Foodies don that moniker because they love all things food. So, what better gift to give them for Christmas than cooking classes where they can learn a new skill, sample their own handmade delights, and reproduce them time and time again?
Here are a few ideas for fantastic foodie gifts to give this Christmas.
It may be bordering on sacrilegious to tell a South African they need braai lessons, however, the Weber Braai Classes held at the Discovery Vitality Healthy Food Studio in Johannesburg not only teach people how to use a Weber grill, but also how to cook with seasonal ingredients.
Hosted by Discovery Vitality, the course provides expert chefs that help budding braai gurus to master a three-course braai menu with marinated T-bone steak, coal-roasted vegetables, braaied snoek bobotie, and almond-mealie bake.
Cost: R650 per person, including lunch and drinks.
For more information, visit www.healthyfoodstudio.co.za
Hosted by Richard Bosman, who has been making quality cured meats since 2009, these fantastic one-day and advanced weekend explore the art of curing Italian meats and teach participants how to make a selection of cured meats, bacon, sausages, and chorizo.
Based in Cape Town, the courses also include Bosman’s famous lunch, and budding charcuterie chefs get to take their homemade delights home.
Cost: From R1,500 for a one-day course.
For more information, visit www.richardbosman.co.za
This amazing foodie experience is set at the African Relish Cooking School in the picturesque town of Prince Albert in the heart of the Karoo.
Based in the beautifully restored 200-year-old Langhuis, which has been transformed into a modern culinary hall with a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and dining area, themed half or full-day cooking classes can be enjoyed.
Cost: From R875 per person.
For more information, visit www.africanrelish.com
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with handmade chocolate! The Lindt Chocolate Shop at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town offers fun and indulgent classes for chocolate-lovers to learn more about the the secret world of chocolate and its confections and try their hand at making their own chocolate.
A variety of classes is offered from learning how to make truffles and classic chocolate cake to macarons, cupcakes, and fondant pudding all with Lindt chocolate. There is also a shop with a wide range of delectable Lindt goodies for gifts and treats, as well as Lindt gift vouchers.
Cost: From R395 per person.
For more information, visit www.chocolatestudio.co.za