Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One

Learn Italian cooking techniques and make delicious dishes



3 hours Class size 1 to 16 (public classes), 10 to 70

label $115 - $155 (or 4 payments of $28.75 - $38.75 Afterpay)
($155 per guest when you book for 1+ guests, $115 for 4+ guests)


Italians are masters of understated culinary art. With this Italian cooking class in Brisbane, now is your chance to learn the techniques behind creating simple yet delicious dishes that will wow your friends and family.

Your cooking class begins with a heart-warming welcome where you make hand stretched olive and rosemary Focaccia over an introduction and chat with your fellow budding chefs. 

You will work in small groups as our Chef guides you step by step. In this class, you will learn the tricks and tips on how to make bread, pasta and delicious sauces. On top of that, you will also have the opportunity to learn an Italian sweet dish - the fabulously light and refreshing panna cotta, a versatile, delicious Italian dessert.

This is fun, informative and will teach you how to produce stunning authentic Italian dishes that are steeped in tradition and flavour!

During the cooking class you will:

  • Lose the fear of attempting how to make pasta from scratch ever again
  •  Follow the step by step, fail-safe recipes that will produce amazing pasta and bread every time 
  •  Learn the secret authentic Italian ingredients that really make an Italian dish and how to use them with ease
  •  Repeat every recipe at home whenever you want and create food that is better than your local Italian restaurant!
  •  Novice level and up - anyone can learn this!

Come alone, bring a friend or partner, or bring the whole family!  Children from 12yrs with a passion for cooking are welcome!

The Rustic Italian Menu:
  •  Signature lavender and rosemary focaccia  with pancetta and artichoke served with truffle olive oil and fig balsamic
  •  Hand made ravioli with either speck and sweet potato with goats cheese or ricotta and spinach with nutmeg fillings
  •  Panna Cotta loaded with Chef Mel's culinary bling

We can cater for vegetarian and vegan attendees; just let us know when you book in!

Please note:
  • The menu is based on available seasonal produce and is subject to change at the experience provider's discretion. This menu cannot be offered gluten-free. 
  • Pasta will always be included. You will work and cook together as a team, and shared workspace and the kitchen equipment with other participants. A group cooking session with partial group participation is the most effective and fun way to add to your cooking skills.
  • To ensure the class finishes on time some elements of the dishes are demonstrated.
  • The class is held in a fully licensed venue so you are unable to BYO. 

Note: Groups of four or more guests will get their own private table.


Add-on available for this class
  • Chefs Toolbox ($59)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get
  • We supply everything you need, including your ingredients, aprons and recipes.
  • A fully licensed bar with gin cocktails, so if fancy going full-Italian, you can enjoy a glass of wine.
What to bring
Please wear closed-in shoes.
 
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


Vanilla Zulu adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Location

92 Commercial Rd, Teneriffe QLD (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

Your teacher
Vanilla Zulu
Vanilla Zulu

Brisbane's most loved cooking school!

4.8 (77)
12k+

Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures is one of Brisbane's most loved cooking schools. Founded by global traveller and Afro-Australian chef Mel Alafaci, Vanilla Zulu is all about keeping cooking simple, fast and fresh. You will learn all of the basic skills you could ever need in the kitchen and leave with a bubbling enthusiasm to make easy gourmet meals at home.

Verified reviews

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Carly Brant Jan 2022


Chef was great! Loved her sense of humour.
Everything was provided so we could just arrive and get straight into. The food was amazing :)

Mitch Smart Jan 2022


The teacher was very knowledgeable and helpful with the food that was prepared. The ingredients that were provided seemed like good quality and the food came out high quality. Would definitely do it again

Thomas McPherson Jan 2022


Probably like most other people, I came here for a cooking class gift and not to improve my culinary skills - I was happily surprised! Chef Elle looked after us for the night and she clearly has a pedagogical gift. A lot of things were pre-prepared including the dicing and the sauce but we still had our work cut out for us because our recipes required focus, skill and taking the occasional risk. Fortunately, anything that went wrong was easily fixed by chef Elle and she gave us all great information along the way. The strangers that ended up on my bench were both really nice and we had lots of fun together. At the end we had made more food than we could eat so we packed it up into leftover plastic containers for further enjoyment. All the recipes for emailed to us at the end of the night (we had them on laminated pages during the cooking). I'd recommend this coming school to anyone of any coming ability - there are a huge range of different styles which would suit anyone's taste and interests.

Irene Stewart Jan 2022


We really enjoyed our night and certainly would now feel comfortable in trying out the recipes we cooked at home. There was a lot crammed into the three hour class so it was definitely an great experience. Our chef was friendly and helpful and had a broad wealth of knowledge. The facilities could have been better. There was another class in another part of the facilities and a large expel air nearby - this caused a bit of noise and there were times I struggled to hear our chef. A suggestion to help the smooth running of the class would be to have more of the ingredients required throughout the evening on the work benches - this would lessen the congestion of people in the small corner where items such as cream, milk and eggs were stored.
A good night and I would recommend it to others.

Susan Agnew Dec 2021


Chef Ella was bright and full of hints.
It did seem a little disorganized as the goals were not clearly stated and the location of the cooking implements was random. A run through of where to find things would have been good.
Maybe a longer period of time would allow a more organized experience.

Anthony Oar Nov 2021


Our host was excellent with a wealth of cooking knowledge. All the recipes were amazing.

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Nicolette Brewer Nov 2021


Fantastic knowledgeable teacher! Venue was easy to locate. We were very lucky to have a small class so it felt like 1/1 training! Food was delicious

Cooking workshop review by Nicolette Brewer

Fiona Bruce Oct 2021


Our class was small, only 8 people but our teacher had time to move around to all of the groups to answer our questions and help us all out. Accomodations were made for those with dietary restrictions but the end result was delicious, simple food. Can’t believe I haven’t done this earlier.

Amanda Loftus Sep 2021


Our teacher was amazing. So lovely and super knowledgeable! She helped us cook such beautiful food and we left confident bring able to cook it at home.
The environment was great, it was a very relaxing and fun night.

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Amanda Loftus Sydney

Marta Newport Sep 2021


Following a slow start (it took a little while for us to understand the format and get used to the teacher's style), the class evolved into a fun and educational experience. I very much liked that Ada brought in some of her own experiences and ideas into the class (coloured pasta - awesome!)

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Marta Newport

Sally Parenti Sep 2021


The teacher was very friendly and helpful. The venue was also well organised and set out nicely. We joined with other people to make a group of 5 and it was so lovely. We still made pasta and Panna cotta separately so it was good value for money!

Nancy Gillam Aug 2021


A most enjoyable class. Teacher obviously enjoyed sharing her knowledge. Saving up for next class

Kate Lindsay Jul 2021


Lucy was our teacher and she made the whole morning so fun! The class was really enjoyable and I learnt a lot. Our meal turned out so well. I would love to try another class at this venue.

Shayne Lindeman Jul 2021


Great fun and very encouraging staff made for a wonderful class experience for everyone. We all felt inspired to do more.

Melissa Walker Jun 2021

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 18 reviews


WOW! What a fantastic afternoon. Great venue and lots of fun.
We made Focaccia, Panna Cotta and Ravioli. All dishes were amazing. We
were also given many other recipes to try. Ada showed us how to plate up our dishes as well. I highly recommend this class.
Ada was amazing. So many hints and tips along the way and very encouraging.

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Melissa Walker Sydney

Claire Hassett May 2021


A truly wonderful afternoon. Instructor was amazing, venue fabulous, and I will definitely be using the recipes we learnt.

James Smyth Apr 2021


Hi the teacher was fantastic. Very informative. Many thanks I will definitely recommend this cooking course.

Cooking workshop review by James Smyth

Lauren Williams Sep 2020


A wonderful activity to do for our tree am building event. Ellie was so knowledgeable about the history of Italian food. The team at Vanilla Zulu ensured a fun night was had by all. We walked away with full bellies and happy hearts.

Cooking workshop review by Lauren Williams

Lynda Jordan Sep 2020


Lucy was lovely, great fun class, great vibe and great food, thank you, excellent value!
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