Book a Hands-on Cooking Class

Be inspired to eat well together through fun, engaging cooking experiences. Our 3-in-1 format includes a live cooking demo, hands-on cooking, then dining with a glass of wine.

Gift Certificates

A Seafood School gift certificate is ideal for hard-to-shop-for family and friends. Perfect for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Christmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentine’s Day or ‘just because’.

Corporate & Team Building Experiences

Private experiences are great for team-building, client entertaining or celebrating special occasions with family and friends. Fun for everyone from kitchen novices to dinner-party-dynamos.

Australia’s Leading Cooking School

Established in 1989, and now hosting around 12,000 guests each year, Sydney Seafood School has a mission to inspire everyone to eat well together through fun, engaging cooking experiences.

All events are more than a cooking class – they’re a hands-on cooking experience. The 3-in-1 format ensures you’ll enjoy learning new cooking skills, with a live cooking demonstration, hands-on cooking experience, then dining with a glass of wine. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or a dinner-party-dynamo, you’ll have fun with like-minded people while learning new recipes and handy cooking tips and techniques.

Upcoming Hands-on Experiences

Wednesday 22 January 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost $95.00

Easy Moroccan

Chermoula is the new pesto, and the spicy, sweet and sour flavours of North African preserved lemons, harissa and couscous are appearing on menus all over the country. Learn to make preserved lemons and chermoula and combine them in a fragrant...
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Friday 24 January 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost $140.00

Bistro Basics

As a Friday night treat, we’ll kick off with seafood canapés and a glass of wine before being transported to a Parisian bistro where it’s all about simple, tasty dishes prepared with style and elegance. Add a touch of Gallic flair to your seafood...
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Saturday 25 January 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost $175.00

Seafood BBQ

Seafood takes your weekend barbie from casual to gourmet… delight your family and friends with a stunning seafood barbecue. By the end of this hands-on lunch experience you’ll be able to barbecue fish, shellfish and squid to perfection.
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Saturday 25 January 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Cost $140.00

Singapore Chilli Crab & Black Pepper Crab

As a Saturday night treat, kick off with seafood canapés and a glass of wine before you master Singapore’s two iconic crab dishes: chilli crab and the much-loved black pepper crab, which many Singaporeans actually prefer. Which is better? Decide...
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Sunday 26 January 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost $175.00

Sensational Simple Seafood

Seafood adds a special touch to any meal … and it’s surprisingly quick and simple to prepare when you know how. By the end of this hands-on lunch experience you’ll be able to steam, bake, pan-fry and barbecue fish, shellfish and octopus to...
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Tuesday 28 January 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost $95.00

Easy Thai

Take the complexity out of the hot, sour, salty, sweet of Thai cooking, while keeping all the flavour. At this hands-on dinner experience, you’ll master delicious springy Thai fish cakes with traditional dipping sauce and a tasty Thai green...
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Thursday 30 January 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost $95.00


At this hands-on dinner experience you’ll whip up an array of Spanish tapas - scrumptious little seafood nibbles that make great entrées or combine to form a delicious meal.
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Saturday 1 February 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost $175.00

Sourdough Bread Making Workshop - Mike McEnearney

Mike’s fascination with bread started at Rockpool and continued as he worked in London’s finest kitchens. A year at Iggy’s in Bronte made him determined to install a wood-fired oven in his next restaurant… and so Kitchen by Mike’s reputation for...
Sunday 2 February 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost $175.00

Mediterranean Seafood Tour

Take your tastebuds on holiday to the land of sunshine and seafood, olive oil, citrus, and fresh herbs. From Spain, along the French Riviera, past Italy, Greece and Lebanon, to North Africa and back to Spain at the Strait of Gibraltar, the...
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Monday 3 February 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost $140.00

Vietnamese Banquet - Mark Jensen

Vietnamese food is characterised by clean fresh flavours, contrasting textures and a dizzying array of fresh herbs. Mark’s award-winning Red Lantern restaurant presents this ancient cuisine with a modern twist. At this hands-on dinner experience,...
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Guest Presenters

Ajoy Joshi


Ajoy Joshi trained in Madras (now Chennai), India and started his career at the prestigious Taj Group of Hotels...

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Aldo Ortado

MasterChef 2018

Aldo Ortado grew up near Naples, in southern Italy, where sharing food was the essence of daily life. Each day...

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Alessandro Pavoni


Much of the Italian food with which Sydney-siders are familiar either hails from southern Italy or consists of...

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Andy Evans

Spice Temple

Andy Evans started working as a kitchen hand after school at “a terrible Mexican restaurant - awful food...

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Christine Manfield

Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, a perfectionist inspired by complex...

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Dan Hong


Dan Hong grew up helping his family run the Thanh Binh Vietnamese restaurants across Sydney and fine-tuned his...

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François Poulard

Chiswick Woollahra

François was raised in a Bretagne fishing village near Nantes on the west coast of France.

He started...

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Giovanni Pilu

Pilu at Freshwater

Giovanni Pilu was born in Sardinia and arrived in Australia in 1992 full of enthusiasm and passion for the unique...

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Hideo Dekura

Hideo Dekura, a Master Sushi Chef, has taught his popular Sushi & Sashimi workshops at Sydney Seafood School...

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Ian Hemphill


Herbie has long been the nickname of Ian Hemphill, who spent his childhood surrounded by herbs and spices, when...

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Jacqui Challinor


Although surrounded by food from an early age in her Maltese mother’s kitchen, Jacqui’s food career began as a...

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Jesse McTavish

North Bondi Fish

Jesse McTavish grew up with a love of surfing and fishing and a deep respect for the ocean instilled in him from...

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Lucio Galletto

Lucio's Italian Restaurant

Lucio Galletto grew up in a family of restaurateurs, his parents opening a small beachside kiosk in the...

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Mark Jensen

Red Lantern

Mark Jensen came to cooking as a career later than most, at the age of 27. Tired of hairdressing, he decided to...

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Mark LaBrooy

Three Blue Ducks

Mark LaBrooy started his career in cooking in 1999, straight after high school, when he landed an apprenticeship...

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Michael Fox

sushi e

Michael Fox undertook his apprenticeship at Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, working his way through the...

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Michael Rantissi

Kepos Street Kitchen

Michael Rantissi was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, where his earliest culinary education was in his mother’s...

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Mike Bennie

P&V Merchants

Mike Bennie is a former lawyer who found the lure of the wine world more compelling than the legal one. Today,...

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Mike Eggert


Mike Eggert grew up with a mother who was a florist and natural scientist; she taught him “everything about...

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Mike McEnearney

Kitchen by Mike

Mike McEnearney grew up in Sydney’s north-west in the 1970s, when Vegemite sandwiches and weekend roasts...

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Morgan McGlone

Belles Hot Chicken

Morgan McGlone is a third-generation chef who is, first and foremost, a food nerd. 

His favourite...

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Nelly Robinson


Nelly Robinson began his food career with an apprenticeship at the Michelin-starred English restaurant Northcote...

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Palisa Anderson

Chat Thai

Palisa Anderson is a part of a much larger whole that is her family business. Their first Chat Thai restaurant...

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Pasi Petanen

Café Paci

Finnish-born Pasi Petanen arrived in Australia in 1999.

He built his name working alongside Mark Best,...

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Paul Carmichael

Momofuku Seiobo

Paul Carmichael is from Barbados, where his first professional kitchen experience was at Sandy Lane...

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Ralph So

Chin Chin

Ralph So was born in Malaysia, where a passion for food is in everyone’s DNA. He says: “Food is a...

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Rob Cockerill


Robert Cockerill is Head Chef of Bennelong restaurant in the Sydney Opera House.

Born in Sydney in 1983,...

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Rob Kabboord


Rob Kabboord, chef de cuisine at Quay, hails from Amsterdam in The Netherlands. 

Rob spent several...

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Sam Kane


Sam Kane is head chef of Bert’s, the Merivale brasserie at The Newport Arms, inspired by early 20th century...

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