Phuket Picks; Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant

As you all probably know, I have been writing and making photos for Wanderlust: Expat Life & Style Magazine for the past months. This has made me go all around the island and get to know this little place a lot better. For the June/July 2015 issue [http://www.thailand.wanderlustmag.com/], I joined Vanessa for a cooking class at Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant. Vanessa – our foodie – wrote all about the class given by Chef Tiger and I joined the fun to make some nice photos.

As I loved the cooking class so much, I wanted to share my experience with you guys! If you ever head over to Phuket and want to learn a thing or two about Thai cooking, make sure not to miss this amazing place!

01. Building

What?

Blue Elephant Phuket is a cooking school and restaurant. During our visit we joined one of the half day cooking classes, however you could join a program of up to 7 half day’s classes, or if you want to have the chef all to yourself, you can join a private class too.  And if you don’t feel like cooking yourself, but do want to enjoy this stunning location and the lovely Thai food, you can reserve a table at the restaurant.

Where?

Blue Elephant has two locations in Thailand – one in Bangkok, and the other in Phuket Town in Phuket. The Phuket Cooking School and Restaurant is located in the Governors Residence on Krabi Road, minutes away from the fresh market of Phuket town. This is very convenient as there is the option of going to the market before starting the cooking class.

Cooking Class

Our class included a visit to the fresh market in Phuket town before we started cooking. There we saw all the ingredients that would be used for the class, and really got to know them too. The smells, colours and tastes where overwhelming! It was a great introduction of what was yet to come.

After the market tour, we went into a spacious classroom where Chef Tiger would be giving us our cooking class. We were ready with our recipes and standing around the cooking island patiently waiting for the class to start. We were going to make four dishes in total: the very special Keang Luang Nua Tai {Southern Yellow Beef Curry} which is created by Chef Steppe who is the owner of Blue Elephant, Satay Kai Naam Jim {Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce}, Plaa Thod Rad Prik Saam Rod {deep fried dish with three-flavoured sauce} and finally Yam Woon Sen Koong {Spice and Sour Vermicelli Salad}.

Everything was going to be made from scratch and so we were glued to chef’s lips to hear all his instructions and see how the prof handled everything himself.

The result wasn’t bad if I say so myself – take a look at the lovely photos.

Once we finished the cooking class our dishes were brought to the restaurant were we could finish the food in peace. A lovely end to a great afternoon at Blue Elephant.

Pricing:

As said Blue Elephant has several types of classes – with rates given as follows in 2015:

  • Half day class – THB2,500++
  • Two to seven half day classes package – from THB5,000++ to THB14,000++ per person.
  • Private classes – from THB5,000++

Address

Be Governor Mansion Restaurant and Cooking School – Phuket
96 Krabi Road, Tambon Talad Neva
Huang District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Google maps

The verdict

There are plenty of cooking schools in Phuket. But if you’re a foodie, interested in learning everything you need to know about the Thai Royal Cuisine and don’t mind the hefty price tag, then Blue Elephant Cooking Class is definitely something for you. Looking back at it now, from start to finish we had a wonderful afternoon. And the fact that you first learn about the ingredients at the local market, before using them in your dish makes it even more fun!

 

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