Cooking is not a chore when you attend a Gecko Culinary Adventures class. Instead it is exactly what the name says it is: an adventure. Tie your apron strings together as these classes are very hands-on.

How it all began

Established over 10 years ago by Megan Harker, this unique business is set up in a home within Durban’s Berea Central. Constantly reinventing the business with the help of head chef, Jesse Felthuis, cookery classes, group cooking teambuilding and culinary events are exciting, relevant and memorable.

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What to expect

“We care about giving our clients the best possible experience in our kitchen that they can easily replicate in their own kitchen. We don’t show off or try to be clever, our classes are for everyone: from people who are hobby cooks to people just starting out in the kitchen,” says Megan Harker.

When attending a cookery class there is no hiding in the background, or sitting back and watching them cook for you. “All our classes are hands-on, some more than others, but everyone is encouraged to become involved in each and every class. In most of our classes you will get to make something to eat or take home. There are always extra recipes given to complement the class and we share as much information as we can to make your experience in your kitchen pleasant,” says Megan.

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Types of cooking classes

Whether the “magic” happens in the barnyard-style kitchen or outside on the veranda overlooking the view of the city, there are so many classes designed for different types of cooks. “We have been running our two six-lesson courses for 10 years now and they continue to be fully booked,” says Megan. Some of the popular classes are the Extreme Cupcake class, that features different recipes and decorating ideas, or the Dim Sum and Wontons class, that is very trendy. The Weber Grill Academy classes attract men and women, and are ideal for outdoor entertainers. Mini Chef and Confident Cooks courses help you become inventive with daily meals and more.

Gecko Culinary Adventures

031 209 4555

Words: Megan Deane
Images: Supplied

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