While Manchester’s reputation as a foodie nirvana is long-standing and well-earned, with several new critically adored restaurants seemingly launching weekly, the broadening of home-cooking palates during lockdown has produced a demand for the skills behind the dishes. Thankfully, the city’s boroughs contain plenty of hidden-gem masterclasses for all types of world cuisine.

Here are five of the best:

Chapattis n' Curries | Chapatti & Curry-making class | The Heys School | £285

Twenty minutes north of the city centre, Prestwich’s Chapattis n’ Curries hosts three-hour namesake classes during which you’ll make your own dough, cook the bread over a live flame and create three complimentary dishes with which to sample it — and only your own pans and tupperware are required.

The Heys School, Heys Road, Prestwich M25 1JZ
Zouk | Curry masterclasses | £100

Firmly established as one of Manchester’s best Indian restaurants, Zouk’s half-day cooking classes invite participants to recreate two starters, two mains, rice and bread from the menu, with guidance from the in-house chefs. There’s an array of options available, from British favourites and Punjabi masterclasses to veggie specials.

5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS, Tel: 0161 233 1090
Saturday Cookery School | Cracking Good Food | Parrs Wood High School | Sat 16 Sep, Sat 11 Nov, Sat 18 Nov, Sat 9 Dec | £80 (£40 concessions)

Promising ‘skills to last a lifetime’, non-profit social enterprise Cracking Good Food run a breathtakingly extensive array of Saturday cooking classes at Parrs Wood High School, with specialised four-hour introductions on a variety of world cuisine including Spanish, North Indian and Malaysian, as well festive breadmaking and a pasta masterclass. Each class is led by an Expert Cooking Leader, who shares their priceless insights into creating delicious, authentic meals from scratch while minimising food waste and encouraging guests to shop locally, organically and seasonally.

The fees from attendees go towards eradicating food poverty in Greater Manchester.

Wilmslow Rd, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5PG
Cooking Together | Food Sorcery | Didsbury | Various dates | £160 for 2

Alongside renowned culinary classes on every cuisine and festive occasion imaginable, Food Sorcery’s Cooking Together series offers beginners and veteran cooks alike the chance to create menu favourites with mates, all under the tutelage of an expert chef, while making new friends and sampling sumptuous food in a relaxed, inclusive environment. Featuring sessions on Korean, Japanese, Mexican, American, Sri Lankan, steak and more, as well as Parent and Teen classes, Food Sorcery is South Manchester’s culinary haven for every ability and appetite.

Adjacent to the Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5WZ
Private Cooking Class | The Vegetarian Society | Ancoats | From £50

From two-hour whistlestop supper clubs to comprehensive full-day gastronomy classes, The Vegetarian Society hosts a range of private cooking lessons on Vegan Street Food, African Street Food, Mexican Street Food, Japanese Street Food, Indian Street Food, Vegan Baking, Vegan Cheese and more, suitable for groups of 6+, promising the perfect bonding session for birthdays, pre-wedding celebrations and corporate excursions.

Suite G.03, Colony, Jactin House, 24 Hood Street, Manchester M4 6WX
Thu 9 Mar
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Published on:
Wed 6 Sep 2023