Authentic Balinese Home Cooking
Real Balinese food is rather time consuming to prepare but tantalizingly delicious as it’s such a lively, fresh and complex cuisine. Visiting tourists may be surprised to hear that they are actually sampling dishes from other parts of Indonesia (such as Nasi Goreng or Gado Gado), but these do not originate or represent real Balinese food. Our menus are Adi’s own recipes that he’s honed over decades of cooking for loved ones.
We teach only authentic Balinese home cooked dishes as well as extravagant ceremonial specialties such as whole Babi Guling (whole pig roast). We use the freshest of ingredients from our own gardens and the local market in Ubud.
We selected the location, only 7 minutes from Central Ubud, for its natural riverside tranquility away from the tourist beaches. We’ve attended cooking schools around Asia and beyond to learn from the best. We’ve tended our fruit trees for years, planted an organic garden and designed cooking stations that are comfortable and conducive to learning.
You pick your very own organic ingredients, using it in the freshest dishes moment later. We redefine "plant to platter" with food grown steps away from our table.
Beyond our beautiful location, we’re systemic in our approach. Having organized some of the most exclusive weddings on the island, we are applying our event expertise to our passion – authentic Balinese food and traditional living culture.
Our Cooking Class
Our class menus are a celebration of the freshest ingredients of that season and that day.
You will learn recipes found only in a traditional Balinese family compound where the head of the house is a passionate cook such as Adi. Start by chopping and pounding spices that you pick from our organic gardens to make Adi’s secret Balinese Spice Paste that he learned as a child from his grandfather and refined as an adult.
With your complete spice paste, you will create authentic Balinese dishes using variations of the paste - for example – raw paste to stuff a whole pig to be roasted, lightly sautéed paste for ceremonial pork satay lilit and caramelized paste for fresh urab salad.
Our intimate class size is limited to 12 guests. Each of you will have your very own cooking station. You will cook at least 2 salads, 4 mains, 1 dessert and several spicy sambals. The classes are fully hands on where you will cook all dishes together to be shared as a Balinese feast.
You will also make key staples such as fried chilies, finely sliced fried shallots and garlic and grated roasted coconut and learn about pantry items such as Balinese sea salt, homemade coconut oil and shrimp paste.
Balinese Feast Menu of the Day (may change on actual day, based on freshest ingredients available)
You will prepare a total of 13 recipes including our special spice pastes for a huge Balinese Feast, not found anywhere else on this island.
We pick up in Central Ubud at Danamon Bank, Main Road Ubud. For areas outside of Ubud, we can arrange private transfers at an extra charge.
You will receive the confirmation of your booking's availability within 24 hours. Once confirmed, please present your booking reference number at the cooking school.
Full refund will be issued for cancellation made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
Our experience at the Tresna Bali Cooking school was top shelf! Adi is so knowledgeable about Balinese cooking methods, flavours and traditions, and Frances is a great hostess. So full of energy and fun. The hands-on learning is such a treat and all of the herbs and spices are picked right from their garden just for us. So fresh! We definitely recommend this experience for all foodies! Les and Winnie Victoria, Canada
My partner and I are both professional cooks in San Francisco. We came to Bali specifically to learn Balinese flavors and traditional dishes. We chose Tresna Bali Cooking School based on recommendation from another chef in Los Angeles. Chef Adi and Frances are very responsive from the day we booked our private class via email. Everything was organized, we know what we're going to cook prior to us getting there. We were picked up at 6 am at our hotel in Ubud. We requested to cook Balinese suckling pig and side dishes that normally come with the pig, that's why the day started super early. We prepped everything together, it was a labor intensive and very hands-on class, which is exactly what we wanted. We did about 10 dishes all together (plus the 60 lb pig). We ended the class by feasting together with the staff. We learned SO MUCH from Chef Adi and Frances, and I have been cooking the dishes here because they are just so delicious and I am craving them. Haven't had the chance to cook the whole pig here in the U.S., but I've been roasting pork loin with the Balinese spices thanks to the recipes that were emailed to us after the class. Thank you Chef Adi and Frances for opening up your beautiful kitchen to us. Thank you for working side by side with us throughout the class and together we created an amazing Balinese suckling pig lunch. It was truly memorable, and probably the highlight of our Bali trip. Thanks again for everything. We will be back soon!
We loved cooking with Adi and being able to experience his “garden to table” approach. So tasty and delicious!! Would recommend this cooking class to everyone for their next trip to Bali.
Six of us spent an amazing morning/afternoon at Frances and Adi’s beautiful cooking school . We chopped, we ground spices , we toured their amazing garden where the most delicious herbs and spices were grown . Oh to have a galangal hedge here in Sydney . The food we prepared and ate was heavenly . I really can’t fault this experience as it was clear that Frances and Adi have a true love of food and people. If you are in Ubud you shouldn’t miss out on this amazing experience.
Mum and I had such a great day with Frances and Chef Adi at Tresna Bali Cooking School. Frances was really easy to communicate with from the get go, extremely accommodating with our request for a Vegetarian Menu and confirmed our dates pretty much immediate. Adi our Chef and teacher was patient throughout the course of the day, explaining the different types of ingredients and what we had to do for each course. Even making up a dish on the spot! We had an incredible menu and a feast to eat at the end of it! Certainly didn't leave hungry that's for sure. What made the day (other than the delicious food) was Adi,, Frances, their constantly smiling staff and beautiful daughter who made us feel so welcome, with many laughs throughout our class. It was great to learn about how they found the property, started the school and their future plans to share such amazing food and the Balinese culture with people. It was very special to be able to spend the day with such warm people and experience and taste traditional ceremonial dishes. Highly recommend Tresna Bali Cooking School for anyone with an interest in the culinary and Balinese food culture. Wish me luck as I try to recreate the 18 ingredient spice paste at home!
Such an amazing day for us in Ubud. If you're looking for an experience where you can learn so much about Balinese culture, food and lifestyle this is your chance! Adi and Frances are wonderful and interesting people with so much to give. You could spend all day listening to their stories and the excellant food is an added bonus. You won't regret it! Thank you!!
Words can't capture the overall experience of visiting and cooking with Adi and Frances and their wonderful team of helpers at Tresna Cooking School. You will be transported to a magical place the moment you arrive. Absolutely everything is a feast for all the senses. You will be surrounded by beauty, kindness, love and will likely create the most magical meal of your life! I have taken many cooking classes in Bali and around the world, and this was by far the best... in another stratosphere. Can't wait to go again...and again…
Tresna Bali Cooking School is insanely good and a must do when in Bali. It was mine and my partners first time to Bali and the generosity, warmth and kindness shown was inspiring. Now for the actual cooking school it was fantastic, learning new cooking skills while being inspired by the local Balinese dishes using local organic ingredients. What can I say it was truly a fantastic opportunity to learn about the culture while enjoying yourself in a friendly atmosphere. We actually went to back to the cooking school a week later because we enjoyed ourselves so much. On the return journey we also stayed in the Little Wooden Cottage for 2 nights which is situated on the property. The luxury of the cottage is combined with the authentic exterior and nature surroundings. Additionally to the couple of nights we went out to experience the local wood and silver villages with Adi (Owner) giving us a real taste of the Balinese culture. I cannot recommend this place highly enough, with a couple nights stay in the Little Wooden Cottage to amerce yourself fully in the environment.
Adi & Frances Tresna cooking school is an excellent 'paddock to the plate' culinary experience. Set on river front acreage in a village 5 minutes from Ubud, Adi's passion for growing & cooking Balinese food, & his & Frances' ability to communicate what they do and 'how to' shine through. We have done quite a few cooking courses over our 30 years of visiting Bali, & Tresna cooking school is trumps. Almost all of the herbs & spices are grown on the property, & harvested by Adi & his guests prior to starting the class - more interesting than buying t the market, because you see what the ingredients look like in the raw. Not just lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, kencur & basil, but various herbs & spices you'll not have seen or heard!! See jangu & long pepper in situ, then use them! All Balinese rather than Indonesian recipes, some of which are festival/temple dishes only! & the hosts (& their helpers) are equally special!! Ten out of ten.
If you are in Bali and love to cook good food...Do Not Miss This Experience. Adi and wife, Frances have created the Garden of Eden complete with a state of the art kitchen. From harvesting all your needed herbs and spices fresh from their garden, to chopping all your ingredients, to cooking each dish and then eating everything together...it is a complete success. Adi's pride in his food is evident. From his personalized blended spice base used in most Balinese dishes to his peanut sauce to his hand shredded grilled chicken in fresh coconut cream to his traditional pork satay and fresh sea bass cooked over a fire wrapped in banana leaves. Oh Wait...Corn fritters, sweet and spicy tempe matchsticks and a salad made with organic greens of amaranth, snake beans, cabbage, carrots and baby mung bean sprouts...And NOW...Wait for it...Dessert!!! Coconut Pandan Crepes with fresh cooked coconut and palm sugar syrup. Honestly...I didn't even know this was what coconut was suppose to taste like. Game Changer!!! But where does the SOUL come into it, you ask??? I'll tell you. It's from meeting Frances and Adi. They have carved a s small piece of heaven out of a jungle and they believe 100% in what they do. You will come away from the experience feeling uplifted and just happy to know them. Oh...and you can spend the night there too! They have a beautiful separate and private house on their property with a full modern bath. I wish I had know about this because it would have been wonderful to spend more time with them.
Is there a way to give 6/5 stars??? Tresna Bali Cooking School is hands down one of my favorite things to do in Bali. I love it so much I've been 3 times! First I went with girlfriends, then brought my entire family, then dropped in with my boyfriend. Going with my boyfriend was huge because he's a chef, but he LOVED IT! I imagine I'll be going for a fourth time soon just so he can go again. Frances and Adi are brilliant and helpful and friendly, the rest of their staff is also wonderful and words can not describe how beautiful the kitchen and garden are. Frances and Adi have turned their passions into something incredibly breathtaking and so much fun! I have dietary restrictions that they accommodate graciously (and are used to after having been three times) so all your worries are taken care of.
One of a kind cooking class! Adi and Frances are fabulous hosts and teachers. First class kitchen and staff. Traditional Balinese meals are cooked using fresh organic vegetables, herbs and spices picked straight from their garden. Would have given 6 stars if that was an option. Thank you, Frances and Adi for a truly memorable experience. It was the highlight of my recent holiday in Ubud!
Professional, delicious, friendly - this class lived up to all expectations. I will definitely return to learn how to cook more amazing Balinese food!
The cooking school is awesome, both Adi and Frances give you a multi sensory tour of their garden, tasting and smelling the different produce which you use later on during the cooking. The cooking itself is so well organised with Adi showing you different method of chopping and guiding you the whole time, explaining the different ingredients and possible ingredients to use if you can’t get them at home. My partner and I actually came back a week later to take part in the cooking school again and also to stay at the Little Wooden Lodge (which is also INCREDIBLE! COMFIEST BED EVER!!) Adi and Frances both showed us around Ubud and Adi took us to the rice fields, the wood and silver villages and gave us all the background and history. There’s nothing better than hearing it from someone other such an extensive knowledge of the area. This couple and their cooking school have left us with memories and skills we won’t forget and we both cannot wait to come back!
We were very lucky to get into a morning class at short notice at the "Tresna Bali Cooking School", and from the moment we set foot in the kitchen we knew we were in for a real treat. Adi was a "superb" host and Chef and without writing a short novel here we can easily say that this was a cooking experience that we would instantly recommend. The kitchen was purpose built and new, with produce chosen from the garden (of which you get a guided tour of). It was well worth the early morning trip to Ubud (for us from Legian) and if you were already there, then simply it's a must do. With a maximum of 12 (and just 4 people in our class) we received individual attention and instruction. Definitely one of the highlights of our holiday in Bali and we would highly recommend this cook school to either a beginner or a more experienced cook. Jill and Keith Forlong (New Zealand)
I have done many culinary classes in my time, but I must say what Adi and Frances have created is so unique. From the moment we were picked up, through the organic garden tour, to fantastic kitchen space, this place is a must for you if you want to really appreciate Balinese cuisine and want to use all your senses! My two daughters loved the time we spent together. We did not know where the time went. We ate like royalty . The Tresna cooking school is in high demand and we were so lucky Adi and Frances accommodated us on our last day in Bali.
Frances and Adi welcomed us into their home and treated us to the best day of my entire summer! Indonesian food at its best! What fun - picking herbs and veggies from their garden, chopping with great conversation and eating over a wonderful glass of wine! They have become our family in Bali!....the hospitality is second to none. I look forward to returning every year. Thank you Frances and Adi!
Yesterday was hands down one of the best experiences I have had in Bali since coming here for the past 9 years. From the moment you walked into the stunning location, through the doors to the kitchen you knew you’re in for a good morning. The moment we left, we're not only very full but we felt as though we were long lost friends of Adi & Frances, preparing and sharing lunch together as you would with all your friends and families. The produce was fresh from the market and of course hand picked from the yard. The pork looked better then some we get from our local butcher in Australia. The fish was also so fresh, I almost wanted to eat it raw with the amazing paste we created. You get your hands right in there chopping and pounding away creating your fantastic authentic meal! Whilst there beautiful team of the most AMAZING young people as your kitchen hands. I loved this part as they are bringing skills and healthy eating lessons to the next generation of Balinese in the locale area. I would go on but you want to know about the food. Adi helped tailor my meals to not so spicy whilst the rest of the group didn't miss out, then we sat down as a family and ate the wonderful food we created together, listening to Frances share stories of the family's life, culture, creation of the school and adventures.
If you are a lover of food and want to discover the true taste of authentic Balinese food then do yourself a favour and book one of these cooking classes. It's not just a cooking class, it's a Balinese experience. From the moment you walk through the front gate you will feel at home with these warm and wonderful hosts, Frances and Adi. We are foodies and have been to Bali many times, this was without doubt the most memorable. The complex flavours using freshly collected herbs and spices from their beautiful garden enhanced the whole experience. You won't regret it!
What a fabulous day! Frances & Adi have poured their hearts into creating an amazing culinary experience we will never forget. From the tour of their beautiful garden to cooking up the most delicious Balinese dishes in their gorgeous kitchen, it's evident Frances and Adi's passion and love for what they do shines through. The kitchen they have designed & built needs to be seen to be believed! It truly deserves to be in a magazine! We had so much fun laughing, chopping, pounding and grinding our way to a mouth watering & authentic Balinese feast. Sitting down to enjoy our meal with Frances and Adi was a highlight and we learned so much about their fascinating and unique Balinese culture. If you have the opportunity to spend a day with this delightful & inspiring couple in a magical setting don't pass it up! Thank you Frances and Adi for sharing your love of cooking & culture with us, we loved every minute!