Italian Cooking Class Singapore

“Is it better to live to eat or eat to live?”

“Italian food is bold and satisfying without being heavy.
It’s rich and textural and uses a whole palette of flavors.
Enjoying Italian cuisine is more experiential, not intellectual.
It comes from a more emotional place that’s very evocative.”

The Italians are enamoured by their food, they believe that they “live to eat”, whilst the rest of the world “eats to live”. Italian cuisine is intricately linked with the amazing produce of their land. Fresh tomatoes, newly harvested olives and capers, dark greens plucked right from their backyard garden. This freshness translates to healthy ingredients, bursting with flavour, that goes into their delectable dishes. Our Italian cooking lessons will teach you how to pick out and gather the freshest ingredients, and teach you how to put together mouth-watering Italian dishes using authentic Italian cooking techniques.

Italian Cooking For A Healthy You

Italian food is packed with healthy benefits. Studies show that an Italian-style diet has many health benefits, from reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, to living a longer life. Main ingredients included in Italian dishes, such as tomatoes, spinach, leafy greens, citrus fruit onions and garlic, are low in calories and fat but high in nutrient value. Dietary fiber is bountiful in italian cuisines which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels, maintain stable blood suger levels and prevent constipation.

Other staples of italian cuisine, such as olive oil and seafood are great sources of healthy fats. Olive oil and fresh fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines, contain omega-3 fatty acids which is linked to prevention of coronary heart disease and reduction in high blood pressure. Learning to cook dishes from this healthy cuisine, lets you enjoy a guilt-free indulgence as you whip up delicious Italian dishes for your friends and family.

Some Italian-Style Techniques You’ll Learn!s

Sautéing

You might notice that the Italians have a term, Insaporire, which means “bestowing taste”. This technique is used when sautéing with a pot. Most sautéed Italian recipes start with a sauté of chopped aromatic vegetables in olive oil. This is followed by the Insaporire step, where the main ingredient is added to the pot and sautéed until it is completely coated in the flavoring base. Classic Italian dishes such as veal scaloppine and chicken piccata are sautéed in this manner from beginning to end.

Braising

A slow-cooking method, where large cuts of meat, chicken, fish or vegetables are first partially covered in liquid, then covered and simmered over a low heat until tender. Many Italian classics such as osso buco, chicken cacciatore and braised escarole are prepared using this braising technique.

Baking

Although home ovens are a relatively recent addition to Italian kitchens — villages used to share brick ovens — the technique is widespread nonetheless. The are numerous varieties of Italian baked dishes, almost too many to count: Classic lasagna and other pasta casseroles, poultry and fish, sturdy vegetables like artichokes, dozens of breads, tender nut cakes and biscotti.

Boiling and simmering

Plenty of Italian dishes call for cooking ingredients to be submerged in some form of liquid. For example, pasta as it boils in a large pot, a minestrone soup simmering away, and risotto with its gradual additions of hot broth to rice.

Lessons For Any Occasion!

Demonstration Class

Benefits

  • Thorough breakdown of each dish on the menu
  • Greater student-teacher interaction
  • Sharing of personal cooking stories
  • Printed lesson notes provided (step-by-step pictures)
  • Cost-friendly
  • Suitable for beginners

Hands-on Class

Benefits:

  • Real world application
  • Practical situations; Cooking no longer theoretical
  • Show you what you really know or don’t know
  • Food tasting of coursemates’ and instructor’s dishes
  • Smaller class size
  • Suitable for intermediate and advanced homecooks

Team-Bonding Class

Benefits

  • Fun and high-energy activities to enjoy as a group
  • Work together to prepare multi-course gourmet meal
  • Large venue fully equipped to handle large groups
  • Unearth hidden passions and talents
  • Accessible to all cooks with varying skill-

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Here’s what our clients have to say about us:

The classes/instructors are easy to follow, it's completely hands on, you get to eat what you make, and depending on the class, you leave with some of the fruits of your labor. Thank you Chef Tales for this great experience!

Xavier Lim

I highly recommend the cooking classes at Chef Tales. I had one of the best experiences with the Chef and assistants. They have all of the ingredients for each dish set up for you so that they can show you and have you practice the various skills such as knife skills to thinly slice or shave vegetables to get a restaurant qualify finished product. I had expected to learn some recipes, but I left having learnt real skills!

Pan Chen Ting

I truly enjoyed the cooking class! I found that I learned new things that I did not know before and confirmed things that I was doing right. I thought the chef was very personable and knowledgeable. I can’t wait to make the recipes at home and I appreciate that they are simple, easy to manage and healthy!

Kathy Phua