Vanilla Zulu, cooking and baking and desserts teacher

Vanilla Zulu

Vanilla Zulu

Brisbane's most loved cooking school!

4.8 (50)

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.






Classes


Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

4.9 (9)

Breakfast Masterclass

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

5.0 (5)

Authentic Thai Cooking Class: Part One

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

4.8 (4)

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part Two

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

5.0 (1)

Spanish Tapas Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

5.0 (2)

Authentic Thai Cooking Class: Part Two

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class

date_range 22 Sep, 28 Oct

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

4.8 (8)

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

4.7 (7)

Asian Street Food Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

5.0 (1)

Vegan Cooking Masterclass

date_range 2 Oct, 21 Oct

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

5.0 (1)

Moroccan and Middle Eastern Cooking Class

date_range 16 Oct, 20 Oct

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

5.0 (1)

Healthy Eating Masterclass

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $97 - $119

Japanese Cooking Masterclass

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

4.4 (9)

Authentic Pizza Making Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $80 - $89

Around the World Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 70

label $155

Meat Lovers Cooking Class: Hard Core Carnivore

date_range 16 Oct, 24 Oct

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 15

label $155

Chef Skills Cooking Course - Six Weeks

date_range 15 Oct, 8 Nov

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 15

label $695

Singles Cooking Class: the Spatchelor

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Teneriffe

10 to 70

label $155

Corporate Cooking Class for Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Teneriffe

10 to 70

label $139

Cooking at Home for Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 70

label $900 - $1,500




Reviews

(50)



Sally Parenti Sep 2021

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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!


Danielle Stowasser Sep 2021

Spanish Tapas Cooking Class



Luciana led us through three beautiful savory Spanish tapas dishes and then yummy dessert. She was great! Nice to have Spanish-speaking chef from Argentina. Great course for any level of cooking skills. They catered for another attendee who needed gluten-free and lactose free ingredients. It was great to taste the natilla made on coconut cream she made. I think I’ll use that instead too when I make  + more

Cooking workshop review by Danielle Stowasser

Rachna Singh Sep 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



I loved the French cooking class, we had chef Elle, she is so lovely. I loved all the dishes we had and she gave so many cooking tips. Really helpful ! Hopefully follow some recipes at home. Thanks once again

Cooking workshop review by Rachna Singh Sydney

Millie Bawden Sep 2021

Asian Street Food Cooking Class



Tong was an amazing teacher. He was funny, engaging and made the whole experience worthwhile. I would totally recommend Tong as a teacher! The venue is a great space. Materials were easy to find throughout the class and very professional. The class was very good value for the money paid. The staff are extremely professional and approachable, making the experience even better! I will definitely  + more

Asian Street Food Cooking Class review by Millie Bawden

Leeanne Soto Aug 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



Fabulous chef! funny, friendly and helpfulHad an amazing time, lots of laughter, gained great knowledge and techniquesThe food tasted amazing and loads of leftovers to take home, bonusAlso have to mention the cocktails, absolutely beautiful in taste and presentation Highly recommend without question.

Japanese Cooking Masterclass review by Leeanne Soto Sydney

Benjamin Porter Aug 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Breakfast Masterclass



I had a great time, the kitchen is clean and well maintained, Elle was a great teacher. Would love to go back again and continue to learn more.


Gael Chambers Aug 2021

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part Two



This experience was absolutely so much fun. The making of Italian food with a knowledgeable positive Chef in a relaxed environment was awesome! My group had the best day and couldn’t stop talking about it! Thank you so much for the wonderful Chef & ladies who made this day special we thoroughly enjoyed the positive vibes and encouragement the atmosphere was relaxed a lot of laughs and so much fun. Our group will definitely be returning and telling many more about this wonderful fun experience. Thank you so much “Brofessionals” group


Nancy Gillam Aug 2021

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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


Melissa Walker Aug 2021

Authentic Thai Cooking Class: Part One



This class has had to be rescheduled due to COVID lockdown in Brisbane. Vanilla Zulu were great to deal with and had plenty of other dates to choose from.


Emily Rowe Aug 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



What a fun class! Definitely a good mix of men and women, the chef was hilarious and the food was to die for. I'm rebooking for the thai class next!

Cooking workshop review by Emily Rowe Sydney

Edwina Tam Aug 2021

Breakfast Masterclass



I totally enjoyed the class, Elle our teacher is very professional and efficient. We’ve made croissants and brioche, though I’ve made them before, these are much easier recipes to follow. The demo and instructions by chef Elle were clear and in details. She came around and checked on every one of us. I haven’t had much success of making egg Benedict, Elle made it so simple and now I can have egg Benedict every morning (only if I have time and no cholesterols problem). All ingredients were provided at the workshop. We’ve had a feast after  + more


Karen McLaughlin-Flemming Jul 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



Our teacher Tang was great and very helpful and skilled. He made everything simple to understand and was happy to demonstrate as often as we wanted. Finished with a scrumptious meal of all the wonderful things we had cooked. Highly recommend for both skilled and non skilled cooks to be

Cooking workshop review by Karen McLaughlin-Flemming

Lis Clough Jul 2021

Vegan Cooking Masterclass



Class eas great! Chef Mel gave lots of clever tips and we made some stunning dishes all sprinkled with great humour! She made everything sound so easy! Venue was great!

Vegan Cooking Masterclass review by Lis Clough

Annette Learey Jul 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



My partner and I had a great afternoon learning how to make Udon noodles in dashi stock, gyoza, and nigiri. The teacher was friendly and easy to understand and would come and help when you asked. The recipe instructions that each table had were also easy to understand. All of the menial vegetable prep and dishwashing was done by the staff so we got to focus our time learning the more complicated steps. I'm keen to go back again and do the Thai classes as our teacher was a Thai chef.


Kate Lindsay Jul 2021

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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


Madeleine Steinke Jul 2021

Breakfast Masterclass



Our teachers were amazing! Chef Mel is super helpful and full of knowledge. All materials were provided and the food was delicious. I can’t wait to do another class!

Breakfast Masterclass review by Madeleine Steinke

Melissa Walker Jun 2021

16 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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

Carissa Paulger Jun 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



Felt very rushed and chaotic. Having a loud Spanish class beside us made it very hard to hear our instructor and understand the instructions given to us.


Rebecca Jones Jun 2021

Spanish Tapas Cooking Class



What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon with loved ones! Excellent instruction and wonderful food. Thank you


Alison Leeson Jun 2021

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews

Cooking class



This was an amazing course. The fact that it was virtual meant i could learn from an amazing chef ouside of my state ! she was so friendly and helpful and the skills were so helpful. I have wowed friends with the meals since . thankyou :)


Malyson Sayabath May 2021

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Thoroughly enjoyed learning and meeting new people. Love it! I Would definitely recommend the class.

Baking and Desserts workshop review by Malyson Sayabath

Felicity Marshall May 2021

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

Authentic Thai Cooking Class: Part One



was a very enjoyable class, the teachers were patient and went though the information and steps very clearly.


Suzanne Andersen May 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Authentic Thai Cooking Class: Part One



A fantastic evening. Recipes provided will be used often. Given many extra hints throughout the class . Even learning how to crack an egg, one handed. We were fortunate to have Tong as our teacher, with his smile and effervescent personality, definitely made the experience so enjoyable. Keen to return for further classes.


Claire Hassett May 2021

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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


Anita Groves May 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



We had the best time night out at Vanilla Zulu. Mel was such fun! What a great sense of humour, a very charismatic teacher! We learned a bunch of different skills but also ate the beautiful food me made, while sipping on our vino! The bar was a great feature, and the facilities were top notch. We did the French cuisine lesson but the Spanish tapas lesson was occurring concurrently- we will be going  + more

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence review by Anita Groves Sydney

James Smyth Apr 2021

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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

Cooking workshop review by James Smyth Sydney

Devon Roach Apr 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



Great venue and easily accessible by bus. All equipment readily available and of good standard. Clear instructions and easy to see demonstrations even following COVID19 requirements. Food delicious and recipes clear and all ingredients talked about and in some cases explanations on why particular ingredients could not be replaced by others. Eg types of flour. Lot of fun.


Juliet Lambrick Mar 2021

Breakfast Masterclass



Thanks Ellie and Vanilla Zulu. We loved the breakfast masterclass and had heaps of fun We made croissants something I never thought I'd be able to do. Yum The teacher was attentive and very knowledgeable and we had everything we needed for success

Breakfast Masterclass review by Juliet Lambrick

Cheryl Mar 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



I loved the experience of learning to cook Japanese. It was fun. It was a bit disorganised at times and I felt rushed at times as well. The chef was funny and endearing and clearly knew what he was on about. It would have been helpful to have been shown where all the implements were at the beginning of class, what to do with dirty dishes etc. Also it was sometimes hard to heard the chef because one of the workers was using stick blender at stove while he was instructing us, so I missed somethings he was saying.


Rahchell Cornish Mar 2021

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



What a fantastic afternoon with Tong learning how to cook many Japanese dishes. I deeply appreciated the tidbits and pieces of advice Tong offered in addition to the regular instructions. I never knew authentic udon noodle was made using feet! Tong was an enthused, generous, kind and informative instructor with a great sense of humour.

Japanese Cooking Masterclass review by Rahchell Cornish

Donna Mackenzie Mar 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Japanese Cooking Masterclass



Awesome atmosphere, great recipes and excellent fun. The facilities were great and I love you get the recipe before hand. Definitely will be doing more courses.


Lisa Searle Mar 2021

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



I learnt some great tips from Elle Her experience shone through and I enjoyed the evening so much


Jessica Spina Mar 2021

Breakfast Masterclass



My mum gifted my siblings and I this breakfast class for Christmas and we had a great time! Elle was so helpful and knowledgable and it was a great mix of structure and being able to work at your own pace. We made croissants and brioche buns from scratch as well as a hollandaise sauce and perfect poached eggs. At the end you get to enjoy your creations with a little spread of extras to decorate your  + more

Breakfast Masterclass review by Jessica Spina

Donna Hart Mar 2021

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Chef Elly was amazing- so helpful and passionate, nothing was any trouble. The kitchen facilities were outstanding. We had a wonderful day

Baking and Desserts workshop review by Donna Hart Sydney

Camila Jardim Feb 2021

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



I had a really great French Cooking Class there with my boyfriend and had the pleasure to meet nice people as well. The place is really good, although i missed some tips because it can get very loud with two classes at the same time. However, I left the class so full and with big pots of food too! I would definitely go back for another class (maybe pastries?). Also, shout out to the teacher who were so patient and had so many good tips!


Page Massey Feb 2021

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Elle was very friendly and knowledgeable. The room setup made it easy to see her and we weren’t cramped.


Jane Moraghan Feb 2021

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



what a great fun delicious afternoon. loved it! highly recommend. definitely going to be doing more classes


Jackson Bucknill Feb 2021

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Teacher was involved and helpful, and we had fun making various desserts such as panna cotta and crème brûlée. Venue could be air conditioned though, was a bit hot which may impact the pastries. Overall was a fun & informative class.


Wendy Whitehead Feb 2021

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



Ellie was knowledgeable and professional yet friendly and welcoming. She shared her knowledge through demonstration as well as going to each group to ensure they were managing the dishes giving advice as required. The venue was good except when there was a lot of cooking going on and the ventilation didn't work too well. My eyes were sore from the smoke in the room. The additional staff on hand to clear the plates etc were a bonus to ensuring that the workshop went smoothly. I really enjoyed the cooking as well as the food and would definitely  + more


Toni Kisely Feb 2021

French Cooking Class: a Taste of Provence



Really had a good night. It was a little bit disorganised at times. I think if most non-perishable ingredients were measured out individually on each bench, it would save time and avoid going back and forward across the room. Food was great, and did enjoy ourselves.


Kirk Winner Jan 2021

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Our teacher was pleasant, knowledgeable and very helpful. A wonderful experience, would recommend. Thanks chef!


Roberta Mango Nov 2020

Moroccan and Middle Eastern Cooking Class



Ada was warm, generous, fun and knowledgeable. She made the afternoon enjoyable while we learnt about all the different spices and ways to cook lamb on a rosemary sprig as a skewer over a bed of vegetables, delicious hummus, pita bread with black sesame seeds, baklava with sugar syrup. The venue was clean and in a great location. It was a great way to meet new people, learn about Moroccan & African  + more

Cooking workshop review by Roberta Mango Sydney

Jessica Griffin Oct 2020

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Dessert class was great! It was very hands on which was exactly what I love in a course. Our teacher was lovely, gave a lot of helpful tips and tricks. Overall was a brilliant morning, lots of fun! Would highly recommend and looking forward to trying another class soon.


Katrina Gould Oct 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Great fun! Laid back but enough to learn heaps. Relaxed atmosphere and teacher was super friendly. Glad she came around to check on things too. Definitely be back!

Baking and Desserts workshop review by Katrina Gould Sydney

Natalie Hedges Sep 2020

Authentic Thai Cooking Class: Part One



Awesome class with teacher Tong. Entertaining and food tasted divine. Great atmosphere. Would definitely take another class. 5 stars


Lauren Williams Sep 2020

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One



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


Sumi Saikawa Aug 2020

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Cooking class



It was a great class. The class managed to make 4 dishes within 2 hours. Lots of tips and ideas. I enjoyed it. Thank you Vanilla’


David van Aug 2020

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class



Everything was well organised. And it was quite entertaining at the same time. Enjoy it very much. Teacher was great, she knows exactly what is require timing was perfect.




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