Unleash your inner Nigella or Gordon Ramsay…

Looking to brush up on your culinary skills, try a new hobby, or just enjoy a night out with friends that’ll give you a new experience?

There’s loads of cooking classes in Dubai that cater to every keen master chef in the making, from beginner to advanced.

Here’s our top picks…


Italian Venetian restaurant, all’onda, is inviting Italian fans to come and learn how to cook Venetian style every Saturday afternoon. Head Chef of all’onda, Ibraheem ‎Musleh, will share his secrets to teach you all about Italian cooking techniques so you can create your own masterpiece in the kitchen. 

All’onda, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs350. Tel: (04) 248 8870. kempinski.com

The Promenade Park Hyatt

Cook around the world with The Promenade Park Hyatt, where the the class will take you on a journey from Italy to Thailand and the Middle East. Their next class is on Monday July 29 from 4pm to 6pm. It’s Dhs350 for soft drinks or Dhs525 including house drinks. After Monday’s class there won’t be any more during the summer, but keep your eyes peeled for the next ones later on in the year.

The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, Monday July 29, 4pm to 6pm, Dhs 350 soft package, Dhs525 house packages. Tel: (04) 602 1814. thepromenadedxb.com

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Top Chef

Based in an oh-so-pretty and slightly eclectic villa in Jumeirah, you could be forgiven for thinking you were perfecting your culinary skills at a friends house with a class at Top Chef. Top Chef have a class to cover pretty much every cooking skill, from beginner to expert, child to adult. With culinary art, vegetarian, top chef gourmet, BBQ, healthy, pastry, just some of the classes, you’re sure to learn brand new skills or perfect your existing ones.

Top Chef, Villa 196, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeira 1, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3855781. topchefdubai.com

Culinary Boutique

Predominantly a quaint little cafe in the heart of Jumeirah, Culinary Boutique offer up a range of incredible cake creations and light cafe bites. If you don’t just want to have your cake and eat it, they have over 100 culinary courses in Dubai for you to try your hand at. They’re masters of cuisines from across the world, from Japan, Thailand, Italy or the Middle East.

Culinary Boutique, Villa 56, Jumeira 1, Dubai, Sat to Thurs, 8am to 11pm, Thurs & Fri 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 345 0023. culinaryboutique.com

Fairmont The Palm

Perfect for small groups of friends or corporate team building days, of up to 12 people, The Chef’s Palette at Fairmont The Palm provides an intimate space in which to learn everything from the basics to seasonal menus to dinner party entertaining. Hosted by Michelin trained chef, Romain Van Durmen, there’s loads of classes to choose from, with two sessions starting from Dhs195 per person. There’s also a range of classes for kids.

Chefs Palette, Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dhs195. Tel: (04) 457 3457. fairmont.com


If you just want to keep it cool and casual and whip up some of your own sushi, Tanuki do a great masterclass every Sunday from 7pm to 8pm for adults, priced at just Dhs99. There’s also a class on Saturdays from 4pm to 5pm for the mini-sushi lovers too, where little ones will be expertly guided by the chefs whilst they get stuck in and learn how to make their own colourful creations. Of course, you’ll get to eat whatever you make afterwards.

Tanuki, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 7pm to 8pm, Sundays, Dhs99 (adults), 4pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs49. Tel: (04) 580 8228. tanukidubai.com


School of Culinary and Finishing Arts or SCAFA as they’re known, take a more serious approach to cooking classes with a school dedicated to the skill. They have both professional and amateur programmes, so there’s no reason to feel intimidated by the idea of a ‘school’. Amateur programmes include fundamentals of cuisine, mini master chef, world cuisine and cake decorating – so you’re bound to find something to try your hand at.

SCAFA, Unit 16, Promenade Level, Cluster I, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Near Almas Tower, Dubai, Saturday to Thursday 9am to 6pm, closed Fridays. Tel: (04) 379 4044. facebook.com/scafa.dubai

International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA)

From pizza making to artisan courses, sugar craft and even gelato making, the International Centre for Culinary Arts has got so many classes to try whether you’re getting to know the basics, or training to become a professional chef. If you want to master the perfect flat white or cappuccino, you can attend their barista class. They even have a food presenter program, if you fancy making it big on TV.

First Floor, Block 8, Dubai Knowledge Park, Near Main Gate – Dubai, Sat to Wed 8am to 5pm, Turs 8am to 1pm, Fri closed. Tel: (04) 457 8811. iccadubai.ae

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