This is the best thing I did during my stay in Chennai - Jyashree, my host, was very welcoming and the experience was so much more than I hoped for. We went to the market to buy supplies (with a temple visit and a little souvenir shopping on the side), then Jyashree showed us how to make various delicious south Indian foods, including sambar which I had particularly requested. The meal we ate was one of the best meals I have eaten in India and I left very full and happy! I would definitely recommend this to anyone, whether you have an interest in cooking yourself or would just like to experience a proper home-cooked meal.
Since I was traveling to Chennai on business, I did not have a lot of free time to explore the city. Having done cooking classes while on holiday in other countries, I knew this type of experience would be the best use of my limited time. If you are a person who enjoys learning about culture, eating great food, and meeting new people, Sundari does not disappoint! Both her and Krish welcomed me into their home and I felt immediately as ease in their presence. They went out of their way to ensure I was well taken care of. I encourage you to share a table with these two; best way to spend an afternoon in Chennai.
We had a Traveling Spoon dinner with Patty and Enrique in their beautiful home in the countryside of Santiago. It was so nice to get out of the city and see a Chilean home. It was a Wonderful Experience to get to know the lives of 2 Chileans and enjoy the meal with them. We feel like we have a true Chilean experience along with new friends. I HIGHLY recommend this experience.
Our time with Somkid will be the most memorable moment from Bangkok. Somkid was a lovely host and his background as a professional chef not only provided us great food but improved cooking techniques.
The experience with Linh in Hoi An was terrific and first rate; wonderful market trip where she bought from regular local vendors many of whom she clearly knew. We finished the market tour with a cup of coffee at a local cafe then to her house for the class and meal. Her teaching was experienced and organized - easy to understand and duplicate at home. The food was delicious and she offered a beer with lunch:-) The pick up and drop off were great as well. She gave a sweet parting gift of cooking chop sticks and a Vietnamese veg peeler.'
Diep is bubbly and adorable and her energy makes the experience with her special. What I loved about the experience with Diep, was meeting and having lunch with her mom, dad and brother at their home. They are proud to offer ‘a little bit of the countryside in town’. The food was good and the experience was rich and it was great to meet this woman and her family - it gave me a solid cultural experience.
Our time with Somkid will be the most memorable moment from Bangkok. Somkid was a lovely host and his background as a professional chef not only provided us great food but improved cooking techniques. We started off the day in the amazing food market Or Kor Tor. You’ll want to purchase and try everything here from the roast pig to freshly made curries and huge prawns; but you’ll be glad that you didn’t because Somkid’s 5 course meal will be deliciously filling...we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Somkid and hope we have the pleasure of meeting him again!
If you are a person who enjoys learning about culture, eating great food, and meeting new people, Sundari does not disappoint! Both her and Krish welcomed me into their home and I felt immediately as ease in their presence. They went out of their way to ensure I was well taken care of. I encourage you to share a table with these two; best way to spend an afternoon in Chennai.
Our visit with Jyashree and her charming husband Ravi turned a busy, impersonal city into a warm, nourishing and memorable experience. Jyashree has her own force-field and we were immediately drawn in. Aside from the fact that we just met, we were treated like old friends with warmth and hospitality. The cooking lessons were fabulous and we were stunned by how delicious everything tasted. It was our introduction to South Indian cooking and in many ways, it was the very best!
We started with a hour tour of the Buddhist Foundation which has 1 million visitors a year. Spectacular grounds and truly off the beaten path. Then a good hour in the market by the river. Aoy knows many of the vendors and we sampled lots of items. Followed by a 20 minute boat ride and two hour cooking class. We prepared 5 dishes in a beautiful outdoor kitchen and enjoyed it at a table at Aoy’s restaurant with a view of the river. Come hungry and sit back and enjoy.
Experience the joy of a homemade meal (and eat it the way the locals do) over conversation about food and culture
Discover cultural and culinary traditions passed down through generations as you learn to cook with your host in their kitchen
Explore a nearby market with your host, discovering the best local produce and its producers