Cape Lodge Cooking School

Ready to level up your kitchen game?

We’ve curated a list of cooking classes available in the Margaret River Region for anyone looking to discover new culinary skills and epic flavours, under the expert guidance of much-loved local chefs and producers. Best of all, these are all classes that let you taste your creation on the day, or take it home to enjoy.

All of the classes are also COVID-friendly, which means they’re geared for small groups, and place a strong emphasis on hygiene. As of the 31st of January 2022, everyone over 16 in WA must show a vaccination certificate to enter a dining or hospitality venue. Head here for more on how to save your certificate to your smartphone.

But for now, read on for what made our top 8 list.

Tony Howell shaving truffle credit Jessica Wyld
Get tips and tricks from acclaimed chef Tony Howell at Cape Lodge. Photo credit Jessica Wyld.

Private cooking class at Cape Lodge

Award-winning Cape Lodge chef Tony Howell shares his culinary wisdom, in private cooking classes designed for small groups of four to ten people. You’ll discover how to prepare an entrée, main and dessert, drawing on seasonal produce from the region, while learning step-by-step cooking methods that can be easily transferred to recipes at home.

Tony’s cooking classes are hands on, and perfect for small groups of friends, family or anyone looking to hone their culinary skills.


Thai or Italian at Wildwood Valley Cooking School

Yallingup is home to Wildwood Valley, a breathtaking accommodation spot starring gorgeous cottages, set in the peace and beauty of the bush. It’s also home to an incredible cooking school, run by chef Sioban Baldini, who trained under Neil Perry in Sydney. Sioban offers two hands-on courses – a ‘Taste of Tuscany’ and ‘Thai Temptations’. After your cooking class, you’ll get to enjoy the five-course feast you created, and take home recipes from the day.

Classes fill up fast though, so make sure that you have pre-booked your spot!

One Farm Table Cowaramup
Learn how to make delicious sourdough bread at One Table Farm.

Farm based cooking school at One Table Farm

One Table Farm is a 100 acre regenerative farm in Cowaramup, centred on organic growing principles and high animal welfare. Owners Cree and Tim established a beautiful orchard on the property, and a giant kitchen garden. They also run private cooking workshops, where you can learn how to create a paddock to plate menu using fresh produce sourced from their land. There are also courses exclusively focused on sourdough (and doughnuts!), cake making and decorating, and chocolate tempering and honeycomb making.

Cooking classes are held in a gorgeous workshop space, which overlooks the orchard and farm.

The Spice Mistress Credit Zac White
Learn the secrets of spice blending with Sarina Kamini at Fair Harvest. Photo credit Zac White.

Indian Spice Classes at Fair Harvest

Fair Harvest Permaculture is the perfect setting to discover the secrets of spice blending with SBS columnist, author and ABC radio star, Sarina Kamini. You’ll enjoy delicious wine, while the ‘Spice Mistress’ prepares an authentic Kashmiri meal, and shares her wisdom and passion for spice blending. Then, taste the magnificent flavours she has created.

Afterwards, guests are gifted their own sheaf of Kashmiri recipes, used and passed down through Sarina’s own family. These classes are custom created for smaller gatherings.

Clairault Wines Blending Masterclasses
Combine different flavours to create your perfect wine blend, which you can take home and enjoy.

Wine Blending at Clairault Streicker

Blend your own bottle of Margaret River wine, under the expert tuition of renowned South West winemaker, Clairault Streicker. You’ll use genuine lab equipment from the winery to create your own Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend. Along the way, discover more about the theory behind wine blending, while measuring and mixing a blend that makes your palate sing. Then, name your epic creation and take it home to share with friends.

After the masterclass, guests are welcome to enjoy a three-course lunch in Clairault Streicker’s Vineyard Kitchen, overlooking the vineyard.


Foodie Friday at Origins Market

Origins Market is a hub for creative workshops, where kids and grownups can learn new skills, in a fun and welcoming space. Foodie Friday is a weekly celebration of local producers, with tastings from vineyards, cheese makers and other amazing artisans from the Margaret River Region. There are also regular cooking classes and workshops, like the free DIY Grazing Plate event by local legends, Shelter Brewing Co., Credaro Wines and micro-dairy, The Cheeky Cow.

Bookings are essential, so subscribe to the Origins Market event calendar to get the lowdown first.

Yallingup Cheese Making Workshops
Take part in a hands-on cheese making workshop, and learn the art of pairing cheese and wine.

Cheese Making Workshops by Yallingup Cheese Company

Discover the art of cheese making, in a hands-on workshop led by head cheesemaker at the Yallingup Cheese Company, Alana Langworthy. You’ll handcraft your very own artisan cheese, using organic milks sourced from local dairies, and techniques honed by Alana over her incredible career. The workshop includes a half hour masterclass, where you can learn how to perfectly pair cheese and wine. Then, take your cheese home to enjoy!


The Art Of Homemade Cheesemaking by Jardin Estate

One of the newest cooking classes available in the region is located right in the heart of dairy country, at Jardin Estate in Cowaramup. These relaxed workshops focus on one or two types of different cheese, and enthusiasts will learn the art of homemade cheesemaking followed by a beautiful lunch featuring the cheeses in a variety of delicious ways. Jardin Estate are well-loved for their artisanal dairy products (their butter is also incredible) so don’t miss this chance to learn straight from the experts.

Classes take place on Saturdays, keep an eye out for dates as spots are sure to fill up quickly!

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