Home Cooking in the Philippines

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Cooking with Issi – Filipino Style

Learn a bit of Home Cooking in the Philippines cooking with Issi. Learn how to cook Filipino food in this private cooking class in a chef’s Manila home. Follow a host and chef into their garden to pick ingredients, such as calamansi and lemongrass.
Bring your basket of fresh pickings inside, which you’ll use to prepare some Filipino family recipes in a private kitchen. Learn about Filipino food and culture through the cooking lesson and your guide’s commentary as you enjoy the food you’ve cooked.
Yes, you certainly get to taste your own cooking….mmmmmm
So test your skills, become a Master Chef and try the Filipino way of living

Masterchef it for 3 Hours of 1st class Cooking Lesson

  • Private cooking class in a chef’s Manila home
  • Learn about traditional Filipino culinary culture, recipe, and ingredients
  • Undivided attention from your private guide
  • Get a true Filipino dining experience in a private home
  • Sit down to enjoy the recipes you have made

Latest Reviews

Filipino Cooking in a home – 5 stars
Ed_D, Feb 2020
Isi was a wonderful hostess and taught me how to make 3 different dishes. I go real hands-on experience in her beautiful home. I highly recommend taking this class as it was fun, tasty, and educational.
Cooking with Isi – 5 stars
erinliuliu, Feb 2020
Isi was such an incredible, and inviting hostess!!! She let us do as much of the prep, and cooking as we wanted, and gave us an excellent lesson in Filipino history, and cuisine. She also makes delicious chili sauces that we bought at a local store to bring home to Texas!
Inspiring, creative, fantastic cooking class & more – 5 stars
DOLLYT62, Dec 2019
Issi is a wonderful teacher with a very deep knowledge of Filipino cooking tradition & regional cooking styles – we could have listened to her all day. She is a great ambassador for innovation and using freshest seasonal ingredients ( sourced from direct from farmers), transformed typical Filipino dishes into a new taste sensation and best of all .. we helped in the making of the meal and savoured each and every bite. Thank you Issi for hosting us, may each and every one of your ventures be a success.
Dolly & Cecille, Sydney, AUS


Your Home Chef

Isi has been in the food business for over ten years – creating recipes for dairy companies and restaurants, doing food styling and photography and selling spices online. She has recently started “Chili Asylum”, an institution dedicated to marketing fresh chilies and chili products sourced directly from Filipino farmers.

Isi says she learned everything she knows about cooking from her Nanay (grandmother) who she watched cook fresh lunches and dinners every day growing up. Isi loves cooking and serving the local, regional food she grew up eating. Isi enjoys collaborating with other chefs and food lovers in the food business to create new and delicious food.

Isi will take you through her small vegetable garden where she grows lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Isi’s food is redolent of flavors such as calamansi, garlic, chilies, coconut milk, and fish sauce.

In her kitchen, she will teach you to prepare Filipino family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. You can choose between a hands-on lesson and a cooking demonstration during which you will watch her prepare the meal. Just let her know your preference!

Your menu might include dishes such as ensaladang pako (local fern salad in a calamansi and raw honey dressing), grilled shrimp in a cilantro chimichurri (an Isi creation), ginataang kalabasa at sitaw (squash and green beans in a coconut milk stew), mechado (soy marinated beef, cooked in an onion and tomato sauce), inihaw na baboy (grilled pork chops) followed by homemade calamansi pie for dessert made by her best friend Earnest.

Leave with new recipes, a new friend, and lifelong memories.

Please note, this is not a professional cooking class, rather this experience is a visit to an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.

Package Inclusions:

  • Cost is $50 / pax
  • Private Filipino cooking class with your host Isi
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Departure & Return Departure Point
  • Manila, Manila, Metro Manila, Luzon
  • Return Details
  • Returns to the original departure point


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
important Info.

Additional Info
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Please note this is not a professional cooking class, rather an insider glimpse into Filipino culture and cuisine with a local expert cook in her home
Dress code is smart casual
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 5 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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4 stars – 2
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