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The Social Kitchen Cooking School

“Located in the Queen Victoria Market, Fisher & Paykel's pop up kitchen has arrived in Melbourne. The Social Kitchen offers a variety of cooking classes, including celebrity chefs. Read on to see how you can win one of ten tickets!”

The Social Kitchen Cooking School

The Social Kitchen Cooking School

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It was a Sunday night. 
I headed into Queen Victoria Market to attend a Vietnamese Cooking Class at The Social Kitchen, an experience created by Fisher & Paykel.
I headed in alone. I wasn’t meeting a friend, I wasn’t taking a plus one; it was just me, flying solo.
I arrived and was greeted by chef Keith, and his staff on hand. A few other couples and a mother, daughter duo were there to cook up a storm as well.
We had our meet and greets and then divided off into teams. I joined Danielle and her partner Luke for the evening. BOOM, new friends. 
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I think that’s what makes it fun, meeting new people and sharing a love of cooking together. Whilst this would have been fun to go with a group of friends, if you can’t find anyone to join you, why not just go on your own! 
The Social Kitchen_Dining Room 1
The Social Kitchen is a global roaming cooking experience created by the team at Fisher & Paykel. The pop up kitchen is currently installed at Queen Victoria Market for a limited season of cooking classes, including a great line up of Master Classes, featuring some of Melbourne’s top chefs.
Peter Rowland Catering have their own chefs as well as chefs such as Scott Pickett, Darren Purchese and Shane Delia to teach classes you can attend. With a vast array of cuisines to chose from, including Pan-Asian, Mexican and Middle Eastern; or perhaps the art of high tea, canapés or gourmet picnics may be more up your alley. There is most definitely something for everyone. 
With a maximum of 24 participants per class, the experience includes a market tour, learning cooking tips as you prepare the meal, sitting down to eat with everyone with a great selection of wines, and a goodie bag to take home. You get to use the state of the art kitchen appliances in the Fisher & Paykel kitchen, and let me tell you, sign me up for that induction cooktop ASAP! I fell in love with the fact you could sync two burners together.
More information, class schedule and bookings:
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WHAT: The Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen Cooking School
WHERE: Queen Victoria Market, Shed A (Peel Street end)
WHEN: Starting 13 Nov 2014 – for a 26-week season only
Classes Tues & Thurs-Sunday: 9.30am-12noon; 1pm-3.30pm; 6-8.30pm
Master Classes Mon & Wed: 9.30am-1.30pm; 6pm-10pm
COST: $135 per person / $275 for Master Classes

G I V E A W A Y 


I have 10 free tickets to The Social Kitchen Cooking School, valued at $135 each, for 10 lucky people!

Each ticket includes a market tour, cooking class, goodie bag and enjoying the cooking with fellow class mates. 

Winners are able to select a class of their choice from the program at

To enter, leave a comment below and tell me what’s the class that most interests you and why.

Entries close Sunday 21st December 2014. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Monday 22nd December 2014.

This competition only open to Australian residents only.


COMPETITION CLOSED: Winners have been notified via email:

  1. Jeremiah
  2. Kerri-Anne Lynn
  3. Carly
  4. Moni
  5. Camilla
  6. Bec
  7. Elspeth
  8. Lee lin
  9. Terri @ Little Wanderings
  10. Sharmaine Tong

Iron Chef Shellie attended The Social Kitchen as a guest thanks to Q Strategies.

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29 comments on “The Social Kitchen Cooking School
  1. Carly - December 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my god there are too many to choose from! Would love to try the Vietamese or the Americana but the paella one might get me to finally use my paella pan! 😉

  2. Vija - December 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Heirloom Vegetables- Make them shine. Making vegetables interesting is a great way to get a more balanced diet

  3. Karma Clarke - December 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This is such a cool competition!
    I would choose the Perfect Turkey Masterclass as we always buy ours already cooked. It would be amazing to finally cook my own!! A perfect christmas turkey- now that would be a wish come true.

  4. Alice DKC - December 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    My love of turkey is only hampered by my inability to cook it. Once I can make my own turkeys, and stop relying on others for my turkey supply, I will be unstoppable! Or, you know, quite fat.

  5. Nicole - Champagne and Chips - December 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Such beautiful photos!
    I would love to win the Burch & Perchase masterclass because I absolutely adore baking but my presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Some tutored wrangling of a icing bag is exactly what i need :)

  6. Terri @ Little Wanderings - December 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about The Social Kitchen and it sounds wonderful! I’d be most interested in the ‘Sparkling New Zealand Seafood Cooking Class’. I have actually never cooked seafood before – I’m a little scared to do it, to be honest! But I would really love to learn how :)

  7. Moni - December 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Oh I’m desperately trying to win tickets to The Social Kitchen! I would love to go to the Heirloom Vegetable class! All the produce from our little veggie patch is coming up now, and it would be awesome to learn how to make them shine!

  8. Jia - December 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I totally agree about making new friends – somehow i think the common love for food somehow makes it much easier!
    I’d love to go for the fine canapes cooking class, that way when I host parties at home it’s not just a regular scoop-from-the-large-dishes pot bless style!

  9. sharmaine Tong - December 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    My Singaporean grandmother passed away before she could teach me. The Singapore Fling cooking class, a day before my birthday would be the best birthday gift in her memory.

  10. Divya - December 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, such a fab opportunity! I would love to take the Singapore Fling Cooking Class. I recently had the most delicious chilli crab in Singapore and would love to recreate the magic!

  11. Emma @Missemzyy - December 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Stunning photos as always! Love the black and white shots :) Thank you for introducing The Social Kitchen- I can’t believe I have never heard of it before!! I would love to attend the Heirloom Vegetable class!! This year I have become interested in gardening and our veggie patch has been very successful so it would be great to learn a few different ways to use them! :)

  12. Jess - December 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I’d pick Mediterranean Magic. it’s the type of food I gravitate towards especially in summer, with the focus on fresh ingredients that are in season, beautiful seafood and bountiful salads. The bonus being it’s healthy, extremely tasty, and hopefully doesn’t involve hours of preparation and cooking time

  13. jac - December 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    So hard to chose just one!! Authentic Mexican, Americana and Perfect Paella all look amazing ..

  14. Camilla - December 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Definitely the preserves, relishes and picallili class as I am obsessed with these old school favourites but have not yet worked up the guts to produce my own creations and practice these traditional cookery techniques. Picallili is life!

  15. Rob - December 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    The Burch and Purchese class looks amazing… all the desserts!

  16. nicole lorente - December 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Fine canapes as I love to entertain but I need to cook things small and simple not big and hard as I seem to always fail.

  17. Bec - December 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I have never participated in a cooking class before – it’s always been on my to do list – ALWAYS. I am a huge believer in bonding over food and I also find peace when cooking. It’s my thing! As a vegetarian I would LOVE to attend the heirloom vegetables class as all my meals focus around vegetables! They deserve some TLC. I also have that day off work 😉 It looks like an amazing day! Bec x

  18. Chloe - December 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    That cooking kitchen looks fab! Love the black and white shots. I’d love to try and pasta class, I received pasta maker as a gift but have not been game to try it out yet.. but i’m sure it’s easy once you’ve been shown. Thanks Shellie!

  19. Corrie - December 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I can only imagine winning a ticket to learn about our great Australian game meats with the “Kangaroo and Emu – Lean and Green” class.
    The sesame ginger emu steaks with their South-east Asian flavours sound wonderful. And then a Thai style kangaroo salad would work so well with such a lean meat!
    I think we really do not use enough of these types of meats and would love to use them in my own cooking classes here in Sydney that I offer for kids during the school holidays to help educate them on these great low-fat, high-protein food sources.
    I would very happily fly down to Melbourne to immerse myself in the markets and top quality cafes, bars and restaurants for a couple of days if I won a ticket to one of these classes!!! Thanks for organizing such a great competition!!!
    ps Such great pictures in your blog post!!

  20. Jeremiah Chung - December 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Americana – too cool for school… me to a t

  21. Gourmet Getaways - December 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ooh, this is exciting!!! Cooking classes are just one of the best things to do on earth. Good luck to all!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  22. Elspeth Singe - December 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Vietnamese cooking class – just had a holiday there and having massive food withdrawals!

  23. Leah O'Brien - December 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Entering for my dad who’d love this, especially pairing the matching wines!

  24. Lee Lin - December 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    So many interesting classes but three caught my eye! First is heirloom vegetables coz I’m always looking for new ways to cook vegetables. Second and third are cooking game meat and homemade sausages coz these are out of my comfort zone so that’s a challenge for me!

  25. Kerri-Anne lynn - December 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Super keen to learn some new skills at the Vietnamese Cooking Class

  26. Charlie - December 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I would love to do the Christmas Turkey class, being American my beau who’s Swiss German would have loved for me to surprise the family with a traditional American Christmas Lunch. I may have had turkey many times, though have never cooked it myself. It would be a great skill that we’d enjoy over the years.

  27. Anastasia Starz - December 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    The New Zealand Seafood Cooking Class
    It’s Something Different for the Sugar Lover
    Fresh, Delicious and Healthy! Don’t Let it Pass
    After Dinner My Dress Should Still Fit like a Glove!

    Being a dessert lover, this be one of the rare healthy dishes I’d make!

  28. Sally - December 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Vietnamese street food because banh mi OR the canapés because Peter Rowland!!!

  29. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - January 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I want them to come to Brisbane :)

    If I could afford it, I’d take a cooking class every single week. Hope you survived the silly season and are on your way to a fab 2015!


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