Disclosure: I attended courtesy of The Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen & Q Strategies
The other week I headed down to Queen Victoria Market – and not to shop, as most people do.
Instead, I was there for a cooking class at The Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen, a new venture that’s a dedicated, hands on cooking school located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Queen Victoria Market.
The Social Kitchen launched on 13 November and will run through every day through to May, with a variety of different classes (you can see the list on www.thesocialkitchen.com.au). The classes are designed to be interactive and hands on, with a maximum of 24 people. The classes on market days will involve exploring the Market to source ingredients.
I attended a paella class – and the fellow cooks on my station were my good friends Hazzie and Thanh. We were kept busy chopping and stirring, with The Social Kitchen chefs stopping by occasionally to offer some helpful tips.
The capsicum in this pan is quite funny because you can see three distinct chopping styles as we all did our own thing.
Unlike other cooking classes I’ve done, this was very interactive – and it was fun! The chefs didn’t loom over us, and we were mostly left to do our own cooking. They just stopped by occasionally to check on things, have a quick chat, or to compliment us on our clean workstation.
Or to stop by and add a truckload of paprika to our paella.
Tadah! Here is our finished paella. We did very well – ours was the unofficial best of the night (and not even as deemed by us.) 😀
As a side we made some spicy cauliflower. We threw caution to the wind and added all of the cayenne pepper set out – wheeeeee. It was great.
As a bonus for dessert, we went back to the kitchen and plated up Eton Mess. Look at all that beautiful fruit – the raspberries and blueberries didn’t survive long with me around.
It was honestly a really fun night – one of the best cooking classes I’ve done. I really liked that it was up to us to do the actual cooking. We didn’t just watch – we got our hands dirty. The amount of guidance was just right in my opinion. And of course it helped that we had a huge pan of delicious paella at the end to show for our efforts.
Are you interested? Here’s a bit more info about The Social Kitchen:
Okay, competition time! Thanks to The Fisher and Paykel Social Kitchen, I have two double passes to give away (valued at $135 per person). These passes can be used for any of the regular Market Day classes until May 2015 (the passes can’t be used for the Masterclasses).
There are lots of options to choose from – perhaps you’d like to cook paella like we did, or maybe you’d prefer to cook Christmas foods, Indonesian, game meats, pasta – the list goes on, and there are both day and evening sessions.
All you need to do is comment below – I will draw two winners randomly.
Make sure you include a valid email address when you comment – it won’t be published, but I’ll use it to contact you if you win. This competition will close at midnight on Sunday 14 December and is valid for Australian residents only. Good luck!
Update: This competition is now closed.
Congratulations to Alex and Lam – please check your emails
The Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen Cooking School
WHERE: Queen Victoria Market, Shed A (Peel Street end)
WHEN: Starting 13 Nov 2014 – for a 26-week season only
Classes Tues & Thurs-Sunday: 9.30am-12noon; 1pm-3.30pm; 6-8.30pm
Master Classes Mon & Wed: 9.30am-1.30pm; 6pm-10pm
COST: $135 per person / $275 for Master Classes