Back by popular demand, Chef Tamaki is returning in the September school holidays to Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre to inspire a new group of young chefs! Learn how to prepare and shape these yummy Japanese treats.

Gyoza are Japanese dumplings usually steamed and then lightly fried to serve as a snack. Onigiri are rice with simple fillings, shaped into beautiful shapes, typically balls or triangles. Sometimes they are wrapped in seaweed or decorated with sesame seeds. Traditionally, mothers included onigiri as part of a bento box for children to take to school for lunch!

This hands on class will give children confidence to follow their recipes at home and experiment with different fillings and flavours.

Chef Tamaki also runs adult cooking classes at the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, upcoming workshops include Fusion Deserts and Advanced Sushi.

Class Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made, no refunds will be given for nonattendances. However, if at least 7 days notice is given of inability to attend, a transfer to an available class of equivalent value may be organised, with a $10 administration fee applicable.

Class Cancellations

If there are insufficient numbers for a class it may be cancelled or postponed. In this case, you will be notified as soon as possible and given the option of a full refund or a transfer to a class of equivalent value.

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Class Schedule

Thursday 7 July, 9.30am - 12.00pm

What you will learn
  • Prepare and cook gyoza - dumplings
  • Prepare and shape onigiri - rice balls
  • Different flavours that can be used to make gyoza and onigiri
What you will get
  • Take home recipes to make gyoza and onigiri to share with family and friends
  • Enjoy eating some of the lovely food you will prepare with Chef Tamaki

What to bring
  • Apron and take away food container.
What to wear

Casual clothes, with long hair tied back and enclosed shoes.

Appropriate for

Primary school aged children, aged over 8 years.

Activities for everyone: health and wellbeing, leisure and learning, social activities and volunteer opportunities and children's programs.

The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc (the Centre) was founded in 1978 at the initiative of local residents and was registered as an Incorporated Association in 1996. The Centre is located at 157 Union Road and an adjoining property at 1 Bedford Avenue. All our facilities are leased from the City of Boroondara.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1978 as a friendly, inclusive and welcoming meeting place where people could come together to share experiences and skills.The Centre offers a wide range of programs and activities run by friendly and knowledgeable teachers, at affordable prices.

The Centre is a overseen by a Committee of Management, and receives funding support from the City of Boroondara, the Department of Planning and Community Development with the remainder of the Centre’s income generated by fees from programs and venue hire.

We have many active volunteers supporting the activities of the Centre and social activities to help you connect with your local community. Call 9890 2467 or email: to find out more.

The Surrey Hills Heritage Collection at the Centre, is open for viewing on Mondays.

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