Going over all the different kinds of rice in Chiangmai market
Cooking has been a part of my life (I am not saying that I am a good cook) since I was a child helping my mother around the kitchen then by obligation after her death (I was 13) for my father and siblings. I did not have creative license. My father told me what to prepare. At 17 as part of a program I participated in a 6 months culinary training. I worked in several restaurants as food prep but never became a cook. As the years went on I would at time prepare family meals for holidays, try out new recipes, and made meals for friends which gave me great enjoyment. Moving into a small place with limited kitchen space I don't cook like I used to.
After going to Thailand October - December 2009 I started cooking a little more trying out some of the recipes I learned from the three cooking courses that I took there.
Since I've been back I think of those experiences and would like to take more cooking classes when I travel. I have taken a few locally but it cost 2-3x as much for 1/4th of course time without the charm of cultural influence. I'm sure other parts of the world the course will be more than Thailand and I am sure it would still be worth the experience if you are interested in cooking at whatever level you are at.
Out of the three places that I took these cooking courses my favorite by far is "Asia Scenic" a very comfortable, fun and friendly spot. Siam Cookery I think in time could be at the same level the cookbook thing was a disappointment here and Thai Farm was really good too. The cook was informative and crack a joke here and there but much too stiff. I would go to any of these again, however on my next trip I want to try some other schools and maybe a different level course involving week long classes.