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Two Thai taste temptations

The Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and Harvey Norman, the cooking appliance specialist, are hosting a special event on 17th November 2010 at the Gourmet Institute. Chef Martin Boetz, one of the world’s leading practitioners of modern Thai cuisine, will be cooking up traditional street-style favourites such as mee grob, crisp rice noodles with prawns, and yellow chicken curry with egg noodles and cucumber relish (khao sawy). Tickets to this event cost $55 each and can be booked by email or telephone. email: dgunns@acpmagazines.com.au Tel: (02) 9282 8396 The ticket price includes wine, canapés, tastings and a gift bag. I’m sure it will be a wonderful event and I would jump at the chance of attending, but it just seemed a little incongruous to me to go to a luxury gourmet event to learn about Thai street food. Dare I suggest another option? Sompon Nabnian, one of Thailand’s top chefs who is now internationally renowned, runs a cookery school up north in Thailand in the delightful city of Chiang Mai. He prides himself on having the first and best cookery school in Chiang Mai – and with good reason. If you want to learn how to cook Thai, then go to Sompon’s school. He’s a very talented chef and teacher, is very knowledgeable, and is great fun too. He’s a wonderful advert for The Land of Smiles. Sompon offers Thai cooking classes and masterclasses. There’s also a gourmet restaurant at the school plus the option of accommodation in his “Stay and Study Program”. Doubtless, despite all the top-notch facilities of the home stay such as a swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen, Internet etc, it won’t match a five-star hotel. But you’ll have an amazing time there and you’ll leave the cookery school with the luxury of being able to cook great Thai food for yourself and friends. So there are two fantastic options to learn Thai cooking. The choice is yours!

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  1. I am a big fan of Thai food and what could be better than learning to cook some of the dished from top gourmet chefs. I can only hope they maybe will run a workshop similar to this in the UK, so I can learn some great tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing this very informative post.

  2. Hi Chris

    I had a quick look on Google and Thai cookery lessons do indeed seem to be popular in the UK. I can’t vouch for how good they might be as I’ve never attended any there.

    I’ve been to several in Thailand, though. Sompon’s school, which I recommended above, is really excellent. I consider myself to be fairly accomplished at Thai cooking, and it was Sompon who taught me the basics all these years ago. I keep dropping hints about wanting to go back to Chiang Mai to do some of his masterclasses. But no one has taken the hint yet.

  3. I’m doing a Thai cookery course in the UK myself next month so hopefully will be able to report back on what it’s like. You never know, I might even make a blog post out of it.

  4. this is something i really fancy doing but have never got round to it yet. would love to hear how you get on paul.

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