Native Australian Cooking Class

Learn how to cook native Australian food in Melbourne



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 15

label $197 - $321 (or 4 payments of $49.25 - $80.25 Afterpay)
($197 for 1 Adult, $321 for 2 Adult)

Discover all there is to know about native Australian produce, including how to cook it with Otao Kitchen in Melbourne.

During this interactive and informative class, you will experience the beauty and simplicity of native ingredients and learn the cooking and preparation traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation through songs, stories and beliefs.

Class outline:

  • Learn about local and sustainable bush food such as Davidson Plum, Wattleseed or Kakadu Plum.
  • Learn the health benefits and methods for cooking bush foods.
  • Make a three-course menu using local and native ingredients.
  • Enjoy a social cooking experience.
  • Explore native herbs and spices.

What's on the menu?
  • Tasmanian Oysters with Mignonette
  • Wattleseed and Beetroot Salad with Fingerlime Creme Fraiche and Seaweed Oil
  • Smoked Kangaroo Tenderloin or Lamb Racks with Taro and Beurre Rouge
  • Murray Cod or Barramundi Steamed in Banana Leaf
  • Damper ‘Flatbread’ with Mountain Pepper

On the day:
Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the class. We cannot accommodate or refund those who arrive after the scheduled start time, even if you call ahead. The instructor will be expected to start on time and will not be able to repeat the health and safety and/or demonstrations at the beginning of the class.

Important information:
  • We can cater to different dietary requirements.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule a booking you must do this at least seven days before your class to cancel or reschedule. We are sorry that we cannot refund or rebook any cancellations made online or in person after this time.
  • In the event that you are unwell, we ask that you send someone in your place. The participants who are not unwell will still be expected to attend. Alternatively, if you provide notice prior to the class, you are welcome to collect the ingredients and online recipe to take home with you after the class. Please note that this may not be possible with fresh meats and seafood in all cases.

Please note: If you are bringing a support worker to the class with you, they will also need a paid ticket for the class.



Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly.
 
What you'll get
  • Enjoy a complimentary refresher drink on arrival.
  • Learn how to prepare favourite Australian produce.
  • Cook and plate up your dishes.
= Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of locally made wine or beer.
What to bring
Everything is provided. Just book, turn up and enjoy!
 

OTAO kitchen is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

Otao kitchen is compliant with the Victorian State Government’s Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19), implemented to keep our guests and community safe.
Fewer guests and strict seating arrangements. Maximum guest numbers, density and distancing are tightly regulated. Signage displays allowable guest numbers and new hygiene protocols. QR codes with names and mobile numbers of all guests are held to assist with contact tracing. Guests showing signs of illness will not be allowed entry. Coats and personal items are kept separately. Online payments only are accepted. Store purchase EFTPOS machine is sanitised between uses.
Frequent schedules for cleaning and sanitising. All surfaces and touch points throughout are cleaned frequently. Heating and air-conditioning systems have been serviced to ensure proper fresh air flow. Team members are not permitted to be at work while showing signs of illness. We have completed the Victorian Government Hospitality Industry Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID 19) Return to Work Training.
Help us keep you and others safe when you visit. Follow the advice of authorities and stay home if you are feeling unwell, or if travelling from a government declared coronavirus hotspot. Wear a fitted face mask on arrival and while moving through the kitchen and remove it only when seated and eating or drinking. Arrive on time for your booking, so density restrictions can be met. Wash your hands when you enter in to the school and at regular intervals throughout your visit. Maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between you, staff and other guests at all times. Remain seated throughout your experience, except when you need to visit the bathroom.
Location

393 Victoria St, Abbotsford VIC (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

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OTAO kitchen
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ABOUT US

Otao kitchen is a cooking school and event space with a mission for people to come together to cook, connect, celebrate. We believe cooking and eating should be an experience, not just a meal. We created Otao kitchen as an extension of our passions to cook, share and inspire.

EXPERT IN COOKING CLASSES

Otao kitchen was launched in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014, with the goal of celebrating the rich and varied cooking experiences of Melbourne’s immigrant multicultural communities. Its founder, Chef Ha Nguyen, originally from Hanoi shares his passion for food, instructing customers in the exotic diaspora of Asian and around the world cuisine.

WHAT WE DO BEST?

Today our guests can get inspired by cooking with our local and international chefs, listen to their cooking and travel experiences in Asia and around the world and bring some cooking and cultural tips and tricks home. With the nods at the diversity of communities within Melbourne, Otao kitchen features an array of global food experiences from Indian to Japan to Mexico and more.

In 2020 with the challenge of global Covid 19 pandemic, we set out to capture the curriculum of our hands-cooking classes and deliver it online to home cooks in Australia and across the world to guide you to cooking success and better health.

Products and services: cooking master classes, private and corporate events, catering and event services, kid and school programs, and gift vouchers.

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Neha Marla May 2022


The overall experience was great! The teachers were very helpful and informative. The recipe was really innovative and made great use of Australian native ingredients. I really enjoyed it and would definitely come back!

Kirsten Humphreys May 2022


Easy to access location with tram and train access.
Really organised class, everything was ready when I arrived. Easy instructions and great Teachers

Cooking workshop review by Kirsten Humphreys Sydney

Wen-Chen Xia Feb 2022

63 ClassBento workshops attended • 43 reviews


Fresh damper with a cream/goat cheese and native pesto dip, kingfish marinated in native herbs and spices and tender kangaroo loin with assorted veggies, very appetising and delicious. You’re in for a treat!

Cooking workshop review by Wen-Chen Xia

Alma Arriaga Jan 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was amazing, everything that we cooked was super tasty and we learnt a lot of new ingredients. Our Chef knew a lot of the Australian ingredients and he was very friendly recommending where to get those ingredients. I will recommend this class to my friends, it was fun!

Native Australian Cooking Class review by Alma Arriaga

Ashlee Jones Jan 2022


Food and experience was great. Probably just went for a little too long as it finished over time.

Julie Peacock Nov 2021

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews


A little disappointed they started without us. Due to sudden onset of very wild weather and flooded roads, I felt they could have waited a few minutes. I’m sure we all remembered that night. Wasn’t our plan to be late.
Loved the barramundi, disappointed there was no sweet. Kakadu plum fudge was on menu when booking. Really needed a sweet, would have been nice to finish off with a sweet dish. Teacher needs a microphone, echoes. And when the lovely helpers cleaning up after us were around it was really noisy. Mainly due to echoes not her fault. She was very lovely. Nice location, lots of space and I know this is a new space and all these teething issues are expected and I am sure you will fix.
Over all really nice experience, and recommend for something a little different. Thank you
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