Updated September 2016
There are many options here from recreational classes at the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute to interactive sessions at Fanatic Kitchen Studio, a cool concept kitchen and culinary space.
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 courses” 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 2016 TTHTI Short Courses Schedule.
CLASSES WITH CHEF BIANCA BIANCO (St. Joseph, Trinidad). “Classes run for three to four hours, depending on the topic. They usually consist of a brief overview of the menu, a demo lecture, the cooking portion and lunch or supper. There will be an assistant in each class who will be there to familiarize you with the kitchen and point you in the direction of the ingredients or equipment.” Contact (868) 662-7244 or 719-8092 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
WENDY RAHAMUT SCHOOL OF COOKING (San Fernando, Trinidad; (868) 357-0927 / email@example.com) – Trinidad’s culinary rock star shares her craft at her San Fernando cooking school and in her cookbooks and a weekly Guardian newspaper column. Rahamut’s demonstration classes offer a taste of local and global cuisines like Roti Making, Flavours of the Mediterranean, 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. (One-day classes are usually $500 each). Upcoming Class: Roti Making Class, Saturday, 3rd September 2016 9am-12pm.
PASTRY CLASS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Offers classes in San Fernando, Chaguanas and Manahambre. (868) 777-8296) – Offers “pastry classes where you can learn all types of bread, viennoiserie, desserts and more.” Upcoming Class: September 17th & 18th, Breads, Pastries & Desserts. September 2016 class description.
CROWNER’S CULINARY INSTITUTE (San Juan, Trinidad; (868) 686-6646 or (868) 638-2173 or 343-0126) – 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). Links – Crowner’s Cooking School Class Descriptions.
FANATIC KITCHEN STUDIO (Port of Spain, Trinidad; (868) 782-1963) – Trinidad’s most exciting and versatile culinary spot offers interactive culinary sessions; wine tasting & appreciation courses. Fanatic Kitchen Studio also hosts children’s cooking 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.
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 most current class schedule. Link to September 2016 Schedule.
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.
FARA’S CAKE SHOP (Piarco, Trinidad; 868) 294-1900 or (868) 465-0515) – Offers classes in cake making, cake decorating and sugar flowers. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Link to FaRa’s Cake Shop website.
JUST IN TIME CATERING (Woodbrook, Trinidad; (868) 795-7501) – 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).
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 course flyer.
THE STARTING LINE Kitchen Creations by Chef Abigale (Claxton Bay, Trinidad; 868-222-4461 or 1-868-757-8165) – Offers “professional cake design training” and sugar artistry classes. Link to more details on classes.
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.
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) – 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.
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 email@example.com for more information on current classes.
RELATED LINK – Children’s cooking camps and classes in Trinidad