact Chez Fong directly for pricing. 

Susan Greig hosts a monthly demonstration-style cooking class from the comfort of her home in Hyde Park that focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients, simple cooking techniques that anyone can master and re-discovering the joy of cooking. Her classes are relaxed, entertaining and interactive, with Susan demonstrating six of her recipes first, and then encouraging you to have a wily go at it yourself (mistakes are encouraged!). Susan's wisdom goes beyond the recipes themselves to the art of the presentation, which she delights in and willingly shares all her tips and tricks.
CUISINE: Varied. Focus on healthy and fresh ingredients. 
BOOKING: Book directly via call on +27 83 616 0136
PRICING: Contact Susa Greig directly by phone for bookings.

Discovery Vitality's HealthyFood Studio is a new educational concept designed to make healthy eating more accessible and exciting in South Africa. Helmed by professional chefs and supplied with fresh products from Woolworths, the studio in Sandton features classes that highlight the simplicity, variety and flavour of healthy cooking, and encourages finding a balance between nutrition and taste (n.b you don't need to be a Discovery member to join in). Highlights of the studio's upcoming schedule include a 'Healthy Braai' class, kids courses, and plant-based cooking and working with local ingredients workshops (multiple dates for all classes).
CUISINE: Varied. Focus on healthy and fresh ingredients. 
BOOKING: Book directly online here or call +27 11 529 6527
PRICING: Prices for classes range from R200-R600. 

As one of South Africa's leading professional culinary training institutes, Capsicum Culinary Studio focuses on educating the country's future chefs and pastry makers. Capsicum also opens its doors to aspiring home cooks for its Masterclass series, which is an exceptional opportunity to strengthen cooking skills in a fun and social, hands-on environment. They also offer private themed classes where celebrity Chefs come in to teach you a few tricks of the trade. Also, consider their couple classes for those love birds wanting to spend some time bonding and learning new cool recipes.
CUISINE: Varied. 
BOOKING: Email Capsicum at or call +27 86 111 2433.
PRICING: R550 individual chef-led classes (for four hours) and R700-R800 for couples.


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