Cooking classes are a great thing to do on your own, with a friend, or give as a gift. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or an expert in the kitchen, you will always learn something new, and even better, for most of them you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess! The photo above I took at Altitude in the Shangri La, who used to run classes once a month or so – great fun cooking with a magnificent view as your backdrop. Here’s a round up of Sydney schools.
Sydney Fish Market Seafood School, Pyrmont
A Sydney institution that is incredibly well organised, good value and has some amazing celebrity chefs regularly showing you amazing things to make with our freshest seafood.
Cucina Italiana, Annandale
Native Italian Luciana Samponga started small and now runs a large variety of classes. The “Saturday Long Lunch” is very popular
Salt Meats Cheese, Alexandria
Enjoy shopping in this Italian food emporium, then go along to a class to find out what to do with it all! See the pasta class I attended here
Sushi School Australia, Neutral Bay
Small group sessions teaching basic Japanese sushi making techniques including preparing sushi rice and filleting fish.
The Raw Food Kitchen, Sydney
If you want to learn how to, um, “cook” raw food, this is the place for you. They run two day retreats as well
Baroque, The Rocks
Always wanted to know how to make macarons? Then this is the place for you. They also teach French bistro favourites.
Simon Johnson Talk Eat Drink, Alexandria
A nice range of classes followed by sitting at a big communal table and enjoying what you’ve made.
Williams Sonoma Cooking School
A relative newcomer to Australian shores, this kitchenware haven have now introduced classes.
Signorelli Gastronomia, Pyrmont
The Signorelli family’s food temple teaches Italian favourites like pizza but also unique sessions like a whole porchetta.
Vincent Gadan teaches the secrets of French pastry and sweets.
Victor Churchill, Woollahra
If you’re not confident about cooking meat, this is the place to learn.
The Cheesemaking Workshop, Northbridge
Who doesn’t like cheese? The six hour workshop making soft cheeses – including camembert and mascarpone – sounds devine.
Casa Barilla, Annandale
The Italian pasta empire teaches you how to their secrets to perfect spaghetti, every time.
Cooking for blokes, North Sydney
If your other half is useless in the kitchen, send him in this direction.
Pino’s Dolce Vita and Fine Foods
Pino’s is an institution of Sydney’s South, and does a roaring trade in cured meats. Pino decided he should start teaching others how to do it.
A store for “all things culinary”, they have a great line up of classes including some run by fantastic celebrity and hatted chefs. I’m going to a class with Lorraine Godsmark in May, can’t wait!
Sailor’s Thai, The Rocks
A long time Thai favourite for many Sydneysiders, they hold cooking classes once a month.
Sydney Chocolate School, Mosman
For those with a sweet tooth, classes from beginner to advanced.
Brasserie Bread, Sydney
Want to learn all things bread? Some great classes here on artisan baking, plus classics like lamingtons and scones. They also offer an enormously popular kids baking class.