Brisbane local with an interest in all things, food, coffee, health, wellbeing and fitness and random weekend adventures.
Published August 22nd 2015
Are you a budding cook? Have you always wanted to cook in a commercial kitchen? Do you eagerly watch the cooking shows on TV and think "man, I'd do so much better than them" – well, maybe a cooking class at the Golden Pig Cooking School is just what you need. With Father's Day & Christmas just around the corner, you may even want to secure a spot or two for that special someone in your life.
The Golden Pig Cooking School is a delightful space hidden in the backstreets of Newstead. Owners are Katrina & Mark Ryan, both successful in their own right, with an extensive array of impressive experience in notable restaurants and events throughout Australia. Their space in Newstead is glorious. Large open plan kitchen, lovely table settings and an all over gorgeous ambience.
The Golden Pig holds a variety of 4 hour hands-on cooking classes where you can get down and dirty in the kitchen. There are a wide range of cooking classes and cuisines you can choose; from brunch to cheese making to Thai nights and fancy French cuisine. Not only do you get to be directly involved, you learn from an expert in a fun environment. With lovely fresh ingredients, a spectacular array of utensils, expert chef Katrina sharing her knowledge, hints, tips and support and even our own resident 'dishy' made the evening a success. And best of all – you get to enjoy your creations at the end over a glass of wine or two.
The night I went, we served up the most glorious spread of home-style Greek food. The meals were divine (compliments to the chef, of course), and for want of a better description, they just worked. From the marinade for the octopus to the carefully barbecued flat bread, the fried cheese, the preciously sweet baklava and the most tender drool-worthy lamb, all dishes are made with love by the students, with Katrina ready to help in an instant.
Meals are made together and shared with other students of the class. Recipes are handed out so an attempt to recreate the exact Greek feast is on the cards over the coming weeks (however I am a little concerned it may not turn out exactly the same given the size of my kitchen and severe lack of professional help).
Cooking not your thing? Well there are many other demonstration style workshops and other food, wine and beer events (think wine and food tasting) you can try. You still get to enjoy the beautifully created food, but don't have to put the hard work in yourself.
If you're more of a sit and watch the world go by over a coffee type person, why not head on down to the Golden Pig for a yummy meal or coffee. They offer a wide variety of breakfast, brunch and lunch classics as well as coffee and cake throughout the week. You will find the fully licensed café open Monday 7.30am to 12pm and Tuesday to Fridays from 7.30am to 2pm. Cooking Classes are usually held on Sunday afternoons from 4pm and Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 5.30pm.
I would highly recommend a trip to Golden Pig, in whatever capacity that means for you. It is an interesting space away from the hustle and bustle of the city. So head on down, either grab an apron and make a night of cooking or simply order a coffee on the way to work. Golden Pig has something to suit all tastes. Bon appetit.