From Page 1 The Essential Ingredient Cooking School, at Prahran Markets, focuses on ingredients and techniques. It also features visiting celebrity presenters. www.essentialingredient.com.au.
Tony Tan presides over his Foods of Asia series, plus a program of leading guest chefs, at his purpose-built pavilion school in Toorak; 2009 innovations will be a bread class (sourdough, hands-on) and a seafood appreciation class (choosing, filleting). www.tonytan.com.au.
Beverley Sutherland-Smith Cooking School, 40 years old, runs such practical classes as Soupy Stews and Fabulous Fish. www.beverleysutherlandsmith.com.au.
Peaceful Gardens Organic Cooking School, at Koonwarra, in South Gippsland, with an organic farm nearby, holds classes for children and adults, including pasta and bread making, food gathering and preserving; advice on composting and home gardens. (03) 5664 2480. Food and wine merchant Bottega Rotolo at Norwood offers three-hour classes on rustic Italian cuisine, French classics, game, Greek entertaining and more. www.bottegarotolo.com.au.
A wide range of classes at Sticky Rice Cooking School, newly set up in the Adelaide Hills, includes Asian, Middle Eastern and Spanish cuisine; local and visiting television chefs include Kurma Dasa (of CookingwithKurma ). A vegan master series is planned, as well as gluten-free Asian and children’s classes. www.stickyricecookingschool.com.au.
At Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, Udder Delights’s founding cheesemaker Sheree Sullivan teaches acid and rennet-set, fresh and mould cheesemaking. Participants
Hands-on: Jacki Passmore teaches at Executive Chef
Chef-owner Andrea Ilott at gourmet retailer The Larder in Margaret River offers three-hour demonstrations with recipes and tastings. www.larder.biz.
At Urban Provider in Perth’s Leederville, chef Nico Moretti teaches gourmet barbecue, tapas, Sri Lankan and Moroccan cuisines, risotto and pasta making. www.urbanprovider.com.au.
Matters of Taste retail specialist at Bicton near Fremantle instructs in easy entertaining with interesting seasonal dishes (elderflower and toffee peach tiramisu, sweet chocolate risotto with red wine-poached pears, for example). Free 30-minute demonstrations on Saturdays. www.mattersoftaste.com.au. leave with cheese, notes and basic equipment. Lunch and wine included. (08) 8388 1588.
Chef Simon Bryant, of TheCookandtheChef fame, holds classes at the Adelaide Hilton. (08) 8237 0737.
Daniel Alps at Strathlynn at Pipers Brook Vineyard on the Tamar River organises by-appointment, hands-on cooking classes focusing on regional produce, followed by dinner with matched Pipers Brook wines. (03) 6330 2388.
The Agrarian Kitchen is an organic farm-based school (heirloom fruits and vegetables, Wessex saddleback pigs, cows, geese) at Lachlan, 45 minutes from
Le Cordon Bleu,