Spice Up The Romance With These Couples Cooking Classes

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety regulations and protocols, the below mentioned cooking classes may be cancelled or postponed at any given time. Spacing may also be limited to ensure your safety. For more information about each mentioned venue's safety precautions and capacity, please contact them directly. Contact details will be provided below. 

Taste-Buds Cook Club

Taste-Buds Cook Club hosts one of the most romantic couples evenings in Joburg. They create unforgettable cooking experiences for you and your partner with their Romantic Couples Cooking Classes. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a lovely evening with your special someone, complete with good food and loads of fun! On arrival, you are welcomed with something refreshing to whet your appetite. You and your partner will then get to prepare a starter, main and dessert together, and also learn about plating and presentation. Once everything is ready, you can both sit down and enjoy your delicious meal. How lovely does that sound?

Details: www.taste-buds.co.za | [email protected] | call 083 600 9096 or WhatsApp 072 846 7959 | 10 Aries Avenue, Sundowner, Randburg, Johannesburg.


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Olive Branch Cooking School

Olive Branch Cooking School aims to give you and your partner the confidence you both need to start cooking together and enjoying the process from start to finish. Although there are many different classes available, from team building to mini classes and something for the little ones, you're bound o find the right fit for you anf your sweetheart. Their talented and skilled chefs will guide you and your partner in creating some delicious meals from scratch. After this experience, you and your partner can start exploring new flavours and cuisines at home.

Details: olivebranchcooking.co.za | [email protected] | 082 854 7388  | Free Range Lifestyle Centre at Rustic Timber & Garden Centre, 42 Witkoppen Road, corner Kingfisher Avenue, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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Discovery's Vitality HealthyFood Studio

Not keen on leaving the house but would like to plan something fun and delicious with your sweetheart? Not a problem, Discovery's Vitality HealthyFood Studio has just the thing – a live, interactive cooking experience via a personal video call with a professional chef! Why not even make it a double date with a few of your couple friends, and spend the afternoon or evening cooking up a storm? And if you're comfortable with being out and about during this unpredictable times, you can even book a cooking class at their state-of-the-art cooking studio in the heart of Sandton. Click here to find out more about these virtual classes.

Details: www.healthyfoodstudio.co.za | [email protected] | 011 529 6527 | 1 Discovery Place, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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Sumting Fresh Live Recipe - Fish Tacos

What Is It?

Learn how to prepare and cook something new and delicious with Sumting Fresh's online cooking classes! This week, you'll be learning how to make your own fish tacos from scratch. This interactive cooking class will be presented by Sumting Fresh co-owner, Hezron Louw.

Please note that all ingredients, measurements and the method will be provided 24 hours prior to the show via email, along with the Zoom link where you can join in on the culinary fun. Also, you can lend Sumting Fresh a helping hand by donating to their staff fund to ensure their staff are taken care of during this uncertain time.

When Is It?

Saturday, 13 June 2020 from 14:00 to 16:00.

Where Is It?

A Zoom link will be provided via email once you have purchased your tickets.

How Much Is It?

The online cooking class costs R20 per person. This excludes ingredients. Click here to get your ticket now.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Sumting Fresh on Facebook. Visit Howler.co.za to see what other online cooking classes they have coming up.

Open House

What Is It?

Join the Open House crew every first Thursday of the month for a new and exciting baking experience and yummy recipes.

Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 04 June 2020 at 01:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?


For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Yuppiechef's Quick And Easy Dinners: Volume 1 & 2

What Is It?

Pick up a new skill with Yuppiechef's short course and get a step closer to becoming a master chef. Yuppiechef's Quick And Easy Dinners: Volume 1 & 2 will help you master dinner.

The class is packed with valuable and educational lessons that will teach you how to balance a meal. Get more tips, ideas and a fun cooking experiences with Kamini Pather.

When Is It?


Where Is It?

Online. For volume 1, click here and for volume 2, click here.

How Much Is It?

R195 for each volume.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Cooking With Chef Judi: Learn How To Make Crispy Potato Gnocchi

What Is It?

There is a lot that you can do with potatoes and here is a chance to explore something different. Learn how to make crispy potato gnocchi with Chef Judi.

All you need to do is buy the ingredients, and join the Zoom call for a fun cooking experience.

When Is It?

Saturday, 09 May 2020 at 18:00.

Where Is It?

Online. You'll receive the Zoom details before the event starts.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R50 per person, click here.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Yuppiechef Easy Entertaining Online Cooking Class

What Is It?

Enjoy an online cooking course presented by chef and restaurateur, Franck Dangereux, as he teaches you how to make quick and easy treats. You will learn to make canapés, desserts, dips, mains and vegetable dishes.

The Yuppiechef Easy Entertaining Online Cooking Class is definitely worth it!

When Is It?


Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?


For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Four Home Entertainment Ideas To Try While In Lockdown

A Virtual Get-Together

What are the first things that you associate with a get-together? Music, games and a ton of fun with friends, right? Well, since going out is out of the question, why not bring the party to you?

Google Hangouts is proving to be quite the hit during lockdown. The app allows you to engage with up to twenty-five friends at a time. Google Hangouts enables “shared experiences” with many playing games like Charades and Pictionary or simply watching TV together.

So, while social distancing is still very much a reality in the outside world, socialising, connecting and creating memories with friends and family from the comfort (and safety) of your couch is very much a possibility.

Nothing Beats Quality Telly Time

Arguably one of the most used items in your home is the TV, made even more apparent when your access to the outside world is cut off. We spend hours mesmerised at character developments, dumbfounded by intricate plot twists or feverishly pushing buttons on gaming controllers to reach that coveted checkpoint; all the while still managing to sneak in a few snacks as we go.

However, there is one thing to make this experience even sweeter. The LG OLED TV series is renowned for its spectacular visual and sound technology, which makes for the perfect cinematic and gaming experience. Complete with its virtually no motion blur feature, it’s the ideal screen for gaming and watching sports. Essentially, it’s an all-in-one TV for movies, series binges and gaming marathons to help beat any type of boredom during the wait for freedom.

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Get Up And Get Active

While vegging out in front of the TV sounds like pure bliss, the lockdown is actually the ideal time to start working on your summer body. Whether you’re a fitness fan or are too busy to exercise, there's no more excuses not to workout during lockdown.

There are many exciting workout options online. More and more content creators, studios and influencers are posting their simple home workout routines online for free to help keep people fit, healthy and busy. Find your inspiration and get moving!

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Awakening Your Inner Foodie

If you enjoy time spent cooking up a storm, you should probably use this extra time to brush up on your culinary skills. With restaurants, coffee shops and specialty delis all falling victim to the lockdown, now is the perfect time to venture into the pantry, explore the potential of combining different ingredients together and turn your kitchen into a cooking and baking paradise.

To get you started on your food journey, LG has recruited local chefs to share some of their most loved recipes that are sure to make any foodie weak at the knees.

Woman In The Kitchen Preparing To Cook

There’s comfort knowing that we are all together in this time of crisis and that however we choose to spend the time, we will emerge with new memories, possibly new skills and even an ab or two. Stay safe and we'll see you on the other side.

Learn To Cook With Yuppiechef's FREE Online Cooking School Courses

Learn To Cook During Lockdown

Have time to kill while you're stuck at home during the 21 day national lockdown? Then why not spend this time brushing up on or learning a brand-new skill? We have a great option in mind - learn to cook online with these FREE Online Cooking Courses from Yuppiechef!

Enjoy 30 days free access to all of their Online Cooking School courses! During this time, you'll learn how to master popular recipes, get on top of those techniques and hone in on various cooking styles from the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

Sounds like something you'd like to get cracking on? Visit Yuppiechef now and find out how you can get started!


What It Includes

Learn how to cook from some of the industry's most well-known names, including Peter Goffe-Wood, Sarah Graham and Franck Dangereux, with this series of high quality video tutorials. Each FREE online cooking course includes in-depth theory notes, recipes to try and quizzes to test your knowledge along the way.

These courses can be viewed across various devices – smartphone, laptop or tablet – and you'll have unrestricted access to all of the course videos and notes for 30 days (from the day you purchase this bundle from Yuppiechef).

How Does It Work?

This sounds like the perfect way to spend your remaining days in isolation! But wondering what happens after the 30 days? Here's what you need to know:


What Courses Are Available During The 30 Days? 

Here are a few courses that you can look forward to during your 30 days of free access:

Click here to see what other courses Yuppiechef will be offering during your 30 days.


For More Information

For more information about Yuppiechef and this offer, visit www.yuppiechef.com.

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Life Skills To Teach The Kids During Lockdown


The lockdown period is the perfect time to teach the kids how to whip up basic meals. Get them involved in dinner planning by making a list of their favourite meals or cuisines they have an interest in. A good way to encourage children to brave the kitchen is by gifting them with their own recipe book. This may be something you buy online or a special hand-me-down book of granny's old recipes. Also invite the kids to help you out with tasks in the kitchen, such as chopping vegetables or preparing the ingredients for a sauce. Don't forget to teach them proper knife skills to avoid accidents!


Do you or your little one have a birthday coming up? While you may not be able to go out and celebrate, you can still throw a cool lockdown party. Get the kids involved in baking their own birthday cake, cupcakes or making party packs for the family. This way they are still allowed to feel special on their birthday, while learning a great new skill. Check out our article on baking for beginners to find a few easy recipes to try out with the kids.


Autumn is the perfect time to prepare your garden for the coming winter and impending spring season. Get the kids involved in mulching your soil, transplanting herbs and watering your garden. Studies have shown that there are numerous motor-neuron benefits attributed to playing in the mud and getting a little dirt on your hands. So, get out your child's wellington boots and allow them to explore the garden and discover new worlds. Make up stories of garden fairies and gnomes if you must, but make it as fun as possible.

As older children may be less inclined to join you outside, make gardening part of their chores. Teach them the names of the plants and how or where to plant them. They may not show much interest in gardening now, but they'll learn that later on in life it sure comes in handy to know your petunias from your primroses!

Arts & Crafts

You may be asking, are arts and crafts really a life skill? The answer is yes. Learning a crafting skill at a young age not only helps children develop healthy hobbies, but can be revisited later on in life as a means to make extra income. Plus, teaching your child how to knit, crochet, sew or sculpt is a great bonding experience. During this time, you may also want to invest more time in your children's artistic education. These skills are often the first to be forgotten in overburdened education systems, but play a vital role in young people's mental health and ability to express themselves with confidence. Check out these handy online arts and crafts resources for kids and adults to get started.

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Dads, this one is directed at you. Teach your kids how to fix things for themselves! Not only may this save them money in the future, but it's a deeply personal gift to pass on to your little ones. If you are blessed with the ability to pull something apart and put it back together better than new, don't let this talent end with you. Start with the basics - how to change a tyre or a lightbulb. If you seem to spark an interest, move on to bigger DIY tasks. They may become your right hand man or woman!

What are some of the valuable life skills your parents passed on to you? Let us know how you will be imparting this vital knowledge onto your kids during this lockdown period! 

Yuppiechef's A Very Merry Festive Feast Online Course

What Is It?

It's never too early or late to enjoy a delicious festive meal. Start a free online course with the Yuppiechef's A Very Merry Festive Feast Online Course.

This course will allow you to explore three different dishes which include a starter, main and dessert to spoil everyone at home. Presented by Franck Dangereux, this course comprises of 3 lessons with dishes that complement each other.

"Best shared with friends and family, you’ll conquer crowd favourites such as phyllo tarts, roasted gammon, chocolate log dessert and the iconic roasted turkey complete with stuffing and accompaniments." - Yuppiechef


Where Is It?

Online, Yuppiechef.

When Is It?


How Much Is It?


For More Information

For more information, click here.

Using The Very Last Of Your Pantry Staples To Make Delicious Meals

Pimped Up Beans On Toast

There's nothing worse than a plain old can of baked beans smeared on toast. If this is all you have left in your pantry cupboards, we have a way to turn this drab meal into something spicy and satisfying:



  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a small saucepan
  2. Toast the garam masala until it reaches a dark brown colour. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, making sure not to burn the spices or garlic.
  3. Add a tablespoon of water to the spice mix, forming a paste. Let it simmer for about a minute on low heat.
  4. Add the sliced green chilli or chilli flakes, before spooning in the can of baked beans.
  5. Stir occasionally and add salt to taste. Let the beans simmer for about 10 minutes before serving on a crisp piece of toast.
  6. Dress with fresh coriander (if you have).

Easy-Peasy Noodle Bowl

Can't stomach another bowl of watery 2-minute noodles? Create your own ramen noodle bowl using staple Asian cuisine ingredients that you most likely have hidden away at the back of your pantry.



  1. Heat the sesame oil and olive oil in a medium-large saucepan over moderate heat.
  2. Add the garlic and simmer until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Do not brown the garlic, or you'll get a bitter flavour.
  3. Add the carrots and mushrooms if you have these available, and simmer until they soften, about a minute, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the broth, Sriracha sauce, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Stir and let simmer for about five minutes. Taste, and adjust heat and taste to your liking by adding more Sriracha and soy sauce if needed.
  5. Carefully place the 2-minute noodles into the pot of simmering broth and allow to cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, or until cooked and tender.
  6. Carefully transfer the soup and noodles to bowls, and allow to cool. Top with a soft-boiled egg and spring onion.

Adapted from www.killingthyme.net/2015/10/30/easy-homemade-ramen-bowls.

Cake In A Mug

When those sweet cravings start to kick in, turn to your pantry for a super quick and easy fix. If you have never dared to make a microwave cake in a mug before, now's the perfect time to test this inventive recipe.



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and batter has no clumps.
  3. Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug. Leave enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
  4. Add hazelnut chocolate spread or chocolate chips in the middle of the batter.
  5. Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
  6. Microwave mug cake for 70 - 90 seconds on high.

Sourced from www.tablefortwoblog.com/the-moistest-chocolate-mug-cake.

If you are in dire need of pantry staples and other groceries to see you through self isolation, check out these grocery delivery services. Stay safe!

Something Different To Try This Valentine's Day

Taste-Buds Cook Club

A couple's cooking class makes for a wonderful Valentine's Day celebration. Not only is it romantic, but it allows you to spend some time together, it allows you to learn more about each other, it offers you the opportunity to try a lovely meal and it gives you the chance to do something different.

Taste-Buds hosts one of the most romantic couple's evenings in Joburg by creating unforgettable cooking experiences for you and your partner.

Their couple's cooking classes are a full experience. On arrival, you are welcomed with a beverage. You will then get to prepare a starter, main and dessert, while learning about plating and presentation.

For more, check out our article on cooking classes for couples. 

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Baila Afrika

Baila Afrika is a mobile dance experience that often hosts dance parties and socials, bringing people together from all around Joburg. They also offer annual trips overseas, where you can get first-hand experience of what the Latino culture and dances are all about.

Beginners who aren't yet ready to Salsa abroad can learn the art of dance at Baila Afrika's beginner dance classes. This is a great activity for couples, whether you know how to dance or not.

Check out their Facebook page to keep track of where they will be.

For more, check out our dance parties article. 

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Zwipi Underground Bar

Zwipi Bar, situated at a bus depot, is a bar that is part of the Thunder Walker umbrella.

Open Thursday to Saturday nights from 7pm, this bar and restaurant offers a mysterious ambience to your Valentine's celebrations.

Book your spot early to avoid disappointment.

For more, check out our mystery bar article. 

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Bounce is a fun house for everyone who just wants to enjoy themselves. Although aimed at kids, adults are more than welcome to visit this trampoline park. Bounce has different classes to accommodate different needs, but one thing is for sure, you will have a great time jumping away your extra energy.

For more, check out our alternative fitness article.

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The Marabi Club

If you are looking for a new spot to celebrate Valentine's Day, look no further than The Marabi Club. This is the club to experience the smooth sounds of jazz while enjoying a perfectly crafted drink.

Marabi club has good music, good food and impeccable service.

For more, check out our jazz joints article.


What will you and your partner be doing this Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments section below!

Make Your Little One A Chef With Little Cooks Club

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Little Cooks Club is the brainchild of Christine Phillips, a chef and food extraordinaire. Being a mother made Christine see a world full of opportunity, especially when she observed how her own children had a growing interest in the culinary world.

This inspired her to share her passion and professional expertise by starting a cooking club to help the little ones learn how to cook and bake, while having fun. Cooking is definitely an art, and this is a brilliant idea as it allows children to become creative, develop valuable disciplines, etiquette skills and have loads of fun!

This is a great activity to keep the kids busy during the school holidays.

What's Cooking In The Kitchen?

Little Cooks Club offers more than just cooking classes, they also offer:

What's Next On The Menu?

Little Cooks Club now offers something for the whole family - The Timeless Family Food Journal.

This is an interactive food journal full of amazing tastes, flavour and creativity for the family to use, while spending quality time together. You can simply order it on their website.

Have your kids joined the Little Cooks Club? Let us know in the comments section below!

Plant-Based 101 Johannesburg

What Is It?

Calling all vegans and food lovers, don't miss the food hack and treats at the Plant-Based 101 Johannesburg.

What to expect?

Welcome drinks and multiple dishes of gourmet plant-based food.

An exclusive first taste of new Fry’s products.

Nutritional advice from experts in the industry.

Answers to all your questions and myths around plant-based diets.

A shopping guide for new vegans.

Clever plant-based hacks for the kitchen.

Goodie bags filled with gifts and surprises to take home to the value of more than R450.

Where Is It?

Kaylee's Eatery, 147 N Reef Road, Bedfordview, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

When Is It?

Friday, 10 January 2020 at 18:00.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R300 - R350 per person, get your tickets Here.

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Pastry & Dessert Baking Class

What Is It?

Bosch is bring the exciting Pastry & Dessert Baking Class and you do not want to miss it.

The experience centre has state of the art Bosch equipment and products, and this is what you will be using for the baking class.

You will get the opportunity to be taught chef techniques and tips by an internationally qualified chef with a qualification that includes global cuisine and extensive personal experience catering locally.

Don't miss it.

When Is It?

Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 10:00.

Where Is It?

BSH Experience Centre, 30 Archimedes Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R950 per person, get you ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

So Chef! Festival - Alliance Francaise Johannesburg

What Is It?

The Alliance Française Johannesburg is a non-profit organisation devoted to the promotion of French language and culture. In honour of National Nutrition Week 2019, the Alliance presents their annual So Chef! festival. Focusing on eco-friendly food practices and on the strong social power of food and cooking, this festival aims to prevent food wastage and fill hungry bellies.

The main event for So Chef! 2019 is the highly-anticipated Disco-Soupe. Facilitated by culinary guide, Chef Joey Atchama. Disco Soups are collective and open cooking sessions. Started in France in 2012, to help combat 25% of food wastage globally. The Disco Soupe session sees participants cook up some delicious meals using scraped or unsold fruit and vegetables. But, the best part is that it all takes place in a musical and festive disco atmosphere. The meals made are then redistributed to all participants for free. So, come and cook along with the Alliance Française for a good cause and a good time.

When Is It?

Saturday, 12 October 2019 at 11:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

Alliance Française Johannesburg, 17 Lower Park Drive & Kerry Road, Parkview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

To participate in the Disco Soupe event contact [email protected]

For more information

Follow them on Facebook for more information.

Details: 011 646 1169 | alliance.org.za

HomeStuff - Lowest Prices On International Home Decor


HomeStuff - the home decor store you never knew you needed. We came across it by accident doing Christmas shopping at Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale. While it may not scream international home decor on the outside, this massive store is a treasure trove of all your interior decorating dreams. The best thing about HomeStuff? The prices! You can get yourself Jamie Oliver's Creme Brulee Set, sparkling glass tumblers or a quirky egg boiler at a premium price. Needless to say, this was a stellar find on our part during the hectic Christmas season. We were able to find a gift for almost everyone. But, be warned, you may need to stop for a breather half way through your shop, as the variety of home and decor items can be overwhelming.



Just imagine all the cooking and baking tools you have ever wanted. They're all here. That's why you should never take a baker to HomeStuff. Despite the reasonable prices, you will leave having broken the bank on whisks, baking trays, baking beans, mixers and cake stands.

Braai masters, you haven't been forgotten. Turn the art of cooking on the fire into a science with a temperature gauge, stainless steel tongs and the perfect knife set. Toss your Greek salad with a salad spinner or a set of designer spoons.

New to the world of cooking? HomeStuff also has a collection of cookbooks to inspire you. From Thai, to Italian and every cuisine in between, there is a cookbook here to help you on your way. HomeStuff is also the ideal place to get a thoughtful and unique house warming gift. Their range of kettles, pots and pans will add a sense of style to any kitchen. Throw in a French press or tea strainer to make your gift the ultimate house warming package.



Once you have successfully made your way through the maze of kitchen ware, step into the world of comfortable living. Style your home with classic clocks, designer lighting, fancy mirrors and colourful cushions. There is an entire aisle for photo frames, too. Spruce up your garden or deck with their outdoor decor range. Or, give your bathroom a much-needed makeover - all you need is a few new towels, a handy mirror and pretty soaps (all of which you can get at HomeStuff).

For the bedroom, there are a collection of prints featuring wild animals, iconic pop stars and inspirational quotes. Rugs, pillows and throws add an extra sense of elegance, too. So, pop into HomeStuff (when you have time to spare) and find yourself a few new home comforts.



Lastly, invest in your bottom drawer with HomeStuff's glassware, plates, knives and tabletop decor. Transform a dull dining area into a glamorous place to share food with friends, family and that special someone. Start off by choosing your tablecloth and runners, then add some place mats, candles and embellishments. Now, for the utensils. HomeStuff stock some of the best cutlery sets from the world's most well renowned brands. These are investments pieces, so they cost a little extra. But, they will last you a long while, making it well worth your hard earned cash.

HomeStuff's dinnerware sets are exquisite. They range in price and style, offering you choice and variety. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for before entering the store! People have been known to feel light headed with all the options this store offers. You can also get mugs, bowls, ice cream dishes and ramekins in this aisle. Looks like you may never need to go shopping for dining room essentials again.

For more information

Visit their website for more information - homestuff.co.za.

Details: 011 886 8124 | [email protected] | Facebook

Bite Into Something Awesome At The JHB Culinary & Pastry School

Just because people love food, doesn't mean they love to make it or even can (sounds a bit sharp, but its true). For those who do want to learn and know how you put love in making food, the best place to do it would be at the JHB Culinary & Pastry School.

For those who don't want to cook and just want to do what we all love to do to food - eat it! You can visit the Market on Main to get a nibble on their food. Will tell you more...

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What's Cooking In the Kitchen?

The JHB Culinary & Pastry School is one of the best schools in the country, situated in Maboneng which probably calls an attraction of tons of 'foodies' to the Joburg CBD.

The school was established in 2012 and has become an amazing success, the dream of Kevin and Jarlyne was inspired by the gap in the market and they wanted to created more people who would love making food as much as they eat it.

They are really filled with many talented students who go all out to showcase their love for the culinary arts while getting their qualification. the JHB Culinary & Pastry School also gives the students an opportunity to really get on the job experience and get a worldview of what a real job experience is like.

They have qualifications that are accredited by City & Guilds, QCTO as well as FoodBev SETA so every student can be proud to say that they have a recognised qualification. So its about more than just cooking, its about the love that comes with it.

JHB Culinary

The Sea Biscuit Foundation Programme

They have an amazing scholarship foundation that creates opportunity for disadvantaged youth who want to learn and make something of themselves by their skill in the culinary arts.

Culinary At The Market On Main

The culinary school is also an integral part on the Market On Main, if you pay the market a visit on Sundays - you will find the school there.

They sell their amazing bakery and pastry goods there, and best believe that Joburg is in love with their food. There is a particular cake that is at the slip of everyone's tongue, I don't know the name of the cake but I had a taste from my cousin and wow! Amazeballs.

They have extremely generous slices of cake, you could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner but that may be impossible because it's just too delicious.

JHB Culinary

Do Something Fun...

Events - Cooking Classes

In case you want to do something fun and and different, you can check out their website for their cooking classes.

They host really cool themed classes so you can choose anything that interests you depending on when it is hosted. They have events like Paela classes, Indian cuisine, Thai and many more...

Did I mention that they have absolutely amazing facilities with an outside area that really invites you to eat? Appetising right?

This is definitely something to stop frying eggs about. LOL!

Let's get cooking Jozi!

Easy Ways To Teach Yourself How To Cook

I always dreaded the day when I would have to learn to cook for myself. In fact, I was adamant that I would avoid it for as long as possible. Then, at the ripe old age of 21, I could no longer delay the inevitable. It was sink or swim. Cook something or starve (not literally, but you catch my drift).

My journey to becoming a confident cook took me by complete surprise. Once I had mastered the basics, I found myself really enjoying the process of making my own food. Not that it was all smooth sailing. Regardless, cooking is now one of my favourite pastimes and according to my family, I am not half bad at it either.

Where On Earth Do I Start?

Getting yourself started is probably the most difficult hurdle you will face. Not to sound cheesy (pun intended), but all you really need is a little self-determination and a general interest in food. Make a list of all your favourite dishes - whether they are childhood favourites or restaurant picks. Note the style of cuisine you are most drawn to as well.

Now, before you master your list of favourite dishes, you will have to learn the basics. These include all types of egg dishes, pasta dishes and roasts.


Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients. They are also one of the most personal food items - everyone likes them a certain way. Pick your favourite egg dish and learn to make it just the way you like it. Finding a recipe book only on cooking eggs could prove tricky, so rely Google for tips and tricks on how to cook your egg to your liking. Do not crumble into despondence if it doesn't work out perfectly the first couple of times. It takes intuition and practice to get it right.

Fun Fact: It takes one minute longer to boil an egg to the desired consistency in Joburg than it does in Cape Town. This is because of the higher altitude of the Gauteng province. Click here for a guide on how to boil the perfect egg.


Pastas And Stir Fry

Everyone can cook pasta - yes, everyone. If your parents neglected to teach you this basic cooking skill, get right on learning it. After a long day of work or university, whipping up a speedy pasta dish is the ultimate comfort.

Television cooking series often give great tips on making delicious pasta dishes. Watch as many as you can possibly stomach to broaden your knowledge. Make notes if that's your way of learning, or simply try to absorb as much new information without becoming ravenously hungry. Another easy way to learn to cook pasta dishes is to stock up on recipes. Food magazines regularly feature these type of dishes, as they are a fan favourite. But, if you are looking to start a collection of recipe books, we recommend visiting Exclusive Books during their quarterly book sale season. Pricey recipe books are often marked down by up to 50% during these sales!

Stir Fry is a good alternative to pasta, although slightly more complex to master. Learning to balance Asian flavours may prove overwhelming, so follow recipes closely. Once you have grasped the basic flavour bases - ginger, garlic and onion - play around to suit your tastes.


Roasting your food offers you the chance to pack in loads of flavour without too much effort. Whether it be vegetables or protein, this method of cooking delivers a wholesome, warming flavour to any dish. When starting out, it is generally advised to set the oven temperature to 180°C. As you gain confidence and expertise, you can play around with cooking temperatures to achieve crispy skinned roast chicken or crackly melting potatoes.

For your next birthday, ask a friend or family member to gift you with the perfect foodie gift - personalised oven mitts! These quirky kitchen accessories will have you roasting up a storm in no time. Order them online from Custom Gifts.

Social Media Is Your Friend

We know you use social media for networking, keeping in touch with friends and to stay up to date on daily news. Why not use it to learn how to cook for yourself? Instagram and Pinterest offer a world of food knowledge, with millions of recipes and a vast online community of food lovers. Our favourite online cooking platform is the Foodies of SA Instagram page, which regularly features easy to make recipes with a South African twist.

Good luck and happy cooking!

Spring School Holiday Musts For The Kids

Please note: These holiday programmes are available between 23 September – 04 October 2019. Dates may vary. Space is limited, so book in advance! Prices are subject to change.

Bright Young Chefs Holiday Club Baking Workshops

Bright Young Chefs will be hosting a spring holiday club to keep the little ones busy and entertained from 23 – 27 September 2019. The cost is *R150 per 3-hour session (plus a *R5 online booking fee), which includes a chef’s hat, use of all the equipment and ingredients needed, refreshments, aprons (for use only) and takeaway containers. They’ll have lots of fun cooking and baking delicious treats such as a chocolate log, double chocolate chip cookies, strawberry shortcake, chocolate and cream puffs and Troll cupcakes! Click here to book now.


Musical Theatre Holiday Club

If your kids have a keen interest in the arts and dream of becoming a Broadway star one day, then why not let them enjoy a Musical Theatre Holiday Club at the Johannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts? The club is focused on all school-going children of various ages (between 6 - 16 years old) and offers a programme that evolves around co-ordination, musicality, expression, voice projection, improvisation and performance. No previous experience is needed and the staff work with the children’s individual and unique abilities. The club will run from Monday, 23 September and Wednesday, 25 September to Friday, 27 September 2019 from 8:30 to 12:00. Please note: 24 September is a public holiday.

The WITS Planetarium

They might not have a school holiday programme but they do have some awesome celestial public shows coming up, that'll delight the kids. September shows for teens and kids will be Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Saturday, 05 October 2019 at 12:30) and Space Travel (Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 10:30 and Saturday, 05 October 2019 from 12:30), so book your spots ASAP. Also, make sure you keep an eye out for their October 2019 show lineup.


Shepherd’s Fold Stables Pony Camp

Perfect for reconnecting your kids with nature, the Shepherd's Fold Stables' Pony Camp offers a fun and exciting learning experience, especially for kids that have a fondness for horses. The programme will be taking place from 25 - 27 September 2019 and offers two days of riding lessons, outrides, hands-on care of horses, lots of activities, lectures and games. There's also a one day Mini Pony Camp for little ones aged between 4 - 6! And don't worry, no previous riding experience is needed as all riding abilities will be catered for in a supervised and controlled environment. Children aged between 6 to 16 years are welcome. Book your spots ASAP! Email Belinda on [email protected] for more information, pricing and bookings.

Rangers Day at Lory Park Zoo

Another fun and interesting school holiday programme that will get the kids out and about is Rangers Day at Lory Park Zoo from 25 - 27 September 2019 and 01 - 04 October 2019 (08:00 - 16:00). This gives children the opportunity to be a zoo ranger for the day, and they'll clean some enclosures, help prepare food for the resident animals and also get to interact with the zoo's ambassador animals. The whole experience will be supervised at all times by the education officer or on-duty supervisor to ensure their safety. The cost is *R200 per day, which will include lunch, drink and chips. Also, ensure your child has extra water, sunscreen and old clothes that can get dirty, as well as extra snacks to nibble on throughout the day.


Kickin It Old School Camp

It might not be too late to book a spot for your kids at the Olympics Holiday Camp at Immaculate Equestrian Academy in Walkerville from 22 - 27 September 2019. It's the perfect way to get them away from their gadgets, off the couch and outdoors playing and making new friends. There will be plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cooking Bootcamp with The Wooden Spoon Kitchen

This one has extremely limited spacing (12 kids, 8 spaces left!) so make sure you book today. This course is perfect for keen young cooks. It is a little intense but is also a day filled with lots of fun. Now for the details: the holiday cooking classes for children is open to young ones aged 5 - 9 and the cost is *R280 per child. Book your little one's spot for Friday, 27 September 2019 ASAP.


Spring Holiday Care

Looking to get the kids out of the house during the school holidays? Even if it's just for one afternoon? Let them have a blast with The Express!ons Kids Club who'll be hosting a diverse entertainment-filled holiday care programme. From Wednesday 25 September 2019 to Friday, 04 October 2019, kids can take part in a variety of fun activities including arts and crafts, yoga and dance, drama and music, gardening, baking, cooking and more. There will also be Minute-To-Win-It challenges and the ever-popular science fair. And to blow off some steam, there's extensive playground facilities set in a beautiful countryside. Cost is as follows: Full day - *R250 per child (07:30 - 17:30); Half day (07:30 - 13:30) - *R180 per child.

The Nat Geo Kids Weird But True! Exhibition

The Nat Geo Kids Weird But True! exhibition is at the Sci-Bono Discovery Science Centre in Johannesburg until January 2020. For the first time in Africa, this engaging and interactive exhibition will give young minds the opportunity to explore our amazing and very weird world. Based on the wildly successful Nat Geo Kids magazine feature and a best-selling series of books, the facts and interactive features cover a broad range of topics including science, food, pop culture and more.