ÉTOILE
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Founded by a Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, ÉTOILE is an exclusive culinary institute in Zurich where you can learn from some of the best chefs in Switzerland. Contact us for professional cooking classes and unique culinary experiences for individuals as well as corporate events!

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  • MarinMarais
    Zurich, Switzerland170 contributions
    Good for beginners, less appealing for more experienced home chefs.
    The Japanese Favorites was a pleasant experience, although I found it to be very expensive for what the evening delivered. The course content was more for those unfamiliar with the Japanese kitchen and novice at home cooks. I was expecting a bit more advanced course for the price or at least a bit more guidance from our professional chef, but the whole meal was really simple to make, there was not much she had to do to guide everyone. The recipes were super simple and could be prepared at home without any expert help by most good at home chefs with just the recipe. Besides the interesting expertise shared about tea, I found the experience pleasant but disappointing for the high price tag. For 175 francs a person I could have eaten at a fine dining restaurant and had a professional cook for me. I would prefer to learn more advanced cooking techniques that I wouldn’t necessarily try on my own kitchen, but not really cooking something basic with friendly strangers (and paying 175 francs per person for the privilege!) I already have completed many online courses with pastry making and found those courses to feel more interesting as I felt I accomplished something I couldn’t have on my own.
    Hello MarinMarais, Thanks for your review, which we appreciate. As written in the online description of the cooking class, this is an introduction to Japanese home-cooking. It is therefore not an advanced class (e.g. to learn specific techniques) but the goal is to teach you recipes that are easy to recreate at home. The menu was also on the website, so you already knew in advance what you would be making. I understand that you already know a lot of techniques and were looking for a more advanced class... I would recommend one of our master classes in this case. You are correct that you could have a professional chef cook for you for the same price. We can't really compare a meal in a restaurant to a cooking class though: The cooking class takes over 4h and includes wine as well as various tea tastings. We keep all of our classes very intimate (usually around 8 people), so the entire rent/cleaning/staff costs etc. are just for a small group. I'm sorry that you felt like you didn't get sufficient value-for-money, and I hope that you will try one of the more technical classes in the future!
    Written September 26, 2021
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2021
  • Silvia B
    1 contribution
    Indian spices experience
    I organised a surprise cooking class dinner with Chef Aruna for my BF's birthday. We went to Chef Aruna's place (an amazing house in Horgen) where she taught us a full Indian menu of delicious 4 dishes. She was extremely professional and friendly: she made us feel home and very welcome (allowing us to play music while cooking and sharing some toasts); recipes were amazing and easy to reproduce. We had a fun cooking session and we then ate the food cooked in a private room just for us. At the end of the class, she further provided us also with some spices as a "Indian essential spices start kit" to make us life easier in cooking the recipes alone at home. Definitely a birthday that will be never forgotten. Great, lovely and tasty experience, I highly suggest it to all Indian cuisine fans.
    Written May 15, 2022
  • Han Le
    2 contributions
    I learned a lot
    I had my first cooking class in my life with Etoile and it was so fun, they made it really entertaining for students so it's just not all about cooking! The theme of the class was Persian cuisine, before this class, I've never tried this type of cuisine before and now I even know how to make it myself!! The food was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere between chefs and students was wonderful, we laughed a lot. Even though I went solo but this kind of activity would be so much more fun if you do it with friends or partner. I definitely going to try other classes here!
    Thank you so much, Han! We loved having you. :-)
    Written September 26, 2021
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    Written September 25, 2021
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SKI
Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Solo
I was very excited to discover English cooking classes in Zürich, from a company where someone has been trained in an elite culinary institution and where interesting, themed menus are offered.
However, the message created by the company’s marketing and positioning, especially prices, create expectations that are by far not met.

Simply put, the class was much closer to cooking in someone’s home than anything near a professional cooking class. Out of the supposed length of 4 hours, we cooked for barely over an hour, making all the dishes at the same time. Because of this, neither did each participant see / get to learn at least a couple of the recipes proposed nor did the instructor have time to give proper instructions (as the recipes used are laid out in a simplistic manner and far more concise than anything you would see in a cookbook were not enough and caused multiple errors in preparation). One of the attendees basically only boiled milk during the class. Besides a short discussion as part of intro, the cooking tips were shared with whomever was next to the instructor but sparingly so. We did not have instruction on any relevant techniques or demonstration, as one would hope from a cooking class. On top of that, we were using tools that were sub-par: some knives were completely blunt, pots did not have lids needed, etc.
A minor detail that still stands out in memory was that the extra help that was there for prep, clean-up and table service was unfortunately not aware of how to properly set dishes and glasses on the table, which caused initial confusion among participants on which glass belonged to whom. It is not her fault but the company should make sure to give at least minimal training in such scenarios.

We had over two hours allocated for dinner and nobody knows what, so all of the participants left after total 3 hours on location, after discussing how all of us where disappointed in the experience and would surely not purchase the services again.
Written January 27, 2023
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Danni
5 contributions
Sep 2021
I‘ve always wanted to join a cooking course and I‘m so glad that my first experience was such a lovely one with Etoile. Our host Yuan is a wonderful and inspiring person with such deep expertise in all aspects of food from all around the world. Her passion for food is greatly infectious and truly inspiring. Throughout the entire evening, the atmosphere was very welcoming and inclusive, we cooked simple Japanese dishes that were very well though-out and perfectly complemented each other. Also, Yuan made sure that the dishes were easy to re-create at home and gave us many helpful tips and tricks to do so. Each group was responsible for one part of the dinner and in the end we had a huge buffet of different delicious dishes.

I truly had an amazing time and would definitely recommend all beginners to join this amazing course!
Written October 25, 2021
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ETOILECOOKING
Thank you so much for choosing us as your first cooking experience, Danni! :-) It was a pleasure meeting you!
Written May 26, 2022
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Stefanie W
Zurich, Switzerland9 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
I love Japanese food and joined the evening cooking class with Yuan. The group size of around 15 people was perfect and I had a fantastic time with great people and valuable learnings about Japanese cuisine and green tea. Throughout the evening you can feel that Yuan is a real foodie and passionate, not only about food but also about the science and history behind. The venue was very nice and modern and well located in Zurich city west. The food we cooked was super delicious and all ingredients of high quality (I.e. Japanese risotto, miso eggplant, matcha crepe). It was actually easier to make than I thought so with the recipes received afterwards I keep cooking my favorites now at home :-) .
Overall I can only highly recommend and will join another cooking course soon again.
Written April 4, 2020
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ETOILECOOKING
Thank you so much, Stefanie! We look forward to cooking with you again! :-)
Written May 26, 2022
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Diana K
Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
Dec 2019
It was an amazing evening and it was for me a pleasure to cook and learn how to cook and to join my free time with very interessting people. The organisation was excellent, the culinary experience amazing, the place in a kitchen studio just interestingly raised the level of my experience. An exceptional melding of flavors from the Japanese culture wonderful. I really recomend this cooking course to all who like cooking, wish to learn and taste something special, spend time with amazing intelligent opend minded people and to make new friends. It was a wonderful evening and I would like to go back there. See you all there :)
Written January 25, 2020
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ETOILECOOKING
Thank you so much for your lovely words, and we look forward to cooking with you again soon! :-)
Written May 26, 2022
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Tom2784
1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Friends
My wife Katie and I had a truly unforgettable food experience in Étoile's "Japanese favorites" cooking classes in Zurich. Highly recommendable to all who want to have a great evening among like-minded foodies and to improve their knowledge about Japanese food at the same time in a concentrated and yet casual atmosphere. We loved it! ❤️
Written June 29, 2020
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Thank you so much, Thomas & Katie! We would love to cook with you again! :-)
Written September 26, 2021
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Domante
1 contribution
Mar 2022
The Japanese cooking class at Étoile was excellent! A stylish and modern setting, a friendly bunch of fellow participants and an extremely knowledgeable chef Yuan. Kitchen-related activities was only one part of the whole experience. We not only cooked but also learnt about various ingredients used in the Japanese cuisine or discussed subtleties of Japanese and Chinese teas. In other words, it was a real immersive educational experience. Tools and techniques were thoroughly explained and embedded within a broader cultural context. Also, don’t want to spoil anything but the tofu we prepared is one of a kind!
Written March 9, 2022
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ETOILECOOKING
Thank you so, so much for your kind words! :-)
Written May 26, 2022
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Jozef
1 contribution
Sep 2021
A wonderful introduction to Japanese cooking. It is a social experience in a friendly environment with a lovely host. You will learn about foundational ingredients used in the Japanese cousine and how to utilize them to make simple tasty dishes out of ingredients available in your local supermarket. And you will also learn a thing or two about tea :)
Written October 10, 2021
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ETOILECOOKING
Thank you for your kind words, Jozef! :-)
Written May 26, 2022
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kern206 .
3 contributions
Sep 2020
Thank you for a wonderful sushi cooking class. Our Sushi Master tought us well and we had a great time. I learned a lot about the preparation of this delicious food and about sake as well. I went home with lots of inspiration and made some more (see picture).
Written October 15, 2020
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Thanks so much for coming! :-)
Written September 27, 2021
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Deroux
Bern, Switzerland18 contributions
Jan 2020
Although I lived in Italy for years, Chef Giovanni taught me great new cooking secrets! I highly recommend taking cooking classes with ÉTOILE, it's a wonderful location, excellent teachers and you get to spend an unforgettable evening while honing your skills! Buon appetitooo 🍝🍷
Written April 11, 2020
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ETOILECOOKING
Grazie mille! :-D
Written May 26, 2022
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Felix Fermin
3 contributions
Jun 2022
I did "Middle Eastern" cooking class with Chef Aruna who really knows their stuff and use to lived in the middle eastern, she was so kind and nice, the class is in her own house and she makes you feel more than welcome, different dished to share with friends and family. Thank you so much.
Written August 20, 2022
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