Are you sick of having the same three dinners on rotation each night? Do you feel uninspired when it’s your turn to host a dinner party? We hear you! That’s why we’ve found some of the best cooking schools across the city to help inspire you in the kitchen and get you on your way to becoming Perth’s next Master Chef.

Matters of Taste, Mount Pleasant

Matters of Taste believe learning to cook and expanding on culinary knowledge are essential skills to acquire. After all, we must eat to stay alive – so why not make it fun! Having taught over 70 000 clients since 1997, Matters of Taste want to shift away from the concept of cooking being a chore. They have a wide range of classes available including Epic Oriental Street Food, Mystique of Morocco and Spanish Tapas to name a few.


The Cooking Professor, Mount Hawthorn

The Cooking Professor turns cooking into a joyous occasion in a fun, interactive learning environment. In each class, the group is broken into small teams and everyone makes a different dish under the guidance of the instructor. There are a huge range of classes to choose from, including Pasta Workshops, Kids in the Kitchen and Paella and Churros.


Salt and Company, West Perth

At Salt and Company, they believe it’s important to develop a love of good food and be passionate about creating it. Salt and Company don’t just teach you how to follow a recipe, rather they teach you the fundamentals of each cuisine, the techniques that are used, the purpose of key ingredients and how you can make each dish unique. Their wide selection of classes includes Plant Based Bar Food, Japanese Izakaya and South American Street Food.


Urban Provider, Leederville

The unique Urban Provider kitchen opened in 2002 in Leederville and overlooks their tranquil Bali-inspired garden. Urban Provider offers a range of courses suitable for cooks of all abilities. Classes include Asian Grill Barbeque, French Bistro, Food Truck and Sri Lankan, to name a few. In each class you will cook up 4-5 different dishes and then devour your efforts at the end!


Taste Budds, Highgate

Forget processed fast food – Taste Budds is here to help bring out the inner foodie in each one of its clients through a full culinary experience. Taste Budds teaches the fundamentals of cooking good food and the importance of sharing it with friends and family. Taste Budds also focuses on using local WA produce, with fresh ingredients being harvested twice a week from Perth City Farm. A popular class on offer is The Night Market series, which focuses on flavoursome street food from across the globe.


Sweet Artist Academy, Joondalup

Do you have dreams of whipping up a sweet Sunday afternoon tea, but struggle to cook a simple box cake right? Worry no more, as Sweet Artist Academy in Joondalup is dishing out top tips on all things sugar. During the class, students of all abilities have the opportunity to learn all about pastry using the latest European equipment and techniques. Classes on offer include Cronuts and Donuts, In Vogue Cakes and Modern Eclairs.


The Little Italian School, Osborne Park

Forget dried packet pasta, The Little Italian School is here to teach you all about making pasta from scratch. In a true family fare, the classes are run by Tania with the help of her parents, who have owned many Italian restaurants in Perth. Tania is extremely passionate about her Italian culture and seeks to pass that on to her students. Why not come along and visit one of her Cannoli, Ravioli or Gnocchi classes. Pasta party packages are also available!


About the author:
Caitlyn Watts is currently based in Perth and writes on a freelance basis while completing her studies in Journalism and Professional Writing and Publishing. Her favourite topics to explore include local news, culture and food.

Cover photo from Little Italian School  in Osborne Park

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