Whether you're a budding chef or passionate home cook, cooking classes are a great way to meet new people, indulge in delicious food and earn some serious cred at your next dinner party. Here are our top picks for getting a casual culinary education in Sydney.
Renown across the city as the destination of choice for foodies hunting for the freshest seafood for their celebrations, Sydney Fish Markets also offers a specialised cooking school. Students work in small groups in a state-of-the-art kitchen, then enjoy their handiwork in a stunning dining room with 360-degree views of Blackwattle Bay.
If you're looking to master the art of Italian cooking in Sydney, what better place to do it than in a heritage-listed villa in Annandale? Luciana Sampogna opens up her kitchen to those who love artisan cuisine as much as she does, with classes including “long Italian lunch,” “wood fire oven,” “gluten-free,” and, especially for the little ones, “bambini in cucina.”
The Signorelli family's reputation for producing premium food and wine precedes them into the world of education. Naturally, their cooking school has an Italian bent, and even if you don't leave with an ability to produce flavour like a Nonna, you'll walk away from Signorelli Gastronomia's kitchen having downed a glass of prosecco, the house's famous antipasto and the meal you cooked up, plus you get a Signorelli Gastronomia shopping bag and recipe notes to take home.
Cheeky Food Group believes food is the perfect vehicle for relationship building and the Surry Hills establishment runs over 400 team-cooking classes a year to prove it. The interactive events span a range of cuisines, with tapas, Spanish paella, Italian gnocchi and Magic of the Middle East among those foodies can choose from.
The BBQ School run, fun, interactive and hands on cooking classes which allow guests to learn the art of cooking with more confidence by expanding their repertoire.
Accoutrement is the place to visit if you're looking for culinary tips from the best in the business. The Mosman cooking school hosts private and group classes with celebrity chefs, plus they offer overseas and interstate gourmet food tours.
Release your inner chef at Victors Food – from “French Bistro Cooking” and “Learn to Be a Chef” to “Perfect Paella” and “Thai Street Food”, Victors offers a range of classes to suit a every skill level. Cooking classes are built around a banquet menu so you learn more and get to experience several dishes while you create part of the meal. Classes are limited to 14 people.
Discover the secret of chocolate making at Kimberley Chocolates in Leichhardt. Led by Joseph Atallah, classes begin with a short history of chocolate, how chocolate is made and the difference between milk, dark and white chocolate. After sampling a luscious hot chocolate, everyone will then choose a mould and create their own delectable filled chocolates. But the best bit? Any chocolate that doesn't get eaten is placed into a box to take home!
At this hands-on class, guests will learn the basic Japanese sushi making techniques including preparing sushi rice and filleting fish, plus a handful of delicious types of sushi including ki-zushi (rolled sushi), nigiri-zushi (hand-formed sushi), temaki-zushi and gunkan-maki (battleship roll).
Specifically designed for little hands, Sheridan's kids' cooking classes aim to teach children to prepare wholesome, nutritious meals they will love to eat and can reproduce easily at home. Classes take place in Sheridan's home in North Sydney during school holidays periods, with a mixture of demonstration and hands-on cooking aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 14.