Sydney Seafood School
All classes commence in the School’s tiered auditorium with a demonstration of the dish or dishes to be prepared. After watching the demonstration, guests roll up their sleeves and, in groups of 4-6, with guidance from the presenter and assistants, recreate the dishes before sitting down to enjoy their seafood meal with a glass of wine.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2009, the School underwent a major refurbishment by leading designer Michael McCann of dreamtime australia design, making it Australia’s most beautiful cooking school with a stunning sandstone entry wall by award-winning sculptor Michael Purdy, Icelandic fish leather lining the auditorium, and wild ‘blackboard graffiti’ on the hands-on kitchen walls. Rich oak wood panelling, an aubergine-hued marble demonstration bench, sleek stainless steel and lots of glass complete the look.
Guests cook at custom-made, stainless steel cooking islands fitted with state-of-the-art Fisher & Paykel appliances, Hettich soft close drawers, hinges and runners ensure all cabinetry opens and closes smoothly and silently and 46″ High Definition LCD Sharp television screens above the demonstration bench ensure a perfect view of all the cooking action.
Once the cooking’s over, guests adjourn to the dining room which features a 360-degree photomural of Blackwattle Bay and fishnet chandeliers with over 6,000 gently glowing globes. It’s casual but comfortable with cloth serviettes, Villeroy & Boch china and Spiegelau glassware, plus coffee from the School’s Nespresso coffee machines.