Get your Masterchef on with these Brisbane cooking classes
Emma Duffy | On 11, May 2016
Dig out your aprons, dust off your cookbooks, and fire up your fry pans – Masterchef is back for another season so it’s time to turn up the heat in the kitchen at home.
If you’ve ever had dreams about appearing on the show and blowing the judges’ minds with your phenomenal cooking, then read on. Whether you’re somewhat lacking in the culinary department or simply want to brush up on basic skills, these cooking classes will have you up to scratch and competition ready in no time.
James Street Cooking School
Cooking is about using all of the senses and that’s the focus of their 11-year history. James Street Cooking School encourages students to get their hands dirty – touching and smelling the ingredients and watching the food change colour and consistency.
The team of professional chefs who run James St will teach you how to use domestic appliances in a professional environment, so you can be as refined as a professional chef in your home kitchen.
Centred around cuisines like French, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Thai, Indian, Italian and Malaysian, you’ll work in teams of up to five, cooking the dish together before sitting down to enjoy them with a glass of wine.
For those looking to push themselves, James St offer Knives and Presentation, Curries of the World, dessert, pasta and pastry classes where you’ll receive more intensive training.
Vanilla Zulu is a highly interactive cooking school, encouraging students to participate in every step of the process so you learn more than simply by observing a cooking demonstration. With classes aimed specifically to make cooking less intimidating, your skills and confidence will be increased in no time.
If you’re serious about becoming the next Masterchef, Vanilla Zulu offer a Chef Skills Course run over six weeks, where you’ll learn everything from making pasta and pastry, to baking bread and whipping up a batch of ice cream – along with all the shortcuts and tricks of the trade.
It might not be the quicker option but nothing beats a bowl of silky, homemade pasta. At Angelo’s Pasta, you’ll be taught how to tackle tagilatelle, ravioli and knock gnocchi right out of the park with their classes, before sitting down to a delicious pasta lunch topped off with coffee and cake in true Italian style.
Everyone who attends the class also receives a gift pack, plus you get to take home all the pasta you made.
La Macelleria Gelateria
Renowned for their authentic gelato, La Macelleria also offer gelato workshop classes. Dedicated to newbies in the gelato world, these classes combine theoretical principles with practical exercises on the machines at their Teneriffe store. In classes of five, you’ll learn everything from the key differences between ice cream and gelato, the raw materials and stages of the production cycle, as well as all the necessary equipment needed.
You’ll even get to make a few gelato flavours and get a one litre pack to take home.
My Thai Kitchen
Specialising in the tantalising taste sensations of the Thai cuisine, My Thai Kitchen will teach you how to cook delicious Thai food, regardless of your skill level. My Thai Kitchen classes are kept to an intimate eight people and there’s no group cooking either – you’ll get to be completely hands on, making every recipe by yourself. You’ll still get to eat together, dining on an amazing banquet lunch and you’re welcome to take home any leftovers (hint: there won’t be).
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