Culinary School(s)?

It is assumed in our part of the world that only women will cook to save their marital bliss. They will learn cooking from their mothers and grandmothers. That will be then the end of this story. But what about girls and boys,men and women who love cooking?
There are people who are passionate about creating culinary gems. They want to learn and sometimes their quest for knowledge drives them as far as Italy,France and United States So what about people who can not afford to go abroad and enrol in a culinary school? Should they only learn what is taught to them courtesy BBC Food and Masala Channel?
Why doesn’t Karachi have a culianry school of its own? What restricts the growth of a great school that teaches cooking and its multifaceted wonders?
Cooking is an art and Home Economics College does not qualify as a culinary school. Should cooking-crazy Karachiwalas remain deprived?

20 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

    not sure but i heard the former (and original) owners of Masoom’s started a culinary school opposite DHA Men’s College Kh.e.Rahat.

  2. Herbwoman (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    I totally back you here Hena!
    People who know the secrets of great cooking suck around here – they are too cheap to share their successful secrets with others *who are willing to pay for t*. how can culinary art grow as a subject here when we have such petty approach to it?

  3. MB (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    Please please pleaseeeeeeeee
    some one teach me how to cook. I dont love cooking that much but i love eating lash pash desi khanay. Being alone, I would be thankful to anyone helping me make few dishes ( specially haleem , gazar ka halwa etc. )

  4. MB (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    The cooking programs on TV are boring. Don’t know why but i like practical right in front of me, not on TV. A friend of mine is expert on desi khanay & i just love the khanay aunty (his mom) makes. Even the ordinary chawal she makes taste so good i bet she will be billionaire in few years if she opens a restaurant.

  5. aysha (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    i agree with u nd herbwoman as well…
    plus…programs r nothn as compared with practical demonstrations which can probabl yteach a lot more…plus more generation of interest with the hands on experience!

  6. Karachiite (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    If you go to China you’ll find that they’ve got thousands upon thousands of different dishes and they’re always inventing new ones. In Pakistan our cuisine is very static with maybe 100 dishes. I don’t remember having any new dish all my life unless it’s some regional dish.

    I agree that we need to introduce culinary schools to take the cuisine to the next level.

  7. Kashif (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    how about starting KCB – Karachi Culinary Blog

  8. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    Great post, Henna…..but on the subject about Culinary Schools, well, I believe that there are a few ladies who teach cooking classes in their homes but that too, on a small scale.

    But on the other hand, people nowadays, doesn’t have the patience that our Grandmothers used to have, while creating culinary delights…now all the young and not-so-young women and men too, want to cook or create dishes in the least possible time so that they can maximise their time on their other ‘hobbies’.

    And that is the main reason that companies like SHAN has been able to come up with literally 50 odd quick recipie masalas in their inventory. They are the ones who are making billions.


  9. ahmer (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    I think there was an institute in Karachi near the Mazar Area Clifton I think opp. the Russian Embassy or something. I do remember this as a friend of mine had gone and i for the life of me cant remember the name and cant tell the place as i aint in Karachi right now

  10. herbwoman (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

    How would you art students feel if you had to “learn” art through some unprofessional aunty?
    Or if you were a business student who had to learn accountings fromh his uncle! – would you have had a degree, a name and a credit to yourself?

    Im talking about Culinary arts as an undergraduate course! look at all the places in this world, their tourism industry thrives on good food, better presentations and best innovation. Culinary arts is an arts – It sucks when ppl associate it with domestication!.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    If I am not wrong Memon Community Center[If I recall right name] in Karimabad area do arrange cooking classes for women and I remmeber someone who learnt different types of biryanis cooked in Pakistan.

  12. tooba (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 12:19 am

    I so totally agree to it. Karachi can do with a decent culinary school. and teaching classes/courses arent the same as that. These short courses just give out recipes, a school is much more; its about ‘creating’ tastes =)

  13. AJ (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    There are many institutes offering the courses, (at very reasonable and nominal charges) and so far there are countless individuals, benefiting from them. To an extent that they learn from there and are educating others n demonstrating their skills at various TV channels as well..

  14. T (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    hey, if u are so concerned then why don’t u open up a culinary school.

  15. Henna (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

    If I’m concerned about the rise of crime rate against women do I go about finding every rapist and killing him?
    The thing is that this forum as pointed out by someone quite recently,is to create awareness.I wish I could,these things need government’s backup because our beloved city is full of red-tapism.

    I stand my ground.There is a dire need for good culinary and journalism schools.

  16. redsnapper (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    Rangoonwalla Community Centre used to offer daily and monthly cooking lessons by various people. Prices ranged from Rs. 100 to Rs 500 per day if I’m not mistaken. for directions.

  17. Aj (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    Karachiwalas r not deprived ..our media had showed, and is still showing very good quality cooking programmes.Rangonwala is one old and very well known institute,then there is Pak institute for hotel management,in clifton.In fBArea,there are r two very good institutes.There is Sarah’s in north nazimabad..i can tell many more…

  18. herbwoman (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    why do we ahve to have a bloody art school to learn textile designing etc etc cant we just go to a ghareloo khatoon and pay her a couple of hundred bucks to teach us ART so we can go work at some hotShot firm?
    if you can feel a need for a fancyschmancy art school or fashion designing school for that matter than we feel the need for a culinary school.

  19. nasir (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    i want lern cooking infact i like cookingso please reply me soon

  20. wasiq (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 3:36 am


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