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April 3, 2008

What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

You’ve grown your own veggies with Jaime, eaten desserts at midnight with Nigella, and raised the roof at Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon. Let’s face it, you’re a domestic goddess at heart. There’s just one teensy weensy problem, you don’t exactly know how to cook…but that’s okay it’s only a minor issue. And we have the best possible help at hand with fun classes, the freshest ingredients and gourmet talents that will have you whipping up dinner for eight in no time.

Corner Kitchen
If your oven is currently being used as a shoe rack and your idea of throwing a dinner party is food-by-phone accompanied by American Idol, look no further than Corner Kitchen to help you do a full 180 in the domestic department. This boutique cooking school offers a hands-on culinary experience in the comforts of a state-of-the-art kitchen with an adjacent cosy dining room and library. Choose a technique-driven class like Best of Beef or Fun with Fish or participate in a theme-driven course such as Balinese Specialties, French Bistro Cooking, or Best Homemade Pizzas. If you dream of bringing out your inner Martha Stewart, enroll in one of their entertaining focused classes where you will learn how to beautifully dress a table, create gorgeous French flower arrangements and the secrets to styling a whole soiree. Master a repertoire of dishes that will allow you to serve the most elegant meal with grace, ease and perfect timing. Your dinner parties will never be the same! (G/F, 20 Po Hing Fong. Sheung Wan, 2803 2822,

Go Gourmet
From the creators of Magnolia, our favourite Creole and Cajun-style hotspot, comes Go Gourmet Cooking Parties, a unique culinary combination of a hands-on cooking lesson with a full-service dinner party. Go Gourmet supplies the expert culinary instructors, kitchen set-up, and all the ingredients and equipment you’ll need in their 4,200 square foot kitchen. You just supply the participants! Choose one of the many fun, custom-themed party menus including Marvelous Moroccan, Amazing Cajun, Endless Pasta–bilities and Gimme Some Dim Sum. If you’re going with a large group, they can even implement an Iron Chef-style competitive cook-off between two teams, enticing you to bring out your very best culinary talents. After you’ve finished your performance in the kitchen, head to the gracious dining room and enjoy a much-deserved glass (or four) of wine along with a fabulous gourmet meal cooked by lil’ ol’ you! (Shop 5, G/F, No. 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2530 9880,

We adore this boutique restaurant in Central, which serves up consistently fabulous food and have always prayed for the day we were able to replicate even a fraction of this gourmet dining experience in our own homes. Well, Tribute has answered our prayers and is now hosting a variety of exciting cooking classes ranging from Greek Cooking to All About Braising to the Best of Seafood. Next up on May 14th will be a Burgers of All Sorts class, which will feature mouth-watering recipes including beef burgers, lamb burgers, veggie burgers and seafood burgers, and will teach you how to dress your burger with the perfect relish and garnishing. Warning: So delicious are the recipes that you’ll have to try not to eat all the burgers before they make it to their buns! (G/F, 13 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong 2135 6645,

For true food lovers, there’s no greater thrill than a private cooking encounter with a Michelin star chef. Now’s your chance to play out this foodie fantasy with “Behind the Scenes at SPOON” – 2008 Cooking and Wine Appreciation Seminars. Once per month on Saturdays, the award-winning restaurant will open its iron clad kitchen doors and the masters themselves will reveal some tricks of the trade. Join Executive Chef Tjaco van Eijken, Pastry Chef Christophe Grilo and Chief Sommelier Thomas Scheidt as they share their passion for food and wine with a series of exclusive cooking demonstrations followed by private wine appreciation luncheons in the restaurant. Upcoming seminar topics include White & Green Asparagus in April, Sea Urchin in May, Langoustine in June and the ever popular White Truffle in November. All participants will receive continental breakfast during the seminar and a 3-course lunch featuring the cooking demo menu and matching wines, plus a take-home kit revealing the chef’s previously undisclosed recipes. A spoonful of secrets, just for you! (InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2313 2256

After taking all of these fabulous cooking classes, you can put away your recipe books, switch off the TV and put on your designer apron…we may even need to get you your own show!

All photos courtesy of Corner Kitchen.

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