There are many options here in T&T from recreational classes at the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute to interactive sessions at Fanatic Kitchen Studio, a cool concept kitchen and culinary space.
FANATIC KITCHEN STUDIO (Port of Spain, Trinidad; (868) 221-9993) – Trinidad’s most exciting and versatile culinary spot offers interactive culinary sessions; wine tasting & appreciation courses. Fanatic Kitchen Studio also hosts children’s cooking boot camps, cooking limes, chef’s table dinners and wine tastings. Details – Cooking sessions and special events vary in length; Participants can sample food prepared during sessions.
WENDY RAHAMUT SCHOOL OF COOKING (San Fernando, Trinidad; (868) 357-0927) - Trinidad’s culinary rock star shares her craft at her San Fernando cooking school and in her cookbooks, Caribbean Gourmet magazine, a weekly Guardian newspaper column and her Caribbean Flavours television show on local TV 6. Rahamut’s demonstration classes offer a taste of local and global cuisines like Roti Making, Flavours of the Mediterranean and an Hors d’oeuvres class focused on elevating local staples – how to make Paprika-Dusted Coo-Coo Strips, Cassava Puffs and Coconut Shrimp w/Fire & Spice Orange Dip. Classes also cover culinary essentials like Baking Bread and Perfect Pastries. Class Details – Classes are generally three hours; Rahamut is the class teacher; Participants can sample food prepared during sessions; Recipe handouts are provided; Partial registrations and inquiries are accepted online; Link to great write-up about Rahamut’s Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails class. (One-day classes are usually $400 each).
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INSTITUTE (Chaguaramas or Marabella, Trinidad; (868) 634-4250) – TTHTI is a full-fledged academic institution that offers degree programs as well as intensive “short” classes for home cooks like East Indian or Chinese Cuisine, as well as more practical courses like Catering Essentials, Dining Etiquette and Professional Bartending. Class Details – TTHTI short courses do not require academic prerequisites; Courses run from a few days to several weeks depending on the course; (Classes vary in price and all require a $50 registration fee in addition to the class fee). Link to July 2014 – December 2014 schedule.
UWI’s OPEN CAMPUS (Trinidad & Tobago) – Offers a wide range of classes including cake decorating; breads, cakes & pastries, Chinese cooking; small scale catering; General Cooking; and Bartending.
CENTRAL SCHOOL OF CULINARY ARTS (Chaguanas, Trinidad; (868) 687-4276) – Helmed by Chef Selwyn Wickham, this school offers a wide range of classes including cake baking and decorating, pastry and bread making, along with general culinary improvement classes.
CROWNER’S CULINARY INSTITUTE (San Juan, Trinidad; (868) 686-6646 or (868) 638-2173) - Offers short courses on Christmas Cookery, Cake Decorating (beginners and advanced), Pastry and Bread Making, Party Snacks, Creole Cookery and Indian Cookery; basic course materials are included with course fees. Class Details – Courses are scheduled for once a week and typically run for four weeks). Link – Crowner’s Cooking School Class Descriptions.
ROBERT GODERRE OF NEW EARTH ORGANICS CAFE (Woodbrook, Trinidad; (868) 393-3109) – Occasionally offers healthy breadmaking courses on Transitioning to Healthier Food Choices – weekly class that includes topics like Baked Goods; Soups & Appetizers; Main Courses; Sprouting and Veggies. (The cafe is co-located with NEW EARTH ORGANICS MARKET.) Contact Robert Goderre at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on current classes.
FARA’S CAKE SHOPPE (Piarco, Trinidad; 868) 294-1900 or (868) 465-0515) – Offers classes in cake making, cake decorating, a class focused on rose making for cakes. Email address is email@example.com. Link to more information on classes.
JUST IN TIME CATERING (Woodbrook, Trinidad; (868) 356-3235) – Weekly Cooking Classes covering local cuisine, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines, and basic introduction to cooking. “Bring your own personal knives as well as notebooks or any computer devices such as laptops, tablets or iPads.” (Classes range from $250-$300/week).
CALLENDER CAKE DECORATING SUPPLIES (San Fernando, Trinidad; (868) 652-5487; 687-9062; 771-6248) – Occasionally has classes on cake decorating. Email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
TARA BOBART SUGAR CRAFT (868) 751-9392) – Offers courses in rolled fondant and gum paste techniques, royal icing, butter cream techniques and marzipan techniques. Email address – email@example.com. Link to recent flyer.
SWEET SERENI-TEA (Maraval, Trinidad; (868) 727-2409) – Offers French pastry classes and bread making classes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (St. Clair, Trinidad; (868) 622-6119) – The Alliance Française (AF) organises “cultural workshops” on various aspects of French culture and other French-speaking countries. The culinary workshops and food-related events are occasionally offered. Past events have included a special crepes event, workshops on French Mediterranean cuisine, and a French wine celebration and tasting. Session Details – AF sessions are open to the public (i.e., non-AF members).
FLORA’S SCHOOL OF CAKE DECORATING (Tunapuna, Trinidad; (868) 645-9421) – Offers courses on cake baking, cake decorating, sugar artistry (fondant), royal icing, etc. Contact Flo.email@example.com for class schedules.
TOBAGO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INSTITUTE (Mt. St. George, Tobago; (868) 660-2196/2352) – Offers a wide range of short self-enhancement courses for the general public like Basic Bartending, Introduction to Food Art, Italian Cooking, Pastry Making, Cake Making & Decorating and Dining Etiquette. Email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry of Food Production (Agriculture Now) Farmers Training Centre’s FREE TRAINING COURSES – Offers free courses to the general public like Home Gardening; Pineapple Production; Winemaking; Pepper Sauce Making; Pumpkin & Squash Production; Cocoa Production and more. Classes are offered in multiple locations throughout Trinidad. Check the Ministry’s Facebook page or website for the class schedule. MARCH 2014 schedule is here (link).
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