5 of the Best Cooking Schools

By Mariam Digges

5 of the Best Cooking Schools
Hone you cookery skills at one of these culinary schools - from seafood and baking classes to a pasta masterclass.

Sydney Seafood School  -Sydney 

Established in 1989, the Sydney Seafood School, located at the iconic Sydney Fish Markets, is widely believed to be the country’s leading cooking school. With an ever-rotating program that includes classes by celebrity chefs, as well as popular mainstays such as the Fast and Fabulous class, all classes commence in the school’s auditorium, followed by a hands-on demonstration in the MasterChef-style test kitchen, concluded with a sit-down meal in the Michael McCann designed dining room.


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Auckland Seafood School

Located at the harbourside Auckland Fish Market, enjoy a complimentary beverage on arrival heading into the School’s 66-seat tiered auditorium where you learn the steps to mastering innovative seasonal seafood dishes later in the day. With an ever-rotating program, including classes by well-known celebrity chefs, the class concludes with a sit-down meal to enjoy the spoils of your seafood toils. Level 1, Auckland Fishmarket



The Abbotsford Convent Bakery – Victoria 

Start the day by baking your own batch of scones (which you sit down to enjoy with a cup of tea and coffee), before moving onto baking sourdough bread, rolls, pizza and calzone at The Abbotsford Convent Bakery’s Artisan Bread Class, with the help of head baker Marlon Otto. As well as the recipes, you’ll also get to take home a kilo of organic flour to replicate your baked goods and impress the family later. 1 St Heliers Street  Abbotsford VIC 3067




Akaroa Cooking School – Akaroa

Lonely Planet named Akaroa as one of the top 10 places to learn to cook local cuisine in the world. The intimate classes at this gorgeous seaside town are even a favourite of chef Al Brown’s. Learn about the local suppliers of the region and choose from a variety of classes (Italian, French, and Thai are among these) before sitting down to a long lunch served with award winning local wines. 81 Beach Road Akaroa 7520 Banks Peninsula, New Zealand


Salts Meats Cheese – Sydney

Learn the basics of Italian cookery in Salts Meats Cheese’s rustic Italian warehouse surrounds. Each student has their own marble slab to roll the perfect pasta dough on and turn it into silky strands in this relaxed, informal class. For those with more experience under their belt, there are ravioli classes on offer, with each session concluding with a sumptuous lunch or dinner accompanied by a glass of wine. 41 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015




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