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.

Dear Cape Town

I have been both humbled and overwhelmed by your response to my Lebanese Cookery Classes which kicked off on Saturday August 4th2018. As we stand today, my classes are fully booked until May 2019, just before I embark on my first ever culinary tour to Lebanon at the end of May, beginning June 2019, hopefully taking some of you along.

Not only have I watched you fall in love with Lebanese cooking, but I have connected you to the mysterious land of my forefathers. The greatest gift of 2018 has been to finally make it to Lebanon myself, and to be a bridge for all of you to have a peek into what Lebanon is all about – it’s generous, expressive, light, healthy, varied and exciting cuisine. It is this cuisine that tells the story of the warm-hearted and hospitable people of that extraordinary country.

It’s been one hell of a ride, and I have enjoyed every minute. Thank you!

If you wish to join me on classes in the second half of 2019, please click here and let me know. I will put you on a list and as soon as I have the dates available, I will let you know….

See you in 2019 both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg!

Sophia xx

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!


Cape Town:  
(first half of 2019)
Venue: The Cookery, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall, Jhb
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