If you’ve always been a bit intimidated by the thought of formal cooking classes, Tamatiestraat Cooking School’s relaxed, friendly vibe and fresh, innovative approach to food will be right up your alley. In fact, you’ll probably end up laughing as much as you’ll sharpen your cooking skills, thanks to the foodie couple’s quirky kitchen chemistry and never-miss-a-beat comedic timing.
- Relaxed and fun demo cooking experience
- Small group around kitchen counter
- 5 – 6 recipes per class
- Take all (complete!) recipes home with you
- Classes available in a wide range of themes
- Wine included
19h00 – 22h00
- Bi-Monthly (see book now)
R650 per person (Max 18 people)
There’s nothing uptight or snobby about the cooking demos Reinée and Deon Brand conduct from the cosy kitchen of their Stellenbosch home. “These demos are for people who’d like to rediscover their love of cooking; whether they want to walk away with a few new ideas for dinner parties, or simply want to learn some new dishes they can make at home,” says Reinée.
The demos take place during the evening, and each has its own seasonally driven theme. It can be anything from fiery curries or French Provençal classics in the nippy winter months (think Pakistani gosht durbari with homemade rotis or croque monsieur and chicken ballotine) to lighter antipasti fare when summer’s in full force (lobster bruschetta with peach kimchi and peri-peri chicken wings, anyone?).
Right from the start, a relaxed vibe is set: as you arrive, you’re handed a glass of wine and a booklet of the recipes that’ll be made during the course of the demo, and then it’s as simple as pulling up a chair around the Brands’ kitchen counter and sitting back as Reinée (chief cook and bottle washer) and Deon (ever-eager assistant and wine-glass topper-upper) get stuck in preparing the six dishes corresponding to the chosen theme.
Because it’s an eat-as-you-go demo, you don’t have to wait till the end of the evening before tucking in – as soon as Reinée and Deon are done with one course, everyone plates up and helps themselves to the dishes before the next course is made. It’s unfussy comfort food (but always with an interesting Tamatiestraat twist!) in a fun, friendly environment. Kind of like the dinner parties you dream of hosting. What’s not to love?
- Wine on arrival
- Demo cooking experience
- Full printed recipes included
- All meals prepared are tasted in the form of a 3-course dinner
- A glass of wine is served with every course
What’s not included
- Transportation to and from the experience
- No more than 18 people per booking
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- No suitable wheelchair access
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Photography: Jenni Elizabeth