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Published January 31st 2017
Update May 11th 2017
Unfortunately, 3 Seeds Cooking School (number 1 on this list) will be closing down June 2017.
Create your own My Restaurant Rules dinner party at home
For the last few years, reality cooking shows have been a prime-time favourite on TV, as we watch the everyday person strive to become the ultimate winner on shows such as Masterchef, Zumbo's Just Desserts, The Great Australian Bake Off and My Restaurant Rules. As well as learning skills that we can (hopefully!) replicate at home, these reality programs are also popular because we enjoy watching people, week after week, have highs and lows in their cooking journey - just like we do at home. If you would like to start making award-winning culinary masterpieces at home, there are cooking schools around Canberra which can teach you how. When you dish up something like this (below) at your next My Restaurant Rules-style dinner party - your guests are sure to give you a 10/10!
1/ 3 Seeds Cooking School is a popular venue located in Fyshwick and has a wide range of classes for both adults and children. For adults, there are classes on how to create exquisite canapés and tapas, Dumplings and Bao, Mexican and a wide range of international food. Just for Summer, they also have a class to learn BBQ techniques, to create light meals that you can recreate at home. Classes vary in length between 2 and 3.5 hours and includes a meal at the end with a complimentary wine. These classes have recently been moved into a larger warehouse in Fyshwick, so there is room for multiple BBQs and more masterchefs in the kitchen. See here for details. To see photos of their previous classes, see their Facebook here.
2/ Le Très Bon is a French restaurant and cooking school in Bungendore, 30 minutes east of Canberra's CBD. The classes are run by Chef Christophe and Josephine Gregoire in their farmhouse restaurant, to teach locals and visitors how to cook using a variety of traditional French techniques. Their classes are often themed to the time of year, with Christmas meals and desserts on the menu, as well as classes in how to make the most of the local Black Truffles in winter. Impress your partner next Valentines Day with a home cooked meal such as Scallops terrine with sauce barigoule, Beef steak tartare and Duck with honey sauce Filet de canard au miel. See here for details.
Chef Christophe Gregoire at Le Très Bon. Source: Le Très Bon Facebook
3/ Foodish Cooking Lessons are located at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, north of the city. This venue has classes for adults and children in a wide variety of seasonal and international cuisines. They also organise cooking parties and encourage workplace teams to come to enjoy a class together, as cooking together promotes teamwork, creativity, enjoyment and a sense of achievement at the end. Make a dessert like a pro, whip up your own ice-cream or create a whole meal that the whole family or dinner guests will enjoy. See here for details.
4/ Lalorta is a cake decorating and supplies store in Majura Park Shopping Centre and they also run cake decorating classes in their school in Narrabundah. If you enjoy the dessert and baking reality cooking shows in particular, why not join a class and learn some of the finer skills yourself. Classes for adults range between 2 hours and all day. Learn how to make a variety of intricate decorations including Classic Buttercream Flowers, Sugar Flowers - Succulents, "Snow White" Figurines and stunning cake decorating displays such as this, below. See here for the extensive list of classes.
Learn how to create these in the Russian Tips & Buttercream Cupcake class - $175 for 3 hours. Source: Lalorta Facebook
When you see everyday people excelling at their chosen passion, it is inspiring to us all. Canberra's own Ali King (above) was a contestant on Zumbo's Just Desserts in 2016 and made it all the way to the Grand Final. Although she didn't win, she has inspired many to follow in her footsteps. She has even launched her own business since leaving the show, Ali King: Desserts, Cakes and Events - organising degustation events around the city, with each event selling out within days.
Although there are many reality cooking shows on TV, they do one thing for the home cook - they inspire. They inspire us to be creative and try something new - including signing up for a cooking class that may take us out of our comfort zone. These classes are designed to be fun, interactive and a way to meet like-minded people who enjoy the process as much as we do. Why don't you take the plunge and book a class for this weekend? The best part is...
...you get to eat it all at the end! Foodish Cooking Lessons. Source: Foodish Facebook