It seems a crime not to put the bountiful fruits of the Gippsland region to good use, so we’ve located some of the best places to learn how to throw together hearty, delicious and healthy meals.
So pop on your apron and sharpen those knives, it’s time to get cooking!
1. String + Salt, Warragul
Not just a way to brush up your culinary skills, a cooking class at Warragul’s renowned String + Salt culminates in a social shared meal.
The cooking classes are spiced with fun, with a focus on celebrating local food and chefs.
Classes are seasonal, to take best advantage of what fabulous ingredients are in season. There’s also a Kids in Kitchen the series during school holidays, and if you have pre-school aged little ones, there are also Tiny Baker sessions.
The cooler weather classes include:
- Fresh Pasta Making
- Super Soups
- Raw Party Food
Where: 42 Smith Street, Warragul
For bookings: 03 5622 2119 or head to String + Salt
2. Jacican, Mirboo North
The Jacican food studio is nestled in the rolling hills of Mirboo North, run by Jaci Hicken who loves using Gippsland produce.
The cooking classes focus on learning some amazing techniques that rival anything you see on television, as well as hearty home-cooked fare.
Jacican is also famous for the inventive kids’ cooking classes offered during school holidays.
Cooking classes change throughout the year, but include:
- Winter Preserves
- Gluten Free Baking
Where: 32 Giles Street, Mirboo North
For bookings: 03 5668 2475 or head to Jacican.
3. Community kitchens, Gippsland
Community kitchens are the perfect place to learn to cook budget-beating, nutritious meals. It’s also a great way to get to know people in the community, all while getting the know-how to make healthy meals at home.
Community kitchens are completely run by the community for the community, supported by Latrobe Community Health Service.
Want to find out where your nearest community kitchen is, or even start up one of your own? Contact Latrobe Community Healthy Service on 1800 242 696.
4. Tamsin’s Table, Poowong East
A stunning setting, a delicious kitchen garden and a love for produce are the drivers behind Tamsin’s Kitchen.
Full day cooking classes make the best of the beautiful surroundings – picking fresh ingredients from the garden and learning how to turn them into a three course feast. Enjoying the meal as a group brings a sense of community to a day of learning and tasting.
These cooking classes always book out quick, but are run throughout the year:
- Kitchen Harvest Cooking Class
- Sunday Table
Where: 2255 Main South Road, Poowong East
For bookings: Tamsin’s Table
5. Culinaire Cooking School, Swan Reach
If you’re a seasoned home cook, or still struggle to boil an egg, there’s a cooking class just for you at Culinaire Cooking School. The specially-planted herb and kitchen garden supplies the school with the most delectable, fresh ingredients for group and individual classes.
You can even try your hand at making your own cheese, or learn how to whip up fragrant (and gluten free) South Indian cuisine.
Cooking classes range from four hours to two days:
- Basics for Blokes (two day class)
- Handmade Pasta and Sauces
Where: 51 Cunningham Court, Swan Reach
For bookings: (03) 5156 4091 or Culinaire Cooking School
6. Milly & Romeo’s Cooking School, Koonwarra
The tiny south Gippsland town of Koonwarra has become somewhat of a foodie haven, and it’s little wonder given the plentiful bounty the rich land provides. Milly & Romeo’s captures the landscape beautifully, translating it into cooking classes for novices and home-cook extraordinaires alike.
Whether it’s making jam like granny used to, or helping your kids learn to love preparing their own food, there are cooking classes running throughout the year.
Winter cooking classes include:
- Pressure Cooking Class
- Vegetarian Cooking Class
Where: 1 Koala Drive, Koonwarra
For bookings: 03 5664 2211 or Milly & Romeo’s Cooking School
7. Peppermint Ridge Farm, Tynong North
A true taste of Australia, Tynong Ridge Farm is all about tasting, learning about and seeing our unique, native foods. The highlight is the farm’s signature Bush Food Cooking Class, which captures the essence of Australia on a plate.
Flavours including lemon & anise myrtle, strawberry gum, mountain pepper and native mints are used to create meals you can make at home.
You can create a special experience for you and your friends by booking for your own private group:
- Bush Food Cooking Class
- Native Foods Cooking School for Food Studies Teachers
Where: 540 Tynong North Road, Tynong North
For bookings: 03 5942 8580 or Peppermint Ridge Farm
8. Plough Creek Cooking School, Hazelwood North
The beautiful vista at Plough Creek Cooking School is enough to give anyone an appetite for good, hearty food created in a homey country kitchen. The owners of Plough Creek source cooking experts to teach their classes, in a bid to instill a real passion for good food.
Many of classes teach skills like butchering, which will last a lifetime.
Classes change throughout the year, so keep an eye on what’s happening:
- Men Only BBQ
- Asian Flavours
Where: 34 Malcolm Way, Hazelwood North
Bookings: 0419 014 590 or Plough Creek Cooking School.
We hope these amazing Gippsland cooking schools have whet your appetite!