If your idea of a home cooked meal is a Cheese Toastie, perhaps you should get studying. In Adelaide there are a range of cooking schools and cooking classes where you can hone your culinary skills and extend your recipe repertoire. Check out our lists of some of Adelaide's great cooking classes, and make sure you add your own experience to the discussion.
From Cheese Toasties to Gourmet Meals. Photo: (L) Takeaway, Wikipedia (R) Natasha Stewart
Sprout Cooking are a fairly new name in Adelaide, but they've already proved that they have a lot up their sleeve. Started by Masterchef runner up Callum Hann and dietician Themis Chryssidis, their classes are about making good food easy, and helping people kick-start healthy eating habits. Their classes revolve around tasty meals to cook at home, but each class has a particular theme. They can range from cooking for kids, cooking with kids, cooking for dinner parties, or just cooking for two. They keep their program fresh by always updating it with new and fun classes.
On the other end is WEA, the Workers Educational Association of South Australia. They've been around for quite a while and can teach you just about anything, but their cooking courses are a real treat. You'll usually find they're longer than most other available courses, which means you get a really comprehensive look at your chosen cuisine. There is a group of dads who have been along to six of the WEA cooking courses, and you can bet that their families will be happy with all the meals they're now cooking. You can pick between Thai, Greek, or Indian cooking, and so much more, and they all give you plenty of skills to bring to the table at home.
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If you've been to Asia and fallen in love with the flavours, or if you have Asian heritage and want to learn more about the cuisine, then Sticky Rice Cooking School is a good place to check out. Here the focus is on the fresh and flavourful tastes of Asian cuisine, including Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese. You can pick to do a private class, or go to one of their special classes taken by top chefs. Their website provides a comprehensive list of classes available, but make sure you get in early because they can book up quickly.
The small classes at The Cooks Pantry give you the perfect opportunity to chat to the chef and learn all their tips and tricks first hand. You can try anything from Vietnamese and Cambodian Cooking to the fine art of a gourmet BBQ. If you have a group of friends you could easily enjoy your own private cooking lesson, or why not head out solo and use it as an opportunity to meet others who love to cook. The Cooks Pantry is about celebrating a love of good food, and finding out how to make the most of your cooking skills.
When the night is over at whichever cooking course you choose, chances are you'll get the chance to sit down, enjoy some food, and have a chat with new friends and your talented teacher. Checking out one of the available classes can be the tastiest way to socialise.
Let us know if you've tried any of the other cooking classes on offer around Adelaide, and get cooking now.