The Essential Ingredient Rozelle Cooking School

The Essential Ingredient Rozelle Cooking School offers a variety of cooking classes in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our professional chefs will guide you through a diverse range of cooking classes. The cooking school offering ranges from basic knife skills to regional specialty classes such as Spanish, Moroccan, Malaysian, Indian, Asian and Italian. Allow your taste buds to be taken on a journey through a mouth watering selection of classes hosted by dedicated local and international chefs.

All our upcoming cooking classes are listed on this page, however you can also view all our classes on our events calendar.

Cooking classes are offered on a regular basis and change frequently. Be sure to check back often for our latest offerings. If you’re interested in a class that is not listed below, you may contact us to make a suggestion.

Book classes by clicking on the register buttons below. Alternatively, you may e-mail or fax our PDF Booking Form (right click, save as…) to us to secure your spot in one of our classes.
Before making a booking, please be sure to read the cooking school terms and conditions.

We look forward to sharing our passion for food with you.


Meet Chef Martin Benn

December 21, 2014
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for a 1 hour demonstration and food tasting with renowned chef of Sepia restaurant Sydney, Martin Benn. Sepia has been named Sydney’s best restaurant for the past 2 years by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and also took out the accolade in 2012 and Martin was…

Knife Skills – With Bonus Kasumi Knife

January 29, 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chef Travis Harvey will cover all important aspects of different cutting techniques, knife and blade care as well as safe knife handling. Join this knife skills class to receive a Kasumi utility knife valued at $149. You will learn how to professionally dice, julienne and chiffonade a range of different…

Paella, Churros & Sangria

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January 31, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Spanish Chef Ricardo Zaratustra will show you how to create three delicious Spanish classics. In this entertaining, hands-on class you will learn how to make a Seafood Paella, Churros and Sangria. Growing up on the Canary Islands Ricardo is a specialist for great seafood dishes. With his knowledge and his…

Thai Street Food

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February 1, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Wanitha Tanasingam to re-create your favourite food memories of Thailand. In this inspiring class you will learn how to make 6 traditional Thai Street Food dishes like Pad Thai, Spicy Prawn Soup and Fishcakes with Red Curry Paste. Growing up in Penang, Wanitha moved to Australia in 1982. She…

Spanish Tapas Class

February 5, 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us to this hands-on tapas class and learn how to prepare your favourite Spanish Tapas and authentic Sangria. You will make Tortilla, Alioli, Gambas al Ajillo and other Spanish entrée delights to re-cook at home for you friends and bring back those summer night memories. With his knowledge and…

Seafood Master Class

February 7, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

The availability of fresh produce and high quality seafood combined with its cultural diversity make Australian cuisine one of the most sophisticated and refined cuisines of the world. In this seafood cooking class you will learn how to prepare a Chilli Mud Crab, Crispy Skinned Barramundi and Seared Scallops –…

Indian Cooking Class – Your Favourite Indian Dishes

February 8, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn how to create your favourite Indian dishes. In this hands-on Indian cooking class you will make Butter Chicken from a whole Tandoori Chicken, aromatic Lamb Madras and Masala Prawns as well as a range of traditional Indian accompaniments like Dhal and Chapatti. Growing up in Penang, Wanitha moved to…

Little Bites of Love – Couple Cooking Class

February 14, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us in this couple cooking class for an adventure of romance and passion. Along with your special someone you will learn from the Goddess of Love – Wanitha Tanasingam – herself how to work the Art of Culinary Seduction. You will start this adventure with champagne and oysters served…

3 Weeks of Pastry and Brioche – Part 1

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February 15, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn how to make your own pastries for the perfect Easter breakfast. In this class you will make a range of pastries that everybody loves – from scratch: Brioche, Croissants, Palmiers, Pain au Chocolat, Cheese Twists and many more. Over 3 Sundays in this hands-on class Pastry Chef and Chocolate…

Bread Making Fundamentals

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February 21, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Discover the Fundamentals of Bread Making. In this hands-on class you will be shown traditional European techniques to start a sourdough, learn how to make focaccias and bake your own traditional crusty loaf. Join Chef Robbie Goulbourne for a journey through different baking techniques and fill the air with the…

Mexican Street Food

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February 28, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Chef Travis Harvey on this tour of Mexico’s tastiest street food. Make Tacos al Pastor, Tamales with Mole, Panuchos – corn tartlets, Quesadillas with Mexican “Black Truffles”, Goat’s Milk Ice Cream with Caramel and Pecan Nuts and a range of Salsas. Travis’ recipes and knowledge of Mexican cuisine come…

3 Weeks of Pastry and Brioche – Part 2

March 1, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn how to make your own pastries for the perfect Easter breakfast. In this class you will make a range of pastries that everybody loves – from scratch: Brioche, Croissants, Palmiers, Pain au Chocolat, Cheese Twists and many more. Over 3 Sundays in this hands-on class Pastry Chef and Chocolate…

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating

March 7, 2015
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Essential Ingredient’s very popular cupcake decorating workshops are a fun way to learn the basics of cake decorating, from icing to piping to sugar flowers and more.  The classes are small and everyone leaves with three cup cakes decorated using their newly found skills, as well as a small…

3 Weeks of Pastry and Brioche – Part 3

March 8, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn how to make your own pastries for the perfect Easter breakfast. In this class you will make a range of pastries that everybody loves – from scratch: Brioche, Croissants, Palmiers, Pain au Chocolat, Cheese Twists and many more. Over 3 Sundays in this hands-on class Pastry Chef and Chocolate…

Duck Cooking Class – Duck 3 Ways

March 12, 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this duck cooking class you will learn 3 ways to cook your duck to finger-licking perfection. Chef Ricardo Zaratustra has been travelling the world hunting down the best duck recipes and techniques in Europe, Asia and Australia. In this hands-on class he will share his secrets to the different…

Moroccan Feast

March 14, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Wanitha in this hands-on Moroccan cooking class and learn how to make a Chicken Tagine, an aromatic Chermoula Snapper, an Orange & Fennel Salad, Harissa – from scratch, a delicious Cous Cous side dish and delicious Date Pancakes. Growing up in Penang, Wanitha moved to Australia in 1982, started…

Gourmet Sausage Making Class

March 21, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Let sisters Ann & Fiona of McDonaghs Meat Boutique show how to easily carry out the art of sausage making at home. In this hands-on sausage making class you will explore several gourmet sausage recipes such as Beef & Guinness, Spicy Italian Sausage & Loukaniko. Exploring some intriguing flavour combinations,…

Chocolate Moulding Class – Easter Special

March 22, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get your Easter Bunny on and hop into The Essential Ingredient for a sweet chocolate workshop with chocolatierie Jessica Pedemont of Chocolate Artisan. Ever wanted to make your very own Easter Eggs from scratch and thought it was all too hard? Let Jess share her knowledge, skills and ‘know-how’ to…

Malaysian Street Food

March 26, 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wanitha Tanasingam shares her Malaysian childhood Street Food memories with you. Learn how to make Roti with Chicken Curry, Fried Rice Noodles, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Rojak – the famous Malaysian Spicy Fruit Salad. Growing up in Penang, Wanitha moved to Australia in 1982. She learned the art…

Paella, Churros & Sangria

April 11, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Spanish Chef Ricardo Zaratustra will show you how to create three delicious Spanish classics. In this entertaining, hands-on class you will learn how to make a Seafood Paella, Churros and Sangria. Growing up on the Canary Islands Ricardo is a specialist for great seafood dishes. With his knowledge and his…

Thai Cooking Class – Thai Street Food

April 19, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Wanitha Tanasingam to re-create your favourite food memories of Thailand. In this inspiring Thai cooking class you will learn how to make 6 traditional Street Food dishes like Pad Thai, Spicy Prawn Soup and Fishcakes with Red Curry Paste. Growing up in Penang, Wanitha moved to Australia in 1982….

Linguine – Ravioli – Orecchiette In this hands-on pasta making class you will learn how to make a variety of egg dough pasta from scratch. You will be taught the traditional way of making Italian pasta by hand but also by using a food processor. All pasta will be accompanied…

Spanish Tapas Class

May 9, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us to this hands-on tapas class and learn how to prepare your favourite Spanish Tapas and authentic Sangria. You will make Tortilla, Alioli, Gambas al Ajillo and other Spanish entrée delights to re-cook at home for you friends and bring back those summer night memories. With his knowledge and…

Sustainable Seafood Class

May 16, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Anna Phillips for this hands on class and explore the world of mussels, cuttlefish, octopus and sustainable varieties of fish. This class will open up an exciting new world showing how easily prepared many seafood/shellfish varieties are and answer any of your sustainability questions. Adding a new world to…

Bread Making Fundamentals

May 23, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Discover the Fundamentals of Bread Making. In this hands-on class you will be shown traditional European techniques to start a sourdough, learn how to make focaccias and bake your own traditional crusty loaf. Join Chef Robbie Goulbourne for a journey through different baking techniques and fill the air with the…

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