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"We have been named in LONELY PLANET as one of the top 10 places to learn to cook local cuisine in the WORLD!!! We are right up there with Tuscany & Chiang Mai (where the inspiration came to open our school!) - Stoked!"

Welcome to The Akaroa Cooking School

"What a pleasure it was to spend 3 days presenting at The Akaroa Cooking School.
Its an absolute jewel of a location, an intimate teaching environment, owned and
operated by passionate local purveyors of good taste!" - Al Brown  

The Akaroa Cooking School is where people to come and learn how to cook using the  finest quality and freshest of local, seasonal, produce. We match each of our dishes with award winning local wines to showcase each dish, and to emphasise what an abundance of amazing produce we have right here, on our back doorstep. The day is a completely indulgent experience of eating exquisite food, drinking fine wine, and learning the tips and techniques to recreate all of the dishes in your own home whilst having a lot of fun and laughter along the way. We believe that cooking should be a fun part of everyday life and that each meal should be savoured and shared with friends and family wherever possible.

We keep our classes small so that every guest feels that they have plenty of one on one time with the chef and can ask as many questions as possible to get the most out of their day. We want our guests to leave feeling that we have far exceeded their expectations of what their day was going to involve.

Our scheduled classes are mainly demonstration so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy watching each of the dishes be created in front of you.  We show you how to plate up to make your food  look spectacular, and then of course eat each dish around our large dining table. We also offer private groups and corporate groups a more hands on approach tailor made to suit your requirements.

We grow much of the produce for the school ourselves, and we collect the rest from local suppliers and artisan producers. We provide loads of information on where the general public can source such amazing produce and share all of our favourite suppliers throughout the region.

We are located in the gorgeous seaside town of Akaroa ... just over an hours scenic drive from Christchurch.  Our school is right on the waterfront with spectacular views of the harbour and surrounding hills. 

We look forward to spending a day with you at The Akaroa Cooking School sharing recipes, stories and a lot of laughs - Bon appetite!

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Our first cookbook is now complete and available in all good bookshops.

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Our Spring Timetable has now been released!

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Our next available class is 'Winter Bistro' on Saturday 8th August 2015 -  Book now!

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Cooking School Gift Vouchers make a perfect gift 

for that hard to buy for foodie friend or family member. Great for special occasions, weddings, birthdays, Christmas presents or Corporate gifts.

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Gourmet Road Trip

We completed an amazing Gourmet Road Trip around the Banks Peninsula meeting our suppliers, foraging for wild produce and cooking up a storm on location and back at the cooking school ... a must watch!

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