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

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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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