If your weekly cooking schedule is on a three-meal rotation (guilty), allow us to introduce the concept of cooking classes, which will both broaden your skillset and allow you to impress your significant other (or dog, no judgment).
From pizza to fine dining, here are five classes you should book into right now so you never need to eat meat and three veg again.
Wild Lime Cooking School
Found a little way out west amidst The Lost Valley is Wild Lime Cooking School, rated one of the best cooking schools in Queensland. They grow ingredients onsite and use them to create unique flavour twists on traditional cuisines. Classes include The Tapas Table, Italian Seafood and Salad, Siesta in Mexico and Moroccan Kazbah and within each you create an array of incredible dishes. Classes are $135 per person and include a two hour hands on class, a three-course lunch with local wine, afternoon tea and recipes from the day. Oh and all overlooking the stunning Lamington National Park. Maybe stay the night in their beautiful accommodation too, it’s a bit of a trek.
Where: 97 Cedar Glen Rd, Darlington
Salt Meats Cheese
The people at Salt Meats Cheese know what’s up when it comes to pizza and pasta and (hooray) they’re willing to share their knowledge with you! The Pasta Master Class is suitable for everyone and involves step-by-step learning on how to create fresh pasta from scratch so you can blow the minds of all your pals. The Pizza Master Class is a fun-filled, tasty pizza making experience including how to craft the perfect dough and, best of all, you get to eat it afterwards. Tickets include the class, pizza and a glass of wine or beer. Sounds good to us!
Where: The 4218, Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
Icon the Cookery School
Cooking classes for everyone. Choose your own adventure at Icon the Cookery School. From classes specialising in international cuisine, to seafood, cocktails, beer and wine and sweet treats, you can learn to cook almost anything. Spanish Paella and Sangria? Yes please. Enjoy your dish and a glass of wine in the fancy dining room once you’ve whipped it up. How about crafting cruffins or gnocchi? So many sweet classes to try, you’ll be cooking for the rest of time. Classes change monthly and there’s even specific nights for couples if you’re keen.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina
Tenteram Fine Foods
Healthy cooking classes in the heart of the Currumbin Valley is what’s up at Tenteram Fine Foods. From Asian to Balinese and Vegetarian classes, these guys know tasty, flavour-filled dishes. From $155 for a four hour class and a very happy belly these classes are a must-do. Not to mention the fact that the classes are set in the heart of the rainforest with all the fresh air and stunning greenery around. So it’s even healthier and more relaxing. Stay the night at their onsite accommodation if you can it’s absolutely breathtaking.
Where: Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley
Another opportunity to make delicious, delicious pizza from the absolute masters. Double Zero, in Broadbeach, run a masterclass on the first and third Saturday of every month. In three hours, head pizza chef Nicola will share all the secrets behind the true Pizza Napoletana and will teach you how to make the absolute perfect pizza and it’s only $79 per person. Once you’re done, you’re invited to sit ‘Italian Style’ and eat your creation. Course notes and a glass of Italian wine to compliment your pizza are also included. Belissimo.
Where: 2/2715 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Words by Kirra Smith