Cooking Classes in Wellington

We bring people together for hands-on cooking classes, no prior experience necessary!

Photo: Head Chef Max Gordy of Hillside Restaurant teaching a Wild food class

Our cooking classes are fun, relaxed, and the groups are small. You'll learn tips and techniques plus some entertaining culinary history from cuisines around the world, including Middle Eastern, Italian, French and Persian. We use homegrown, organic greens and herbs straight from our very own vegetable garden - giving you access to the freshest possible ingredients!

One popular course, Cooking with the Impressionists, combines Art History with a cooking lesson based on the recipes of the French impressionists. You'll enjoy a short visual presentation of relevant art and then recreate dishes inspired by the artists.

From time to time we're honoured to be joined by special guests from around New Zealand, who host great one-off courses for those interested in practicing a particular culinary style whilst enjoying the opportunity to learn from a top chef. Keep an eye out for who's joining us next. 

Our cooking classes are run all around Wellington, New Zealand. Most are currently held at Vogelmorn Cafe in Brooklyn or Canape company on Thorndon Quay in conjunction with the Wellington-based Meetup group, Savour Wellington. We have other pop-up locations too so make sure you know where your class is being held!

Click below to see the current 2022 cooking classes. We add new classes throughout the year.

Our cooking workshops cover a wide range of styles and techniques, whether it's learning how to make pasta, understanding fermentation, or how to sharpen your chef's knives. They are fun, social occasions that end with a shared meal, giving you an opportunity to meet new people while you learn new recipes and skills.

Anyone with an interest in learning more about a particular cuisine is welcome, even beginners. Certain classes require a more intermediate/advanced level of cooking knowledge which is specified in the class description. The majority of our classes feature recipes that are largely plant-based or vegetarian, and if meat or fish are used, we source sustainable, humanely raised or wild catch & game. 

Cooking with the Impressionists

If you love French cooking and Impressionist painting, you’ll love our series of half-day workshops, with a different artist featured in each session.

Recreate dishes straight from the recipe collections of the French Impressionist painters and, while you cook, learn more about their life and works. Price includes a 45-minute visual presentation by Dr. Wendy Joyce who holds a PhD in French and 19th-century art history from Princeton University, a cooking lesson and shared meal at the end, all ingredients and recipes.

You’ll explore French Impressionism, and celebrate the good life so joyously captured by the Impressionists, with hands-on cooking classes led by a professional chef and an art historian. Join one workshop or all five over the course of the year – once you’ve done one, you’ll be sure to want to do more! Our 2022 series includes all-new material and new artists after previous year’s very popular sell-out workshops.

“I am simply LOVING this series!!! I have never attended anything like this before! For 3 hours on the past two Saturdays I have found myself in another world. For some reason I feel energised by the time I leave the workshop. I am just so excited, with ideas, and wanting to talk to people about this ‘stuff’!!! Thank you for bringing Paris to life for me… I am looking forward to next Saturday’s session already.”

-Claire Taggart

Not sure what gift to give that foodie friend? Looking to offer them a fun experience where they’ll learn valuable skills in the kitchen? Savour Cooking School Gift Vouchers sound like the perfect gift.

"I have recently taken two classes at Savour. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Foraging was just amazing, followed by an excellent demo from Chef Max Gordy using many of the ingredients that can be found locally. Wendy, who is a chef in her own right, runs the school and is an absolute joy, also bringing together great expertise from other professional chefs. The course Wendy taught on Persian cooking was absolutely brilliant. I loved every minute and will definitely be signing up for more."

– Fedelma Harkin

 

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