Cooking classes


With a fine food pedigree, it’s little wonder opportunities to hone one’s culinary skills abound in New South Wales. The state brims with places that can give you new skills and insights in the kitchen, teach you shortcuts or refine your technique.

  • Big Kids Candy class, Hunter Valley Resort
  • Margan Wines, Hunter Valley

Learn to cook in spectacular locations

The lush dairy country of the Coffs Coast makes a fitting backdrop for learning to make your own cheese at The Cheese Making Workshop at Emerald Beach. At Food I Am in Wagga Wagga, hands-on cooking classes, chef demonstrations and artisan workshops featuring bakers, cheese makers and salumi professionals are on the menu.

Perhaps it will be no surprise to learn that the Hunter Valley wine region is also a hub for food education. Majors Lane at Lovedale offers classes in Thai, Balinese, Vietnamese and other Asian cuisines, The Verandah Restaurant in Pokolbin specialises in paella lessons, while at Broke, Margan extends the philosophy of its award-winning restaurant with garden-to-plate classes 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 at Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory in the Riverina region.

Australia’s first MasterChef, Julie Goodwin, meanwhile, conducts a wide variety of cooking classes, from high tea to preserving and pickling, canapés and cocktails, at Julie’s Place in Gosford on the NSW Central Coast

Learn to cook like celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi by signing up for a cooking class at Bells at Killcare on the Central Coast, which includes a garden tour of the Manfredi at Bells kitchen garden, a full day of classes, lunch with the chefs and take-home recipes. Or stay at the ultra-chic Pretty Beach House, also on the Central Coast, and pick up tips from Manfredi or a member of his kitchen brigade as they prepare your meal in the privacy of your luxe accommodation.

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