The Best Places to Learn How to Cook in Sydney

Sydney has every kind of cooking class there is, but here are some of our favourites.

Creativity 8 min read Sep 25, 2019

You can watch all the cooking shows that you want, but nothing beats the hands-on experience of being in a real live cooking class. Whether you’re starting from scratch or are looking to ante up your kitchen skills, sign up for any of these Sydney cooking classes, have fun, meet new people and enjoy a new experience. Bon Appetit!

Cooking like a Parisian (VIVE Cooking School)

Create two amazing, melt-in-your-mouth meals that are a staple in any French table: Mussels with garlic butter in pastry and Boeuf Bourguignon. You’ll soon learn that French food and cooking isn’t all fancy or snobby, but instead wholesome and heartwarming at the same time. You’ll also master knife techniques so you can learn to pull off French recipes in your own kitchen.

Where: Shop
When: May 26th
Cost: $140

Cooking Vietnamese: Saigon (VIVE Cooking School)

If you’ve been keen to know what makes Vietnamese food so special, you’re sure find out in this 3-hour workshop. In this class, you will prepare healthy recipes such as Lemongrass Prawn Skewers, Raw Beef and Meat Ball Pho Soup and Vietnamese Taro Pudding. You will learn to cook up a brilliant balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness and sourness that is distinct to a quintessential Vietnamese recipe.

Where: Shop
When: May 5th
Cost: $140

Other classes happening soon at VIVE:
Molecular Cuisine
Food Styling: Plating and Decoration 101

Mushroom Foraging with Studio Neon (Work-Shop)

Enjoy the autumn season in Oz by going mushroom-hunting in the forest! Apart from having delicious tastes, mushrooms make a healthy addition to your diet. In this class, you will explore the state forest of Belanglo and learn to pick edible mushrooms and prepare them for eating. The class ends with brunch and wine, as well as a vineyard visit on the way back to the Work-Shop headquarters.

Where: Work-Shop Sydney
When: April 30th
Cost: $130

Hawkesbury River Food Safari (Work-Shop)

This food experience takes you on a culinary journey with passionate food locals throughout the Hawkesbury region. This food safari will take you to visit local farmers across the region, eat fresh prawns, pick vegetables from the farm and enjoy a lunch prepared by world renowned chef Martin Boetz, while overlooking the Hawkesbury river.

Where: Work-Shop Sydney
When: June 4th
Cost: $195 (Regular), $160 (Bring-a-Friend)

Other classes happening soon at Work-Shop:
Bocconcini & Bubbles
Pasta Making with Marcello Farioli

Cheese Making Workshop (McIntosh & Bowman)

If you’ve never made cheese, you’ll be delighted to know how easy cheesy it can be. This full day cheese making workshop will teach you to make beautiful, gooey camembert using real milk as well as the time-tested favourite ricotta and butter. You’ll also enjoy lunch, a selection of pastries, cheese, wine, craft beer and so much more!

Where: McIntosh & Bowman
When: April 30th
Cost: $249

Taste of Chinatown (Taste Cultural Food Tours)

When you’re in Haymarket and find yourself with nothing to do, join this little food tour and experience the best that Chinatown restaurants have to offer. You’ll chat with local business owners as they share stories of their resettling, taste and gain a new appreciation for the Chinese culture and Asian food in general as you bustle through the alleys of the unapologetically chaotic and charming Chinatown.

Where: Taste Cultural Food Tours
When: April 25th & 27th, Multiple dates available for May through July
Cost: $99

Food and Wine Tour (Gourmet Getaway Tours)

For a handcrafted experience exploring the best varieties of local food and wine, Gourmet Getaway Tours will accommodate. The day tour starts with a visit to The Sydney Fish Markets to pick up fresh ingredients for lunch, and then next stop by Hawkesbury River for a wholesome cooked breakfast. This is followed by a walk through the Great North Road and learning about its history. The tour finally ends with a Modern Australian lunch with a selection of fine wine in a relaxed environment. The tour will provide the best day possible for you and the people you’re with.

Where: Nestled inland from Newcastle
When: For private booking
Cost: $165 (Approx. 11-hour tour)

Other tours available:
Private Food & Wine Group Tours

Be part of a popular experience recreating an age-old Italian tradition that involves warm conversations, beautifully prepared food and wine. You will help prepare a full Italian lunch that includes a Tuscan antipasti, fresh pasta, a meat dish and dessert. Savour a relaxing evening with a mouth-watering Italian feast, and enjoy it with dear friends and family!

Where: Cucina Italiana Sydney
When: For private booking
Cost: $125

Other classes available:
The Long Lunch in the Evening Pasta Sauces

Gourmet Beef Jerky Class: The Art of Biltong Crafting (Lekker Tucker Biltong)

Have you always wanted to know how to make beef jerky? Learn to make this great South African classic from scratch using organic certified beef. This class will teach you how to source your meat responsibly, how to butcher it, and finally how to cure and customise its seasoning. Class also includes a tasting session and nibbles & drinks in between.

Where: Saporium
When: April 24th, May 15th & 29th
Cost: $180 (Regular), $160 (Bring-a-Friend)

Get cooking in Sydney! Click here to view our full collection of cooking classes for Sydneysiders.