Chandika, the host of the cooking class, has a very good command of english (studies to become an english teacher) and is really precise in what he does. We, (2 persons were present to do the cooking class) prepared and cooked different curries and pappadam and ate them. Preparing and eating takes about 3 hours. We liked the idea of cooking in a real sri lankian kitchen and the dishes were tasty. So far so good.
Chandika is a bit shy and it is difficult to warm up with him. We had to do most of the chating (besides explaination of cooking steps) in order not to be standing around in silence.
It dawned to us that there is no real passion in what he does as he only cooks when he has cooking classes. All other cooking within the family is his mother's responsibility as he mentioned. It became too obvious that he does it for the money (2,000 rupee per person).
The garden is also looked after by his mother and not him as he explained.
Once all food was prepared for dinner we sat alone at the table although we invited him two times to join us (Remember: He is the host). His mother and sister were in the kitchen washing up our saucepans and preparing their own familiy dinner. Sometimes family members passed by without saying a word.
He also sells the spices but most of them are not from his mother' spice garden as the garden is still too little or does not contain the spice at all. Furthermore, we can only imagine why he sells citronella oil during a cooking class as this oil is against mosquitos and not used in the kitchen.
All of the above mentioned basically ruins the atmosphere and we found it weird and uncomfortable sitting "alone" at the table in a stranger's home.
The ideal is great but the host of the cooking class was not "present" and there was no real passion.
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