The basics of Italian gastronomy are freshness, simplicity and lack of pretension with robust dishes packed with flavour. Italians enjoy their cooking and eating is a festive, fun affair accompanied by music and laughter, their food features good quality olive oil, fantastic cheeses, home-made pastas and gnocchi, tomatoes, olives, garlic, basil, rosemary, sage and lemons. Italianicious presents a range of dishes, some contemporary, some old and traditional, requiring various culinary skills, such as pasta making, which is a joy and fun to make, most satisfying and delicious to eat. Capture the passion of Italy.
Participants find out how to:
• Select the best ingredients
• Prepare them most effectively
• Cook them successfully in a multitude of ways
• Present them with mouthwatering finesse
• Recipe booklet and pen
• Tips and tricks on clever preparation
• Interesting and delicious food and menu ideas
• Culinary balance chart (flavours, textures, colours and ingredients)
• Knife handling and sharpening skills.
A slice of the hinterland - Sunday 11th November
Festive celebrations - Sunday 9th December
Savour the Season - Summer - Sunday 3rd February
A slice of the hinterland - Sunday 24th February
Italianicious - Sunday 3rd March
On the Ridge Cooking School at Kureelpa in the Blackall Range, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, invites you to come and enjoy our cooking classes whilst experiencing the lifestyle and the beauty of the wonderful Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Learn how to cook like a chef at On the Ridge by creating, cooking and celebrating good food. Our cuisine is modern Australian, taking the best ideas, using the freshest, local Sunshine Coast produce, combining the cooking principles, techniques and inspirations gained from many cooking traditions and cultures, and forming it into what we like to eat today.
At On the Ridge we share the secrets of good cooking and encourage you to develop a passion for cooking healthy, tasty, delicious and scrumptious food. You will be able to create a style that is natural and true for your own tastes. Our gastronomic philosophy is to cook fresh locally produced food in season, to cook for taste and to cook food simply, enhancing the natural flavours so the food looks and tastes delicious.
On the Ridge Cooking School provides inspirational ideas and menus for delicious, scrumptious entertaining and dinner parties. We also help you to create tasty, easy, healthy midweek meals and nourishing family weekend breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Our Sunday cooking classes are a relaxing and enjoyable experience and are all centred around a theme, such as Coastal Catch, Festive Celebrations, Savour the Season and Mediterranean. All classes provide interesting menus, featuring various cooking techniques structured around three courses - appetizers, soups or entrées, as well as, main courses and desserts. Most appetizers, soups and entrées can all stand as perfect one-course meals, and can make excellent luncheons.
Your day will start with an early morning tea - a cool drink, tea or coffee with a yummy biscuit, slice or cake, specially prepared in our kitchen. Introductions are followed by an explanation and chat about the cooking session and the recipes. You will then go on to create and prepare dishes using the best fresh, seasonal and local produce. Then we cook and enjoy our lunch and celebrate our delicious and flavoursome food.
Guest Chef Special Events - Master Classes
From time to time we invite a guest chef, from the region or around Australia, to share his expertise and to present some of his specialties. These classes may be demonstration only or practical hands-on, depending on the preference of the presenting chef. Costs of these classes may vary.
Visit our Website to view upcoming class times...