Reviews - Thai Cooking Classes


What can I say? Thank you so very much for a wonderful time! We absolutely loved our time with you, learning so much in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The food was incredible and we can’t wait to practice! - Sally

Thank you so much for a wonderful cooking session and I have braved the new world and cooked the satays and stir fry this week..... Absolutely yummy!!! - Heather

I wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your assistant for such a fabulous cooking lesson, we absolutely loved it and many said it was the best thai food they had ever tasted! It truly was excellent. I hope one day I can get a group together again for another lesson - Stephy

Just a quick thank you to say how much I enjoyed your cookery course today. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and I look forward to booking another course once you have moved to Farnham - Paul

THANK YOU both so much for the wonderful and fun cooking course on Saturday. It was a complete success and everyone loved it. The food at the dinner party was delicious and we couldn't believe that we had helped make such mouth watering delicious dishes. I'd like to say a MASSIVE thank you to you for making it such a great experience and I will be recommending you to all my friends. You were the perfect host for all the loud and happy hens! I apologies for the loudness and hope you enjoyed yourself too. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all your hard work and organisation. It was really a wonderful, fun, unique and memorable experience. I'm going to make the fish cakes tomorrow!! - Katharine

Just wanted to say a big thank you for your fantastic Thai cooking class I attended, after my poor attempt at a jungle Thai curry in this years quarter finals of Masterchef I wanted to learn how to produce the dish correctly. Your class was perfect and now I am cooking authentic Thai food ! Thank you. - Greg, MASTERCHEF QUARTER FINALIST!

Just a quick note to say thanks for such a fantastic afternoon on Saturday! I loved the course and your enthusiasm, I'm keen on taking another course in January so already looking at the menus. I have already told my family I'll be cooking a curry for them soon... :) ! - Maria

Thank you very much for such a lovely cooking class on Saturday. I'm off to the Thai supermarket in Richmond tomorrow and plan on cooking the same dishes later in the week. Fingers crossed! - Simon

Just wanted to drop you a note to say a big thank you for the class yesterday afternoon. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the dishes were delicious! - Sophie

I just wanted to say a big thanks for Saturday we all had such a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the course. We learnt so much and really enjoyed our dinner on Saturday evening. The food was amazing and I cannot wait to try and cook all the dishes again. You have set your house us so well to teach and you were so patient and clear when teaching us. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I will certainly be recommending your courses to my friends as I am sure lots of them would enjoy them too. - Cressida

Just wanted to say thanks for last Saturday I had a really good time & learnt lots. Also thanks to your helpers as well, for not making me feel like the complete cooking novice that I am!! I spent lots on kitchen things this week & am looking to make my first meal from scratch tomo. Could be interesting! Thanks again & may see you at the temple some day :) - Nick

Hi Jirapan, Just a quick note to say thank you for a lovely day on Wednesday - Esme and I both learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed putting those new skills into practice - and of course the wonderful meal at the end of it!  Esme did a dinner party yesterday and entertained her family to a Thai fest. I even encouraged my cautious husband to try my new dishes. Thank you again. - Kathy & Esme

Hi Jirapan, I just wanted to email and say thank you so much for the lesson yesterday - we both really enjoyed it and feel really inspired to try the recipes at home. I particularly can't wait to explore the Thai supermarket in Hammersmith! I really enjoyed your approach to the lesson, and of course, the finished product! - Hannah

Hi Jirapan, George loved his classes and is promising to cook for me this week, which is great. The mums were all so impressed that I think we will try and come for a class or 2 once school starts! - Clare

I loved the course on Saturday couldn't stop talking about it to my boyfriend. He wants me to learn the red curry with duck so went and bought me another gift voucher! - Rikki

I would just like to take the opportunity to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson. The food was a big hit. The family loved it. I would love another one to one lesson with you - Farina

Thanks so much for the wonderful class you put on today, it was great to experience it and the food was amazing! Just tucking into the leftovers now! - Luke and Katy

Dear Jirapan, thank you soo much for such a great day!! It was brilliant and hopefully I will be brave enough next weekend to give it a go straight away! Helene def enjoyed her supper, I just hope she's not getting used to it too much. - Kerstin

I thoroughly enjoyed the Thai cooking class on Saturday, it was a really enjoyable, fun, and very interesting day. I learnt alot about Thai food and am really excited about making the yellow curry. You really are an exceptional teacher, you made the day easy, fun and made it seem very simple and straightforward, well done and thank you. I will certainly be back in the future to do some cooking with my partner as he would really benefit from spending time in the kitchen to build his confidence and its something we can do together. Have a great day and look forward to seeing you again and learning more dishes. - Liana

Thank you so much for a wonderful cookery course. I really enjoyed it! You explained it so well and thanks to you I made the best King Prawn Tom Yum Soup ever! I could not get any rice flour from the Korean Supermarket so I bought the banana fritters flour and just added the palm sugar, desiccated coconut and sesame seeds to it. I left the batter to sit for about 4 hours and it came out absolutely perfect! I will be making the Pan Fried Sea Bass on Sunday so fingers crossed it comes out as good as yours. - Camelia

Thanks so much for the lesson yesterday, Matt and I really enjoyed it. We'll definitely recommend you to our friends! The idea of tasting the food halfway through cooking really helped us, as did a better understanding of all the flavours/seasonings. - Stefanie

"I just wanted to say thank you - I really enjoyed my lesson with you yesterday and the food was delicious. Both my friend and my husband happily sampled the Pad Thai and Duck Curry, and all that was left were empty plates! Lovely to meet you and hopefully I'll have the chance to do some more courses with you in the future!" - Liz

"I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you very much for the lesson on Saturday. Stuart and I had a great time and learnt so much. The food was amazing and it has really inspired us to cook my Thai at home. Thanks again." - Nicola

"Apologies for not emailing sooner, however I just wanted to say that my boyfriend and I had a fantastic time learning to cook Thai food. We loved the taste of the food and have since been out and bought all the ingredients and have started making our own dishes." - Natalie

"Thank you so much for your fabulous lesson. I went straight to the Thai supermarket and got stocked up and have been cooking lots of lovely Curries and Pad Thai ever since. You have completely changed the taste of my curries and I can't tell you how much better they are! I am so grateful and so is my husband. As you know it was a birthday pressie so I may be back next year to learn some more dishes! The lesson has paid for itself as we haven't bought a take away since the lesson and we used to have at least one a week! Thanks again." - Susie

"Laurie and I had a fantastic time at our Thai Cookery Class earlier this month and we can’t wait to try out our new skills on our friends and family! Despite practicing Thai cooking for some time now, we learnt a huge amount and we are now much more confident that we can create delicious dishes every time ... just like the fantastic menu we prepared on the day." - Marcia

"Thank you for a great afternoon. Both Ollie and I really enjoyed our Thai cooking experience. The food was very well received back home and we all enjoyed it very much. Appreciate you taking on an 11 year old and allowing him the chance to learn." - Chris

"Thanks for a fascinating cookery lesson this morning. I enjoyed it, learnt a lot, and am looking forward to supper! I will be back for another lesson." - Garth

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for such a fantastic day. Both Alex and I had a great day and our friends that came in the evening were more than impressed with the food they had. ‘The best spring rolls I’ve ever had’ said one and they loved the chicken and cashew nuts. The jungle curry was a little spicy for most though but absolutely lovely for those that could take it. Thank you for working out such a great mixture of recipes that used lots of techniques and skills. It was great to learn new things that I should (fingers crossed) be able to repeat without any problems. Thank you again it was just brilliant." - Ellen & Alex

"Thank you for this evening, steph and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You make an excellent teacher and we will be shopping and cooking Thai very soon so we don't forget your techniques." - Sally

"I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you for teaching me how to prepare and make a few Thai dishes last Saturday. I enjoyed cooking with you, and learning a little more about the tastes and flavours of Thai cuisine. My partner also enjoyed the results as she thought the food was delicious, and wants me to cook them again for her." - Keith

"Thank you so much for our very enjoyable time with you. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will be playing and experimenting with the flavours regularly I know." - Carys

"It has been about 6 months now since my cookery session with you, and I just wanted to write and let you know what continued joy it has brought me. That day was the best gift I have ever been given, and I am so proud of the dishes I can now create. I have cooked my Thai dishes for friends and as everyday meals at home, and love being able to make quick, healthy, and authentic meals. I will definitely be back to learn some more! It is a life-long gift, so thank you!" - Helen

"I just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely cooking class and evening last night! You are a fantastic instructor and we learned so much more about Thai cooking that we ever expected. The food was delicious and we are definitely going to buy some of that chilli paste soon. :) Thank you, again, and hopefully we can stay in touch." - Grace and Caiyo

"I just wanted to thank you for the lesson you gave us. It really was a great experience, a lot of fun and we were all amazed by what we were able to put together under your direction. After the lesson I went to the Rumwong Thai supermarket in Guildford and bought everything needed for each recipe. We've made all 3 dishes a couple times and they've turned out really well. Last week was Helen's parents' 28th anniversary so we went all out and made all 3 together; they were very impressed by our home-cooked Thai prowess! As I mentioned before the lesson, I'm the biggest Thai cuisine fan in the world so I can only describe your course as life-changing! We definitely want to come again some time in the near future so we can perfect Pad Thai and Tom Yum Soup, among others!" - Mike and Helen

"Thank you for an excellent morning! The lesson was professional and very informative. The teaching was great and you explained how to use the ingredients so that we have a better understanding of how to use them. This was a present for my girlfriend's birthday and she enjoyed every moment of it.....almost as much as I did!!" - Darren

"I came to see you for a cooking lesson a few weeks ago, and just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a big thanks. Having finally got my hands on the right ingredients we've been able to successfully recreate what you showed me to do for all three recipes. In fact, I'd be happy if I got the dishes we're now making in a restaurant. So... many, many thanks: I really enjoyed it and its transformed our experience of home Thai cooking." - Nikolas

"Many thanks for a fantastic evening last night! Kath and I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and thought it was very professional indeed. It was very interesting to learn about the different ingredients as well as tasting the food as we cooked. We will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone." - Kath and Carl

"Thank you Jirapan for a hugely enjoyable and very useful morning! We now know what the essential ingredients are, where to buy them, how to prepare them and how to get the perfect balance of flavours in order to create authentic and delicious thai food. It was so good, we made all four courses again the very next day and enjoyed it just as much" - Caroline

"Firstly, can I say that myself and my wife has had a fabulous time with Belle yesterday. We learned and awful lot and would like to say thanks for the cooking class. We would definitely recommend Paya Thai to our friends and family. Thanks so much" - Khanh

"My husband and I had a Thai cookery course with Jirapan one Friday morning. Jirapan came to cook with us in our home and it was a great experience! We now understand about the different spices and we actually know how to cook our favourite dishes. Even our baby daughter joined in the fun and we were amazed how quick it was to come up such amazing flavours. We have cooked a curry a week since and can only recommend a Thai cookery course to anyone who loves Thai food as much as we do. Many thanks Jirapan, we had a great day!" - Daniela

"Charly and I had a great time on Saturday, thank you so much for taking the time to cook with us, the food went down really well it was all delicious! In fact, I am going to my parents this weekend and we are cooking the steamed fish :) I would love to come back again to try some other recipes for sure!" - Abi & Charly

"I just wanted to thank you for the great lesson on Friday. It was a lot of fun, brilliantly organised and the end result tasted fantastic. Just one or two key tips made all the difference and I'm fully enthused about trying it all for myself. I am recommending you to all of my friends and I think I'll manage to think of a few more dishes I'd like you to help me with. I think the approach was excellent, preparation just right and think the recipe booklet you gave me was very impressive. Really nice to have the specific dishes detailed like that, plus the other tips. I'm sure we'll meet again because I'd like to do more. Once again, many thanks." - Karl

"Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for last nights lesson, we both had the most amazing time and learned so much. Sacha said it was one of the best presents he has ever received and we will definitely be recommending you to all our friends!" - Caroline and Sacha

"I just wanted to let you know that I finally got the chance to go to the Thai supermarket and I cooked my first green curry the other night. I am finishing the remains now, and it’s delicious. And tonight we are making the chicken and ginger stir fry. We enjoyed our day with you very much, and are now happy to be able to cook such lovely food at home. So thank you very much for your class. When we have mastered our dishes I’m sure we will be back to have some more advanced lessons!" - Chris and Abbie

"I enjoyed the flexibility in putting together the menu. Jirapan is very knowledgeable about Thai food and it was very interesting to learn about the background/special aspects of ingredients. Full of good tips." - Fredi

"I really cannot thank you enough for introducing us to Thai cooking in this way. The difficulty is that it will be difficult to get such a standard except if we cook it ourselves. I hope I shall be able to come and try some different dishes and you are top of my list when we need some catering for a home event." - Yvonne

"It was all wonderful. The preparation was excellent and the teaching was very thorough and all delivered in such a friendly and cheerful way. We had a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to our meal tonight. Thank you." - Marion

"It was a very full evening and far more than I expected (even after being advised!) Thanks Jirapan. I can now cook with confidence! Highly recommendable, nothing to add – great to taste as you go, very good idea. Great immersion into Thai cooking." - Vikki

"Everything was perfect. The ingredients were beautifully prepared & presented, even the woks, utensils and aprons were provided plus the rice maker! The whole experience was amazing, great fun and informative and our 4 dishes were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the wonderful lesson. It was lovely to see all the fresh vegetables, meat and sauces displayed with their vibrant colours - a real feast for the eyes as well as for the taste buds." - Lesley