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Published May 3rd 2013
Take a walk on the wild side of the kitchen
There are a lot of fabulous cooking schools in Perth and if you want to know how to make perfect pasta, are tantalised by Thai, go cuckoo for Chinese or are insane for Indian, then you are well catered for.

What if you are interested in slightly more obscure cuisines and cooking skills? Here are some of the more uncommon cooking classes available in Perth.

finger foods
Learn the delicate art of High Tea

How to make High Tea
We all know how to eat it, but the art of making the delicate little morsels presented to us for High Tea is a different game altogether. The three hour High Tea Heaven class includes a glass of bubbly and fresh pot of tea, and will teach five dishes (such as scones, quiches, tarts, bagels and biscuits). Naturally you get to eat your creations afterwards.

Where: Matters of Taste Cooking School
Address: 103 Harris St, Bicton
Cost: $125pp

Despite having the greatest South African population in the world (outside South Africa), this cuisine is still relatively unknown for most locals. Taste Budds in Highgate offers a two and a half hour course in this distinctive cooking style. Dishes include: bobotie, kofta, chakalaka and piri piri prawns.

Where: Taste Budds
Address: 305 Lord Street, Highgate
Cost: $90pp

Asian Street Food
The group at the Cooking Professor know how popular Asian street has become and offers classes in Singapore Hawker food and Bangkok Street food. Each class is three hours and you will learn a number of dishes such as wontons, spring rolls and lobak (Asian sausage) from Singapore and hawker food from Bangkok.

Where: The Cooking Professor
Address: 271 Selby St, Churchlands
Cost: $110pp

Sexy Salads
Although Homer Simpson said 'you don't make friends with salad', luckily Iain Lawless (winner of Season 1 My Kitchen Rules) doesn't agree and at Lawless Cooking School offer a demo class dedicated to the art of salad. This 90 minute course will teach you never to look at the humble salad with pity again.

Where: Lawless Cooking
Address: 406 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn
Cost: $70pp

Learn to be lord of the BBQ

King of the BBQ
As the average backyard BBQ gets larger and more involved, many of us no longer know how to best utilise these outdoor kitchens. Get a group of mates together and enrol in the Rolls Royce Aussie BBQ class. This five hour class will have you cooking like a pro. You may never need to use your indoor kitchen ever again.

Where: Lawless Cooking
Address: 406 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn
Cost: $150pp minimum of 10 people

Most of us are content to trot down to the local store and pick up a plastic wrapped piece of meat. Where did it come from? How do you prepare it? These three hour masterclasses in meat skills will teach you about the various cuts of meat, including the cheaper, tastier cuts, how to prepare the various meats for braising, and the art of slow cooking. Each hugely popular session focuses on a type of meat. Book well in advance.

Where: Matters of Taste Cooking School
Address: 103 Harris St, Bicton
Cost: $130pp

Dim Sum Dinner
Have you ever wondered how the delicate dim sum buns are created? In this class you will learn the art of Chinese dim sum including wontons, Siu Mai and salt and pepper squid plus special dips and sauces.

If you like your Chinese a bit more substantial, consider the Chinese banquet class, which covers all sorts of dishes such as Peking duck wraps, Ten Treasure Soup and Bang Bang chicken.

Where: The Cooking Professor
Address: 271 Selby St, Churchlands
Cost: $110pp

Gourmet Vegetarian
Learn how to make the humble vegetable into something truly special with the gourmet vegetarian class by The Urban Provider. You will learn how to make amazing dishes inspired by far-flung cuisines such as China, Morocco, India and Italy.

Where: The Urban Provider
Address: 267 Vincent St, Leederville WA
Cost: $115pp

On your own? Or Cooking for two?
Do you know a teenager or young adult who is about to move out of home? Or someone who has just fallen in love and wants to impress their new squeeze in the kitchen?

The Beginners class will teach cooking basics to people who don't know their sous vide from their slow cooker, while the Special Occasion for Two Class will teach you perfect dishes to make a sumptuous 6 'course' meal for that someone special.

Where: The Cooking Professor
Address: 271 Selby St, Churchlands
Cost: $110pp

Party Food
If you want to be the hostess-with-the-mostess, consider cooking classes dedicated to the art of parties. Perhaps you want to learn how to make finger foods such as spinach and feta filo rolls and sweet corn cakes with smoked salmon etc.

Or perhaps you are more interested in putting together an elegant dinner party (roast pork with pear, walnut and rocket salad) or summer dinner party (Mediterranean chicken roulade). You will learn at least four dishes for each class and they are held in your own house. Minimum numbers apply.

Where: Food 4 Thought
Cost: $75pp Min 6 people, max 10 people [Cocktail party food $50pp min 10 people]

knife skills
Sharpen up your knife skills

Become a knife knight
Knife skills are becoming an increasingly necessary tool for the urban chef. Learn the difference between your chefs knife and your boning knife, and learn how to save time in the kitchen by selecting the correct knife, the proper way to use and sharpen them

Knife skills courses are offered by:

The Cooking Professor

Matters of Taste Cooking School

Lawless Cooking
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