By Tika Bujiashvili

No matter where you are in the world, one thing is for certain: A country’s culture is very closely linked to its food. Today many people are attending master classes to learn other culture’s cuisine. By taking a Vietnamese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian or Iranian cooking class you’re supporting their culture, which can be a powerful thing. This time you aren’t spending your money at the local Food restaurants where you have been many times and even have cooked similar dishes at home, but instead you say, ‘I am interested in your country’s food and want to learn more about it.’



Many of the cooking classes include a tour of the local markets or neighborhoods. Wandering a market on your own is interesting, but going with a guide brings this experience to a whole new level. You’ll learn about the daily lives of the locals. You’ll see what spices are important to that country’s cuisine, and be able to taste fresh fruits and vegetables that you may not have in your own country.


While searching international culinary classes located in Tbilisi, which can serve to travelers,  I found out about Elaci culinary institute. In ABOUT they explain that they present short and long term culinary courses and hospitality courses as well. What I like most of all and was also catching for me, was that  ELACI strongly believes culinary education must be followed by cultural knowledge and should be set up to attract everyone developing talents and create opportunities who are interested in cooking. ELACI has chefs from different countries depending the cuisine-Italian cuisine should be done by Italian, Georgian-by Georgian and Arabic -by Arabic chef and etc. They can also offer travelers cocktail Master classes.


And still, why do people attend cooking master classes when there are lots of cooking books and shared online recipes with videos explaining everything step by step and cook at home? It might be cheaper and more comfortable. But cooking master classes has other advantages: During the class you’ll try some of the best food the region has to offer. Also, it is a great chance to ask questions only a local can answer. And it’s a perfect opportunity to meet other travelers. While you’re chopping vegetables or waiting for water to boil, there’s plenty of time to chat with your classmates. You may be able to pick up some great tips on where to go next, or have a captive audience for some of your own stories. And in the end a cooking class leaves you with a unique souvenir. Even if you don’t take a cooking class, you can learn to eat like a local.

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