Hopeless cook? Yeah, me too.
Not to worry though, we’ve got your back! Chapel street is home to a fantastic foodie scene, holding some of Melbourne’s best bars, restaurants and cafes, so it’s no surprise she’s sharing some of that culinary knowledge around. Very generous! Whether you’re sick of eating spag bol everyday, seeking to impress friends or keen to try something new check out the best spots on Chapel that will help you kill it in the kitchen.
Pasta La Vista Baby – Caffe’ E Cucina
Learn the art of Italian cuisine in a restaurant that has withstood the test of time. Caffé e Cucina offers a hands on pasta making class hosted by head chef Nicola Roberti. Welcomed by the team who exude that Italian flare we love oh so much, you’ll have a choice of making Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (a classic red sauce with mozzarella) or Gnocchi ai Quattro Formaggi (a four-cheese sauce topped with balsamic glaze). Enjoy a complimentary glass of vino and walk away with a goodie bag including your Caffé e Cucina apron and 25% off your next meal at this charming Chapel Street Classic.
$99 per person, 581 Chapel St, South Yarra
A Step Up From French Fries – Dish Du Jour
With more than 15 years experience in traditional and modern cuisine, Chef Sebastian Piel will show you how to cook the French food you love (oui oui!). Choose from various menu options, one being the “have fun, no compromise” class. Which promises to teach you how to cook a delicious meal without having to spend most of your dinner party in the kitchen. These dishes can be prepared earlier and heated before serving. Perfect for any special event, the culinary classes run for three and a half hours and include a three-course meal and a complimentary glass of champagne. Bon appetit!
$145 Per person, 37 Thomas Pl, Prahran
Sip Me Baby One More Time – Katuk
Enjoy a palate cleansing cocktail on arrival then jump behind the bar and shake up a mojito like a pro or expand your knowledge of whisky and gin by sampling drops from around the globe. Katuk offers cocktail, whisky and gin masterclasses to teach you the secrets, techniques and myths behind classic and new age cocktail making. Hang around after the class and enjoy 50% off all cocktails for the next hour then walk (or stumble) across the road to Soda Rock for a dirty American burger to top off the night.
$60-$70 per person, 517 Chapel St, South Yarra
Doughnut Worry, Be Happy – Bistro Morgan
So, you know Bistro Morgan? (If you don’t you’re crazy) They sell those insanely mouth watering handmade doughnuts? They also now host DIY Doughnut workshops! Yep, it’s true. Create your own doughnut flavour as well as try one of 17-year old owner Morgan Hipworth’s signature creations. These are his top three combos all topped on that delicious brioche doughnut – Gaytime Crunch (couverture chocolate + honeycomb crunch + salted caramel syringe); Date Night (couverture white chocolate + caramel popcorn + oreo + salted caramel drizzle + choc-hazelnut syringe); Cookie Monster (funfetti cake batter filling + couverture white chocolate + oreo pieces + pastel confetti sprinkles) *drool. And if that doesn’t sound sweet enough, they also throw in a milkshake to go along.
$33 per person, 190 High St, Windsor
I Like it When You’re Saucy – Trupp Cooking School
Renowned for their hands-on cooking practise, Trupp Cooking School offers over 30 comprehensive cooking classes taught by three-hat chef Walter Trupp – all of which are run on Barry St, South Yarra. Whether you’re looking to brush up on bread making, expand your culinary repertoire by learning how to sharpen knives, cure & smoke meats for charcuterie or seek to impress with food styling and presentation for those intimate dinner dates, Trupp has the class for you. Show off a delicious curry, a seafood classic or exotic street food and fool your crush into thinking you’re an undiscovered Masterchef.
$139 – $208 per person, 1/53 Barry St, South Yarra
That’s Neat – Impala
Sorry vino, fromage has a new partner. Upstairs from Neptune Food & Wine at Impala you can enjoy whisky & cheese flights every Wednesday for $30. Recently holding their first private event, the 70’s themed cocktail & whisky bar guided guests through five distiller’s edition whiskies with chef curated food pairings, plus a cocktail on arrival. The latest ‘Whisky + Bites’ saw Nick Edwards, Whisky Ambassador from Diageo lead the conversation over a few drams. Watch their space for the next time you’re in need of a nip of courage.
$45 per person, Level 1, 212 High St, Windsor
Everything I Brew, I Brew It For You – Market Lane Coffee
Making your coffee at home doesn’t mean you have to spend all your mullah on a chunky espresso machine. Spend a couple of hours with the Market Lane crew and learn how to have fun making home coffee. In their brewing and espresso classes they’ll take you through the basics and also show you various brewing methods. Highly intimate classes of no more than four participants allow you to get the most out of your magical coffee making experience. You also walk away with a $20 voucher!
Classes start at $85 per person, Shop 13/163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
Lettuce Celebrate! – The Essential Ingredient
Positioned in the beloved Prahran Market, The Essential Ingredient boasts quality food, professional grade cookware and culinary books. Learn to cook with fresh ingredients by expert holistic chefs in interactive and hands-on workshops. Whether you want to learn the secrets of gluten free baking, identify food for immune enhancement or discover amazing vegetarian meals, there’s a class that caters for it. The best part? The school is next to Chapel’s best fresh food market vendors so you can stock up on all the produce you’ll need to practise your new skills.
$95-$275 per person, 32 Elizabeth St, South Yarra