I have been to quite a few cooking schools before, but this experience was the best 'total' experience by far.
We were picked up at our hotel and given a short, but charming guided tour to the Payangan markets near Ubud.
We were met there by the most charming Balinese man we have ever met who took us on an amazing tour of his local market. Impeccable English and charm, Wayan Apel was incredible.
Then it got even better, our chef / guru was amazing, great English and wit.
The food creation was all hands on, in a wonderful kampung environment, you even get an insight into Balinese family life.
The food we made, with fresh bought local ingredients was sensational.
People of any cooking ability would find this amazing, and for us with some Asian cooking experience, we learnt a whole lot more.
Overall it was an amazing full day experience for less than 40 bucks which includes transport and lunch ......amazing.

I would highly recommend this as a must do Ubud experience, particularly for those who love to keep coming back to Ubud. By docrob_aust

We attended the local market to see the various ingredients.

Followed by being welcomed into the family compound by Twinky the cutest dog.

The cooking school is well set up. We cooked a great menu with a few additions for food we'd inquired about.

The food was delicious and plentiful (we couldn't eat all of it).

Thanks to our wonderful chefs. By Maranne O

Day in a life of Balinese, taste of food culture history and family life. Amazing experience learned so much. By Tembeka M

My husband and I booked this through Bali traditional tours, wow what can we say , we met the amazing Nyoman at the market just 5 minutes from his home and instantly felt like we had known him for years so super jolly and chatty we spent time walking around the market , he showed us all local foods explaining everything to us along the way we learnt so much , then we were welcomed into his home we couldn't believe how amazing it was and how much we were made to feel like part of the family, we walked around met family members, even met their pet monkey they had rescued, we sat and enjoyed their coffee and the began the cooking , there was just us 2 which was fantastic, we chopped and prepared all the ingredients that has been all peeled and measured out for us and began to cook, it was absolutely brilliant we chatted and laughed and learnt along the way Nyoman was the perfect teacher helping us and explaining everything , we plated up and sat round the table and the food was out of this world nicest meal we had had in Bali so far , we met his lovely wife and sons , we didn't want the class to end , he welcomed us back if we were to visit Bali again he was so friendly and genuine .

Couldn't say enough good things about our experience , a must whilst your in Bali for a true balanise authentic cooking experience.

Thanks again Olivia and james . By livduffy24

Booking was made directly online with the class with prompt responses.
We chose this class because participants cooked each of the 5 courses by themselves. We were taken by the class' driver to the local market where we were met by Chef Nyoman Mahendra. As expected, the market was a far cry from the farmers' markets at home but it provided insight into the daily Balinese living. Nyoman pointed out the fruits, vegetables, and spices used in Balinese cooking and their healthy aspects.
We were then driven to the class which was held in the family's compound. It houses 43 family members and has hosted wedding guests numbering in the hundreds and a thousand. At the back were fields where the family grows rice, coffee, fruits, and vegetables. We met smiling, gracious family members.
Over tea and snacks, Nyomon spoke of his island's culture, customs, and Hinduism. He was informative, interesting, and entertaining. Having worked on cruise ships, his command of English is excellent.
Nylon's class emphasized easy and healthy Balinese cooking. The 4 of us were the only students. We made a salad, soup, Chicken satay, and curry tofu (all made with the basic spice mixture-all tasting different and delicious) and palm sugar and coconut crepes. We chopped, diced, and cooked at our individual stations which were clean and well organized. We seasoned to our taste.
The resulting lunch was more than we could eat.
We left with a booklet of receipes and instructions on replacement ingredients that we can find at home.
It was a fun and relaxing time even for the non-cook among us. By rosely88

I have been traveling through Bali for almost two months and this has to be one of my favorite experiences so far. It is not just a cooking class, it is so much more. You get to a full culture experience. I have learned more from them than I have from anyone else. They will pick you up and drop you off from where you are staying! They were so kind and hands down the nicest people in the Ubud area. It was my boyfriends birthday and they went out of their way to make a cake and make us feel welcomed. I really love these guys!! If you are looking for a unique experience in Bali, you honestly need to do this!. By Julia R

This outdoor Balinese cooking class, held in a family compound in Ubud was a great hands on experience. From the market to the plate we were involved in all aspects of the process, creating an awesome 5 course meal for ourselves. A lot of education on local produce, fantastic friendly staff and beautiful food to finish off with. Highly recommended!! By butzo

You can't tell to have been in Bali if you don't spend some days in Ubud!!but you can't say to have visit Ubud if you haven't cooked real balinese food with nyoman in his family house!the best balinese food of our holiday (And cooked by ourselves!!) And before the class we have had a tour in a traditional market to know all the ingredients of the recipes! But above all you will feel like a part of the nyomang family!i really suggest this cooking class experience..you will love it!it's not a turistic stuff ..is the real Bali!Makasi two neyman!!! By Nicoletta N

My friend and I had an amazing cooking experience with chef Nyoman and his family! We were able to ask all our questions and the food was very tasty! I really recommend to do this cooking class and to experience more of the Balinese culture. By Lise v

This was a really great experience. Visiting the market first was a wonderful way to learn about local Balinese fruits and vegetables as well as getting a small taste of local life. The cooking class afterwards was amazing we made ourselves a banquet for lunch all of which was very good thanks to our wonderful teacher - I Dhono - his enthusiasm was infectious and I will definitely cook these recipes again at home. Throughly recommended. By cctechOxford

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