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Brisbane's best cooking classes: our top picks
Since at least one member of the G&G almost burns her house down on a semi-regular basis in pursuit of culinary excellence, we usually like to leave the cooking to the experts. However, every now and again we get it in our heads that we might actually Australia’s next Masterchef, and to cooking school we go!
Whether your repertoire is limited to toast and cereal or you’re whipping up insta-worthy three-course meals every second night – there’s a class for everyone.
GOLDEN PIG | NEWSTEAD
From sourdough to soufflés, Golden Pig has a class and a cuisine for every occasion. Taught by husband/wife/executive chef team Katrina and Mark Ryan you’ll be a kitchen wiz before the entrees have been served. Master Moroccan spices or froth over French Bistro cuisine, salivate over seafood dishes and perfect pastry – you’ll be holding that Masterchef trophy above your head before you know it!
LE CREUSET WINTER WARMERS | BRISBANE CITY & PACIFIC FAIR
The French gods from Le Creuset are making August souper again with cooking classes every Wednesday at their Brisbane and Pacific Fair stores. Learn to make winter warmers and uncover the secrets to making the ultimate comfort food. See here for more information.
HUNDRED ACRE BAR | ST LUCIA
Finally invited that Tinder cutie over for dinner but your currently specialty is beans on toast? Don’t order Uber Ears just yet, Hundred Acre Bar is here to help. Hosting cooking classes each month with different themes, their cooking classes will not only equip you will impressive skills but you’ll also get to enjoy ‘an abundance of food and drink.’ That’s both a direct quote and our favourite amount of food.
JAMES STREET COOKING SCHOOL | NEW FARM
The Brisbane institution has been teaching the culinarily challenged for the better part of 11 years. The small classes taught by qualified chefs and encourage you to get your hands dirty! Get messy with classes like Indian and Italian, and tuck in afterwards over a couple of glasses of wine. Bliss!
JAM PANTRY | GREENSLOPES
Do you think you can can? We didn’t until we met the ray of sunshine that is Nims, and learnt about the joys of fermentation. With classes on pickling and fermenting, you’ll learn how to make healthy (and delicious) ginger beers, fermented soda and kombucha.
VANILLA ZULU | WILSTON
With a delicious line up of courses that are all about making cooking less intimidating, and a whole lot more fun (especially if you take up their suggestion and BYO a bottle wine to pair with the meal you’ll eat in the class), Vanilla Zulu can do everything from making sure your next dinner party wins you a round of applause, to teaching you professional chef skills for that MKR audition you’re planning. Get hands on learning how to whip up exotic international feeds, or turn your future meals into masterpieces with a lesson in ‘culinary bling.’
MY THAI KITCHEN | MILTON
Wish you could recreate your favourite Thai takeaway at home? We can’t promise you’ll be a pro, but you might save yourself a few plastic containers if you book in for one of My Thai Kitchen’s spicy classes. You’ll get to make every recipe yourself (and eat it, of course), with the expert advice of Chef Taya to guide you every step of the way. Just remember our top bit of advice when you head to one of the best cooking classes Brisbane has to offer: you can never have too much butter.