Master class at the Sydney Fish Markets

We can all appreciate having an expertly prepared dish served at any of Sydney’s high-end restaurants, but if you’re looking for something a little more hands-on then the Sydney Seafood School has you covered. If you’re really up for a challenge you might even try a MasterChef inspired Mystery Box Challenge, where teams compete to create the most impressive dish from a selection of secret ingredients.

Established in 1989 the Sydney Seafood School offers a chance for the uninitiated to man their custom built, stainless steel cooking islands under the watchful eye of a host of guest chefs from Christine Manfield to Matt Moran. Using the state-of-the-art appliances you’ll peel, chop, batter and fry your way to a restaurant quality meal while LCD screens around the auditorium ensure you don’t miss a trick.

Classes are offered for all levels, from the beginners tackling paella or a simple stir-fry, to expert level weekend workshops with some of Australia’s leading chefs. A vast range of styles and cuisines are covered, from French to Thai, though the most popular class by far is the Seafood BBQ class which runs five to six times a month.

Aside from the cooking the Seafood School offers a great opportunity for social interaction, with classes drawing men and women of all ages and providing a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Prices range from $85 for a two-hour class to $155 for a four-hour class.

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