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BBQ School

BBQ School

The BBQ Cooking School

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BBQ Cooking Classes, Corporate Events & Catering. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.

BBQ School was founded in 2004 by internationally trained chef and passionate foodie Ben Farley who identified that while many Aussies were really into cooking on the BBQ, most only had one or two recipes they knew how to cook really well.

Showing keen BBQ’ers how to prepare and confidently cook a collection of simple, effective and tasty recipes was the best way forward and so in 2004 Ben turned his back on a career in Sydney and London high profile restaurants and founded BBQ School.

In our classes, we assume no knowledge but have found that the more a student knows about BBQ cooking, the more they learn from our experienced chef presenters.

To date around 90, 000 people have been taught through the BBQ School.

Our head office is in Willoughby, Sydney but we also operate regular classes in Sydney's Centennial Park, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley and each year the School continues to grow in response to people who wish to cook with more flair when entertaining.






Classes and experiences


Sausage Making Class

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 20

label $140

American Smoking and BBQ Cooking Class: Artarmon

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $160

Meat BBQ Cooking Class: Artarmon

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $140

Pizza Making Masterclass: Artarmon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $140

BBQ Cooking Class for Private Events / Team Building

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

15 to 80

label $150 - $175

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class: Artarmon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $150

BBQ Cooking Class for Private Events / Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Centennial Park

15 to 80

label $150 - $175

South American BBQ Masterclass: Artamon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $140

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Artarmon Sydney

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $160

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class: Artarmon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $160

Pork and Bacon Cooking Masterclass: Artarmon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $150

Middle Eastern BBQ Cooking Class: Artarmon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $140

BBQ Christmas Cooking Class: Artarmon

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $150

Gin and Food Tasting Experience

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20

label $150

Agave Allure: Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Pairing Experience

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Artarmon

20 to 30

label $150

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

5.0 (5)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $160

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $150

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $140

Beer and Smoking Class

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $160

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $160

BBQ Christmas Cooking Class - Hunter Valley

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20

label $150

Middle Eastern BBQ Cooking Class - Hunter Valley

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20

label $140

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

4.8 (27)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brunswick

20

label $160

South American BBQ Cooking Class

5.0 (5)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brunswick

20

label $140

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

4.7 (3)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brunswick

20

label $140

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

4.7 (3)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brunswick

20

label $150

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

4.3 (6)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brunswick

20

label $160

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class

4.5 (6)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brunswick

20

label $160

BBQ Cooking Class for Private Events / Team Building

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fyshwick

25 to 50

label $150 - $175

South American BBQ Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fyshwick

20

label $140

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

4.8 (29)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Fyshwick

1 to 15

label $160

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

4.7 (10)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Fyshwick

1 to 15

label $150

Beer Tasting and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class

4.8 (5)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Fyshwick

1 to 20

label $160

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

4.8 (9)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Fyshwick

1 to 14

label $160

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

5.0 (1)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Fyshwick

1 to 20

label $140

BBQ Christmas Cooking Class

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fyshwick

20

label $150

Middle Eastern BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fyshwick

20

label $140

Pizza Making Masterclass

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Indooroopilly

20

label $140

South American BBQ Class

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Indooroopilly

15 to 20

label $140

BBQ Cooking Class for Private Events / Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Indooroopilly

25 to 50

label $150 - $175

Cooking Pork and Bacon Masterclass

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Indooroopilly

20

label $150

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

4.7 (52)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Indooroopilly

1 to 20

label $160

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

4.7 (6)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Indooroopilly

1 to 20

label $140

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class

4.7 (11)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Indooroopilly

1 to 20

label $160

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

4.9 (7)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Indooroopilly

1 to 20

label $160

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

4.0 (5)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Indooroopilly

1 to 20

label $150

BBQ Christmas Cooking Class - Brisbane

4.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Indooroopilly

20

label $150

Middle Eastern BBQ Cooking Class: Brisbane

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Indooroopilly

20

label $140

Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 30

label $65 - $100

Learn to Cook the Perfect BBQ Seafood

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 30

label $65 - $100

Learn the Principles of BBQ Smoking

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 200

label $65 - $100

The Ultimate Bloody Mary BBQ Breakfast

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 30

label $65 - $100

BBQ Meat Dinner Party at Home

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 30

label $65 - $100






Reviews

(323)


Darren Maxey Apr 2024


He was a very confident chief who provided us with lots of information. Not a lot of opportunity for group participation.

Grant Bower Apr 2024


My son and I did this class and it was great. we are going to buy a smoker now to practice. Venue could have been better as it had a lot of road and train noise

Daryl Lyons Apr 2024


Honesty and simplicity of smoking rather than all these unnecessary rules and stuff. Easygoing and relaxed class. Food was great.

Rod Blayden Apr 2024


Very informative, very well presented, teachers passed on their experiences exceptionally well, questions were always answered without hesitation.
Venue was well organised and easy to get too.

Suey Cooper Apr 2024


This was a Father and son outing and they haven’t stopped talking about how great it was and how they want to go back!
Mark and his team were awesome

Samuel John Hensen Apr 2024


Great relaxing afternoon. I learnt something to take home. Thanks again. Loved the jallapoinos poppers

Gabrielle de Chastel Apr 2024


Teachers were good, although the main guy was pretty hard to hear.
Lots of good information and knowledge to be shared.
I was expecting a but more hands on but that would be hard with the about of people. I know it's not 100% in the theme but maybe does some rubs on chicken wings would get it a bit more hands on.
The venue itself left A LOT to be desired, but beers were cheap.

David Postle Apr 2024


A gift for a group of 4
Very informative and good hands on experience
There was some background noise from traffic and trains but location otherwise suitable
Great food to finish

Lorilee Pender Apr 2024


It was a brithday gift from my 9 year old daughter. She attended with me. I was worried it would be more adult oriented but eveyone was great and inclusive with her. We had a ball. Learned some new skills and throughly enjoyed ourselves.

Alice Dedrie Apr 2024


Took my boyfriend there as his Christmas present, and we loved it! The teacher was so nice and easy to learn from him. He gave us great tips, and was eager to respond all our questions. The food cooked was amazing too!

Jessica Hutchings Apr 2024


Had an outstanding experience learning some new skills at the class today safe to say the smoker will be getting lots of use definitely a must if you love a good BBQ or just cooking in general I learnt so much and really did have a wonderful time! Even a beginner like me can do it thanks to the solid instruction I got out of this class from the amazing Chef and his staff

Asha Lunarzewski Mar 2024


The cooking class was a birthday present for my husband. He loved it very much. We both learnt new techniques how to peel prawns and how to cook snapper on bbq. The squid salad was also amazing. Loved the spices which were added. We bought some too for our use at home.

Mellisa Lehane Mar 2024


We found our teacher Ben engaging, chilled and knowledgeable.
We thouroughly enjoyed our class and left with full bellies and great tips and hints. Which we are planning to put into practice this weekend.

Alice Blackshaw Mar 2024


Julian, Julian and Drew all ran a wonderful session, an especially great way to spend my Dad's 60th - thanks for making it a memorable one!

Glenn Huender Mar 2024


Great teachers, good tips and explanations, Great value with food and drinks just would’ve liked a little more hands-on but can understand due to timeframes and varied skill set of other participants

Beer Tasting and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class review by Glenn Huender - Canberra

Colin Blackhall Mar 2024


I loved the location and the clarity of Julian in explaining how to prepare the ingredients and cook the meal. The one thing I had re-enforced is that it is preparation that makes all the differecne to the end result.

Mary Fallon Mar 2024


I gifted the bbq class to my 22 year old son. He really enjoyed it. He is full of culinary ideas for the bbq!

Karen Parker Mar 2024


Having not had any previous experience with smoking, we found the course very informative and easy to understand. Lots of tips from the teacher who was very professional and knowledgeable. The cooked food was amazing and plenty of it.
Variety of students from beginners to experienced. Well worth attending the course.

Nicole Burns Mar 2024


Fantastic course, we all learnt so much and had a great day. Will be back for another course soon! Highly recommended.

Amanda Dryden Mar 2024


Pleasant way to spend the afternoon no pressure plenty of beer and delicious food. Lots of tips on how to have a successful BBQ

Shaun Trimby Mar 2024


Very man-ish. Questions felt discouraged. Give me more pit masters and less chefs. Did fuck all cooking.

Bryce Blacker Mar 2024


What a fantactic 3 1/2 hours immersed in the amazing world of BBQing. Lots of insightful and practical advice, dialogue, hands on practice and best of all, delicious smoked dishes to enjoy. From Poppers to Brisket to Brownies, all the food was delicious. And oh that BBQ smell

Rick Carlei Mar 2024


Lucc was an entertaining chef and passed on some great ideas. He “dumbed” down the cooking process making it a less intimidating cooking process

Tirzah Anglin Mar 2024


A great day for beginners and those wanting to up their BBQ game. Drew and Charlie were informative and keen to share their knowledge. Six stars out of 5.

Lloyd Petty Mar 2024


Really enjoyed the class. Drew, Charlie and Julian did a terrific job. Certainly learnt about preparing and smoking the meat appropriately.

Erica Licht Arvanitis Mar 2024


Great class, amazing setup, Luc was excellent. Highly recommended. Very interactive and informative. Awesome food.

Nathan Krieger Feb 2024


Great dishes, top tips to improve my skills, and fun afternoon. A couple of lovely beers to go with it!

Tim Ryan Feb 2024


Turned up to the Indro Hotel with a little bit of nervousness as the place does look like a crack den that should have been torn down 20yrs ago!
Was greeted by the Cooking School crew and grabbed a beer on entry.
Class was very good our Chefs/Teachers were excellent, very knowledgeable and approachable, I would encourage people to ask heaps of questions, I thought I knew a fair bit about cooking but learnt so much from the day.
Food was good but unfortunately we were 3 of the last ones to eat and all of the salad and sweet potato and most of the chicken was gone, we had about 17 people so I am not sure if they skimped on the food or if people had too much each (pretty poor that our fellow classmates didn’t leave enough for others but perhaps over cater on salad and veges?)
Only had 2 beers provided which I thought was a bit on the short side, but we made up for it by grabbing some extras that we had to pay for.
Other down side of the location is constant road and rail noise that makes it a bit hard to hear.

Might sound like a negative post but I would definitely do another class as we had a good time, if the other stuff had of worked out it could have been amazing!

Theresa McAlister Feb 2024


Great to learn from trained, experienced and friendly chefs with a passion for cooking on smokers!

Stefan Briggs Feb 2024


Overall feedback is fantastic. All Teachers especially Julian were unbelievable & the food was simply amazing. I really liked how they engage the crowd and get everyone involved.

Rosa H Jee Feb 2024


This was very educational and the Instructor Julian was very engaging! Highly recommend this class!

Brock Hush Feb 2024


10/10 very informative learnt a lot, can know try it at home. All staff were very knowledgeable and helpful

Marcus Haines Feb 2024


I got the class as a birthday present and went with a mate. Even though I've been into BBQ and smoking for a few years, I still learnt a new skills. The teacher had a lot of experience in big commercial events and catering; he knew his stuff.

The venue was basic, but you don't need much for BBQ.

The food cooked was delicious and the beers they had were also really good. A couple of crafty ones including Fixation Pale Ale and Voodoo Ranger IPA.

Would happily do another one of their classes.

Coomara James Munro Feb 2024


Julian and his team were most helpful and it was such an amazing, interactive class. I would recommend this to anyone. The BBQ King Prawns with The Spice Tailor Tandoori and Seasoned Banana Sambal, BBQ Squid with Citrus and Fennel Salad, BBQ Hot Smoked Huon Salmon with
Orange and Honey and BBQ Whole Snapper with Soy, Ginger and
Crunchy Thai salad were outstanding. Thank you

Kevin Geary Feb 2024


If you wanted to learn about bbq from someone knowledgeable then you get the bonus here because there were two amazingly talented blokes who knew all there was to know about bbq.

Getting to eat and taste how it should taste and learning the ins and outs, do’s and dont’s has already improved my bbqing tenfold.

Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn to take this class

Tony O'Brien Feb 2024


Excellent chefs. Keen to share bbq smoker advice and all things bbq
Venue ok. had all the facilities needed.
recipes received after the session
Excellent value for money.
Sensational tasting of bbq smoking meals

John Finucane Feb 2024


Thought the class size was too big to be actually hands on and able to do more and learn more.
It was interesting but didn’t learn a great deal.
Also, being charged $8 a beer, and you can’t bring your own, and the choice was dreadful, was a real turn off and felt like a rip.
I’d struggle to recommend this course.

Teacher's response

Hi John, Thanks for taking the time to write your feedback.

We have differing levels of experience and understanding with customers who attend low and slow classes. Yet everyone learns so much when following the class, Chef and demonstrations. As you could appreciate - there is obviously only an amount of hands on at a "low and slow" class where foods are put on hours and hours before the session. (Otherwise they wouldn't be cooked or be a 12 hour class) We demo each item to ensure understanding is provided based on what we are doing. This is advertised in the class material too.

In terms of beverages, we on purpose provide premium craft beers and beverages for the discerning palate so that customers can experience new and exciting flavour profiles. The feedback about these is off the chart positive. We do not serve mainstream beverages as they can be purchased everywhere. Our beer prices are cheaper than a pub or hotel and the feedback from customers is that they are very reasonable.

We certainly don't price gouge and are incredibly reasonable compared to other cooking schools. Have you checked any others out? We offer great options where a customer wants to purchase something at the class. We are a small business and offer the opportunity to purchase something additional if they choose to.

In terms of "flogging" other items - we have a highly useful set of products that we use in the classes that people find they might need.

From your class we received unbelievably positive feedback on the day via the feedback forms, we sold 7 tickets to customers wanting to rebook, we received comments on the great range of beer and we sold a lot of stock to customers from our range who found them useful to use at home.
As the director of the business I was really proud of the class outcomes and repeat bookings.

Equally, I am sorry to hear of your take on the experience too and certainly take your feedback onboard.

We wish you every success with your cooking and thank you greatly for your business.

Kind Regards, Ben Farley

Marc Millard Feb 2024


Teachers were fantastic. Very insightful, took time to explain each cook / meat. Interactive.
Food was delightful.
Plenty of learnings to take home and try at home to improve my bbq.

Tony Landi Feb 2024


The explanation from each of the teachers running the session and their interaction made for a great session.

David Wilkins Feb 2024


Great hosts, flavour and variety was amazing, no nonsense and fuss free dinner with new friends.

Carol Camden Jan 2024


Teachers fun to learn from. Good support staff, could follow the process of smoking meat etc. Would recommend course to anyone. Carol Camden

Kimberley Armstrong Jan 2024


Purchased the American Smoking BBQ class for my partner for Christmas to help us learn how much work goes into it. Was an exceptionally informative class. The presenter was great, very personable and laid back. The food was delicious and there was plenty of opportunity to participate and learn hands on. Would definitely recommend to friends who were interested in getting into the bbq/smoking scene.

Jenny Chan Jan 2024

83 ClassBento workshops attended • 81 reviews


An engaging presentation by Simeone at the NEW Que Club cooking school. The much larger venue is tucked away from the hustle and bustle in a peaceful Brunswick street. I was greeted by friendly staff. The salads and side dishes were packed with a variety of vegetables, fruit and condiments such as banana, fennel, lime, honey mustard, coconut…. These combined with the salmon, king prawns, squid and trout provided a tasty sit down meal full of flavours. A Sunday well spent.

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class review by Jenny Chan - Melbourne

Adrian Cohen Jan 2024


Friendly and relaxed, good teacher, interesting learnings and thoroughly enjoyable.
Not to mention tasty
Can't wait to put new skills to work

Sean Thurbon Jan 2024


Pam and Simeone were our teachers for the day, they were fantastic. It was very hands on and the food was delicious! The venue ‘Que BBQ’ was perfect, and the shop attached had everything you could possibly want to bbq properly. Highly recommend this course… and of course the beers were great too.

Cooking class review by Sean Thurbon - Melbourne

Gordon Ashley Jan 2024


Experienced and knowledgeable teacher with a background in event catering: big events. The course used very big lumps of meat, eg a 6.5kg brisket, great for feeding a big group and the eating experience was great.

Peter Nixon Jan 2024


Very informative and concise. Great food and friendly instructors who knew their stuff. Well worth it

Marie van Drimmelen Jan 2024

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


I really enjoyed this class - I wanted to learn more about the different ways to BBQ and there was a lot of information about this in the class. The beer pairing was interesting, and certainly doing scallops on the BBQ was new for me. Finally, doing dessert on the BBQ was an eye opener. Highly recommended class!

Noni M Dec 2023


MTM had their Xmas party - South American BBQ and it was amazing, we had a great time and can't fault it. Food was delicious, we learnt lots and the staff were skilled and fun.

Scott Green Dec 2023


Awesome experience, was able to ask all the dumb questions of an experienced chef who is slow cooking bbq daily.

Evin McLoughlin Dec 2023


Enjoyable and relaxed experience. I learned a lot, the time passed quickly and we got to eat what we cooked at the endwhich was better than anything l had cooked before

James Cassar Dec 2023


Teacher was engaging and knew the content well. Always willing to take questions and kept it professional but laid back

Mick Bircanin Dec 2023


An outstanding event, well organised and all staff were helpful and welcoming. the teacher was very well versed in the art of meat prep and included participants in the lessons. I highly recommend the course.

Rob Hodgkinson Nov 2023


Enjoyed the course, both chefs were great (and other assistants), ran smoothly.
Equipment, drinks, food, supplies were all good and I learnt a lot about smoking.
My problem is I only have a gas BBQ (so learnt I really need to also have a smoker if I do this ongoing).

Lucinda Coble Nov 2023


My husband received a gift voucher for this course and I decided to join him. We had a fabulous morning cooking amazing food and the chefs were very entertaining (Ted and Greg with the assistance of Kristine). We had such a great time, I have now purchased another gift voucher for self to return and do American smoking. Would certainly recommend this as a gift for a loved one who already has everything, or something different to do with your spouse. The location was perfect, indoors when it was time to eat and outside undercover for the cooking.

Mark Jager Nov 2023


Ben and staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Food tasted terrific and I will be changing my cooking styles after this instruction

Ross Henderson Nov 2023


The teachers were very knowledgeable and provide great tips.
The venue was good and central albeit a little basic.
An apron was provided that you keep but it was plastic and little basic. A nice cloth material one would be great so you feel more incline to keeping it.
The class was more of a demonstration rather than a doing class.
We did learn some good tips about smoking times and wrapping the meat.
Tasting the product at the end.

John Nov 2023


The teacher was informative got some very good tips . A good experience all round

Kind Regards
John Leonardos

Nickolaus Leonardos Nov 2023


I bought this as a gift for Father’s Day to do as an experience with my dad. It was an awesome afternoon learning how to prepare and cook an American style bbq. Food was incredible, the hosts did a great job walking us through it all and have received some Ebooks with all the info so we can have a go smoking some meat at home. Highly recommend!

Steve Mewburn Nov 2023


Ben (Master Chef) was very well credentialed and was more than willing to pass on his tips of the trade. The course was entertaining, informative and extremely practical and delivered in a manner that it will be easily remembered.
Whilst I am still very much a novice at Seafood BBQ cooking, I learnt a great deal in the 3hrs lesson and I have booked my next course with ClassBento

Markwell Drury Nov 2023


I learnt to get the poo out of a prawn and a formula for cooking fish

Clare Best Nov 2023


Great people, great food and really informative! Met some awesome people too! Recommend for all

Abby Horsley Nov 2023


Was such a fun night! Everyone was so nice and we learnt so much, it was great

Jason Cunningham Nov 2023


Both Fabio and Charlotte were fantastic, I'll definitely be back for more.

Thanks again

Cameron Edgar-Hughes Nov 2023


Leader was charismatic and kept entire course entertaining. Couldn’t believe how quickly the day went.

Sophie Pearson Nov 2023

16 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


it was good, instructor was informative and very male dominated. More women should do this class.

Kate Patterson Oct 2023


Got it for Father’s Day present & Absolutely loved it! Great spot, great teacher, great food! Would highly recommend to anyone!

Kurt Fountain Oct 2023


The American BBQ course was really informative, relaxed and engaging. All the staff made everyone feel very welcome and involved in the entire process. The great value add was a sit down meal at the end to enjoy all the techniques and flavours.

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Kurt Fountain - Canberra

Alexi Lynch Oct 2023


Great teacher, wealth of knowledge, great experience, and amazing food. Venue brilliant, nothing to fault

Shane Ryland Oct 2023


great teacher and very informative with class and experiences. everything supplied and we get to do some chopping as well. we taste tested every thing that we were shown and that was a great experience. we are now working out what our next class will be. highly recommend to any one

Jernej Kavka Oct 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


We learned heaps about smoking and bbq meat, super happy.

My mates and I had great fun, can’t wait to show off my new skills!

Ken McKay Oct 2023


Mark was great. We enjoyed the class. Would have been good to have another option other than beer for ladies that were there. I felt that there were too many people in the class as it meant to needed to shuffle around to see and hear. Food was delicious.

Paul Brinckman Oct 2023


The Mark was awesome and the other guys were very helpful as well. Very easy to follow. I asked so many questions and he was so calm and easy going and passionate about BBQ. I loved the day. Cheers Paul

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Paul Brinckman - Brisbane

Theodore Xenos Oct 2023


I would certainly recommend this course to anyone thinking about wanting to learn more about smoking meats.

The instructor had a wealth a knowledge but was also able to articulate it in a manner that was simple and understanding.

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Theodore Xenos - Melbourne

Chris Fardon Oct 2023


The teacher was knowledgeable and patient with his students. Good use of humour. Would recommend the class to anyone looking for a fun day with good food and time with a friend or partner.

Lucas Incantalupo Oct 2023


Awesome time, great teaching and great smoking tutorial. All in all great experience that was had

Ian Aitken Sep 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


A great day. Great food and a great teacher. A very enjoyable time. Definitely recommend

Vladimir Gligorovski Sep 2023

56 ClassBento workshops attended • 44 reviews


Yeah it was great the experience was good and fun also a good way to pass the Sunday

Chris Tomkins Sep 2023


Brendan our teacher was very helpful and informative , he covered every aspect of BBQing from how to deal with the meat ,chicken-prawns,vegetables and salads all cooking techniques were covered and the meal (albeit cooking our own!) was great with a good selection of beers luckily craft, All told it was a very good experience

Janet Ross Sep 2023


Ted & Julian are knowledgeable & great entertainers
This is our second class & will definitely come back again if we can.

Jamie Madsen Sep 2023


This class could not have been better. Our teacher, Pam Kavanagh gave us a lot of information as well as a lot of great food. As a complete novice, I came away feeling good about getting my own smoker and start cooking.
Thanks to Pam and her staff for a wonderful experience.

Sarah Sowerby Sep 2023


We had a great time with Ben who ensured he gave us lots of details on the cook as well as keeping the day fun with plenty of delicious food to top off our event.

BBQ Cooking Class for Private Events / Team Building review by Sarah Sowerby - Sydney

Andreas Pasek Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Had such a brilliant experience learning from Pam, she took the time to explain and show how everything is done and answered any questions we had.
The simple is best approach resulted in some incredible food being produced and something that I am very excited to try myself.
Did this course in memory of my late brother and was so happy that I did.
Thank you so much

Fiona Brady-O'Toole Sep 2023


Pam the teacher was excellent. So knowledgeable and SOOOmuch experience. Also lovely person. Would highly recommend it.

Patrick Drennan Aug 2023


I attended the BBQ and Smoking meat class with mates and we all had a great time. The instructors were knowledgeable and offered lots of useful tips. The venue was good but cold as we’re in Canberra, perhaps move it to the sunny side the area next time. Would definitely recommend and we can’t wait to try and replicate the menu in the warmer months :).

Phil Dawson Aug 2023


The class was excellent and the the teachers were fun and informative. The food we cooked was tasty and will be something we can replicate easily at home.

Rukshan Senanayake Jul 2023


If you own a smoker and want to get some extra tips, then this class is excellent. Well conducted and teachers were very welcoming and accommodating to questions.

Tony Lafferty Jul 2023


Teachers were relaxed and informative and the food was delicdespite weather not being great

Thanks for the day

Marc Horsfield Jul 2023


Great course with two teachers that had a huge amount of knowledge. Made everything really easy to understand. Well recommended.
Would love to see more classes like this such as a native aussie food class.

Alistair Blackley Jul 2023


The class was extremely well presented and the information was to keep it simple and to follow some simple guidelines as beginners and the first experience should be a good one. The food at the end of the course was plentiful and delicious. A ripper 3 hours.

Jasmine Campbell Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Really entertaining with very knowledgeable teachers the food was great and 3 hours flew by!

Michael Booth Jun 2023


Matt and Brandon were great - very experienced and funny too!
Had a great time at the course and would recommend to all interested parties.
Michael

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Michael Booth - Canberra

Jenny Chan Jun 2023

83 ClassBento workshops attended • 81 reviews


Class was held at the Que Club which also has a nice restaurant. Our instructor was very resourceful. We were shown techniques for cutting, preparing and cooking a mouthwatering brisket. We cooked several different meat dishes but the brisket was definitely my favorite meat dish, it was cooked to perfection. Salad and dessert were also served. Meat lovers will love all that is offered at the Que Club venue.

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Jenny Chan - Melbourne

Erika Romeiro Jun 2023


First of all Class Bento didn’t provide the address of the place where the class was happening. It only said Fishwick. I googled BBQ School for the address which was incorrect and lucky there were people there that told me the right address and eventually I got to the right place but 30 minutes late. The class itself was good as we were a small group we had a chance of participating on some preparation for the meals. The chef had a great knowledge and the BBQ School team were very nice. Overall it was a good experience despite the weather as the class was outside a local coffee shop.

Cooking class review by Erika Romeiro - Canberra

Teacher's response

Hello Erika,

Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated. Apologies for the lack of updates you have got on the class venue, we have passed that on to our team to work on and have more updated information to be sent to our customers. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the class! Thank you for attending.


Kind Regards,
Tanisha

Henry Tramer Jun 2023


Everyone at the venue was very welcoming. The teacher was informative and knew his stuff. The classroom could have been better- it was smoky and cold. The food produced was delicious.

Sheldon Pace Jun 2023


Great ! Delicious, great presenter, was able to replicate recipes and I will do future classes

Claire Whiteman Jun 2023


Great bbq tips and delicious food
Thank you for a great lunch :) will definitely recommend.

Eriko Iwata Jun 2023


You can learn a lot about smoking , and the spicy brownie was fantastic! Great for a gift as well:)

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park review by Eriko Iwata - Sydney

Emily Heyns Jun 2023


Pam was a fantastic teacher, learnt so much. We had the best night and the meat was absolutely incredible! We’ll be back!

Cooking class review by Emily Heyns - Melbourne

Thomas Davis Jun 2023


Great class and great chefs! Looking forward to bringing our friends to the next one!

Anthony George Jun 2023


The meat was good but the teacher clearly doesn't understand that a constant stream of sexist jokes and purposly mispronouncing his assistants name to embaress him is not appropriate.

Samantha Penman May 2023


I think it was great value for money, you always will learn something you didn’t know before. I thought I knew how to cook a good steak but there’s so many small elements that go into the perfect steak. The teachers were absolutely amazing Willing to answer any questions anyone had and were super chill and funny. Great experience

Cooking class review by Samantha Penman - Sydney

Stacey Kavanagh May 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Fun, relaxed, good fun. Recommend. Would like to do future classes on different cooking styles.

Dion Borg May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great cooking class from experienced chefs. The Pichana was superb, a long sirlion steak and Chimichurri sauce. Can't wait to cook them myself.

Graham Swanson May 2023


Everything was awesome. Will doing some other classes. Food was amazing. Chefs where very friendly

Darren Thomas May 2023


The crew at bbq cooking school were very easy to deal with, informative and entertaining

Cooking class review by Darren Thomas - Newcastle

Jenny Chan May 2023

83 ClassBento workshops attended • 81 reviews


The instructors passed on some great tips about different types of meat, where to source ingredients, meat preparation/cooking and barbecue equipment. We devoured a range of meat dishes which included barramundi, flank meat and rumpcap. Very filling and informative class. Meat lovers will adore this class !,,

South American BBQ Class review by Jenny Chan - Brisbane

Martin McKay May 2023


Great presentation and loved the fact we all got a go at creating some wonderful food to prep and to eat - chefs were excellent with the presentation - 5*****

Cooking class review by Martin McKay - Brisbane

Anna Xia Apr 2023

107 ClassBento workshops attended • 105 reviews


We had Pam the owner and Luci the chef teaching the class today. We went through the different types of bbqs and the fuel they use. There was some hands on preparing and cooking. We made scallops with crunchy salad, scotch fillet with greens, jerk chicken in a drum smoker and lastly the chocolate pudding with berry coulis all paired with craft beers and a beer/drink to begin with. We enjoyed the class sure but we thought the food was a little bit lacking quantity wise.

Cooking class review by Anna Xia - Melbourne

Brett Macauley Apr 2023


The teacher was great and full of knowledge and happy to take any questions of the class.
I couldn't fault the venue was very welcoming and laid back. It was a great hands on class with plenty of interaction with how to prepare the food.

John Paptas Apr 2023


Awesome new learning experience A couple of great communicators who were willing to answer any questions fired at them in detail

David Smith Apr 2023


Great teacher, food was amazing. A lot of fun and a really nice casual atmosphere

South American BBQ Class (Centennial Park) review by David Smith - Sydney

Bob Olivier Apr 2023


Really informative and fun event.
Good atmosphere among those participating.
We learned a lot.
Highly recommended.

Donovan Bowring Apr 2023


Andrew and Pam were amazing! So knowledgeable and happy to teach us what they know. All the staff were amazing and so kind. The food was also delicious and we’re very excited to make these recipes in the near future. Would definitely recommend this class and we will be returning to do similar classes.

Cherie Baker Apr 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great oportunity to see how things are done and engage with a group of people.

Teacher's response

Thanks, Cherie, appreciate your feedback!

I'm thinking you should join our Beer & Smoke and/or American BBQ to achieve the learning you are after for different steaks and ribs from your feedback. We have 1 steak in the Meat class and no Ribs. Unless you asked questions specifically relating to those topics, we would have stuck to the menu and session plan relating to these dishes and class. To capture what you are looking to learn and achieve from your feedback, how about joining one of these sessions?

We look forward to seeing you at one of these classes soon.

Have a great day!

Kind Regards,
Ben Farley

Ray Pell Apr 2023


All that was provided suited everyone. the chef was great and gave great hintshavinbg been to bbq seafood school at the Fish Markets I suppose I was expecting a bit more hands on, apart from that a great day.

Peter England Apr 2023


Great fun and informative class. Great mix of engaging Teachers, quality information and great food.

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Peter England - Brisbane

Brad Dewey Apr 2023


Great teacher, good venue, donn m r good tips and had loads of fun. Highly recommend

Michael Smith Mar 2023


Enjoyed the class a lot despite some fairly ordinary weather. Got very practical advice on the process of smoking to get the best results. And a great feed of smoked meat as well.

Gillian Carr Mar 2023


Julian was excellent and the venue worked really well with the cafe next door. I appreciated the demonstrations of chopping techniques. I really appreciated the advice on buying whole Salmon to save money, which is important these days when the cost of living is so high. The dishes were delicious and seem achievable at home.

Cooking class review by Gillian Carr - Canberra

Dean Licenblat Mar 2023


Ross was an amazing teacher, very giving with hints, tips and pointers as opposed to just following a recipe. Very friendly environment with adequate spacing and amenities. The utensils and equipment were very good and the produce and food cooked was very tasty.
I would highly recommend this for people beginning their bbq journey and I look forward to other courses with the group

Cooking class review by Dean Licenblat - Sydney

Lucy Brennan Mar 2023


We had a great time, relaxed environment and met wonderful people.
Food was delicious! Thankyou

Travis Mar 2023


It was a good learning experience and the staff where happy to answer any questions you had food was nice as well

Brett Connolly Mar 2023


Excellent format, great atmosphere and brilliant host.
The food was a bonus!
Thanks BBQ Cooking School!

Tim Dillon Mar 2023


Had a great time with Ross and Andre at the seafood BBQ school. Would recommend.

Adrian Lloyd Mar 2023


Really informative, helped answer some questions & queries I had. Full of good tips & useful pointers. I’m feeling confident in how to approach smoking ribs & pork in particular

Anthony Bieniak Feb 2023


Great day, learned a lot. Will be back for sure! Can't wait to get cooking

Vladimir Gligorovski Feb 2023

56 ClassBento workshops attended • 44 reviews


I really liked the teacher’s methods and lesson was great and interesting also good quality and the preparation was good

Mark Destro Feb 2023


Teacher and other staff were great and explained everything. The Venue well set up and food tasted awesome

Sheridan Thompson Feb 2023


Was a fun experience but didn’t feel like I learnt much about how to cook smoked meats/use a smoker. Wasn’t much hands on time either.

Food was delicious.

Lee Nevison Feb 2023


Jayson was very professional. He had great knowledge and experience, great communication skills, explained everything in detail, took time to answer questions well, and was very pleasant throughout the whole lesson.

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class review by Lee Nevison - Brisbane

Everard Fenton Feb 2023


Lot's of information provoded about how to take your BBQing to the next level.

Tracey Purtle Feb 2023


Our teachers were fantastic and very forthcoming with information. Methods of preparation and cooking techniques were very informative which resulted in excellent food to eat! We had great weather and great table of people who made the day very enjoyable with plenty of laughs. Will be heading back to enjoy the restaurant soon.

Robert McBain Feb 2023


Great venue, great teacher, and what value for money.
I went away filled with knowledge and a full belly.
The food was amazing, and there was plenty to go around.
All in all, it was a fantastic day, and I look forward to going again.

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Robert McBain - Melbourne

Guy Simmonds Feb 2023


Teacher had great points and direction for BBQ knowledge. Great venue with many options for in house or at home cooking.

Marcus Rosenberg Feb 2023


need better location, hard to see and terrible to get too. Chefs and food delicious. Free beer good too

Phil Hennig Feb 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Great course, I thought I knew about BBQing until I did this course. Many handy tips and tricks shared. Enjoyed the course and the company of other particants.

Erol Tanner Feb 2023


Class was excellent, produce was fresh and delicious. Learnt some great tips and tricks. Would highly recommend.

Cooking class review by Erol Tanner - Sydney

Carmen Rigney Feb 2023


I purchased a gift for my 2 sons and husband. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience
The chef was great. The venue was great.
I'd recommend.

Phillip Stevens Feb 2023


Although I enjoyed the class the weather was not in our favour (no criticism of the organisers) It was very hot which detracted a little from the overall event. The teachers were fantastic and worked very well together to keep things moving and interesting. I certainly picked up a number of tips that I will be employing in my cooking. The food that I ate was very good and satisfying. I would recommend doing the class with a friend/s as it makes the experience more enjoyable.

Helen Barrett Feb 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Good quality meat but the rubs used seemed to contain a large amount of salt.
Venue good and equipment also good
Teacher pleasant and good

Brendon King Feb 2023


Jason was great. It was a little crowded for cooking and eating, but I enjoyed it.

Ashleigh Connell Feb 2023


The team at BBQ school were phenomenal. They ran a highly engaging class, sharing their tips and tricks with people of all experience level. The venue was also the perfect backdrop for the class. We will definitely be booking another class with BBQ school as the experience was amazing and great value.

Cooking class review by Ashleigh Connell - Newcastle

Eric Straw Feb 2023


Kenny was the best! Informative and enjoyable would definitely recommend to others and I would do another class.

David Nanayakkara Feb 2023


Que Club venue, facilities and the staff were exceptional as always. In the past, ai have booked 2 classes directly with Que Club. The recipe cards that they offer when you attend the class are exceptional. Having them while the teaching lesson is immensely valuable as you can refer to them, ask questions and make notes. Not having them upfront made this lesson less valuable. I will book lessons directly with The Que Club in the future

Lockie Beecham Jan 2023


The teacher and all the staff involved were lovely and friendly. The teacher was informative, personable and tried to include the group in the activity. The venue was great although it was a hot Brisbane day so an industrial fan or two for future Summer classes certainly wouldn't go astray. It was a fun experience but I think the value for money proposition could be improved a little (pints not pots, people!) and maybe involve the group a bit more hands-on in the actual smoking process (obviously time dictates that a lot of the preparation needs to be done in advance). Nevertheless, the reverse sear Cape Grim rump was amazing and tender, as were the smoked beef short ribs. We had a great time. Thank you.

Cooking class review by Lockie Beecham - Brisbane

Diane Stedman Jan 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Teacher was engaging and passionate. Answered queries explaining pros and cons which made things clear and gave options. Such as explaining the different cookers and how to distribute heat and lighting coals/ wood

Emily Rowe Jan 2023

53 ClassBento workshops attended • 52 reviews


The teachers were nice, the food was nice. Definitely worth one class. They sell a lot of product.

Cooking class review by Emily Rowe - Brisbane

Anna Xia Jan 2023

107 ClassBento workshops attended • 105 reviews


Today we had Pam the owner and Luci running the class. Both very accommodating and knowledgeable on BBQing. We had a prawn on sambal in a lettuce leaf, calamari on fennel, grapefruit, mesclun salad, baby snapper with a fresh crunchy salad and a whole smoked side of brined salmon, some potato salad and French fries as well. I gotta say as much as they were lovely, the food was a little on the stingy side. We almost ran out of prawns, and it was one prawn per person. The calamari we barely had two pieces each, and it’s not a super expensive piece of seafood, they could’ve just given us a bit more. It was like they knew it wasn’t enough so when it came time to sit in the restaurant and share the snapper and salmon, they gave us potato salad and French fries to fill us up.

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class review by Anna Xia - Melbourne

Andrew O'Brien Jan 2023


Was a great class. Enjoyed it and the food was great. Thank you very much

Les Hill Jan 2023


Great knowledge from the instructors, outstanding food to enjoy at the end. Well done team.

Jeff Morehen Jan 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Teachers were great, very friendly and helpful - all delivered in a casual and relaxed atmosphere

David Peninton Jan 2023


Great experience, staff were excellent and we learnt a lot. Would highly recommend and looking to book the middle-east experience.

Zak Looker Jan 2023


Great opportunity to learn from some experienced chefs/meat smoking competitor. The food was amazing and the tips and tricks were so helpful in everyday cooking as well as low and slow meat preparation.

Andrew Fischl Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great teacher and friendly atmosphere. Food was delicious and learnt lots. Would recommend this course.

Liam O'Connor Jan 2023


The class was fine but the address of the place was never listed on any link provided so we were unable to find it so were late.

Casey Schulte Jan 2023


The teachers were great and full of knowledge. The food was really great and tasty. A job well done and the class well worth doing.

Anna Xia Jan 2023

107 ClassBento workshops attended • 105 reviews


Lots to learn from pellet grills to kamado grills to offset smokers to drum smokers to using briquettes fuel. Luci is an expert on all things bbq. We made jalapeño poppers, pulled pork sliders, baby back ribs, gigantic brisket and brownies. There were a group of 5 who didn’t turn up so we had plenty of food to go around and the space felt roomier than yesterday. The information sunk in a lot more as I was more comfortable.

Cooking class review by Anna Xia - Melbourne

Anna Xia Jan 2023

107 ClassBento workshops attended • 105 reviews


The teacher Luci was very knowledgeable on bbq especially coming from a chef background but the venue was a bit of a squish. The small space could barely fit all of us in and when the bbq was on, it felt like I was being smoked. Irritates the eyes. It was a 38 degree day also which added to the discomfort. Very relieved when they sat us inside the restaurant for lunch. As great as the bbq rump, short ribs, chicken thighs with salsa, avocado and tortillas were, there was barely enough to feed everyone. You get a couple of free beers but I’m not a fan of beer.

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class review by Anna Xia - Melbourne

Frank Bortkevitch Jan 2023


Ted was a personable and friendly chef. He made everyone comfortable and the group bonded well. The cooking methods and tips were easy to follow and easy to replicate at home. The ingredients were top quality and very enjoyable to eat. The venue was OK but a little difficult to find using SatNav. Frank

Doreen McCulloch Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great class! You don't walk away hungry! Great hands on, a bit of humour, a lot of knowledge shared and wonderful people to share ideas and laughs! I purchased 3 tickets - hubby and brother and the class was enjoyed by all! Ted and Andrew were amazing! Loved the venue and ease of parking.

Cooking class review by Doreen McCulloch - Sydney

Veronica Jan 2023


Learnt a lot and was able to enjoy the food at the end which was plentiful.

Eric Frost Dec 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This class was ok. Not really hands on, mostly just observing the prep. Somewhat informative but didn’t leave feeling ready to start smoking. Teacher nice & funny at times. Food snacks were good. Main meal was a little disappointing, not super tasty at all.

Paul Bubb Dec 2022


The two teachers were excellent, had a great style and willing to share their knowledge and gave some great tips and advice.
However, there were many detracting elements-
The venue was hard to find and very basic in nature.
The drink options were limited. Apparently the class the day before had cleaned them out- ah, shops were still open to restock
We were told we would prepare the sides- we were given one option and there was three of us doing two elements. Yes, you have provided the recipes but they were pretty easy options
Outside of your control, but a magpie flew into the dining area and pooped on a tablecloth. We told the young fella (Dan?) and, inside of your control, he just shrugged- AND LEFT IT THERE for the people who then had to sit at that table to eat.

Overall, we were less impressed than we wanted to be.

Teacher's response

Hi Paul,

Thank you for your feedback. Apologies that your day did not go as you expected. We do understand where you are coming from and we have definitely taken your feedback onboard we will definitely work on making our customer's experience much better. We have discussed the matter regarding the bird with our team to understand the situation better, the team on the day informed us that our staff member went to get cleaning items for the table when you informed them regarding the bird. However, by the time they came out, the table was already cleaned by either another staff member or/ customer.

We do hope that regardless of the ups and downs of the class, you still enjoyed your class and had a good time.

Kind Regards,
Tanisha

Kate King Dec 2022


My experience with the Christmas BBQ cooking class was great! The instructors made it very easy to comprehend. I feel like I could make the recipes at home and I feel more confident cooking seafood. I did think it would be a little bit more hands on with the BBQ but I was happy to watch. A pleasant surprise was being able to sit afterwards, with good company, eat the food we made with a complimentary drink.

Only complaint is I was a little chilly, my fault I didn't check the weather. But I was able to warm up from the heat of the BBQ.

Cooking class review by Kate King - Canberra

Luke Bloedel Dec 2022


Well taught…by people who knew what they were doing. Relaxed. Organised. Friendly.

Five stars

Deborah Vandeburgt Nov 2022


Our teachers Ross and Andre were fantastic, entertaining, informative and super friendly.

The class itself was fun, inclusive and we got a lot out of it! You do have to come with a somewhat basic understanding of Charcoal bbq’ing and smoking but the teachers were more than happy to talk through anything you didn’t understand

It was a joy to eat at the different bbq’ed meats at the end and loved getting the digital cook book too

Highly recommend this class

Lara Bowyer Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great techniques and flavours which are totally doable at home! Good fish selection. Great day.

Nedra Playford Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Tom and Lauclan were very helpful, skilled, relaxed and entertaining. Everything was provided including delicious seafood. I learnt many new cooking skills from hands on experience. We ate a delicious lunch at the end. I plan to enrol in another one of their classes

Grant Hunter Nov 2022


Had a great afternoon didn't realise how little I really new.
Will definitely do another class

Cooking class review by Grant Hunter - Brisbane

Rhiana Stickings Oct 2022


The course was good and the food very tasty.

The description of this course says you'll learn the difference between different parts of America and their style of BBQ, this course didn't cover that just stated Texan was best but still didn't really tell us what the Texas style actually was.

There wasn't any hands on experience with the meat, only with the preparation of the side dishes.

I don't feel like i learnt anything about fire itself, a little explanation when describing the different type of smokers but I was just hoping for a bit more theory and explanation.

We all commented that we've watched many BBQ tv shows that really emphasise the importance of mop sauces but nothing we cooked had a mop / spritz it was all just "low and slow", half cook open / half cook wrapped then pour a sauce on at the end.

Teacher's response

Hi Rhiana,

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you attending our class and it is quite unfortunate that the experience was not what you expected it to be like.

Our classes are beginner- friendly and it goes on for 3 hours, in those 3 hours, we aim to provide an enjoyable, interactive yet informative experience for our customers. Most of the content that we cover in our classes is based on basic knowledge that we can provide to customers who have little to zero idea about American Smoking BBQ. Taking into consideration the time limit we have, it is a little tough for the team to go in theory about the basics of American Smoking BBQ but we try our hardest to provide that to the customer. In future, we will take your feedback into consideration and see how we can brush up our lessons in that way. I do appreciate that you loved the food, so thank you for that.

We do look forward to seeing you in another type of BBQ class that we provide.

Nina Mitchell Oct 2022

37 ClassBento workshops attended • 36 reviews


Thoroughly enjoyed this class. I took my hubby along so he'd gain some skills. He hasn't stopped bbqing since then. Absolutely recommend this course. It's a good feed too.

Cheryl Oldmeadow Oct 2022


Teacher and assistant Ken were great very informative. Venue was not as good as I hope for.

Kylie Graham Oct 2022


Great experience , the team who ran it were lovely and great cooos. Highly recommend to

Marc Wheeler Oct 2022


Tom and Lachlan presented the course well encouraging us to ask questions all the time. Great venue and friendly Cafe staff.

Christopher Rhode Oct 2022


Jason was friendly and informative - it was great the different tips and styles of cooking/smoking

Got some great tips on wrapping, and rubbing the meats.

Thanks again for the tips on rendering fat, have never done it and look forward to it!

David Noakes Oct 2022


Feel like I paid for a very below average BBQ meal, that's it. I have been to Black Bear and Bottom of the Barrel in Sydney also Kentucky and Tennessee in the USA, I would give the brisket a 2 out of 10 and the ribs a 3, BBQ mop sauce was gross. There was no talk or demonstration of different regions in the USA. Meat prep was pathetic, the "chefs" couldn't answer a few questions and we all could see it was a waste of time to ask them, they are line chefs no specialty in BBQ at all (yes I have owned restaurants). This course was dodgy to say the least, I have been smoking meats for 16 years and I learnt nothing from the class and I can already cook better than the rubbish we were served up today. Really the "big secret technique" is to wrap in baking paper and then foil, what a waste of $150. I found not a single piece of advice was useful and the annoying persistence of the chefs to help them with the menial tasks like fanning a strawberry or cutting up and de-seeding a jalapeno rather than this is how you make up a rub or marinate or baste or prep a brisket or even what kind of cuts and trim of the cuts to buy. Just a joke. We just stuffed around for 2 hours then were sat at a table for the last hour twiddling our thumbs after eating. Such a waste of time and money.

Teacher's response

Hi David,
Thanks for attending our class on Saturday and we appreciate your business. We apologise that the class didn’t meet your exceptions. This fun and engaging class is open to people with all levels of experience, with you having so many years in experience I can understand it didn’t offer you the challenge you may have expected.
Kind Regards,
Ben Farley

Andrew Rivet Oct 2022


Teacher was easy going and very knowledgeable.

I now have the confidence to cook a BBQ without others wanting to taking over

Mitchell Fiander Oct 2022


I was under the impression when booking this class for my husband and providing his allergy requirements that he would still be able to eat most of the food they prepare and cook. Unfortunately being allergic to dairy and majority of the meats beside the steak were all cooked in butter… and potatoes were smothered in sour cream.
Wouldn’t recommend if you have an allergy, other than that my dad who was able to enjoy the food was impressed.

Teacher's response

Hi Mitchel,
Thank you for your feedback.

Firstly, we would like to apologize that we were not able to cater to your husband's dietary requirements, we are always mindful of such things so I believe there must be an honest mistake from our team on the day. Our classes are definitely dietary-friendly and we always come up with alternative options for the customers otherwise reach out to the customers for seeking an alternative option so that is why we apologise for missing that out for your husband. We will definitely take your feedback into consideration and be more aware in our future classes. Thank you for letting us know that your father loved the class! We heard the class was great and the team loved your group! We would love to see you again in our class so we can cater to your needs as well as have another great bbq session with you guys.

Hank Opdam Oct 2022


Heaps of Seamus and Sara were great hosts and did a great job at keeping us all entertained with a mixture profanity and humour. Learned a lot but can't remember it all now I'll have to go back.

Nicole Steele Oct 2022


Fantastic day and our chef was awesome. I would highly recommend this couse and l will be doing further courses with these people.
Many thanks
Paul (kiwi)

Michelle Burns Oct 2022


The Seafood BBQ cooking class is one of the best we have done and we highly recommend it. Seamus is an excellent teacher - he makes it fun and still provides very helpful tips and tricks. It was hands on and we got to eat little treats throughout the class as well as finishing with a meal , eating the fruit of our labours, and a complimentary drink.

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park) review by Michelle Burns - Sydney

Peter Caucino Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I thought it was a really good class and I would like to book for another class with a different menu.

Cheryl Marshall Sep 2022


The venue was good. The teacher had a lovely personality but did repeat himself alot in the same sentence so the explanations felt long. The food was good. I wouldn't really call it a cooking class as we only got to be hands on for one small item. The rest of the time we just sat and watched. I'd prefer more hands on next time.

Graeme Fleming Sep 2022


It was very enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone. The Chef was personable and informative.

Raicha Douady Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great experience! Really nice teacher! It was nice to be in a big group and meeting other people. The food was delicious ! Highly recommended

Alan Wells Sep 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


New experience that i really enjoyed
Excellent teacher
Great steaks
Great chicken
Excellent brisket
Easy going environment

Marcos Quinones Aug 2022


The teacher wss great the venue wss really good. Had a good time and learnt alot about smokey bbq cooking. Would recommend it to everyone.

Danilo Schierano Aug 2022


The teacher was clear in explanation and very good ti prepare all
I Will try to repeat all at home even of It Will be difficoltà too Cook with smoke the salmon
I Will recomend It to my friends
Bye, Danilo

Rosemary Plain Aug 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Teachers were good, knowledgeable and easy to understand.
The food was really delicious - a bit rare for me, but still yum (especially the spuds).

Vesna Karasicevic Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The experience was unique. The chefs were very knowledgeable and the fact that it was an interactive class made it even more enjoyable. Thank you !

Stephen Hawkins Aug 2022


The teacher was very professional, clear in his presentation and happy to answer lots of questions.
I’m an experienced BBQer but still learnt a lot and the involvement of the class in preparing the food was fun.
I also bought the knife sharpener and rubs and am very happy with them.
One suggestion would be only do one fish course instead of two.
In summary, a fun informative day that we really enjoyed.

Brian Cunningham Aug 2022


A fun, informative class. Enjoyed it. Looking forward to doing more classes in the future.

Margaret-Anne Faulds Jul 2022


Loved our day at the Christmas Barbecue Cooking class.
Our teachers, Ross and Danielle were great, imparted great tips, made it look easy and were so friendly. Learned some great tips to make Christmas easy
and then we got to eat a DELICIOUS lunch.

Genevieve Zeeuw Jul 2022


I had a great time, the teacher was very friendly and informative - I didn't know anything about smoking so was happy to leave with some knowledge on how to get started!

My Rockstar Jul 2022


Really enjoyed the class, Ross was great & gained lots of helpful tips re cooking techniques. The salad and prawns were the definite stand outs recipe wise, the glazed ham was also lovely.

Sarah Schoonwater Jul 2022


Class delivered in a friendly encouraging manner. Everyone is included and confidence built up. I will definitely be doing another class.

Tracey Grobbelaar Jul 2022


Ben was amazing, shared his wealth of knowledge clearly and cheerfully.
Food was absolutely delicious, particularly the prawn skewer and squid! Already planning our next BBQ class, wound highly recommend.

Narelle Hegarty Jul 2022


Teachers were lovely, fun and very skilled. Really enjoyed it, definitely recommend this class and the food was amazing!

Tim O'Reilly Jul 2022


Great knowledge, skill, execution, and food. Farofa tasty but weird. Spinalus excellent. Enjoyed the lunch.

Matt Bennett Jul 2022


Great atmosphere and fantastic advice and presentation. The chefs clearly are passionate about their food.

Michael Karp Jul 2022


Very informative and finger licking good. You need o bottle the spirit of the class.

David Huynh Jun 2022


Was a good class. Well delivered and provided hands on experience. Instructor was very knowledgeable.

David Pierce Jun 2022


Ben was a good teacher he focused on fun activity keeping me engaged in learning about cooking. The venue was appropriate and the staff friendly. Ben’s assistant (sous chef), Ken was also a good teacher.

The experience was excellent value for money.

Cooking class review by David Pierce - Brisbane

Matthew Dezius Jun 2022