Down Under Dining

Ever wanted to know the secrets of great chefs? Get in the know and cook, eat, laugh and learn at the Spicers Cooking School at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. The purpose-built facility holds classes led by Cameron Matthews, renowned head chef of The Long Apron restaurant at nearby Spicers Clovelly Estate; and Daniel Jarrett, head chef of The Tamarind restaurant at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Located in Maleny in the tranquil Australian Sunshine Coast hinterland, the school features state of the art cooking stations, air-conditioned comfort and spectacular views perched amongst the beautiful green grounds overlooking the rainforest.

Here, you can learn the secrets of French and Italian cooking under the guidance of Matthews, and discover the intricacies of Thai cuisine with the talented Jarrett. Each class delivers a highly informative, hands-on cooking session with intimate class sizes limited to 12 people for maximum learning opportunities. Matthews' Italian Bellissimo classes can include dishes such as trofie ala Genovese - hand-rolled pasta with pesto, kipfler potatoes and beans; potato gnocchi in a simple, fresh tomato sauce; Tuscan bread and tomato salad; and panna cotta using local, seasonal fruit. Taste of Thailand classes feature dishes such as chicken and coconut soup; eggplant and bean curd relish; pork salad; prawn green curry; and stir fry of the day. In French Classic classes, learn how to make dishes such as Pissaladière - a French pizza with tomato, olives and anchovies; and free range chicken and asparagus terrine.

All participants will create four to five dishes and receive the chefs' secret recipes, notes and a signature branded Apron. You'll also devour your own creations at the end of the class - with a nice glass of wine in hand, for AU$165 (US$147) per person.

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