Create a colorful Lebanese mezze spread completely from scratch with Chef Vinutha.
Explore a selection of Lebanese appetizers in this introduction cooking class to a vibrant cuisine. Brimming with texture, color and flavor, the dishes form a spectacular feast featuring bold ingredients from the region.
A classic monk salad combines eggplant with fruit and herbs for a dazzling starter, then learn how to form perfectly crisp Lebanese cheese rolls called rakakat. Next, you'll pan sear halloumi cheese accompanied by a mixture of herbs and vegetables. Finish with a sticky, sweet baklava layered with nuts and scented with rose and orange blossom water.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
Chef Vinutha was awesome!
Her knowledge on the meal was very informative, we learned a lot. The food was absolutely phenomenal and the meal was organized and it made it simple to follow instructions, which only made our experience more pleasant.
I will be cooking this recipe for myself!
06 Nov 2021
It was our first experience with cozymeal and Vinutha was such an amazing host. The menu was really well put together using ingredients that are accessible to anyone. The dishes are simple, yet impressive and the flavours were bold. Vinutha facilitated the evening flawlessly and everything was planned and organised well. The entire experience was very enjoyable, Vinutha has a really good knowledge of food and it was really cool to be able to take advantage of that and ask a lot of questions. We had a lot of fun putting the dishes together and they tasted amazing. I’m sure we’ll try making them again at home to impress friends. Would highly recommend this experience.
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Vinutha
04 Dec 2021
I had a wonderful experience with Chef Vinutha! Her home set a perfect mood and the lesson was fun, educational, and produced a delicious final product. Highly recommended!
28 Nov 2021
My girlfriend and I aren’t necessarily the best cooks in the world and we were hesitant to try this experience; however, Vinutha made us feel like world class chefs! Her instructions and demonstrations were very clear and easy to follow, but also fun and engaging. She was also very encouraging and supportive which is unlike any of the chefs I’ve seen on TV (perhaps you may know of a British chef from a popular tv show about a kitchen in hell?)
As well as her ability to cook, Vinutha has extensive knowledge on technique, food pairings, and history of dishes that made the event even more thrilling. You can tell her passion for cooking as well as hosting and teaching made it extremely interactive. Not only does this type of experience make it fun in the present, but also the tips will carry on in the future when cooking for yourself or others. And let’s not forget the food was amazing!
The kitchen and dining area were very clean and the aesthetics were amazing. We felt right at home right as we walked in. My girlfriend and I were hesitant at first about cooking with another couple; however, Vinutha made the experience more old friends gathering for a meal with no awkwardness or discomfort.
I understand this is a long review but when good service meets good people and ends up with great food, I feel good work should be recognized. My girlfriend and I loved the experience and would definitely attend another cooking class with Vinutha. Definitely recommend, your tummy will thank you!
27 Nov 2021
Amazing Italian meal!
14 Nov 2021
Chef Vinutha exemplifies superb culinary expertise and we had a very pleasant experience. I would highly recommend her class!
Guest reviews for Chef Vinutha
29 Sep 2021
Chef Vinutha hosted a wonderful series of classes for us! She gave concise directions, was always encouraging, and was great company. She has a deep knowledge of South Indian cooking and shared these new flavours with all of us. My favourite recipe is the Upma, which I make for breakfast even to this day. Highly, highly recommend spending time with Vinutha and her cooking!
29 Sep 2021
Vinu is an amazing teacher! She is very patient and clear. She taught me a whole bunch of Indian dishes and cooking techniques that I had never heard of or tried before! The food was delicious and Vinu made it easy even when it was something brand new. Highly recommend her classes for anyone who loves food!
29 Sep 2021
Vinutha's work is phenomenal, her food delicious, and she makes cooking fun.
29 Sep 2021
Great organizational skills, warm personality, and incredibly delicious recipes characterize learning to cook from Chef Vinu. South Indian cuisine is a hidden gem that is only recently starting to get the attention it deserves in the world of culinary arts - and Chef Vinu adapts her Grandmother's traditional recipes for a North American audience while still holding onto it's authenticity.
Truly I never believed that food this healthy (and nearly entirely gluten free / vegan) could be this delicious!
29 Sep 2021
Vinutha’s recipes are unreal. I like to cook and I have definitely learned lots of new techniques and flavour combinations that I would have never thought of. Thank you!!
29 Sep 2021
Vinutha's instructions make me feel like everything in the kitchen is possible! I'm still finding my confidence in the kitchen and she makes me believe I am totally capable. Her instructions are clear, questions are easily answered with kindness and encouragement, not to mention her recipes are amazing!
29 Sep 2021
I was lucky enough to get to take a course of classes with Vinutha and I cannot say enough good things! As a summary - delicious food, well organized, clear and easy instructions, attentive teacher, and lovely person to learn from.
To start classes were clearly well thought out, with meticulously detailed class agendas and recipes to make prep and following along as easy as possible. And make for great references later when you want to make meals again and again (as I have).
The class itself was run smoothly - we ran on schedule while making multiple meals at once (though it never felt hard - everything was so well planned we got to make multiple items just like a "real chef" without ever feeling stressed).
Vinutha was also incredibly attentive - she showed us every step as she did it and made sure to check in with each of us as we went along, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions or have her look at your food to see what you might be missing (add a touch more water etc). She was excellent at explaining everything she was doing and making sure we were all on track.
And of course - the FOOD. Wow is all I can say. My mouth is watering as I type this. Delicious full meals you want to make again and again and again. There's also a large variety of food - starters, mains, snacks and desserts so you gain a wide variety of skills and things to satisfy your taste buds. SO GOOD!!!
I got to try new foods and learn new skills, all in very fun and enriching environment, with an incredible chef. I cannot recommend Vinutha enough!!!!
29 Sep 2021
I was intimidated at first when I joined Vinu's southern Indian cooking classes because the cuisine was mostly new to me and many of the dishes she taught were far more sophisticated than anything I'd ever attempted in the kitchen. But Vinu knew exactly how to make her classes accessible and highly enjoyable. She sent participants recipes well in advance, offered tips on where to find certain ingredients, and occasionally shared videos ahead of some classes in which she demonstrated the more complicated techniques we would be employing. This was especially helpful considering she conducted the classes over video. Her instructions during class were clear and precise, and she patiently repeated them for anyone (mostly me) who needed extra help. The food itself was always delicious, and I always the sense of accomplishment at the end of each class. I highly recommend Vinu's cooking classes!
Chef Vinutha has built a varied career in the food industry with positions as line chef, event sales specialist and service associate. She also operates a YouTube channel detailing South Indian cuisine and has a catering company in the works. Chef Vinutha’s specialties include food and wine pairings and preparing authentic Indian, Lebanese, Italian and Thai cuisines, skills she’s eager to share with others.