Chef Nat grew up in a small village on the banks of the Tha-Jeen river. He acquired his love of cooking by helping his aunt Cha-Loy in the family kitchen. Together, they would prepare various curry pastes, soups, and other traditional Thai meals. They did this together for many years. Now, Chayanat has over 10 years of experience in both teaching traditional Thai culinary arts, fruit and vegetable carving, and as the head chef of several Thai restaurants in overseas countries.
Joyce G. Singapore
Very easy location, met by staff and taken to buy ingredients at the nearby market. Only a very short way to the cooking school. Full air conditioning, so it was a pleasant working environment. Chilled water was offered on arrival. Learning how to make yellow curry paste, which was excellent, a work out for the arms! All dishes cooked and each stage was supervised which made sure that it was perfect to your own taste. I really had a wonderful afternoon, so much, that l booked another session.
I was very lucky as I was the only one who booked this premium class on that day. It's more expensive than their cooking school but definitely worth every penny for a very unique experience. As I was on my own and they didn't charge me more for being on my own, we were able to go at a faster pace and instead of only four items, I was able to get through much more. The instructor, a lovely lady named Guitar, was really sweet, helpful and patient, with a careful eye and lots of encouragement. Location is a little tricky to get to, but taking a taxi there is pretty easy. Getting a taxi when done is a little bit harder as you need to walk to the closest major street, about five-minute walk, so not that big a deal. At the same time, head chef Chayanat, was also teaching a number of French chefs some advanced skills such as making dumplings shaped into flowers. Very haute cuisine! They were really helpful in helping me work out where I could purchase cheap carving knives for further practice at home. I highly recommend them!
a traveler Australia
Great afternoon. I initially signed up to do an afternoon cooking class due to having a day in transit in Bangkok. I love Thai food and thought it would be a great way to learn how to cook my favorites. It was wonderful. The academy has a homely feel and you cook so many meals! The staff were friendly and the accommodation was good. I would do this again for sure.
a traveler China
Absolute beginner at Thai cooking. Was the only person in the class both times but they still were happy to proceed. Great way to learn about Thai food, four different dishes in each session with you doing most of the prep, including making your own coconut milk and cream.
Fun and delicious honeymoon activity. My husband booked a class for us here on our honeymoon. We did the curry making class that lasted about four hours. We learned to cook four dishes in addition to making our own curry paste! The instructors were helpful and nice; they took care of everything and the facility was clean. I love Thai food so it was a lot of fun to learn how to make it, and see the authentic ingredients in raw form. And enjoying the product of your labor is the best part!
Six of us did a private class where we picked what we wanted to cook. Pick up at BTS was smooth and was a good look through the markets before catching a taxi to the cooking school. Equipment was good and the ingredients fresh. It was all hand on and we chopped, pounded, mixed then cooked everything before sitting down for an incredible meal. Pim our teacher was very informative and funny. A good time was had by all and at over four hours for 40 AUD eatch it was value for money. I would recommend this school for a good half day of fun and you can go home and try your hand at some new dishes.
I have just returned from a 10-day trip to Bangkok, and did all the Introductory Regular Cooking Classes they offered. What a wonderful experience, given that I do not do much cooking at home! My teachers were Ratch and Pim and they were both really caring and supportive throughout the process and a lot of fun. After the first class we all ate what we had prepared and cooked and it was simply incredible. I think my wife and kids are now very excited that I can cook some lovely and simple Thai food for them in the future. The school was very easy to get to because they pick you up at Asok BTS Skytrain Station before every class, and they also include a lovely tour of a nearby market. At the end of class it is a leisurely 10-minute walk back to the BTS station or you can jump in a cab. If you want to buy some knives and mortar and pestle they also help you do that. If you don't have the time to do all their classes, even a single class is a real eye opener. I will take my wife back with me on our next trip as I really enjoyed it so much.
a traveler Thailand
The instructors were friendly and had a good level of English. They were very attentive throughout the day, always providing refreshments and coaching as needed. It was all very hands on and demonstrated that it's quite easy to cook fabulous Thai food. Only issue you may find is transport when you leave the course. There aren't many (or indeed as I experienced - any) taxis or scooter taxis in the area so you may have to walk back to Sukhumvit (takes approximately 20 minutes). The cooking school didn't have any solutions on that front. I recommend this course if you have a few hours spare during your visit to Bangkok. Definitely well worth it.
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