Cooking shows urging you to up your culinary game? Sign up to a cooking class and build a brand new recipe with local, seasonal produce handpicked from kitchen gardens, farm gates and local markets across regional Victoria. With masterclasses and hands-on workshops at restaurants, wineries and purpose-built schools, you'll be making a meal of Victoria's best in no time.
Gather your favourite wannabe culinary kings and queens, sign up for a class, and enjoy the fruits of your labour over a feast with a matching local tipple.
Make nonna proud and master the art of handmade pasta, sausages, sauces and multi-course Italian feasts. Go Italiano at Green Olive at Red Hill, A Tavola at Pizzini Wines, Al Dente Cooking School at Billanook Estate, and Bendigo's Epicurean Delicatessen. Pronto.
Don't soufflé alone, join a French cooking class. In Trentham, learn from legendary Annie Smithers at Du Fermier's masterclasses in all things French and farmhouse: smoking, charcuterie, pies, cassoulet and custards. For an encore, master the ancient French art of charcuterie and impress your pals with your own pâté made at Piper Street Food Co. in Kyneton.
Ballarat's Catfish will have you prepping contemporary dishes, including coconut soups and spicy salads, to feast on with matching wines. You'll be tongue Thai-ed.
Make and break bread with your friends at Redbeard Historic Bakery's Sunday sourdough workshops in Trentham. Find the romance in perfect pastries, pies, pasta and breadmaking at Milly & Romeo's Cooking School & Artisan Bakery in Koonwarra.
At Gippsland's Peppermint Ridge Farm, go a little Leyland Brothers with bush food cooking classes, part of the Native Creative Cooking School. On Sundays, The Saltbush Kitchen in Ballarat will show you the way of bush spices and how to use them at home.
Learn about local, sustainable and ethical produce while mastering artisan cheese and dessert making at 100 Mile Foodie in Frankston and Venus Bay, and get into seasonal eating for health and vitality at working farm 2 Macs Farms at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula.
Explore organic seasonal flavours from the garden at Bella Vedere in the Yarra Valley and let renowned chef Gary Cooper make the process and creativity of cooking as easy or explore creating meals from around the world with local produce at Locavore Studios in Lilydale.
At celebrated Simone's in Bright, help collect wild herbs and mushrooms before heading into the purpose-built cooking school to prepare a meal to share. In Gippsland, take a seat at Tamsin's Table for the Kitchen Harvest Seasonal Cooking Class: cook a three-course meal with traditional farm cookery techniques.
From beginners to MasterChef maybes
Start with basics and move on to handmade pasta, cheese-making and smallgoods workshops and classes at Gippsland's Culinaire Cooking School, or try your hand at baking, cheese, ice cream, and a veritable globe of world cuisines at Cusina Colac.
Cooking on three burners? Sign up for hands on tuition with senior chefs and masterclasses from the country's best at the purpose-built cooking school at Daylesford's legendary Lake House.
Eat and retreat
Put the treat in retreat at a live-in cooking school. Immerse yourself in culinary greatness with three days of classes, produce tours and wine tasting at George's B&B and Culinary Retreat on the Mornington Peninsula, or sharpen your skills with a three-day culinary retreat at the Great Ocean Road Cooking Lodge and Retreat by Otao Kitchen.