Learn the tricks of the trade from SA’s very own master chefs; create award-winning dishes using our regions’ best local produce.
It’s no secret, South Australia is known for its fantastic food. Adelaide is overflowing with quality restaurants, and less than an hour away lie gourmet hotspots: the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. Though your wallet and waistline may protest, you could literally spend weeks – even months – eating and drinking your way around SA.
But what about when it’s all over? Treasured culinary memories may remain, but how do you recreate that impossibly tender barbequed lamb and melt-in-your-mouth cannoli at home?
You’ll be pleased to know there’s an answer: cooking schools. Learn the tricks of the trade from SA’s very own master chefs; create award-winning dishes using our regions’ best produce, then take home the recipe to recreate for years to come.
Learning from the best at Sticky Rice Cooking School
Sticky Rice Cooking School
Sticky Rice Cooking School can be found in the lush, leafy Adelaide Hills town of Stirling. Passionate foodie, Claire Fuller was fed up with the blandness of celebrity-led cooking classes, soulless kitchens and strict recipes, so she took matters into her own hands and set up Sticky Rice. What sets Fuller’s cooking school apart is its unique venue, (complete with modern, state-of-the-art kitchen and stately antique furniture), hands-on teaching approach, and inclusive, in-depth coaching.
Learn how to cook Thai, Indian, Spanish and Vietnamese cuisine, and discover the history behind each dish. Rest assured you’ll be taught by the best, with classes led by well-known local and interstate chefs. After perfecting your craft, loosen your belt and feast, banquet-style, on the fruits of your labour.
Sticky Rice Cooking School can be found at 96 Old Mt Barker Road, Stirling. For more information and to book, see the Sticky Rice Cooking School website
Sitting down to enjoy it all at Producers of McLaren Vale
Producers of McLaren Vale
Named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 5 Cooking Schools in Australia, Producers of McLaren Vale offers a variety of specialised, hands-on classes. Learn how to make your own ricotta, haloumi and mozzarella; combine it all on a pizza and pair it with local wine for an al fresco lunch under the fruit trees.
Make bread and pasta from scratch or grind your own grain. Weakness for sparkling wine? Learn to disgorge and dosage your very-own, then (liberally) taste-test over a shared lunch. If competition is in your blood, test yourself with Competitive Wine Blending – create your own blend, design a wine label and let the judges pick a winner.
Producers of McLaren Vale can be found at Branson Road, McLaren Vale. For more information and to book, see the Producers of McLaren Vale website
Matteo Carboni showing how it's done
Set in South Australia’s gourmet capital – the Barossa – Casa Carboni is a trip to regional Italy, only 45 minutes away from Adelaide. Co-owner Matteo Carboni’s love of food stems back to his childhood in the north of Italy, where is Nonna Pia taught him to make fresh pasta, with produce “il contadino” (straight from the farmer). His wife, Fiona, is a wine connoisseur, having travelled the globe, developing portfolios for boutique Australian wine producers.
After years of globetrotting and seeking out small producers of wine and food, Casa Carboni – a pairing of Matteo’s passion for Italian cuisine and Fiona’s extensive wine knowledge – was born. Designed for small groups, learn how to cook traditional pasta dishes and Italian desserts using the Barossa’s finest produce. When you’re done, enjoy in beautiful surrounds with a glass of specially-selected local wine.
Casa Carboni can be found at 67 Murray Street, Angaston. For more information and to book, see the Casa Carboni website.
Cheese making at Udder Delights
We all love eating cheese, but making it – well, that’s a different story. Located in quaint, kitsch but undeniably cosy Hahndorf, Udder Delights runs a range of lessons for the wannabe home cheesemaker. Classes take place in the cellar of award-winning Udder Delights shop and café. Classes focus on the fun/romanticism of cheesemaking, rather than nitty-gritty science and technicalities.
Recipes are designed to be recreated at home and use basic equipment that can be found in most kitchens. Learn how to make fetta, camembert and ricotta, then eat it. Of course, there’s wine on offer too.
Udder Delights can be found at 91a Main Street, Hahndorf. For more information and to book, see the Udder Delights website.
Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis from Sprout
Sprout Cooking School
Sprout is a cooking school and health studio run by dietician, Themis Chryssidis and celebrity cook Callum Hann. What sets Sprout apart from other cooking schools is its focus on health, lifestyle, budget and dietary requirements rather than one particular type of cuisine. Recipes are nutritionally balanced and classes are hosted by professionals. At the end of each class, enjoy your nutritious and delicious creations in Sprout’s stunning dining room with a glass of local wine. When it’s all over, take home a wealth of knowledge that will last you for life.
Sprout’s unique Health Studio shares the same mantra as its cooking school and promotes healthy eating/lifestyle choices. The Health Studio offers dietetic and nutrition consultation, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology services.
Sprout can be found at 89 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton. For more information and to book, see the Sprout website.