A relatively new trend is the emergence of cooking school restaurants which allows visitors to experience the whole cycle of food production, from collecting the ingredients from the farm or garden, to preparing and cooking their own meal. A great way of discovering some of Victoria's magnificent produce with other food lovers.
Be inspired by Mediterranean cuisine at this cooking school, located at Billanook Estate in the Yarra Valley. Discover the wonderful secrets of authentic and traditional home-style Italian cooking using fresh local ingredients. It's where Italy meets the Yarra Valley. (near Lilydale)
Situated atop Arthurs Seat and overlooking Port Phillip, this is a cooking school with a difference, modelled on the live-in participatory cooking schools that are famous in Europe. Several cooking themes are available which run over two or three days. As well as cooking, participants enjoy a local winery tour and visit to Peninsula Hot Springs. (Arthurs Seat)
At this Asian cooking school in inner city Melbourne, participants will learn about the colourful and aromatic ingredients that make up Asian cuisine. All skill levels are catered for, with guided step by step tuition on how to create amazing Asian food using the freshest ingredients. (Richmond)
Voted one of Melbourne's favourite cooking schools, Relish Mama teaches participants how to make fresh pasta, risotto, tortillas, curries, pastries and other traditional foods from around the world. This purpose-built cooking school is located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Cheltenham.