Attending a cooking class in Bali gives visitors the opportunity to improve their culinary skills, and learn more about the local culture and people. The popularity of cooking classes means that there is instruction available all over the island. New cooking schools are opening regularly.
All prices and information correct as of mid 2012
Cooking Classes in Ubud
Casa Luna Cooking School
Casa Luna Cooking School is managed by Janet DeNeefe and she offer classes at Second Honeymoon Guesthouse on Jalan Bisma. The school provides instruction in how to make the typical dishes that the Balinese will eat in their homes, as well as the special cuisine used for ceremonies throughout the year. They have classes every day of the week except Saturdays, and most of these take place in the morning and finish at around noon.
The dishes that participants get to make will depend on day they attend, and there is also the opportunity to go on a market tour on Thursday to find out more about purchasing the right ingredients. Most of these sessions cost 300,000 IDR ($31) per person, but those who are staying at the Second Honeymoon Guesthouse enjoy a 10% discount.
Paon Bali Cooking School
Paon Bali offers instruction on local cuisine in a traditional Balinese village. The classes take place at Laplapan Village in Ubud and there are morning (start 08:00) and afternoon classes (16:00). Students who are staying in the Ubud area will be picked up and taking to Laplapan Village. One of the main attractions of this course is that it takes place in a traditional Balinese home so it feels like an authentic experience. It costs 350,000 IDR ($36 USD).
Payuk Bali Cooking Class
Payuk Bali Cooking Class is also located in Laplapan Village Ubud. The aim of this program is not just to provide instruction in Balinese cooking but also to offer a chance to learn more about the local culture. The key to making these tasty dishes is to use the correct spices and instruction is given in how to do this. The day begins with a visit to a local market where students will learn how to pick out the correct ingredients.
Back in the compound where the course is held the participants will then get to pick the required spices from the herb garden. Instruction can be given on how to make vegetarian or non vegetarian food. This one day course begins at 08:30 and ends at 15:30. It costs 350,000 IDR ($36 USD). There is a free shuttle service for pepole who are staying in the Ubud area.
Cooking Classes in Nusa Dua –
Bumba Bali Cooking School
Bumba Bali Cooking School in the resort area of Tanjung Benoa in Nusa Dua offers classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They are also able to arrange private classes on request. This day long course begins at 06:00 and ends at 14:45. The schedule for the standard class includes:
- Students are picked up at their hotels if they are staying locally
- Visit to Jimbara market
- Visit to the fish market
- Cooking lessons last for over 4 hours
Instruction for these lessons is usually given by Heinz von Holzen who has written a number of popular Balinese cook books. Participants will learn how to prepare a number of different dishes. The cost of the full day is $90 or students who do not want to go on the market trip can pay $80 (according to their website these prices are valid until March 2013).
Cooking Classes in Seminyak
Dean’s Bali Cooking School
Dean’s Bali Cooking School in Seminyak is run by UK chef Dean James Fisher. He offers a couple of different Balinese cooking classes including:
- The Balinese Jimbaran Seafood Class includes a Jimbaran Market Tour, traditional seafood cooking class, and lunch at the Warung Ares roof top restaurant. The course lasts over five hours and costs 950,000 IDR ($98 USD) per person.
- Balinese Badung Spices Class includes a Badung Market tour, Balinese poultry cooking class, and lunch at the Warung Ares roof top restaurant. This course also lasts just over five hours and costs 900,000 IDR ($93 USD).
Dean’s Bali Cooking School also provides a number of different cooking tours including:
- Bedugul Organic Farm Tour
- Cacao Plantation Tour
- Salt Mining Tour
- Badung Market Tour
Cooking Classes in Kuta
Anika Cooking School
Anika Cooking School on Jalan Elang in Kuta offers morning (07:00 to 13:00) and evening classes (15:00 to 20:00). There is a class every day except Saturdays, and the type of dishes that people will get to make will depend on the day they choose. There is also a 2 day and 3 day course for those people who really want to develop their Balinese cooking skills. All of the morning classes include a trip to Kuta traditional Market and participants are given a certificate of attendance and recipe book. The prices of the different courses are:
- Morning Class $75 USD
- Evening Class $65 USD
- Two Day Class $120 USD
- Three Day Class $180 USD
Risata Cooking Experience
The Rista Cooking Experience is held at the Rista Bali Resort and Spa near South Kuta Beach. This one day class begins at 07:30 and ends at 13:30 and costs $77. It includes:
- Early breakfast with the chef at Pandan Bali Restaurant.
- Visit to the vegetable and fish market at Jimbaran beach.
- Two hour class at Pandan Bali Restaurant where instruction will be given on how to cook fish and vegetables Balinese style.
- Lunch with chef
- 30 minute foot and shoulder massage at Sukha Spa