Demand for cooking classes targeting domestic helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. But it is needless to say that nothing beats actual cooking classes – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way. Many organisations are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for domestic workers to teach them the basics, give maids a solid foundation and help them improve their culinary skills.
We mapped some available options for interactive, as well as hands-on, cooking and baking classes for domestic helpers.
ACMI offers a wide range of classes aimed at foreign domestic workers including cooking and baking classes. For just S$100 per class, your domestic helper will learn how to bake biscuits, cakes (a new recipe every week!) and pastries. If your maid is interested in learning new Western-style recipes, then the International Cuisine course is just what she needs!
Bayanihan Centre’s offers classes for domestic helpers focusing on international cuisine as well as basic and more advanced cake decorating. Check out their monthly schedule to keep up with the latest courses available.
Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training (FAST)
FAST runs basic healthy cooking classes for foreign domestic helpers. Adopting healthy cooking practices can be challenging – starting with an elementary course can make a difference and that’s what FAST’s cooking classes are focusing on.
Grandmothers’ Recipes runs a 5-day course for domestic helpers willing to learn more about traditional Peranakan cuisine. After the course, your helper will know everything about seasoning, picking fresh seafood, planning a 4-course meal and will be comfortable cooking a wide variety of dishes such as Sambal Belacan, Tang Hoon with Prawns, Chicken Soup and Chicken Curry among many others.
Expat Kitchen runs enrichment classes, courses, and master classes for helpers to learn everything about Western cuisine. After completing the 4-week basic course, your maid will be able to master basic kitchen skills, prepare great breakfasts, understand the principles behind salad making, cook a large range of dishes and understand the importance of a balanced diet. Have a look at the course list and pick the one your helper needs.
Little Green Kitchen
Little Green Kitchen offers vegetarian and gluten-free cooking classes. Your helper will get to learn new recipes from all over the world – from Harira Soup to Thai Salad and Karedok among many others.
Chef Siti Mastura
Chef Siti Mastura specialises in baking cookery classes for several types of audiences of all abilities, including helpers. Her Ad-Hoc Classes will help your maid learn how to make bread, bake cakes and biscuits. The Modular Courses focus on pastry making, French Desserts, and Asian High Tea Desserts.
Community centres islandwide offer a large range of classes including cooking classes for helpers (and on top of that at very reasonable prices). Have a look at this comprehensive list of community centres to find one in your local area.
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