Once you've tasted the locally grown seasonal produce available throughout Queensland and the fresh innovative food you'll want to learn how to make it all at home. Luckily many of our best chefs enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge at cooking classes.
There are cooking school choices a plenty in Brisbane. Take a class with top local and visiting chefs at Black Pearl Epicure, learn how to make your own cheeses, discover vegetarian cooking from the experts at Mondo Organics, or be inspired by the produce and skills on show at James St Cooking School.
On the Sunshine Coast a sub-tropical climate provides ideal growing conditions for a stunning array of produce from ducks, crayfish and perfect pineapples to figs, lychees, Asian greens and ginger. It's not surprising that the Thai cooking classes offered by Paul Blain at The Tamarind in Maleny and The Spirit House Restaurant & Cooking School at Yandina are extremely popular.
If a decadently indulgent high tea is more your style the Sunshine Coast's Amytis Gardens Retreat and Spa offers delicious chocolate classes or European style cooking classes incorporating a hint of garlic and the scent of sunshine.
Further north in Kingaroy the Asian theme continues with Burning Beats Café's classes on how to chop, slice and dice your way to success with Thai, Indian and Vietnamese style cooking.
On the southern end of the coast in the Tamborine Mountain hinterland Witches Chase Cheese Company will teach you how to make your favourite cheeses.
Discover how to cook and preserve the best seasonal produce of the Southern Downs with Geoff Metcalf at New England Larder, Glen Aplin.
Learn how to use wild food in fusion with Asian and Mediterranean cuisine at Wild Lime Cooking School at Worendo, a one and a half hour scenic drive from Brisbane or Gold Coast.