Olive Oil Masterclass

A curated learning experience led by an Olive Oil Sommelier and a rare opportunity to taste a good variety of olive oils while taking home tips for daily life, including food and flavour pairings. We offer two versions of Masterclasses catering to different preferences - Masterclass Lite and Masterclass Series.

 

About this Experience

Masterclass Lite

A dive into basics then go deeper through a tasting exploration of a few olive oil varietals with food pairings, followed by a closer look at health & olive oil. Great for those who want more than just the basics but want to get it done and dusted in one session. 

Topics overview

  • Tree to Tableknow how olive oil is made
  • Decode olive oil labels - know what you are really buying
  • Real taste of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) - experience what good EVOO should smell and taste like
  • Olive Oil and Health - know what makes EVOO good for our bodies and it's pivotal role in the Mediterranean food culture. 
  • Not all EVOOs are equal - taste differences in aroma, flavour and complexity of up to four EVOOs made of different olive varietals
  • Q&A - tips from an olive oil sommelier

There are two tasting and food pairing segments within this two-hour session. The first tasting segment is an introductory tasting so guests know what to look for when tasting EVOO. This first segment is preceded by a tree to table storytelling using original videos and images and an olive oil label interactive activity. The second tasting segment which is longer, happens after a presentation about olive oil and health. In the second segment, guests will taste up to four different EVOO varietals, along with food pairing for each of the EVOO. Before wrapping up, we take questions from guests and provide tips and suggestions for the benefit of everyone.  

 

S$95 nett per person

2 hours

6 to 10 people per group 

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Masterclass Series

Spread over 3 small-group sessions of interactive discussions, fun tasting experiences and a culinary exploration with olive oil. Starts with the full Olive Oil Basics as the first session, followed by a deep dive into olive oil, health and the Mediterranean food culture, where olive oil has its roots. Final session is about learning how to taste like an expert plus an exploration into extra virgin olive oil paired with Asian food flavours.

Great for those who enjoy the company of a small group and feel they learn well that way i.e. prefer time and space to explore and exchange ideas. This is a great way to spend quality time with people who matter to you, so why not gather up your tribe and make this a group learning event.   

Topics overview

Session 1: Olive Oil Basics 

Session 2: Olive oil, health and the Mediterranean food culture

Session 3: Taste EVOO like an expert and explore EVOO in Asian food flavours

Enjoy up to ten different food pairings and seven different EVOO varietals across three sessions. No two Series are exactly the same because you contribute to shaping the experience while we design, lead and facilitate. When you register for this session, we will ask you a couple of questions just so we can tailor parts of the experience to your needs. 

 

S$240 nett per person

90 minutes x 3 sessions

4 to 6 people per group 

Register for 2023 sessions

We are taking registrations for sessions starting February 2023, when we return to Singapore from our travels. To register, simply complete a short form in the button here or if you prefer a near-instant human connection, drop us a Whatsapp.

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Your Hosts

Yeeling Chok

Olive Oil Sommelier / Explorer of Flavours

Harnessing over 25 years of experience that cut across the food and beverage and fashion industries, specialising in training and development, Yeeling designs olive oil learning experiences that spark your five senses and capture your imagination through sensorial storytelling. Being the nerdier of our duo, she can delve deep into the technical aspects of olive oil, if that’s what you’re after. Certified olive oil sommelier by the Escuela Superior Del Aceite De Oliva of Spain (ESAO).

Jeff Miller

Co-founder / Guardian of Olive Trees

The green thumb of our duo, Jeff’s happiest when he is outdoors with plants of any kind. Over 30 years in leadership roles in hospitality and coffee retailing, Jeff combines his first-hand experiences working with key figures in the coffee sector from origin to the cup with his new found passion in olive agronomy. He channels the spirit of our land and trees at our learning events, keeping things grounded and real, from tree to table. Apart from hands-on agronomy experiences, Jeff’s also alumni of ESAO’s Olive Grove Management program that connects us with olive growers worldwide.

  • Mother Nature

    A deeply held principle for us is that we do not own the land we farm and build on, but merely
    guardians of Mother Nature’s gift on earth. The native flora and fauna that surround our olive grove offer lessons of resilience and adaptability of life. We take it upon ourselves to always root the experiences we create to the land and surroundings where olive oil comes from, where things are not always picture perfect and can be truly challenging.

  • People We Meet

    We learn most from people and their stories. We love questions from our customers, seeing it as a way to create mutually beneficial experiences. We love it when our neighbours drop by at our olive grove in New Zealand – their farming wisdom always leaves us smarter. Above all, we draw our deepest inspiration from olive growers working their land around the world. Their pride and passion embody the spirit of who we aspire to be at Olive Oil People.

  • Food Cultures

    Food brings people of various walks of life together in a way that’s personal and intimate. Our
    personal food philosophy is shaped by our life experiences having lived and worked in diverse cultural settings in North America, South East Asia, East Asia and Oceania. Instead of seeing differences, we often find similarities in ingredients and flavours across cuisines. We bring this inclusive approach to the way we present our olive oil learning experiences. We believe great olive oil has a place in every cuisine, some just waiting to be revealed.