At the Shillim Cooking School and Farm, our mission is to inspire to eat fresh and to eat what is in season.
We grow as much as we can ourselves. We support responsible farmers from neighboring farms. We encourage artisans who share our commitment to organically grown produce.
Our vision for the future is to achieve a sustainable farm-to-table ecosystem that protects and conserves the limited natural resources.
The Shillim Cooking School and Farm is located within the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa.
It offers a variety of cooking classes for both professionals and food enthusiasts. The atmosphere is interactive and relaxed. The result is inspired cooking with quality produce.
Menus are created based on what’s in season. Students are encouraged to hand pick fresh produce from our organic farm.
Morning and evening classes are available during the week and on weekends. Classes can be personalized for groups or private individuals.
A typical day at our school begins with a brief tour of our organic farm. This allows students to hand-pick fresh produce. This is followed by a cooking class with our master chefs.
However we do recommend that you begin with a yoga session. Follow it with a tour of the organic farm. Attend the cooking class. And, then treat yourself to a private consultation and massage.
Consultations can be personalized to suit nutrition, dietary needs, and other life enhancement programs.
Here we focus on wholesome meals that can be cooked at home.
Family classes consist of preparing one family meal. This includes a protein, carb, vegetable, and some dairy.
Themes vary from family Sunday breakfasts to family lunches and dinners.
Our chefs also advise families on how to create quick, healthy meals during the week. The techniques are taught at the class.
Our goal at the end of each class is help family members communicate and bond while working together. They get to understand healthy meals as a family and how to cook with fresh ingredients.
Meals usually involve one, or two, simple yet nourishing dishes. There will be minimal cutting and cooking.
Creating awareness on the nutrients of seasonal vegetables is the primary focus. Our chefs make eating vegetables fun for children. And empowers them to make healthy food choices.
Simple planting and harvesting activities introduce kids to topics like waste disposal, recycling, and simple compositing.
We arrage a meet with the local farmers to discuss the importance growing food without chemicals. The children also get to know about the hazards of chemicals in fertilizers on the environment.
We allocate 8 children to each assistant.
Always wanted to be in the serenity of the valleys and had heard so much about the tranquility of this place that finally got a chance to experience the luxury. It is surely a must visit in the monsoons with the non-stop rains and lush green surroundings making it an obvious World heritage site.
This resort spans more for the wellness enthusiasts but now is more friendlier to family couples with kids though kids are not allowed in some portions of this extra large 300 acre resort which transports people within the resort in their super cute Nano cars though it is very walking friendly up and down the hills but not recommended to walk after dark. The road leading to the resort for a few kms before is quite broken but makes it for a good adventure ride if riding an SUV after Lonavala. You are in awe of nature as soon as one enters the resort and feel aloof from the bustling city life. Service is remarkably outstanding which is visible from the check-in itself. At every phase of your stay, you get to experience the above par quality of service especially in the rooms which take a fair amount of time due to the oversized resort land and the room service has to use cars to be transported. So one has to keep in mind to be extremely patient and plan their moving around in order to wait for the cars. Every side of the resort is tucked with beautiful landscapes and valleys which comes alive more in the monsoons. The Tea Lounge and the Cafe by the pool are amazing serving some exotic teas and food whereas the traditional buffet restaurants offer a sumptuous buffet and ala carte menu and spread to choose from for breakfast and meals. Plenty of activities are planned for each day for adults and kids across the resort whose plan is shared a day prior to plan the activity schedule and varies in every season but keeps one busy if he is not wanting pure relaxation. The spa is absolute bliss and at par with international spa resorts but kids are not allowed in that section. We had a rocking time with river crossing activity in the monsoons and the activity host was extremely helpful throughout the journey. Lastly, the villas in any category are extremely spacious with beautiful views from the extra large balconies. The open-air bathroom and bathtubs are my favorite and the overall feel of the villas is amazing. The infinity pool is also great but not too warm in certain weather conditions to swim. Overall it's a great experience to be at this resort and can't wait to get back again in the winters!
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