The authentic heritage accommodation, Brockley Estate, is a short 40-minute drive from Hobart, Tasmania. The estate’s owners, Tasmanian hospitality manager Julian Roberts and Spanish-born-and-bred cook Chaxiraxi Afonso Higuera, combine their two cultures to deliver an experience like no other. Using only the finest organic local ingredients, the estate offers Spanish cooking classes, where guests learn primitive Spanish cooking techniques with exquisite Tasmanian artisan products. Chaxiraxi’s passion for food comes from spending childhood days on her family’s organic farm in southern Spain. Classes involve preparing a three-course meal, which guests enjoy in the evening with a complimentary glass of fine Tasmanian wine.
After years of making a name for itself as a reputable food and wine distributer, Bottega Rotolo has finally opened its doors to let guests enjoy a wide range of cooking experiences under the watchful eye of some of Australia’s finest chefs. Originally food and wine merchants, Botega Rotolo’s expertise in distributing Australia’s finest delicacies translates well in their to-the-plate cooking schools located in Hobart and Adelaide. An ever-changing calendar of classes featuring Mexican, Italian and Asian-based influences, with exquisite ingredients aplenty, ensures there is always something new on offer for those who can’t resist another visit.
Alps & Amici
The classes at Alps & Amici are given in an intimate demonstration style where you will have the opportunity to watch, learn and interact with Daniel Alps. During the class you can taste the food being demonstrated. All participants receive the recipes from the class and a 10 per cent discount on anything purchased on the day. There are also cake classes.
Situated in Hobart’s Battery Point, Wursthaus Kitchen offers an impressive array of exotic cooking classes. Take a mental trip to Spain by learning how to make traditional tapas or escape to South America through authentic Argentinean cuisine. The classes are held monthly in-store, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere where you can cook with friends or meet new ones. Enjoy a glass of wine as one of the professional chefs shares cooking techniques before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
wursthauskitchen.com.au or phone 03 6224 0644.
Regional Cooking Schools
The Agrarian Kitchen
When a cooking school bares the tagline “From paddock to plate”, you know you can’t go wrong. The Agrarian Kitchen is a farm-based cooking school where students get to experience the true art of sustainable cooking n a 19th-century schoolhouse in Lachlan, just 45 minutes from Hobart.
Using heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables and uncommon breeds of animals, The Agrarian Kitchen sources ingredients from fellow local fishermen, farmers and artisanal producers. This is a must-do cooking class for anyone visiting Tasmania. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Take a walk on the wild side, straight to Tasmania’s Wildside Kitchen if possible. From beer, cheese and sausage-making to catching and cooking your own trout, the Wildside Kitchen provides the opportunity for amateur chefs to experience it all. Utilising seasonal, local produce, Wildside Kitchen teaches sustainable cooking, with students creating dishes from ingredients that they can source sustainably. Wildside’s Beer & BBQ class aptly dubbed The Man’s Domain seems a winner if you’re already dreading the hunt for Father’s Day gifts.
Red Feather Inn
With more than 10 cooking classes available, no class is the same at the Red Feather Inn. From learning butchery and sausage making to baking and hens’ high tea party classes, the Red Feather Inn team are experts when it comes to food. Managed by owner, Lydia Nettlefold, the classes are often accompanied by house and guest chefs where they share their wealth of knowledge of good food and the splendour of Tasmanian produce. The Red Feather Cooking and Lifestyle School helps you build your confidence with complicated tasks while allowing you to have an enjoyable experience. All the ingredients are grown at the inn’s heritage farm and vegetable potager.
Guests enjoying a luxurious stay at the Saffire Freycinet on Tasmania’s east coast can now indulge their senses in a series of extravagant cooking classes. Lovers of fine dining can experience behind-the-scenes demonstrations from the chefs at Saffire’s exceptional Palate restaurant while drinks connoisseurs can enjoy a Cocktail Mixology class. As with everything at the first-class Saffire hotel, these classes are the epitome of indulgence, promising a string of picture-perfect dishes and tantalising cocktails to conclude.
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.
Located in the riverside city of northern Tasmania, Launceston, Sylvia’s Kitchen is Tasmania’s first hands-on home-based cooking school where owner and Chef Sylvia Devlin assists students to achieve their full foodie potential. Following the philosophy of ‘you are what you eat’, Sylvia is a creative self-taught chef with more than 30 years of experience under her belt. Attributing her success to hard work and good fortune, participants learn the best of seasonal, heathy eating as Sylvia demonstrates the ease and speed of cooking at home. Classes are categorised by cuisine, season and type, making it easy to find a class.