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Baking To Thai: 6 Cooking Classes In Kolkata That Will Turn You Into A Masterchef

Raisa posted on 03 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

From a one-day session or an intensive course, these classes have everyone from beginners to pros covered.

Food Kraft

Want to spend just a couple of hours or keep the kids occupied for the whole holiday season? Food Kraft does both short-term cooking classes {for 3 hours a session for a couple of days} as well as long-term {22 day} classes. Depending on your budget you can choose from vegetarian, Chinese, Indian, Italian, sizzlers, desserts and more.

They even do advanced bakery and bread-making sessions. The Specialized Brownie Course where you learn how to make 12 brownies sounds super tempting. Planning a party? Try the snacks and dips classes where Mushroom and Cottage Cheese Kebabs, Wontons, Spinach and Mozzarella Samosas are some of the fun items on the menu.

Community Groups

34, Ram Mohan Dutta Road, Off Elgin Road & Ray Street Crossing, Sreepally, Bhowanipore, Kolkata

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Manju Sethia

Manju Sethia’s vegetarian cooking classes – Sharing Cooking Secrets – have become very popular. Both kids and adults can enlist and get hands-on training on mastering dishes and conquer common kitchen mistakes. The classes follow a 4-5 hour-long workshop format and are conducted a couple of times a month. Check out her YouTube channel to get an idea of her style. The ones coming up are Mexican on August 10 and 11 and Desserts on August 22 and 24.

Community Groups

The Regency, 3rd Floor, 6, Hungerford Street, Kolkata

JBL Academy Of Culinary Arts

Founded by two young chefs, JBL conducts both short and month-long courses. Each of the short classes includes approximately four hours of hands-on experience cooking and an extra half hour to devour your creation. They provide all the ingredients required to make the dishes. We love that the workshops are centred around occasions –  Summer Special Mocktails; Rise Up {their special rice course for all of us who love bhaath}; Sunday Specials {the recipes we need to keep around for cheat day}, and Ideal Party Starters. For those really looking to Masterchef-up, the intensive month-long courses conducted for four hours a day come at INR 38k+.


Community Groups

41, 1st Floor, Sardar Shankar Road, Lake Market, Kalighat, Kolkata

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Gurukul Activity Centre, South City

The sessions are over a 3-month period where they teach you to rustle up 15 Indian and Chinese dishes at INR 15,000. You have to bring your own ingredients and they do both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The staff is extremely helpful and flexible and will change the timings and dates of classes for your convenience.

Community Groups

CB Block, Sector 1, Bidhannagar, Salt Lake City, Kolkata

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Chocolate Studios

Chocolate Studios cooking events and workshops happen right through the year; and no, they don’t do only chocolate sessions. You can pick up recipes and cooking tricks for lots of cuisines but they do specialise in desserts, chocolates and cakes. They are conducting a Main-Course Workshop on August 1, and A Cupcake Workshop on August 2. Keep a lookout for their phenomenal Exotic Cakes Workshop. Each four hour session costs INR 1,700.

Community Groups

Flat 6-D, Prasad Exotica, Block 5, Canal Circular Road, Kankurgachi, Near Hotel Hyatt, Kadapara, Kolkata

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Zestful Flavours

Young entrepreneur Anjali Kejriwal’s cooking dream resulted in her founding Zestful Flavours. She tries to take easily-available ingredients and transform them into exotic dishes. Her sessions are unique as she tries to keep them healthy – chemical-free, protein-packed and gluten-free cooking are some of the classes she has. Her advanced ice cream classes are also a big hit with out of the box flavours like Black Forest Zuccotto and Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream Tart. What’s even more awesome? The surplus of class profits goes to underprivileged kids. Check out upcoming classes here.

Community Groups

CF 160, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata