Why not sharpen your cooking skills in one of the premier food and wine regions in the world. There are a range of fantastic cooking classes available in the Hunter Valley. Spectacular locations, brilliant fresh local produce, a mix of cuisines and some of the best cooks and chefs in the world come together to make this a fantastic experience. Get new skills, hone your techniques, and discover what you can create.
At Emerald Beach, make your own cheese, the Coffs Coast is perfect dairy country and this is a fascinating insight into the production of this favourite food and it’s uses and delicacies.
In Wagga Wagga, there’s hands on Food Am I cooking classes, chef demonstrations and artisan workshops that are highly regarded around the region.
The Hunter is a hub for food education and Majors Lane in Lovedale offer awesome classes in Thai, Balinese, Vietnamese and other asian cuisines. In no time you’ll be cooking typically simple to make yet complex asian dishes and balancing sweet, sour, salty and spice like a pro.
The Verandah Restaurant in Pokolbin specialises in Paella lessons.
In Broke, Margan is an award winning restaurant that extends its popularity by offering “Garden to Table” lessons run by estate horticulturalist Pat Hansson and chef Michael Robinson.
Adults with a sweet tooth can join a 90-minute Big Kids Candy sweet-making workshop at the Hunter Valley Resort, working with the property’s executive chef to learn to infuse alcohol with peanut brittle, marshmallows and rocky road. Younger ones will love the chance to learn to make a giant chocolate freckle or rocky road atJunee Licorice and Chocolate Factory in the Riverina region.
In the Hunter you’ll also find Australia’s first MasterChef Julie Goodwin conducting a range of classes from decadent high tea to canapés, preserving and pickling, cocktails and more. This is available at Julie’s Place in Gosford.
You can learn to cook like a professional with celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi on an incredible tour at Bells of Killcare on the Central Coast. You’ll tour the garden, have a full day of classes, have lunch with the Chefs.
So head to the Hunter Valley and get messy in the kitchen! You’ll come home with a sheaf of new recipes and a head full of ideas.