Fancy yourself as the next master chef contestant or hanging out for a spot on 'My Restaurant Rules'? Combine Queensland's premium local produce with instruction from top class chefs to earn cheffy cred at Queensland's cooking schools. Here's 10 ways to say “Yes Chef” in Queensland.
Cook like a Nona – Ballandean Estate, Ballandean
Matt and Bobbi will teach you to cook like a Nona in the winery's Barrel Room Café surrounded by 140-year old barrels. Ideal for weekend away, only cooking class participants get their hands on the secret recipe for Matt's famous mushroom and truffle soup or learn how to make their melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi.
Cooking zen meets Asia, The Spirit House, Yandina
Legendary for its command of Asian cuisine, the Spirit House has so much cooking Zen you can't help but emerge as a changed cook with master chef cooking techniques at you finger tips. Stir fries, curries and entire dinner parties will never be the same again. You'll be taking bookings.
This little piggy – The Golden Pig, Newstead
Take funky warehouse in inner city warehouse at Newstead, add two passionate foodies, aka Katrina (ex-Spirit House) and Mark Ryan, and you've got Brisbane's newest cooking school, The Golden Pig. A big supporter of local, small-scale producers, there's also a coffee bar, lounge, rear barbecue deck and retail goodies to browse.
The Long Apron, Spicers Clovelly, Montville
Discover a touch of Europe in the rolling hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland as acclaimed chef Cameron Matthews takes you on a cooking tour in both a four-hour weekly cooking class (inclusive of lunch and a glass of wine) and a two-hour monthly class that will have you whipping up all manner of treats from dumplings to French to South East Asian Cuisine.
Lost in food - Wild Lime Cooking School, Darlington
Venture into The Lost World Valley to discover a sensation, a delight to your eyes and an inspiration for your mind all encircled by the dramatic mountain scenery of Lamington National Park. Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the delightful Worrendo cottages or a nearby Farmstay.
Eat the bush – Ochre Restaurant, Cairns
Arguably the world's oldest cooking class – the ingredients and the methodologies are borrowed from the world's longest living culture – the native bush food demonstration at Ochre restaurant is full of surprises. Like the fact that there are 3500 bush foods in Australia and you've probably never heard of a tenth of them. Owner/executive chef, Craig Squire, a Cairns resident for some 23 years, has spent three decades crafting native Australian dishes using produce found in a 100km radius of Queensland's tropical gateway city. Here he will show you how to make cane prawn sticks, salt and pepperleaf crocodile and wattle seed pavlova - www.ochrerestaurant.com.au
Do the doing - James Street Cooking School, Fortitude Valley
Touch, feel the heat, smell the ingredients, get involved, watch the food change colour and consistency, get your hands dirty…do the doin' so you really learn. Cooking is about using all of your senses and that's hard to learn from television says owners and professional chefs, John and Joanne Meredith.
More cooking school options –
- Gourmet delight - Black Pearl Epicure, Fortitude Valley, blackpearl.com.au
- Eat the mountain - Tamborine Cooking School, Tamborine, tamborinecookingschool.com.au
- Fruits of the native forest – Rainforest Bounty, Cairns rainforestbounty.com.au
- Eat and feel good - Mondo Organics, West End, mondo-organics.com.au
- Spring into cooking – Spring Food Wine, Brisbane CBD spring.com.au
- Start a food journey - Taste Trekkers, Fairfield, tastetrekkers.com.au