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The Akaroa Cooking School
Ranked #1 of 4 Food & Drink in Akaroa
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Owner description: We offer one day cooking classes for small groups using fresh local, seasonal ingredients. Our one day scheduled classes are mainly demonstration where you will recieve a folder with the recipes and the chef will demonstrate each dish from start to finish. Everyone is then seated at the large dining table and eats each dish with matching local wines. Our classes generally run from 10 - 4pm. We also offer private classes and corporate team building days and these are tailor made to suit your needs.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 4, 2011

We celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary with the whole family competing for the best dish. Loads of fun. And the dinner afterwards was just sensational. The best seafood, and so so fresh.

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Reviewed June 22, 2010

Note to self; if attending one of the gourmet extravaganzas that masquerade as 1-day lessons at the Akaroa Cooking School, make sure you will be staying the night rather than driving back to Christchurch ! Not only are you on the receiving end of a rich litany of cooking tips, professional (and not so professional!) techniques and behind-the-kitchen-door humour but you will also leave satiated after an endless number of delicious courses and perfectly matched wines.
 
  The day began mid-morning with a strong coffee, some delicate pastry and fruit confections and a meet and mingle with fellow Foodies. Instead of the usual top-heavy female clientele this was a refreshing mix of ages and sexes including a number of Akaroa locals, Christchurch folk from across the hill and a few token Aucklanders. The school sits looking out to the Port hills across the harbour and is a light airy space in which we spent a very pleasant 6+hours on this particular winter’s day.
 
  Our hosts for the day were Lou and Ant; owners of the School and our teacher was Chef Steve; the owner of Vangioni’s; an excellent restaurant well-patronized by locals and newly-discovered by my Mother and I a few days earlier. The course for the day was Italian.
 
  The format is simple; the class is observation style (and yes, the seats are comfortable) with plenty of breaks to sustain oneself; just in case you are overcome with the sheer exhaustion of watching someone else cook course after course in front of you!
 
  After a small cup of rich rich hot chocolate; we moved through the techniques for baking Ciabatta bread, to pasta making and an exquisite pumpkin and walnut-filled ravioli with sage butter, to a rich creamy risotto with winter broccoli and Steve’s own Chorizo and chilli to a main of grouper delicately cooked and finished with a piquant salsa verde on a bed of braised fennel. The final finish was an unctuous Tiramisu; which translates in Italian as “pick me up” although by this time I was ready to “lay me down”! Since light was fading and there was snow on Hilltop we sadly packed our desserts to take with us and left the small group of new friends still sitting around the long lunch table happily chatting away.
 
  At $175 a head an uninformed individual might assume this was expensive. However, I can categorically say the class offered superb value for money; think of it as a superb professionally cooked 4 course meal with excellent wines, great company and a cooking show that goes on and on for ever… a blissful Bargain!
 

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