Filipino Kitchen
East Meets West
Over 12 weeks you'll cook alongside top Filipino chefs, learn about the culinary history of the Philippines, master techniques and develop your own creations.
what you'll be doing
The Filipino Kitchen: East Meets West Trailer
Module 1: The Iconic Flavours
Explore the flavours which make up the pillars of Filipino cuisine - salty, sour and fermented. You'll be shown around the rice fields and the Manila markets, getting up close with local ingredients. Learn to cook iconic dishes like oxtail kare kare, arroz caldo and seafood sinigang.
Module 2: The Key Techniques
Take on three key cooking techniques of Filipino cuisine from steaming with banana leaves, to braising with vinegar and taking to the flame with Filipino barbecue. You'll explore the backstory of your dishes and make the likes of pork belly adobo and sweet coconut suman.
Module 3: The Cultural Influences
Explore and cook up some of the cultural influences on Filipino food from the influences of Chinese migration to the Spanish and American influences who fought for power over the country and its gateway into Asia's valuable spice trade. You'll make leche flan, the noodle dish pancit palabok and more!
The Philippines is known for its bold flavours and rich produce. It's a cuisine where local dishes have been influenced by its neighbours, waves of immigration and its colonisers throughout history whilst remaining uniquely Filipino. During this course you'll explore the ingredients, local techniques and cultural influences in great depth bringing the Philippines to your kitchen.
4-12 Weeks
Flexible: 3-5 hours a week
Group Structure:
Small Class Sizes
Hands-on, direct feedback
Course Format:
On Demand & Live
Video, live workshops, Q&A
Ingredients & Tools:
Your Specialist Box
Tools, spices, and essentials
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Learn flexibly with 40+ hours of video classes, get direct feedback from live workshops and Q&A’s and kick start your Filipino pantry with the Rassa kit.
Explore the Philippines from your sofa
You'll be guided around the Philippines tracing ingredients back to their roots, visiting the markets and exploring street food stalls.
Unbox your Rassa kit and get cooking
Open up your box of tools and specialist ingredients and learn new dishes and flavours from your chefs.
Develop your own creations
Learn to develop your own Filipino dishes and get direct feedback from your chefs on live virtual workshops and Q&A's.
Share and grow with the community
Learn alongside your peers in small class sizes where you can exchange ideas and share your unique creations.
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Tim, California
“The commitment level was perfect for me, it worked really well around my schedule and gave me and the family something to do at the weekends.”
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Donn, Ontario
“I’m really enjoying this community so far and I think it will be a group I can continue to connect with even after this course”
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James, Hampshire
I am loving the community engagement and participation. It really brings another dimension to the experience and makes everything feel more real and personal.
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Sarah, Ontario
"This is such an immersive experience, I’m truly blown away so far!"
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Chloe, London
“Really enjoyed making the Shakshuka - it was delicious. I enjoyed learning about the combination of spices as I'm not usually very adventurous with spice.”
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Ana-Maria, Portland
“I'm loving the course, it’s so rich in detail with so many fun nuggets. It feels so nice to find others who are wanting to connect to our Filipino culture through food.”
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Madeleine, London
"It teaches you a lot more than what you get from a cook-along class. The videos are very well done - very detailed and it’s nice to see exactly how it should look like.”
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Cate, Washington
“I enjoyed that it was online as I could prepare a lot more and I can work at my own pace, whereas in-person courses you can sometimes feel hurried.”
Meet Your Instructors
The charming and friendly faces behind the skills, techniques and flavours you'll be learning.
Gene Gonzalez
One of the most well known chefs in the Philippines, Gene has been sharing the food of his homeland on TV, in his restaurants and the famous Center for Asian Culinary Studies for years. With a host of awards for both his cook books and food, Gene is an icon of the Filipino kitchen!
Budgie Montoya
Born in Mindanao, South Philippines, and raised in Australia, Budgie moved to the UK where he has made a name for himself pioneering Filipino food. Following a stint as head chef of Foley’s in London, he is now the owner and head chef of the Sarap restaurant family.
Rex De Guzman
Boasting a number of culinary awards, Chef Rex has worked under Michelin Star chefs and spent time at Gordon Ramsay’s ‘MAZE’ restaurant, before returning to his Filipino heritage with his successful Turo Turo venture. He also recently appeared on TV with Chef Jamie Oliver.
Mark Corbyn
As the co-founder of London based Filipino food institution ‘The Adobros’, Mark Corbyn has been championing his mother’s native food for almost a decade. The supper club has been introducing Brits to Filipino food through thoughtful and painstaking care with every dish.
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Iconic Flavours
The 4-Week Taster Course
This is a one-off fee with cohorts starting in June, July and August

14+ Video Classes

4 Instructor Feedback Q&As

1 Box of Pantry Ingredients & Tools

Access To The Community

Live Workshops with Instructors

Bonus Reading & Learning Materials

Learning Groups limited to 25

Exclusive Access To Alumni Network

Future Priority Access & Member Rates

The Complete Course
The 12-Week Flagship Filipino Course
This is a one-off fee with the course starting in August 2022

40+ Video Classes

12 Instructor Feedback Q&As

3 Boxes of Pantry Ingredients & Tools

Access To The Community

3 Live Workshops

Bonus Reading & Learning Materials

Learning Groups limited to 25

Exclusive Access To Alumni Network

Future Priority Access & Member Rates

We want our courses to be as accessible as possible which is why we offer a handful of seats every cohort through our scholarship program. You can find out about how it works in the FAQs or reach out to us anytime here.
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ANY Questions?
What is Rassa?

Through a mix of video lessons, live virtual workshops and hands on feedback, we help you to develop your own creations. You'll learn more about the tools and ingredients and how to train your craft. At the heart of each course is the cultural education behind the skills, gaining insider knowledge from local producers, suppliers and experts in their craft to give a deeper understanding of the context behind the techniques for example, you’re guided around the markets of Manila learning about local produce or taught by an Irish hunter about game meat as a sustainable alternative to industrial farming.

Why Rassa?

If you've been thinking about working on your skills for a while or are keen to learn from a specialist instructor who has a different perspective to your own either culturally or from a different skill area, Rassa provides the structure and the perfect opportunity to set aside the time to work on your skills. Learn from the comfort of your own home, whilst putting cultural education at the core making sure you learn the crucial context to the skills you are developing. You'll join a community of people all around the world with a shared interest of becoming a lifelong learner, who will be with you throughout your course as well as after in our alumni network.

Who are the courses for?

The courses are ideal for both a hobbyist looking to take their skills to the next level or even for those more experienced looking to explore the teachings of a different culture. The instructors are on-hand to answer any technical or culture-related questions.

Are the courses online?

Yes, every course is entirely virtual, so you can learn from anywhere, all you need is wifi and a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. We’ve designed these courses to not just be convenient but also as interactive as possible: engage with your course peers from all around the world, ask the chefs questions, book onto live sessions and receive a pantry box of tools and ingredients for each module.

Are the classes live?

The majority of classes are pre-recorded so you can work through them on your own schedule. At the end of each module you will be able to book onto a live online workshop with the chef.

Am I able to interact with the chefs?

Yes, the chefs will be interacting with you and your peers answering any questions and giving support where they can. Every month you'll also take part in a live virtual workshop with one of the chefs and your course peers, where you can ask for more in-depth feedback on your creations and showcase your work.

How do groups and peer feedback work?

Once the course starts you’ll be placed into a peer group with other cooks from around the world who will be taking the course at the same time as you. You can ask and answer questions, share your creations with each other and throughout each week the chefs will be checking in to answer any questions you have and help with troubleshooting.

Does it matter what timezone I'm in?

The majority of the lessons are pre-recorded and so can be watched in your own time however, once a month you will have a live virtual workshop with a chef. For these live classes we try to be as flexible as possible to cater for different timezones around the world.

What's the time commitment?

A minimum of half a day per week but by enrolling on one of our courses, you're making a commitment to your personal learning journey so we encourage you to get involved as much as possible - ask the instructors for feedback or answers to questions, engage with your course peers and read and watch the extra material. You can also pick between a 4-week and 12-week option.

What if I fall behind?

We recommend doing a bit each week so that you don’t fall behind the rest of your peers but if you do we’ll help you get back on track.

What tools and equipment will I need?

For our courses, we provide you with a Rassa kit to get you started on the basics. For example, on one of our cooking courses we will provide the spices, oils and condiments to kick start your pantry and then we will provide a shopping list to source the fresh produce. There may be equipment needed specific to the course you have selected such as, a barbecue or blender, but once you enrol onto the course, you’ll have access to the full checklist of equipment you need as well as a few optional but nice-to-have pieces.

What comes in the specialist boxes?

You will receive a box with a mix of tools or pantry ingredients (depending on your course), which have been hand-selected either for their cultural significance or to highlight an independent supplier. You will need to buy the rest of the ingredients, majority of which you should be able to find in your local supermarket/grocery store however, where there are less common items we will let you know where you can get your hands on them.

How much does each course cost?

For the 90 day courses, the price is £37.50/$50 per week (billed monthly) which works out at a total of £449/$599. The price includes your Rassa kit of specialist tools and ingredients (for the cooking courses) for each month, video classes, weekly Q&A sessions and a live virtual workshop with the instructor at the end of each month.

How do the scholarships work?

We believe that education should be accessible to everyone and while our courses are more affordable than their IRL counterparts, we know that not everyone will have the available funds. So to give everyone a chance to invest in their personal development, we reserve a handful of seats every cohort that we offer for free. All you need to do to apply, is send us an email, and fill out a short form that we'll send over in our reply.

What if I change my mind?

If within the first 5 days you decide this course isn’t for you, you want to try a different cuisine or life’s busy schedule gets in the way, we can give you a voucher matching the course price which you can redeem at a later date (valid for 12 months).

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