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Basil Cookery School
Ranked #14 of 70 Food & Drink in Chiang Mai
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Owner description: At Basil Cookery School, you get to do all the cooking. Don’t worry, even if you have never done a cooking class before, we make Thai cooking easy.Unlike other cookery schools that held 10-20 people per one class we limit our class to only 1-6 people so you can get the plenty of time learning with us. Ask any question you want while we're enjoy cooking together. As we take you step by step through the recipes, our class will give you confidence and we guarantee that you will be able to eat your very first delicious Thai dish. We pride ourselves on quality, from the freshest ingredients, high quality cooking utensils, clean and clear kitchens, to our customer service.
Reviewed February 10, 2013

It was a quick pick-up and off to the local market. Benz gave a very informative overview ofall the ingredients we would be using during the day.

We started with our noodle dishes, everything was prepared for us and we were guided step-by-step through the process. Then it was time to eat, WOW. Fresh supplies and proper prep make a huge difference in the end result!

The we made soups followed by appetisers. We took a 30 minute break and dived into the curry pastes, desserts, curries and mains. It was a flurry of activity that worked up an appetite. It was all delicious and more than most of us could finish!

We got a lovely cookbook and a wonderful experience. It was an absolute bargain and would recommend to anyone! Thanks :-)

Thank larsbigbird
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Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

We booked this cooking course with the expectation of learning how to cook Thai food as well as learn more about the food and culture. And we got exactly that and more!

Benz and Tom provided a rich and interesting tour of a local vegetable market, explaining all the ingredients we would use. Then, on our small group of 7 people, we went to the school (a small house in a lovely residential neighborhood) where we were treated to a welcome snack, and then the cooking began (out of a menu that we chose, with a spice level of our choice!!!) - and we did everything from chopping, dicing, frying, to stirring and plating! The food was fantastically tasty, and sooo much! And after six courses and a wonderful experience, we literally rolled out of the house! Thank you to Benz and Tom, and the rest of the Basil Cookery School team!

Thank Khalid S
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Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

Well organised, friendly, helpful & personal. No previous cooking experience required. You WILL make tasty Thai dishes & be inspired to create them at home as well. Great facilities for the lesson. Top marks to these guys, they nailed it.

Thank Colin252
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We were picked up promptly at our hotel by a taxi truck- we sat in the back, and off we went. First, our teacher, a young pretty woman named Benz (like Mercedes) who looks like a Thai version of Rashida Jones from "The Office", gave each student a checklist of 18 meals from which to choose. We selected 6 meals- 1 in each category of: appetizer, stir fry, salad, noodle, curry, dessert- and then we were driven to a local market- hidden away but full of Thais buying fruits, veggies, and spices. Benz clearly knew her subject. She spoke and moved with energy, teaching us about galangal, keffer lime leaves, palm sugar, and different types of basil, to name a few.

Benz bought a few items, based on our checklists which we turned in to her, and then we were driven to the cooking school. The kitchen is neat with an island, around which we gathered. The kitchen staff were fantastic! They set up the ingredients and arranged them on modern, rectangular plates for each student. Students did the cutting, mixing, pouring, stir frying-- everything else. But the staff would wash all the dishes.

I was skeptical that Benz would be able to thoroughly teach each student how to make his dish, especially when 3 different dishes were all chosen- which happened to us when we were making curry. But, somehow, Benz did it with ease. All of our dishes came out edible to say the least. I was impressed by making green curry paste from scratch with a stone mortar and pestle.

First, we made a noodle dish. Then we ate it in the dining room. Then we went back to the kitchen to make the soup and appetizer. While we were eating, the kitchen was cleaned and prepped for the next dishes. Then we ate those 2 dishes. Then we went back to the kitchen, made dessert, and set it aside. Then we made the curry and stir fry. Then we ate those 2 savory dishes. At the end of the meal, Benz brought out our desserts. It was a fantastic meal that we were able to slowly savor,a dn even appreciate more fully because we made them.

I like to take notes in cooking classes, so I asked for the recipe book up front so that I could take notes throughout our class. Taking notes was a bit tough, as Benz kept us on a quick pace. I had a hard time taking notes, listening to Benz and cooking all at the same time.

It would have been nice to linger over dinner and chat with the other students, or to have brought a bottle of wine or some beers to have with dinner. But Benz promptly let us know that class was over, and we felt obligated to leave. So all students paid the class fee to Benz and then were driven back to their respective hotel.

Excellent. I have been to a cooking class in Tuscany as well, and this class at Basil cookery was just as good. I would recommend Basil Cookery wholeheartedly, especially to those with the stamina to keep up with the brisk pace of teaching.

1  Thank Lea A
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Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

The team are great. It was a small group of 7 we all got along great. Benz is patient and very informative. I only wish I had done it my 1st day in Thailand.

Thank carly990
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