• A true Brit – a Yorkshireman through and through – Michael pays homage to his heritage preparing twice-baked four cheese soufflé, chicken, mushroom and leek pie in rich suet pastry with mushy peas and gravy, and Lancashire hot pot. To finish, ginger and milk Porter pudding with a dollop of clotted cream. This cooking class…

  • South Yarra’s artisan bakery, Tivoli Road Bakery, is known for its sourdough bread, doughnuts and pastries. Join Michael James, the owner and head baker, as he explains and demonstrates the use of natural yeast and bakers’ years, perhaps including some of his delicious doughnuts and yeasted cakes. This is a hands-on workshop & involves working…

  • Kush’s modern take on classics will introduce new twists to authentic Vietnamese street style dishes. Learn to make veggie and roast pork rice paper rolls with nuoc cham dipping sauce; everyone’s favourite grilled sugarcane prawns; a crunchy chicken slaw; and a basic beef pho, including how to finish your own pho at home. This cooking…

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  • Today’s burger has evolved to become a meal in itself, rather than its previous incarnation as an eat-on-the-run snack. Chef and burger guru, Daniel Wilson, will show how to make cult-worthy burgers at home – choosing and preparing your meat and buns, and how to make pickles, sauces and accompaniments from scratch. This cooking class…

  • 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…

  • Guided by one of the best in the business learn to break down one humble chicken and turn it into a variety of dishes: yakitori, flavourful chicken thighs, crepinette, using the bones for stock. One chicken, many meals, no wastage. This is a hands-on workshop & involves working in small groups to learn, cook &…

  • 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…

  •   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…

  • The Essential Ingredient Prahran is pleased to be a part of Wicked Festival this Sunday 6 May and host a Open Day for the Cooking School. There will be tastings throughout the day, starting at 10:30am with a Decadent Hot Chocolate, a recipe from the makers of Lindt Chocolate. A free cooking class session at…

  • 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….

  • Utilising grains, seeds and pulses, Nicky’s recipes are easy to make at home, full of big bold Mediterranean flavours, substantial and deliciously satisfying. Quinoa, pearl barley, lentils and greenwheat barley will be the heros of these enticing salads, braises and baked dishes. This cooking class is a hands-on workshop & involves working in small groups…