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Host: Mike

Shanghai, China

USD
$42-$180 per person

Learn the art of dim sum in a professional cooking studio

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Mike

Chef Mike was destined to be a chef, learning how to cook from his dad, formalizing his training in culinary school, then cooking in hotels and professional kitchens. He teaches now in a cooking studio where he shares his passion with travelers.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-30 guests) Chef Mike's cooking school is in the heart of the French district in central Shanghai. The professional prep space has multiple cooking stations so that each traveler can have a hands-on cooking lesson. Chef Mike's cooking class focuses on dim sum. You may for example, learn to make shen jian bao, a pan-fried soup dumpling with a pork-based filling that melts into a delicious broth when heated; or you may learn savory steamed pork rolls, or crisp and chewy jin deui, balls of rice flour, coated with sesame seeds.

Chef Mike also teaches wok cooking. If you would prefer to take a lesson in cooking with a wok please indicate this at the time of booking.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Begin your experience with a visit to the local market where Chef Mike will teach you about the local produce on offer. He'll show you how to select for freshness and show you some ingredients you may not be familiar with.

Traveler reviews

I was surprised that I had booked a private experience, but was comfortable with it as Michael moved the morning along and the whole experience was interesting to me. There was a group class at the other end of our prep work bench and it was fun to see what they were up to too and we interacted with them a little which was fun. I really liked the market visit and Michael had great answers for all of my questions. The food we prepared was delicious and I did learn some new techniques. The cooking school was clean and tidy and the glass walls made for a very pleasant surrounding. Great day!
- Kristin

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Mike

$42-$180 USD

per person
100%
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $76 $50
Market Tour
$68 $52 $42
Market Tour + Meal
$104 $68 $58
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$180 $100 $76
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $76 $50
Market Tour
$68 $52 $42
Market Tour + Meal
$104 $68 $58
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$180 $100 $76
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
Not offered 5:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour
Not offered
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-1:00pm

Meet Mike

Chef Mike was destined to be a chef, learning how to cook from his dad, formalizing his training in culinary school, then cooking in hotels and professional kitchens. He teaches now in a cooking studio where he shares his passion with travelers.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-30 guests) Chef Mike's cooking school is in the heart of the French district in central Shanghai. The professional prep space has multiple cooking stations so that each traveler can have a hands-on cooking lesson. Chef Mike's cooking class focuses on dim sum. You may for example, learn to make shen jian bao, a pan-fried soup dumpling with a pork-based filling that melts into a delicious broth when heated; or you may learn savory steamed pork rolls, or crisp and chewy jin deui, balls of rice flour, coated with sesame seeds.

Chef Mike also teaches wok cooking. If you would prefer to take a lesson in cooking with a wok please indicate this at the time of booking.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Begin your experience with a visit to the local market where Chef Mike will teach you about the local produce on offer. He'll show you how to select for freshness and show you some ingredients you may not be familiar with.

Traveler reviews

I was surprised that I had booked a private experience, but was comfortable with it as Michael moved the morning along and the whole experience was interesting to me. There was a group class at the other end of our prep work bench and it was fun to see what they were up to too and we interacted with them a little which was fun. I really liked the market visit and Michael had great answers for all of my questions. The food we prepared was delicious and I did learn some new techniques. The cooking school was clean and tidy and the glass walls made for a very pleasant surrounding. Great day!
- Kristin

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $76 $50
Market Tour
$68 $52 $42
Market Tour + Meal
$104 $68 $58
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$180 $100 $76
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $76 $50
Market Tour
$68 $52 $42
Market Tour + Meal
$104 $68 $58
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$180 $100 $76
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
Not offered 5:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour
Not offered
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-1:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation
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