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Wasabi Is Opening A Cooking School This August!

By Claire Plush - 21 Jul 2016

Restaurants don’t come much better than Wasabi. It’s a fact, and one that every foodie worth their weight in julienne carrots, knows.

So when we caught wind that this two-hatted, multi award-winning establishment—including Regional Restaurant of the Year—was opening its very own cooking school this August, well, life looked a whole lot brighter. And tastier. And just, better.

Don’t get us wrong, we wouldn’t go ga-ga over just any old cooking school. This is The Cooking School Noosa brought to you by Wasabi, and it’s as luxe as you’d expect from one of Queensland’s most talked about restaurants.

Kicking off on August 4, with an already sold-out cooking class (yep—it’s already that sought after), Wasabi’s new cooking school is set a few doors down from the restaurant, in a stunningly-renovated space.

Fitting out the space with brushed brass, copper, blonde wood, a giant caesarstone bench, and opulent yet attainable appliances (there’s no industrial ovens ‘round here) that you’ll totally want to buy for your home, you’d be forgiven for booking one of the exclusive cooking classes purely to nab a peek inside. It’s luxe, yet intimate and inviting, a clever balance that Wasabi is renowned for nailing.

But what’s a cooking school without classes, right? So we best get over our serious bout of #interiorenvy and tell you about those.

Hosting a maximum of 10 people, classes for the months of August and September will range from contemporary Japanese, modern South East Asian, and classic French, and be run by either Wasabi’s executive chef and co-owner Zeb Gilbert or Wasabi’s sous chef hailing from Lyon, Clement Vachon. On top of their expertise, there’ll also be an assistant on hand, upping the one-on-one factor, perfect for when you’re trying to figure out how to de-bone something for… I don’t know… the first time EVER.

Lavishly spread over five hours, you’ll learn to master a super impressive “you really made this?” dish, as well as gain a bunch of paired back skills—like milling your own soba grain to make buckwheat noodles or making butter from scratch—to create others. When the dishes are complete, you’ll get to reap the rewards of your (and your cooking buddy’s) efforts, with a sit down three-course lunch complete with two glasses of perfectly-paired wine. Because, alcohol.

Beyond what’s already locked in, the coming months will see local and national chefs invited into The Cooking School Noosa to host their own classes. And less time-intensive workshops are also around the bend, with pickling, preserving, artisan bread making, and tea appreciation techniques on the agenda. Sounds awesome, no?

We, for one, are pretty excited. And not just about the cooking school, but also because this space can be booked as an event venue for small gatherings, weddings, dinner parties (hello super spesh birthdays), and so on. They’ve really thought of everything.

For now, though, the cooking classes are where it’s at. Naturally, exclusivity and anything to do with the epicness that is Wasabi comes with a price tag, and since when did anything that’s good—or in this case, really good—ever come cheap? There’s your answer, folks. Book now and forever hold your peace. Plus, you’ll get a cute apron to take home along with your new kitchen prowess.

Image Credit: The Cooking School Noosa

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