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Sweet Mandarin Cookery School for 14-16 year olds – Irlam Youth Forum Centre

January 15, 2009
Teenage students are mesmerized by Lisa's knife skills as they watch the demonstration

Teenage students are mesmerized by Lisa’s knife skills as they watch the demonstration


Three teenagers learning to cook Chinese dim sum at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School with Lisa Tse

Three teenagers learning to cook Chinese dim sum at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School with Lisa Tse

Lisa teaching 14-16 year olds at Irlam Youth Forum Centre how to cook Chinese dim sum and cuisine.

Lisa teaching 14-16 year olds at Irlam Youth Forum Centre how to cook Chinese dim sum and cuisine.

Sweet  Mandarin Cookery Courses – Workshops / Demonstrations

Lisa Tse has been visiting schools around the North West, USA, Asia and Carribean teaching Year 7 – 13 the art of making dim sum and the history of dim sum during the food technology classes.

Explained Lisa Tse, co-owner of Sweet Mandarin with her sisters Helen and Janet: “We are really excited to be working with schools. We’ve put together a workshop that will give the students hands-on experience of how to make authentic dim sums and learn a bit about Chinese culture and food. The students will also end the workshop with a fruit origami.

Said Fay Flatt (Arts Officer at Irlam & Cadishead, Irlam Youth Forum Centre): “When my students heard about the opportunity to train with Lisa Tse from the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School they were so excited. Lisa is an excellent teacher and mesmerized the students”

One of the students reported that “learning how to cook dim sum and understanding about Chinese food was brilliant. I wish every food technology class was taught by Lisa.”


– Learn the art of dim sum
– Learn Chinese Culture and food
– Learn Chinese New Year food and traditions
– Assembly Guest Speaker – Motivational Talk
– Prize Giving Guest Speaker – Motivational Talk

To book Lisa Tse please email


Email us for more details
Payment must be settled before or on the day. Please make cheques payable to Lisa Tse

– Maximum class size is 15.
– Ingredients need to be provided for the class ( full list will be provided)
– Expenses must be covered also.


Schools Tour with China Now

April 7, 2008

lisa-tse-masterchef.JPGSWEET MANDARIN has been invited by CHINA NOW the largest festival of Chinese culture ever in the UK to be a partner to showcase the very best of modern China to the schools in the UK. 

CHINA NOW’s education programme aims to encourage awareness and understanding of China’s fascinating heritage and contemporary culture. The programme is designed to provide opportunities for schools and universities to develop new or existing relationships with China.

For primary and secondary schools CHINA NOW and Sweet Mandarin aim to offer a range of programmes and competitions on Chinese cooking, arts and cultural events in schools, workshops (in everything from calligraphy to cooking), and field trips to Sweet Mandarin restaurant and Chinese Arts Centre for activities outside the classroom.

The Sweet Mandarin cultural programme will provide students with the opportunity to celebrate the aspects of Chinese culture that they are most passionate about whilst simultaneously demystifying them for their fellow students and the local community. The university festivals will also feature lectures and business seminars about working in and conducting business with China.

“It is important to build links and forge strong relationships with China as we move into the 21st Century. The China Now education programme offers a great opportunity for students to gain an understanding of different aspects of China and raise awareness of Chinese culture in classrooms across the country”.
Ed Balls, Secretary of State for the Department for Children Schools and Families.

“We are honoured to be selected by China Now to be a partner in their education programme. We have always been dedicated to working with education teaching students about Chinese culture, food, music and literature. With China Now, we have similar synergies and together forge the bridge between East and West”.  Lisa Tse, CEO of Sweet Mandarin