Be inspired and broaden your horizons! Join us for a fun outdoor cooking class on our beautiful vineyard in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country.
Established in 2007, our cooking classes are hugely popular with locals and visitors to our spectacular region.
Cooking Classes are held in the covered courtyard of our cafe. Splashing fountains, chilled music and sensational vineyard views create a unique relaxed outdoor cooking class environment for our participants.
We accept bookings from individuals and groups. Our class sizes are limited so that we can provide plenty of one-on-one tutorial opportunities, plenty of time to be able to answer your questions and adequate physical distancing.
Tickets are $155 per person and include a hands-cooking class, souvenir apron, recipe booklet, a glass of wine or beer and lunch. Lunch can be enjoyed on-premises or can be packed up to take home.
Classes are hosted by Majors Lane Cooking School and Lovedale Smokehouse’s Owner/Chef/Pitmaster Ben Sales.
Ben, a level 4 qualified Chef has hosted our cooking classes since they commenced in 2007.
Ben is extremely passionate about food and loves inspiring participants with his in-depth knowledge, skills and travel and food experiences. With over 30 years as a Head Chef in the Hunter Valley Ben knows all of the tricks of the trade and looks forward to sharing them with you.
Give the ultimate experience to your loved one, a gift certificate to join us for a fun outdoor cooking class on our beautiful vineyard!
Gift certificates are valid for 3 years.
The gift certificate recipient can select their preferred class and date (subject to availability).
Gift Certificates are emailed to you immediately upon purchase.
Your senses will be ignited by the smells, sounds and flavours of Thailand as you learn how to compile a tantalising menu, find and select the best local produce and balance the fundamental flavours of Thai cuisine.
Our Chef Ben will teach you how to make curry pastes from scratch, make balanced dipping sauces and use knife and presentation skills to bring your authentic dishes to life.
Much more than just a cooking class, Ben will share his experiences of travel throughout Thailand with tales of the people, culture, history, sights and food.
Our Low and Slow Smoking Cooking Class in the Hunter Valley will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to make top-grade, mouth-watering slow smoked meats including beef brisket and chicken wings.
Whilst meats smoke in the Traegar smoker in front of you, our Pitmaster Ben will cover topics such as meat selection, preparation, smoking methods, cooking temperatures, cooking times, smoker types and timber selection.
You will learn to make your own rubs and barbecue sauce as well as a selection of side dishes.
Once the smoked meats are ready, you will enjoy a meat-sweat inducing meal complete with the sides you create.
Private cooking classes in the Hunter Valley at a time that suits you are available with a minimum 6 participants-maximum 14 participants, perfect for bachelor parties, hen parties, birthday parties and corporate team building or conference break out activities. Classes can be held 7 days during the morning, afternoon or early evening (subject to availability).
Choose between our Vibrant Thai Street Food class or Low and Slow Smoking class.
For more details please view our Private Class Information download below or call on (02) 49307832