Discover Thai Culinary Arts: Interactive Cooking Classes at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s first and globally-recognised cooking school offers a taste of Thailand in an interactive format
May 9, 2024,
Chiang Mai, Thailand

As the “cultural capital of Thailand,” Chiang Mai is not just renowned for its beautiful stupas, emerald paddy fields and a bountiful tropical landscape. At the seat of one of the most popular traditions of the world, the destination is known for its unparalleled culinary experience that transports guests into the heart of Thai cuisine. “Allow us to guide you through the flavourful world of cooking classes at our renowned Rim Tai Kitchen,” suggests Sean Mosher, General Manager Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Tented Camp Golden Triangle. “As one of the first institutions professing the culinary prowess of the region, our cooking academy has a plethora of experiences on offer – one to suit every palate.”

Traditional Thai Culinary Arts at Rim Tai Kitchen Cooking Academy

Designed by the world-renowned architect and landscape artist Bill Bensley, Rim Tai Kitchen Cooking Academy is housed in an elegant Thai teak house, epitomising traditional Lanna charm. Here, amid the serenity of nature, guests can immerse themselves in the secrets of Thai culinary artistry. Leading the experience is Chef de Partie and Thai Chef Instructor Suwattana Boonyarattananusorn, fondly known as Chef Tor, who offers more than just an instruction to Thai cuisine. “It's an interactive journey into the soul of Thai cuisine,” he says, with his quintessential toothy grin, emphasising on the fun, joy, and hands-on learning that sets his classes apart, “We want to ensure that guests not only learn new skills but also create cherished memories!”

Traditional Thai Rituals to Start the Cooking Journey

Before delving into the culinary exploration, guests are invited to participate in a traditional Thai ritual at the Resort’s Spirit House, which symbolises the respect for the spirits. "This sets the tone for a sacred and harmonious culinary experience,” he shares. True to Thai hospitality, Chef Boonyarattananusorn acts as the gracious host of the house, ready to share his expertise and cook delectable dishes for guests who visit his home.

Thai Culinary Philosophy: More Than Just Flavours

Chef Boonyarattananusorn’s culinary philosophy is deeply rooted in the traditions of Thai cuisine, where the act of sharing meals serves as a cornerstone of family bonding and cultural heritage. He believes that Thai cuisine is not just about bold flavours and aromatic spices but also about nourishing the body and soul. “By harnessing the power of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and time-honoured cooking techniques, our guests are able to create dishes that not only taste good, but also make them feel good from the inside out,” he remarks.

Culinary Community: Bridging Cultures at Rim Tai Kitchen

Food has a unique ability to bring people together and bridge cultural divides and through the cooking classes at Rim Tai Kitchen, the Resort’s culinary experts not only teach guests the secrets of Thai cuisine, but also inspire an appreciation for the rich tapestry of flavours and traditions that give a deep insight into the heritage. In Chef Boonyarattananusorn’s cooking classes, guests learn the techniques of Thai cooking while understanding the values of tradition, connection, and sharing a meal together – privileges that are rare in today’s fast-paced environment. "Sharing meals goes beyond the act of eating at Rim Tai Kitchen,” says Chef Boonyarattananusorn. “It is about strengthening bonds. As families work together in the kitchen, they learn to collaborate, communicate, and support one another, building trust and unity through this shared experience.”

Taste of Thailand: Savour the Creations at Rim Tai Kitchen

Following the hands-on cooking session, guests indulge in the fruits of labour around the table at Rim Tai Kitchen, where they enjoy the delectable dishes that they have prepared. “From fragrant Thai curries to savoury street food delights, each bite is a celebration of Thailand’s rich culinary heritage,” insists Chef Boonyarattananusorn.

Explore Thai Cooking: Introduction to Culinary Classes at Rim Tai Kitchen

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai unveils the new joint cooking classes at the esteemed Rim Tai Kitchen. Under the guidance of Resort Manager Anthony Tschudin, these sessions are designed to offer an enriching culinary adventure that caters to both enthusiastic food lovers and budding chefs alike. "The cooking classes provide a unique opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of Thai cuisine, making each session an interactive and enjoyable journey," remarks Tschudin.

Hosted daily at 2:00 pm, Rim Tai Kitchen’s communal cooking classes promise a dynamic learning environment where participants can engage with each other while honing their culinary skills. "Our daily menu is meticulously planned to ensure a diverse and inspiring culinary experience, presenting both traditional Thai dishes and modern interpretations. Additionally, we rotate through themed classes daily, exploring various culinary themes to enhance our cooking skills and palate," Tschudin explains with a smile.

For guests seeking a more tailored experience, Rim Tai Kitchen also offers private cooking classes in the mornings. These sessions are specially designed to adapt to individual learning paces and culinary interests, providing a more intimate setting for personal enhancement. Whether a solo traveller looking to dive deep into Thai cuisine, a couple seeking a unique date experience, or a family wanting to engage in a fun, educational activity with the kids, the Resort’s cooking classes accommodate all. They offer a memorable way to explore culinary skills in a welcoming environment for every kind of guest.

Join Chef Suwattana Boonyarattananusorn at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai for an unparalleled culinary exploration. Whether opting for a group session or a private class, every experience is crafted to immerse guests in the vibrant flavours of Thai cuisine, ensuring a memorable journey for every palate.

For private sessions, choose either 9:00 am to 12:00 noon or 2:00 to 5:00 pm, priced at THB 8,500++ per person, inclusive of herbal drinks, coffee, and tea. Group sessions are available from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, at THB 7,500++ per person, also inclusive of herbal drinks, coffee, and tea. 

For reservations, reach out at 053 298 181, email, or connect via the FS Chat App.