Forget testing your relationship with another Ikea Project – CulinaryOn’s Cooking Academy is the next date idea which will teach you both life skills AND teamwork skills. Lucky for me, (and unlucky for J) we got to experience an awesome session with the CulinaryOn team learning how to cook various fancy dishes with cheese!
Ever since moving in together, I’ve taken cooking more seriously. After all, it is a way of making sure my man is well-fed, content and still healthy (omg, i feel so domesticated now). That means lesser nights of one-pot pasta with sausages as the main ingredient and more attempts at 三菜一汤 (3 veg 1 soup). Once in a while the rice ends up undercooked and crunchy and the sambal veggies a tad too salty, but overall it’s been a great experience. So when we had the opportunity to attend a class at CulinaryOn, I did not hesitate at all! Experimenting at home in the kitchen is one thing, but learning technical skills from experienced chefs (not just YouTube chefs) is definitely not to be missed! Here’s why you should definitely check it out:
CulinaryOn prides itself on the whole experience, including the environment and equipment. I was super impressed with all the equipment they had! Each “station” had an induction stove, drawers with all the tools we needed as well as a legit mixer. As each station had only 4 people, all of us had plenty of opportunities to be hands-on and complete the tasks while still having fun.
The spacious studio also had a central area with large stoves, ovens and basins to wash your hands clean! The place was comfortable and well air-conditioned (so it never got too hot) – perfect for classes and corporate events. Thumbs up to not sweating in front of your date!!
Chefs & Crew
Chef Carmen (the main chef) was awesome! She was funny, engaging and super thorough. Even though there are a few stations working at the same time, she and her team constantly came around to check (if our risotto was cooking well) and explain to us more about the techniques.
The staff were super efficient at helping us clear away used bowls, ensuring that our tables were clean and safe at all times. They also encouraged us to mingle and engage with each other, resulting in a really fun workshop.
What I loved the most was how much I learnt during the workshop. We made Risotto from scratch, which became Sicilian Arancini (we rolled the risotto into balls what were deep fried – YUM), Pizza Quattro Formaggi (pizza topped with 4 cheeses) and Chocolate Cake with Mango & Ricotta!
These are things that I would not attempt at home, just because of how difficult it sounds (and how long it takes haha). But I was amazed at how we managed to cook risotto and even make pizza dough from scratch! At the same time, it was not too technical or stressful – the team made our lives simpler by providing us ingredients which are already measured out and did the heavy-duty steps like deep-frying and baking the pizza in the oven.
By the end of the class, we were all hungry af, and couldn’t wait to dig in into our creations! Trust me, the food tastes so much better because of the hard work we put in. Just look at the finished products!
Conclusion: 4 words – Check it out today!
At the end of the day, it was a super meaningful experience for both J and I to work together and learn together. Even though he made an ugly pizza, I was really proud of him for being willing to learn and try new things. lol! Through this experience, he also acknowledged my hard work in cooking dinner for him (awwwwww).
For couples looking for a meaningful date activity, or colleagues looking for a fun team bonding time – this is definitely the place to visit. Your stomachs will also surely not be disappointed!
P.S. You also get certificates after 😀
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