Roll Sushi and Learn to Pickle Food at These Sydney Cooking Classes

Rydges Sydney Harbour

Admit it, cheese pasta and tuna salad every night for dinner is getting old. Surely it’s time to level up your cooking skills and add some delicious new recipes to your arsenal, right?

Kick your boring, repetitive recipes to the curb and bring on fresh flavours with new ways to enjoy food. How does learn to make your own zingy pickles, silky pasta and steaming gyoza sound? Splendid, you’re right.

So, roll up your sleeves and prepare your tastebuds to be tantalised as you learn to whip up delicious culinary creations at these four cooking classes in Sydney.

Sip and Sushi Masterclass

Sip and Sushi Masterclass is held every Saturday afternoon on the rooftop at Rydges Sydney Harbour. Led by the property’s Executive Chef Taichi Ito, the two-hour class sees you honing your knife skills and learning the historic Japanese craft of sushi-making. You’ll get the chance to make nigiri, sushi rolls, sashimi and chicken and avo rolls.

During the class, you’ll also be treated to a sake tasting and get to graze on canapés. The rooftop class runs Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm this spring and summer. Book the Sip and Sushi Masterclass for $125pp here.

Rydges Sydney Harbour
Image: Rydges Sydney Harbour

Bondi Social Cooking School

What’s better than learning to make delicious meals whilst having nibbles and drinks? Doing just that while helping to support the community and those in need.

Bondi Social Cooking School is a new start-up social enterprise providing laid-back, fun and sociable cooking classes with a conscience. Proceeds from all classes go to supporting the community and local charities, while the meals you make go directly to those in need. Organisations that receive the 40-80 meals made in each class include Plates4Mates and the Salvation Army.

Bondi Social Cooking School was started by Our Big Kitchen chef Joseph ‘Joe’ Bekhore and volunteer Danni Bluston. Their passion, creativity and vision led to the idea of providing fun, accessible cooking classes to those who want to meet new people and learn new skills while feeding those who are doing it tough.

A class involves snacks and drinks on arrival plus nibbles throughout, and the chance to meet new people through an interactive cooking class, that’ll teach you to make pasta with step-by-step coaching from Chef Joe.

Classes run on a Sunday in Bondi Junction and start from $85. Book a Bondi Social Cooking School class here.

Cooking With Yoshiko

Japanese cuisine is adored by many for its delicate and balanced flavour profile and use of fresh ingredients. Originally from Japan, Yoshiko Takeuchi has been cooking for over 20 years and has a life-long passion for food and health.

After 10 years working for an eclectic range of restaurants, including the iconic Tetsuya’s, Takeuchi now runs cooking classes in Sydney at Loft and Earth in Bondi Junction. She’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and her classes reflect this. Cooking classes teach plant-based and dairy-free Japanese cuisine, and no refined ingredients are ever used.

Learn to make Japanese favourites such as gyoza, ramen, teriyaki and sushi. As a part of the cooking class, there is a full sit-down lunch paired with organic matcha and recipes to take home, too.

Yoshiko Takeuchi’s classes run on Sundays and start from $150, you can book your Cooking With Yoshiko class here.

Cooking With Yoshiko Sydney class
Image: Cooking With Yoshiko

The Cornersmith Cooking School

Driven by seasonality and a sustainable ethos, wife and husband duo Alex Elliott-Howery and James Grant, have expanded the offering beyond their award-winning café Cornersmith into books, a cooking school and a produce storefront.

Cornersmith’s hands-on cooking classes encourage minimal waste and show you how to give new life to kitchen scraps, transforming them into delicious new condiments and accompaniments for your next meal. Not only that, but the team at Cornersmith will also teach you traditional preserving techniques that are slowly disappearing from modern kitchens.

From relish and bread to pickling and tofu-making, you’ll learn a lot from these skilled instructors, tasting delicious morsels along the way, before taking home everything you make.

Cornersmith workshops vary in theme and start from $120. You can book a Cornersmith Cooking School workshop here.

Image: The Cornersmith Cooking School

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