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.

First half of 2019, on the following Saturday mornings in Cape Town:

  • 26th January – SOLD OUT
  • 23rd February – SOLD OUT
  • 9th March – SOLD OUT
  • 16th March – SOLD OUT
  • 11th May – SOLD OUT

Johannesburg date and venue:​ ​

  • The Cookery, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall, Johannesburg
  • Friday evening, 1st March 2019
  • Timing: 17h30 for 18h00
  • Book now – only a few spaces left!


All classes for the first half of 2019 are sold out - thank you for the support. I am grateful and overwhelmed.
From our home to yours, may the rest of 2018 end well, and may 2019 be your best vintage yet!
Cape Town:  
(first half of 2019)
Venue: The Cookery, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall, Jhb
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