10 superb Sydney cooking schools

6 July 2015

Learn how to plate your food like a Masterchef

Don’t just watch MasterChef. Become one. Whether you’re a budding chef or passionate home cook, cooking classes are a great way to meet new people, indulge in delicious food and earn some serious cred at your next dinner party. Here are our top picks for getting a casual culinary education in Sydney.

Sydney Seafood School

The largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, Sydney Fish Markets is not only a destination for foodies hunting for the freshest seafood but it’s also home to a specialised cooking school. Some of Australia’s leading chefs, including Christine Manfield, Matt Moran and Guillaume Brahimi, are guest presenters. For the amateur cook, however, the ‘Seafood Basics’ is a great starting point. Students work in small groups in a state-of-the-art kitchen (artfully conceptualised by designer Michael McCann), then enjoy their handiwork during a sit down meal together.


Learn from the best in the business at Accoutrement. For over 40 years this Mosman cooking school has offered specialised cooking classes, hosted by leading chefs. With over 100 cooking classes per year, including private and group classes in Sydney as well as international food tours to Venice, Puglia, Istanbul and South Africa, this school will really expand your culinary horizons.

The Essential Ingredient

Gourmet Sausage Making, Thai Street Food and Bread Making Fundamentals are just a few of the niche cooking classes offered at The Essential Ingredient. Located in Rozelle, this inner west school is where you’ll find a class for every culinary whim – no matter how left field it may be.

Simon Johnson

From Sydney’s most renowned gourmet food purveyor, Simon Johnson offers Talk Eat Drink sessions covering everything from nourishing pantry basics to simple Italian fare. All classes are held in their custom-built demonstration kitchen in Alexandria and each class is limited to 40 people. Guest chefs include David Lovett from Uccello and Mike McEnearney from Kitchen by Mike.

Cheeky Food Group

Team and relationship building through cooking and food is at the heart of this Surry Hills cooking school. With over 400 team-cooking classes, the interactive school offers a range of options for corporations with conference activities, hosting Christmas parties and their signature team building cooking classes, all of which can be tailored to suit the guests’ requirements and interests.

Signorelli Gastronomia

Have you always been too terrified to try and cook a soufflé? Or perhaps you’ve never tried to make pasta from scratch? Learn how it’s done with Signorelli Gastronomia Cooking School’s Chef’s Table and Hands-On classes. Or, for those who don’t want to get flour on their clothes, you can also take an Appreciation class, where you learn as you watch a chef do the work. This cooking school has an Italian bent, and even if you don’t leave with an ability to produce flavour like a Nonna, you’ll walk away from Signorelli Gastronomia’s kitchen having downed a glass of prosecco, the house’s famous antipasto and the meal you cooked up. Plus you get a Signorelli Gastronomia shopping bag and recipe notes to take home.

Cucina Italiana Cooking School

If you’re looking to master the art of Italian cooking in Sydney, what better place to do it than in a heritage-listed villa in Annandale? Luciana Sampogna opens up her kitchen to those who love artisan cuisine as much as she does, with classes including The Long Italian Lunch, Pasta Sauces, Living Venice in Sydney and even Bambini in Cucina, a great idea for the little ones on school holidays.

Biota Dining

Whether you’re a culinary novice or an experienced cook looking to improve your repertoire, Chef James Viles and his team at Biota Dining in Bowral will share their passion for food, focusing on artisan produce and seasonal botanicals, whilst supporting both local farmers and growers to create simple yet delectable cuisine.

Sydney Cooking School

Channel your inner foodie and spend a day in the life of a MasterChef contestant, being set a mystery box challenge. This cooking school has something for everyone with Gluten Free classes, a four-week Beginner’s course and an intensive two- day Food Styling course – where you can learn all the handy tricks that will make your food beautiful. They also have a mobile cooking school that can come to you.

Chocolate lovers

Discover the secret of chocolate-making at Kimberley Chocolates in Leichhardt. Led by Joseph Atallah, classes begin with a short history of chocolate, how chocolate is made and the difference between milk, dark and white chocolate. After sampling a luscious hot chocolate, everyone will then choose a mould and create their own filled chocolates. But the best bit? Any chocolate that doesn’t get eaten is to take home.

For more ideas on cooking schools and food tours in Sydney, visit Sydney.com!