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Brisbane’s Best Cooking Schools

By Phoebe Lee - 28 May 2016

brisbanes best cooking schools

One of the best things about being an adult is being able to eat whatever you want. You can come home after work, throw an entire bag of chicken chippies in the oven and wash them down with booze. Which is exactly why it’s also one of the worst things about being an adult. Mad cooking schools are actually essential, to your health and relationship status, so it’s a good thing Brisbane has an abundance of great cooking schools. Here’s a guide to some of Brisbane's best cooking schools.

The Golden Pig

The guys at The Golden Pig, in Newstead, host a range of awesome cooking classes and the venue is really cool too. They offer everything, from basic knife and butchery skills, through to decadent desserts, modern Greek, French bistro, Moroccan and Vietnamese. If you go with the desserts option, which you really should, you’ll be making goodies like churros, panna cotta and white chocolate mousse.

James St Cooking School

At the James St Cooking School you can get hands-on or spectate from the bleachers with demonstration classes. They offer up classes like Middle Eastern cooking, Modern Australian, Italian and that most Australian of cooking methods; Beer and BBQ-ing. It’s a super social environment and you’ll learn recipes like Moroccan spiced fish and Roman gnocchi.

Mondo Organics

Take a trip to West End and visit the guys at Mondo Organics to brush up on your Masterchef skills. They offer really cool classes, like modern vegan, sustainable seafood, sourdough pizza and wholesome pasta. Their focus is all about food that’s good for you and tastes good too! You’ll learn to make spelt and spinach pasta, home-made sourdough pizza with healthy toppings and even your very own tortellini’s.

Vanilla Zulu

The guys at Vanilla Zulu mean business. They were even voted as one of the top five cooking schools in the state. They offer your essential cooking classes, like rustic Italian, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Thai but also offer longer courses, like Chef Skills. These teach you how to be master of your marble-topped domain and include things like chocolate and sugar work, pastry, life skills and more. If you want to go Super Saiyan, you can also do the advanced three week course.

My Thai Kitchen

Everyone loves Thai food and now you can learn to make it in your own home and impress the heck out of your friends and family with how professional you are at cooking it. My Thai Kitchen offer a Classic Thai class, where you prepare pad thai, spring rolls, massaman curry and more. They also offer other asian-inspired classes, like Fabulous Street Food and Asian Sizzle BBQ. Yum, yum and yum.

Putia Pure Food Cooking School

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Chef Dominique Rizzo or seen her on televesion. Turns out, Putia is her concept cooking school, kitchen and pantry. You’ll find the cooking school based in Banyo, offering up some really great classes like gluten-free baking for beginners, Indian cooking made easy, one pot Lebanese cooking and classes teaching Mexican, Middle Eastern and more.

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