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 Post subject: Cooking classes in Istanbul
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:40 pm 
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Turkish cooking classes seem to be a hot trend in Istanbul. The classes vary in quality between highly professional and highly amateur. If you have attended cooking classes or know people that did, please post your suggestions here.

My own experience so far is with 'cooking a la turka dot com' which was great fun. The two people that give the classes speak several languages. We were with a group of 5 but wanted one more person to join us because the price is better if there are 6 people or more. Eveline asked if a lone woman traveler from New York that did not want to eat alone could join us. It was nice meeting her. It is easy to become friends when trying to manage filling dolma's together.

The two people in charge are Cordon Bleu trained chef Eveline Zoutendijk, who has been living in Istanbul for 7 years and has ran Sarnic hotel (she has a degree in hotel management as well). Her friendly Turkish chef Feyzi is great in helping to cover up mistakes.

For those with (potential) Turkish family in law I highly recommend getting some serious & fun (private) lessons in Turkish cooking before family or friends arrive to check on your cooking skills. Even though making mistakes in the language is usually not seen as a big deal, people will get surprisingly critical if you dish out Turkish food that is not up to scrutiny. So to avoid embarrassment, get those cooking classes and you will earn a LOT of respect from the family.

If you get demanding foreign guests that already done it all, this is your chance to share some really fun time with them. Since Eveline just started in her new fresh and modern space, the chance that they heard about it before (except from the rave review in the New York Times by Taylor Holiday) is pretty slim. I got mine crying over the unions they had to chop hahaha


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 Post subject: Re: Cooking classes in Istanbul
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:24 am 
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Hi, does anyone know of any regular cooking courses that are running? Say once a week in the evenings or weekends? Would anybody else be interested in joining a regular class?

I've had a quick browse on the internet and have so far found these:-

Istanbul food workshop - this one no longer runs cooking courses but may be able to hold a session every other week if I can find some other participants - any takers?

Cooking Alaturka - also doesn't run a regular cooking class but has 7 menus which they can alternate.

Any other suggestions or ideas are very welcome....


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 Post subject: Re: Cooking classes in Istanbul
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:13 am 
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I found these, and I am adding more on my facebook group cooking classes in Istanbul:

Cooking a la Turka
Ms. Eveline Zoutendijk has been giving Turkish cooking courses at her own restaurant in Sultanahmet, together with her chef, who is from Bolu which is a western Black Sea city in Turkey famous for its chefs. She is from Netherlands and holds a Hotel Management and a Cordon Bleu (Paris) diploma. Ms. Zoutendijk welcomes anyone interested in her courses.
cookingalaturka dot com
Tel: +90 5363380896

Cookbook
Burcu Öngör Pinto wrote me that the Istanbul based cook shop and cooking classes called Cook Book closed 1 and a half years ago and that they are currently at rest. Cookbook was offering various cooking courses since 1999: Italian, Chinese, Mexican, French, Ottoman cuisines and pastry. The monthly courses are once a week for two hours. The subject of the course depends on demand. The chefs Burcu Öngör and Ebru Suner are two friends educated in Switzerland and have the biggest archive of cookbooks in Turkey. Some rare ingredients that cannot be found around can be purchased at Cookbook.

Elif Edes
Ms. Elif Edes is among the graduates of the famous French cooking school Cordon Bleu. She has been catering to banquets and weddings for eight years and continues to give cooking lessons at "Masa", her place in Arnavutköy. You can share the meals you have learned to cook that day with your friends at a painstakingly set table. She also gives private lessons at home with your friends.
Tel: +90 212 287 16 59

Swissotel
Swissotel organizes cooking courses on International cuisine, Turkish cuisine and Pastry. The courses are three hours long and once a week.
Tel: +90 0212 259 07 90
swissotel dot com

Zanussi Mutfak Sanatları Akademisi
Experience ‘hands-on’ cooking & baking in monthly certificate programs, daily workshops or weekend classes. Turkish & International cuisines and food culture is taught by uncontested specialists. The center is the only Cooking school accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Education. Guests are supplied with aprons as well as detailed recipe booklets that are theirs to keep. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, call Mrs. Özlem Akyazıcı, who is the director of the school (and speaks six languages) for further information.
msa dot tc

Turkish Flavours
Turkish Flavours coordinates a gourmet culinary program combining Turkish cooking classes with sightseeing of Istanbul for food lovers.
Contact Info [email protected]
turkishflavours dot com

Akademi İstanbul’da mutfak sanatının incelikleri
For 8-9 people
Tel: +90 212 244 76 92-93


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 Post subject: Re: Cooking classes in Istanbul
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:30 am 
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I have attended cooking classes at XperienceDays last year. Their quality was really very good. I got impressed by their training.


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 Post subject: Re: Cooking classes in Istanbul
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:47 pm 
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I had the opportunity to take some classes a couple years ago at Swissotel and we had a blast! I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested. I'm not sure if they offer kids classes, but I seem to recall something to that effect. A good way to keep the little one's occupied and out of trouble!

Cheers!
-Zoe


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