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Step out of your comfort zone and discover hands-on the variety of different spices, ingredients and techniques used in this popular cuisine. You will learn to prepare a fragrant Indian banquet, to be enjoyed at the end of cooking with a couple of glasses of wine or beer to match. Past dishes include a classic lamb Rogan Josh, cauliflower and cashew curry and other Indian favourites such as naan bread, pakoras, raita and spiced basmati rice.


In this hands-on course you will create an Italian banquet to be enjoyed at the end of cooking with a couple of glasses of wine.

Sample menu: Tomato bruschetta, Pear, parmesan & pinenut salad, Roman gnocchi w/ blue cheese, spinach & truffle oil and Zabaglione

Knives and Presentation

Introduction to Knives; the most wanted skill in any kitchen is how to use a chef knife. You will learn hands-on how to sharpen, use and maintain a good sharp chef knife. Covered in this class are precision cutting, garnishes and Platter presentation. Includes supper made by our chefs and course notes.

Life Skills in the kitchen

This brand new class is aimed specifically for home leavers or for anyone at any age who never learnt to cook.   The aim of this class is to give participants an excellent foundation in basic methods of cookery and to increase their level of confidence in the kitchen. 

Perfect as a gift for a young adult, the skills learnt in interpreting recipes will be able to be applied to cooking an endless range of dishes but on the night they will create 3 dishes using fresh, seasonal and easily sourced produce. 

Think of the adage ‘give a person a fish and they’ll eat for a day, teach a person to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime’ – that’s what this class is all about, plus giving a true sense of accomplishment by helping them become more confident in a kitchen, familiar with equipment and competent in dicing, sautéing, stir frying and preparation basics.    

Three dishes, which are as nutritious as they are delicious, are easy to prepare and economical to replicate at home will be cooked by participants on the night and enjoyed for dinner at the end of the class over a glass of wine or a beer.

Note:   For participants younger than 18, please contact us first.

Sample Menu:

Pork Schnitzel in Panko bread crumbs with parmesan and thyme

Moroccan Spiced Chat Potato with Baby Spinach, Walnuts and Feta

Soy & Ginger Steamed Fish w/ Steamed Vegetables

Thai Red Beef Curry

Mediterranean Feast

Just as the Mediterranean Sea touches the shores of Europe, Africa and Asia, Mediterranean cuisine draws on as many regions and cultures to create dishes rich in history and flavour. In this hands-on class you will discover a unique melding of flavours, and using a variety of regional staples such as fresh cheeses, herbs, legumes, grains, lemon, garlic, sunkist vegetables and of course olives and olive oil, you will create a beautiful Mediterranean feast to be enjoyed at the end of the class with a couple of glasses of matched wine. Sample Menu: Nicoise salad w/ herb & lemon marinated chicken; Pesto crusted Mahi-Mahi w/ ratatouille and cannelini beans; Poached pear in kataifi pastry w/ almond and Zabaglione

Middle Eastern Cooking

Come & discover a whole new world of flavours & textures with some fabulous Middle Eastern fare. Participants will prepare exotic and aromatic dishes including prawns wrapped in almond Kataifi pastry, Baba Ghanoush, lamb grilled in Zhoug paste. Recipes & course notes included & a Middle Eastern feast will be served at the conclusion of the class with matched Australian wines.

Modern French Experience

Come and enjoy a simply divine evening in this truly French experience, creating some modern delicacies to be devoured at the end of class with some beautiful matched wine. Recipes included.

Sample Menu: Wonton Lasagne of Prawn and Saffron; Slow cooked Duck with Cabbage Fondue, Crisp Prosciutto and Roasted Hazelnut; Cardamon & Calvados Caramelised Apple.

Queensland Christmas Menu

Gone are the days when we spend all day in a hot kitchen cooking a hot lunch for Christmas.

Spend an innovative lunch with the James St Cooking School Chefs, preparing and presenting a tropical feast with flavour and flair. This year you can spend more time enjoying your Christmas instead of cooking it! Last year's menu included , roasted turkey breast fillet stuffed with brie, cranberries and pistachios; Thai whole fish; salad of char grilled prawns & Thai herbs w/ a chilli & tamarind dressing; and warmed caramelised mango cheek served w/ pineapple & mint salsa and chocolate sauce.

Queensland Christmas Menu 2

Let loose these holidays and cook up a feast to fuel your palate with flavour. In this class you will learn some great seasonal recipes that will bring something different to the table this Xmas. Enjoy a sit-down dinner at the end of class with a couple of classes of matched beer and wine. Last year's menu included great recipes such as, White peppercorn and coriander spiced turkey mince wontons.

Zhoug paste marinated prawns on preserved lemon and extra virgin olive oil spiced cous cous and Cinnamon and cracked black pepper parfait for dessert.

Quick & Easy Asian

Taking some of the best recipes from our old Quick & Easy Asian series, this class is sure to get you mouth watering with some Asian classics.


Sample menu:

Lemongrass and lime chicken salad

Steamed pork and waterchestnut wontons

Prawn, lemongrass and coconut soup

Strifried pork w/ noodles, lime and peanuts.

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