Cookery Classes

Lebanese Cooking Class

Come and Learn to Cook Lebanese

The art of Lebanese cooking spans thousands of years and has its roots in Levantine culture. The term Levant entered the English language in the late 15th century deriving from the Italian word levante meaning ‘rising’ and referring to the rising of the sun in the east.

This region encompassed parts of the eastern Mediterranean and influenced the food in countries like Jordan, Cyprus, parts of Egypt, Syria, Israel and Palestine, the southern parts of Turkey and of course, Lebanon. Historically the term implied the Mediterranean shores east of Italy. This explains why many of these countries often claim ownership of similar dishes, whilst in fact, the origins of the dishes were shared centuries ago.

Lebanese cuisine was also influenced by the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, as well as the Ottomans, and much later, after the end of the first World War, the French.

Having grown up in a home where our Lebanese heritage was prevalent, I became more and more aware of the fact that the culture, and especially the food culture, was what defined me. Despite the erratic availability of certain ingredients in South Africa, I was introduced to the various flavours from a young age and my grandmother forged ahead and made sure that all the women in the family who showed an interest, were exposed to the dishes of her and my grandfather’s youth. However, that was then, and today that picture has changed as South Africa has embraced international food trends.

On my recent first pilgrimage ‘home’ I had the privilege of cooking with acclaimed Lebanese chef, Peter Jabbour, who runs a restaurant in the depths of the Qadisha Valley. Sharing his kitchen with him that day opened my eyes to so much more than I was used to, and I will be forever grateful.

I now host Lebanese cookery classes in my home kitchen on Saturday mornings. They are interactive, hands-on, and a lot of fun! My goal is that you fall in love with Lebanese cuisine and that you go home and prepare the dishes we prepared together for your loved ones.





Cape Town:  
First half of 2019, on the following days:
    •   Saturday, 26th January 2019 - SOLD OUT
    •   Saturday, 2nd February 2019 - SOLD OUT
    •   Thursday, 7th February 2019 - only 3 spaces left
    •   Saturday, 23rd February 2019 - SOLD OUT
    •   Saturday, 9th March 2019 - 8 spaces available
    •   Saturday, 16th March 2019 - SOLD OUT
    •   Wednesday, 20th March 2019 - only 4 spaces left
    •   Thursday, 28th March 2019 - SOLD OUT
    •   Saturday, 11th May 2019 - SOLD OUT

Saturday classes begin at 09h00 and end at 14h00.
Week night classes begin at 18h00 and end at 22h00 sharp.
Date and venue:
    •   The Cookery, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall, Johannesburg
    •   Friday evening, 1st March 2019 - SOLD OUT
    •   Timing: 17h30 for 18h00

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