The Barilla and Foodbank
Cooking for a cause is what the Barilla and Foodbank experience is all about. Learn, cook and eat a delicious three-course meal during this three-hour Italian food class that also benefits those in need. You will form teams with other attendees and cook either a starter, pasta and dessert and prepare an extra portion to feed the less privileged on that same day. The team-building cooking class also funds educational masterclasses for those in need and teaches them cooking techniques, recipes and nutritional information.
A passion for cooking, a life-changing holiday in the French countryside and one career change later, the Foodish cooking school was born. Based in Canberra, Foodish endeavours to share the gourmet experience with all cooks, with the ethos of connecting through cooking at the heart of the operation. A nod to founder Alaine’s French heritage, Foodish now takes its cooking classes international with an exclusive food, wine and cooking tour of the south of France scheduled for September.
The only one of its kind in Canberra, Kids Pantry is a cooking school and kitchen garden for the education of kids. Designed for children aged between two and 18, it offers an introduction to gardening, cooking and healthy eating in a fun and supportive environment.
Based in the picturesque Majura Valley, Canberra Truffles’ cooking school is a complete gourmet experience. In collaboration with some of Canberra’s best chefs including Damien Brabender and Matt Breis, the school runs between early June and late August and offers a truffle hunt and cook package . Rug up for a wintery experience and follow their team of truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles among the 2500 trees on the farm. Once the hunt is complete, head back to the kitchen where a professional chef will prepare a six-course truffle menu with matching wines. This hands-on demonstration will inspire you to purchase your own truffles and begin creating magic at home.
Cooking for a Cause with Oz Harvest (National)
Professional food-rescuers Oz Harvest have done it again, with their latest project, Cooking for a Cause proving another recipe for success for the social enterprise. An unforgettable experience where cooking, teamwork and giving back are at the core, Cooking for a Cause goes above and beyond an average cooking class. Led by professional chefs, a Cooking for a Cause workshop will teach participants essential cooking skills and techniques, as well demonstrate how to stretch food further. With the end result being many prepared meals to be delivered to charities, Cooking for a Cause will leave volunteers with much more than a full belly.
Located at Canberra’s oldest markets, the Fyshwick markets, is a cooking school of exceptional calibre. A brand-new kitchen sponsored by global brand Electrolux and lead by a caché of seasoned chefs with decades of experience in fine dining and hospitality make for an impressive class program. At 3seeds contemporary cuisine is the name of the game, with recipes and dishes regularly alternating to keep things fresh.
The Truffle Festival
In honour of Canberra’s local event, the Truffle Festival, restaurants across the region are hosting a series of masterclasses. Inspired by the black truffles of the region, classes will assist the everyday cook in introducing the truffle to their daily diet. This year’s class schedule includes food and beverage matching, Middle-Eastern cuisine, Indian dishes and decadent desserts, with each hands-on class promising a delicious feast to conclude. Masterclasses span the months of June, July and early August.
Wild Sourdough (Nationwide)
Get back to basics and feel inspired as chef and author Yoke Mardewi shares her knowledge and passion of food and demonstrates how to make delicious and wholesome sourdough bread. Yoke’s one-of-a-kind cooking classes run for approximately four hours and all students are encouraged to get involved with the touch, feel and smell of making their own dough from scratch. Yoke also runs lacto fermentation and culturing classes, which teach how to make sauerkraut, kimchi and more. She also offers gluten-free sourdough classes. Based in Perth, Yoke teaches across Australia, and has been for almost 10 years.