•   “Making with our own hands is what enlivens us and makes us feel human.” Share the care, precision and passion for bread and baking in this hands-on workshop with the world-renowned authority on baking, Dan Lepard. This is a hands-on workshop & involves working in small groups to learn, cook & prepare dishes under…

  • Join us and the modern Middle Eastern Master himself, Greg Malouf, for a master class in the art of Mezza.  The menu will include quail in kataifi with pistachio, sumac and sesame crumbs, smoky eggplant delight, Gruyere, saffron & brik wafers, melting salmon salad with fennel, green olives, walnuts and pomegranate; Ful Madamas – Broad…

  •   To celebrate the release of their much anticipated book Tokyo Local, Caryn and Brendan Liew are preparing a yoshoku meal full of delicious dishes designed for shareing. Enjoy Crab croquettes, Mentaiko pasta, Miso marinated beef with sides of Jako salad and Hisui nasu ending with Matcha financiers, not your traditional Japanese fare but the modern…

  • Learn how contemporary Turkish food celebrates the rich food traditions of the Ottoman Empire, with not a kebab in sight! Coskan will prepare two dishes – one vegetarian and the other fish – plus cilbir, a snack of smoked yoghurt with poached egg and brown butter crumble. If time permits, there’ll even be dessert. This…

  • Spend a day with the ‘proud home baker, cake creative, and passionate merry-maker’ that is Katherine Sabbath where you will bake, fill and decorate the “Striped Buttercream Party Cake” – lemon butter cake filled with raspberry and lemon Swiss meringue buttercream, decorated in striped Swiss meringue buttercream, and topped with rainbow white chocolate. This is…

  • Spend a day with the ‘proud home baker, cake creative, and passionate merry-maker’ that is Katherine Sabbath where you will bake, fill and decorate the “Striped Buttercream Party Cake” – lemon butter cake filled with raspberry and lemon Swiss meringue buttercream, decorated in striped Swiss meringue buttercream, and topped with rainbow white chocolate. This is…

  • Join Kathy as she demystifies the art of making filo. Learn how to hand stretch homemade dough, how to ‘blast’ with a rolling pin and how to utilise the off cuts, ensuring that there is never any wastage. Kathy will be sharing recipes for spanokopita, tiropita and more of her family favourites. This is a…

  • Whether you’re a dedicated home cook or a professional chef, knife skills are a kitchen essential. Learn how to choose the best knife for each purpose and master its use. Learn to bone, fillet, slice and dice plus how to sharpen and maintain your investment. Limited to 10 places. This cooking class is a hands-on…

  • Who doesn’t love cake! And if you love it as much as we do, then you are sure to love this class. Get the lowdown on the basic principles of good cake making – from butter cakes to sponge cakes, flourless and beyond. We will cover mixing techniques, fillings, layering, baking tips and plenty more….

  • Who doesn’t love cake! And if you love it as much as we do, then you are sure to love this class. Get the lowdown on the basic principles of good cake making – from butter cakes to sponge cakes, flourless and beyond. We will cover mixing techniques, fillings, layering, baking tips and plenty more….

  •   For more details please call (03) 9827 9047 BOOKING CONDITIONS: 1. Cancellations are not refundable. 2. Confirmed booking may be transferred to another class or another person if more than 7 days notice is given. 3. The Essential Ingredient reserves the right to alter or cancel a class without notice. In the event of a change,…

  •   Nothing typifies the word ‘feast’ more than the Middle Eastern mezze table – an abundance of delicious jewel-like plates both large and small. Here Garen’s feast will include bourek filled with braised duck leg, hommus with a variety of toppings, yoghurt flatbread, lamb or beef skewers and bowls heaped with refreshing salads. This cooking…