We booked to attend this popular class well before our trip, and I'm so glad we did.
On my last trip to Bali I attended a cooking class in Munduk, at a resort there- just me, an interpreter, and a cook. That was fun, but I hardly touched the food and spent most of my time in frantic note-taking.
The Paon Bali class was so much better. Puspa and Wayan have a very smoothly running system, and they have excellent planning and people skills.
Since they both have admirable English, there was no interpreter needed, and the day's activities flowed smoothly along. The market trip was informative, and I found the ricefield visit fascinating. It also gave Puspa a chance to get the immense heap of raw ingredients assembled!
They have an excellent setup at the rear of their family compound, with a lovely open-air kitchen that has loads of space for groups, as well as two open dining areas, sited to catch the afternoon breezes as you eat the gorgeous food you have helped prepare. We enjoyed the whole experience, and there was no need for note-taking, as the students are given a complete set of recipes.
Puspa and Wayan have given a great deal of thought and effort to their venture, and it deserves the success it has enjoyed. It is so good to see hardworking and intelligent people like these, both charming and entertaining,doing something they so obviously enjoy. Even for those who are more interested in eating than in cooking, this is a worthwhile way to spend a day in Bali, and very good value.