Want to make pizza or pasta from scratch? Or learn how to craft cheese, and bake the crusty bread to go with it? Maybe you want to whip up a seafood feast fit for a king, and then chase it up with handmade chocolate? Whether you’re keen to build up your repertoire of go-to dishes, or take your tastebuds on a trip around the world, you can finesse your skills at one of Sydney’s top cooking skills – and impress your next dinner party guests!
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Oodles of Noodles, Spectacular Seafood or Smoked to Perfection? Pork or paella? This inner-west spot has plenty of classes to choose from, including a fermenting masterclass for the health-conscious. The classes are open to twelve people, but for a special occasion you can book a private session with your choice of chef and cuisine. And if you want to improve your Instagram game, there’s even a class on food photography.
731-735 Darling Street, Rozelle
In Marrickville, Cornersmith is a sustainability star that’s all about making food from scratch. Now, they can teach you to do the same in a series of workshops. Held at the picklery, the classes have a homely, relaxed vibe, and they focus on fermenting and preserving. Learn how to ferment your own veggies (like sauerkraut and kimchi), preserve pickles and chutney, make tempeh, or whip up a deliciously fruity marmalade.
441 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Nestled in Surry Hills, Pasta Emilia is a carb-lover’s dream. The shelves of fresh, organic and biodynamic pasta aren’t the only thing luring in foodies: the classes have proven to be really popular. From pasta-making to menu curating, they dish up age-old Italian secrets to students, and are best enjoyed with a glass of wine. Start with Pasta 101 before moving onto the gnocchi course – delicious!
259 Riley Street, Surry Hills
This Italian mecca has the cooking classes to match. There are a range of classes (and price points) on offer, so you can fine-tune your skills in making your own mozzarella, sausages, pizza and pasta – tagliatelle, ravioli and tortellini, to be specific. In true Salt Meats Cheese style, students score the best ingredients, which makes the final taste-test even more of a treat.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! If you sign up to a class at The Sydney Chocolate School, you’ll walk away having nailed the French technique of hand tempering chocolate. After that, you can progress to making pink champagne truffles, rocky road and a chocolate jigsaw puzzle. There are adults and kids’ classes on the roster, as well as private sessions for up to six people. Bon appetit.
Building 21, 1110 Middle Head Road, Mosman
To cook alongside some of Sydney’s most successful chefs, book a class at Accoutrement, where Quay’s Peter Gilmore or China Doll’s Frank Shek might be running the show. The Mosman-based school is a cooking institution, with more than 100 classes on offer. Choose between demonstration classes or hands-on classes – in the latter, you’ll work closely with the chef to break down more complicated dishes, such as ricotta, pork or dumplings.
611 Military Road, Mosman
There’s good pizza, and then there’s great pizza. At Fratelli Fresh’s two-hour Pizza Masterclass, you’ll learn how to make Napoli-style dough, then stretch it, toss it, and top it with the most traditional ingredients (just don’t mention the word ‘pineapple’ to the expert pizzaiolo!). After that, you’ll get to eat your masterpiece fresh out of the oven with a glass of wine in hand, and take a ball of dough home.
11 Bridge Street, Sydney
A pop-up offering, Victor’s Food brings the cooking classes to you. From corporate events to Christmas parties, the classes can be tailored to a group, as well as various skill levels. As for the cuisine, that’s up to you: choose from Vietnamese and Thai to BBQ, Lebanese and yum cha, or opt to learn how to pair food and wine properly. The company’s Danks Street headquarters also has room for eight to twelve people per class.
12 Danks Street, Waterloo
With the likes of Matt Moran and Guillaume Brahimi showing up as guest chefs, there’s no better place to channel your inner sous-chef. Based at the Sydney Fish Market, the school was created to help market shoppers to understand what to make with the more unusual catches of the day, such as octopus, crab and mussels. Nowadays, more than 12, 000 people attend classes every year to sharpen their seafood skills.
Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont
Do you regularly go to Brasserie Bread to pick up freshly baked artisan goodies? Take it up a notch and get a ‘breaducation’ by enrolling in their baking school. Held at the Banksmeadow location, the bakers give away their industry tricks in a range of classes for adults, children and teams. You can learn the art of sourdough bread, brioche, and pastry, as well as how to bake gluten-free.
1737 Botany Road, Banksmeadow