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Intermediate Cooking Skills Course

Hout Bay

Activity Description

This 4-day course will run on:

29, 30 May, 4, & 7 June 2019 (13h30 – 17h00)
2 – 5 July 2019 (13h30 – 17h00)
30 July – 2 August 2019 (18h00 – 21h30)
27 – 30 August 2019 (13h30 – 17h00)

The course focuses on advanced tips and kitchen shortcuts, as well as recipes that challenge the use of knife skills, timing, presentation and balancing nutrition. Each day participants work with the chef to test and sample new flavors, ideas and get to work with unusual and out of the ordinary ingredients to prepare delicious meals. Each day progresses onto more challenging and interesting recipe combinations. Please note: Skill level for this course should be at least 5/10.

This course is aimed at foodies and cooks wanting to take their cooking skills to the next level.

Day 1:
Introduction and Advanced Knife Skills. Planning and coordinating meals. Cooking techniques and food preparation. All food types

· Open mushroom lasagne

· French onion soup

· Chicken thumbs in honey & soy

· Prawns wrapped in Kataifi with Soy and Lime Mayonnaise

· Beef Tataki

· Granadilla Ice cream with hand-made Tuilles

Day 2:
Working with meat types. Knife Skills – deboning, trimming, French cut, etc. Sauces and marinades. Preparation of recipes:

· Red Wine Jus

· Ostrich Fillet with Béarnaise Sauce, Parmesan Mash and Mushrooms

· Stuffed French Deboned Chicken Leg with Red Wine and Soya Reduction

· Fish Balls with Shredded Wonton Coating Dim Sum

· Pumpkin & Sage Tortellini

· Brandy Snaps

Day 3:
Working with seafood. Knife skills – Filleting and deboning fish. Cooking fish types. Sauces and marinades. Preparation of recipes:

· Grilled Linefish with Roasted Peppers

· Marinated Prawns with Champagne Beurre Blanc

· Grilled East Coast Sole with Steamed Veg and Sauce Verge

· Ceviche

· Mauritian Fish Curry

Day 4:

· Demonstrations and preparation of ad-hoc recipes (own creations).


Duration3 hours 30 minutes
WhenThis course is available all year round.
Where3 Woodcutters Grove Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
WeatherThis courses are not weather dependent. Come rain or shine, the course will proceed.
What to WearWear something comfortable to cook in.
Things to BringYou don't need to bring anything extra with you to cook with.
Guests or SpectatorsWe do allow spectators to join, at 50% of the course price.


Minimum Age12 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelIntermediate

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsAll ingredients, professional chef to lead the course.
ExclusionsAny beverages.


We do not provide drinks. Please bring any beverages you may want.

Customer Reviews

I thoroughly recommend the Intermediate Cooking Skills course, not only as a very useful learning curve, but also as a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who love cookery, being shown, and then putting into practice, techniques we have all wanted to know about, perfecting our current skills, broadening our horizons as to what we can create, as well as superb interaction with Jody our Chef along with the group one cooks with. Stir Crazy is a unique concept for people such as I who have work commitments and cannot partake in a long full-on cookery course (much as we would love to!); it is a unique market and gives those of us who love cooking but lack the necessary skills and confidence to partake in a most enjoyable experience and atmosphere. I would love to return one day to Stir Crazy and cover more courses, or even re-fresh myself on courses covered already. I took many inspiring photos on my phone as to what I (we) could produce, as well as happy photographs of our group working and socialising together, but, unfortunately, do not have them downloaded on my Laptop. - P. June Song

I received a voucher for this course as a Christmas present - it was the best gift EVER. What an incredible experience - it’s a relaxed, fun and friendly environment - with awesome people, great wine and the yummiest of food! It really doesn't feel like a class or structured learning - even though you actually get to learn so much! Jody was such a fantastic guide through this memorable culinary experience – I can’t wait to book my next course through Stir Crazy, thank you so much! - Simone Symeonidis

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