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A Foodie’s Guide to Cooking Classes

A Foodie’s Guide to Cooking Classes
    written by
    Wesam Masoud

    Food writers are often asked many questions about food, ranging from the
    technical (How do you boil an egg?) to the flavourful (What spices can we use
    on sweet potato?). Recently, a dinner table discussion about the finer points
    of egg poaching turned into a question as to where in Cairo one could get a
    culinary education. We agreed that there is a distinction between a
    professional culinary education and cooking classes. Some people want to
    improve their repertoire of dishes beyond microwave pasta, while others want to
    have a repertoire to begin with. A few others already know how to cook domestically
    but want to learn how to cook professionally– two very different things. And
    so, we bring you the fruits of that admittedly short but informative discussion:

    Sarhan Culinary Solutions

    Sarhan is a pioneer in bringing cooking expertise to the masses ever
    since opening her doors to the gastronomically challenged almost ten years ago.
    Her cooking school offers courses for the hobbyist cook, children, and even
    professional grade classes for those interested in a career in cookery. The
    website contains a handy calendar of what courses are offered at her cooking
    school in Heliopolis.
    Courses are offered in the afternoons or in the evenings, and typically last
    for 3 hours with a maximum class size of ten eager minds. Course fees are generally
    in the 400LE range, and include a recipe binder, hands-on training and the use
    of all necessary tools and utensils for your culinary education. Also, if you
    and a group of friends would like to tailor a course to your tastes (forgive
    the pun); they will be able to accommodate your request.


    Not content with being purveyors of fine ingredients, Gourmet Egypt
    also offers classes on how to cook them. Instructed by a certified professional
    chef from South Africa, class sizes are limited to 6 to 8 people offered in
    both day and night time classes. The 250LE-fee per class includes a recipe
    binder, among other goodies, and the English language courses are conducted at
    the Amr Helmy Designs showroom in Maadi. The target audience typically consists
    of home cooks interested in Mediterranean and Fusion
    cuisine. Classes are held at:
    Amr Helmy Designs ’Classics Showroom‘Villa 46 on Road 9, Maadi

    House of Cooking

    With a special set of classes targeted for children, The House of
    Cooking places a large emphasis on the joy of cooking, designing the cookery
    classes according to which dishes will be prepared, and teaching technique
    through their preparation. However, it’s not just for kids, and Nasr City residents will be happy to know that this small
    cooking school is situated behind the International Park.
    Courses last for 4 classes at a duration of 2 hours each, and range from 590LE
    for beginners to 790LE for advanced level cooks.

    Services Association (CSA), Maadi

    The CSA is a vibrant and essential part of the expat community here in Cairo, and to that effect
    have organized a series of regular cooking classes to give its participants a
    taste of international cuisines. A cursory look at their handy online calendar brings
    up 16 different cooking classes held either at the CSA’s premises or at a
    popular Cairo
    eatery as part of their Restaurant Series. Each class is priced individually,
    and typically takes place after 6PM, although there are also quite a few
    morning classes on weekdays as well. Unfortunately, these courses are only
    available to members of the CSA, who must possess a foreign passport to join.