Herald on Sunday


Upskill and learn how to prepare your favourite local and internatio­nal flavours at these hands-on cooking schools around New Zealand


Homeland, Auckland City

Since returning to New Zealand from the UK in 2020, the focus for chef Peter Gordon and partner Alastair Carruthers has been this versatile opening in Auckland. Combining a waterfront dining room with a cooking school and a compact providore selling Kiwi artisan produce, Homeland celebrates the food story of modern Aotearoa. Classes with Gordon include modern spins on a traditiona­l roast dinner, the best of kaimoana, and baking with heart and soul. homelandnz.com

Sachie’s Kitchen, Parnell, Auckland

Co-owner Sachie Nomura is originally from Japan but has a multicultu­ral crew assisting in the Parnell-based kitchen and in classes, where learning to cook a wide range of Asian cuisines is on offer. Sixteen different classes cover food from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China, Vietnam and India, all excellent opportunit­ies to learn how to recreate the flavours of past and future travels. A goodvalue option is to sign up for an “Asian Passport”, offering individual classes in the cuisines of four different countries. sachieskit­chen.com

Coriander Lime Kitchen, Taupō

Growing up amid the diverse culinary culture of Singapore gave Taupō‘s Katherine Froggatt-Ong an appreciati­on for great food. Opportunit­ies to learn from her include Girls’ Weekend Cooking Classes, with lunch or dinner options held at participan­ts’ accommodat­ion and special Little Cooks classes involving the whole family. Classes are usually scheduled for Saturdays and recipes often include Peranakan (Straits Chinese) flavours from Singapore and Malaysia. corianderl­imekitchen.com

Farmhouse Kitchen, Hawke’s Bay

Surrounded by Hawke’s Bay wine country, the Farmhouse Kitchen’s Travel the World classes are inspired by Italy and Indonesia — dishes include gnocchi and beef rendang, while special workshops provide skills in fermenting your own sauerkraut or kimchi, or crafting your own halloumi, mozzarella and feta cheese. farmhousek­itchen.co.nz

La Bella Italia, Petone

Beyond serving up some of Wellington’s best Italian food — including internatio­nally award-winning pizza — La Bella Italia in Petone also runs cooking classes for all the family. Specialist classes for adults in making ravioli and gnocchi come with antipasti and a glass of prosecco, while children enjoy juice and cookies when they learn all about making tagliatell­e. At least someone in the family will know how to make dinner. labellaita­lia.co.nz

Akaroa Cooking School, Akaroa

Look forward to a serene harboursid­e location at this Akaroa highlight lauded by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel as one of the world’s 10 best cookery schools. Many of the recipes harness local produce and ingredient­s, and there’s a global focus on flavours with options including French, Italian, Thai and Spanish cuisine. If you’re keen to bring your A-game to your next dinner party, sign up for the popular Gourmet in a Day class. akaroacook­ing.co.nz

Savour Cooking School, Wellington

Based in both Brooklyn and Lyall Bay, Wellington’s Savour offers arguably the country’s most diverse culinary experience­s. Egyptian, Persian, French and Chinese food are all covered in individual classes, while specialist knife skills and the increasing­ly popular trend of foraging and wild food are also options. Expedition­s in the bush around Lyall Bay are led by Mike King of Finders Eater Foraging. Foraged ingredient­s are then harnessed for dishes prepared by Max Gordy, head chef at the popular Hillside Kitchen. savour.org.nz

H2 Kitchen, Christchur­ch

Part of central Christchur­ch’s Riverside Market, Riverside Kitchen’s upstairs location is the ideal spot for learning about diverse cuisines including Mexican, Malay, Persian and Indian. Most classes are hands-on, concluding with a shared meal, while demonstrat­ion classes explore the market’s seasonal produce stalls or uncover the secrets behind seafood preparatio­n. Special Mediterran­ean kids' classes get younger chefs, (9 years and older), rolling up their sleeves to make pizza. riversidek­itchen.co.nz

Asian Garden, Christchur­ch

Part of a restaurant network including Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese eateries across southern New Zealand, Asian Garden brings the same culinary diversity to cooking classes held at their northwest Christchur­ch location. Seasonal ingredient­s from their own Harewood market garden are used at popular Christchur­ch restaurant­s including Hoi An House and Commi and also for cooking classes covering dumpling making, as well as Thai and Vietnamese favourites. asiancooks­chool.co.nz

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