•   Dedicated cooks and professionals know the most important kitchen tools are your knives. Learn how to choose the right knife for each purpose and master its use. Includes boning a chicken, filleting a fish, slicing and dicing vegetables, plus how to sharpen and maintain your investment. This cooking class is a hands-on workshop &…

  • The world loves dumplings and so do we. Here Brad will look at classic pork sui mai, gyoza, soup dumplings and wontons all with their complementary sauces. Learn which wrappers and fillings work best, along with cooking methods including steaming, frying and boiling. This cooking class is a hands-on workshop & involves working in small…

  •   Europe is the home of braised dishes, perfect for Melbourne’s winter. Starting with a simple lamb shoulder ragu, Nicki will show how to break down and brown the meat before braising with stock and wine. From France comes the classic red wine braise of coq au vin, and travelling further east, a hearty beef…

  • Over half the world’s population relies on rice as their staple food, but here Matt will focus on the southern European rice dishes he loves. Learn which rice for which dish, including arroz negra, the ink and cuttlefish stew originating in Valencia, risotto ‘Milanese’, pork and octopus rice beloved by the Portuguese and, as a…

  • While baking is a very broad subject, we believe there are few other kitchen activities which offer the same pleasure – both to the baker and to the eater. Formerly owner and head baker at Tivoli Road Bakery, infamous for their doughnuts and sourdough bread, Michael will show how to prepare Scandinavian cinnamon buns, or…

  • Once you’ve mastered the art of making perfect pasta, Ben guarantees you will never look back. Learn to make fresh egg pasta dough, filled pasta (roast pumpkin, ricotta and pickled currant ravioli with burnt butter and crispy sage), cut pasta (tagliatelle with beef ragu) and a classic pan-fried potato gnocchi with tomato sugo. This cooking…

  • Explore the flavours of Greece and the Mediterranean with traditional roasting techniques enhanced by lemons, garlic and oregano. Slow-roasted lamb, Greek style, is fall-apart tender, and the same method can easily be adapted for goat and fish. With all these dishes, lemony roasted potatoes are the perfect accompaniment. This cooking class is a hands-on workshop…

  • Emiko describes her recipes as soul food, Italian style. Rich in nostalgia, this is comfort food as prepared by generations of her family. From the Mediterranean port city of Taranto, to the elegance of Turin and, of course, her home in Tuscany, dishes will include anchovies baked with buratta, stuffed baby cuttlefish, and walnut grissini….

  • Like all cooking methods, the more you learn of the fundamentals of roasting the more successful your finished dish will be. Join Brad as he looks at different meats and cuts, the essential requirement of brining, achieving perfect crackling, roasting full-flavoured beef or preparing the great Australian leg of lamb, with sides and sauces to…

  •   Discuss the all important facts of seasonality and sustainability while learning to handle fish with ease and confidence. Hear what to look for when buying fish, how to fillet, pin bone, and score, plus cooking methods such as pan frying for crispy skin, steaming, or curing, or simply serving raw. This cooking class is…

  • Janella has been treating digestive concerns for over 20 years and will discuss ways to maintain optimum gut health with simple and delicious foods that support good gut bacteria. Learn the differences between pro-biotic and pre-biotic foods, and the reasons we need them more than ever in these times of widespread antibiotic use. This cooking…

  •   We all crave a little sweetness in our lives. That these luscious desserts just happen to be vegan is almost irrelevant: macerated strawberries, coconut yoghurt; hibiscus jelly, vanilla meringue, strawberry sorbet; dark chocolate mousse, cumquat jam, honeycomb, buckwheat; orange pudding, pistachio and white chocolate ganache, tarragon soil, rosemary icecream. This is a hands-on workshop…