Cape Town cooking classes set to become one of our most popular holiday experiences!
We love to offer our guests very unique and authentic experiences and this fantastic cooking class has certainly proved to be nothing short of exceptional!
Cass Abrahams is one of South Africa’s best-selling cookbook authors, an internationally respected chef and entrepreneur. Cass was born in Johannesburg to German and Xhosa parents. Years later, she married into the Cape Malay community and converted to Islam. It was during this chapter in her life that she discovered the key to acceptance… it certainly didn’t lay in religious or social conformity, but in a woman’s command of her cooking pots: ‘Any woman worth her salt in this community can cook. So I quickly learnt to cook.’
The culture of the Malay community is inextricably couched in its recipes, some dating back 300 years. They are jealously guarded family heirlooms. ‘When an outsider requests a recipe it is often given with an essential ingredient or step missing’, explains Cape chef Cass Abrahams, ‘so I began to steal with the eye.’
During the socio-political unrest of the 80s, Cass Abrahams took a sabbatical from teaching, opting for a job as an in-store promoter for an American rice distributor. Preparing beryanis, bredies and boboties, Cass embarked on what would become her life’s journey, and gain her international renown as an expert on the gastronomy of the Cape Malay community.
Her first cookbook, The Culture and Cuisine of the Cape Malay’s soon followed and her reputation as the doyenne of Cape cuisine snowballed. Cass Abrahams, chef, has run a string of acclaimed restaurants, and written a follow-up cookbook called Cass Abrahams Cooks Cape Malay from Africa.
We now provide our guests with the opportunity to spend a day with Cass and learn a little about Cape Malay cooking.