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Sydney Seafood School

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Address: Bank Street Pyrmont | Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 9004 1111
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

With 13,000 guests a year attending classes, Sydney Seafood School is...

With 13,000 guests a year attending classes, Sydney Seafood School is Australia’s leading cooking school. It was established in 1989, when Sydney’s food obsession was in its infancy; French was the largest category in leading restaurant guides and Asian flavours, taken for granted today, were still considered exotic. The NSW fishing fleet caught plenty of whiting, bream, snapper and flathead to supply the local market. But in doing so, they also netted octopus, squid, red mullet, crabs, mussels and other species with which shoppers weren’t familiar … at least not familiar enough to take them home and cook them. A large part of the fishermen’s catch was unwanted and sold as bait or for next to nothing to those who did appreciate it. Initially established to create a demand for these more unusual species, the School has slowly broadened its reach to teach local, interstate and overseas food-lovers how to cook a huge variety of cuisines. While seafood is still its raison d'être, there's no longer any need to convince most people to try cooking with mussels, octopus or crabs, in fact abalone, sashimi, pipis and sea-snails don't daunt many of the food-savvy guests who now fill classes most weekday evenings and weekends. Asian flavours are in demand, with a class beginning in the Thai shops of Chinatown among the most popular; and leading Australian chefs, including Christine Manfield, Matthew Moran and Guillaume Brahimi, are among the School’s presenters. All classes commence in the School’s tiered auditorium with a demonstration of the dish or dishes to be prepared. It may look easy in skilled hands, but recreating it later in your own kitchen can be quite another thing. This is where Sydney Seafood School is unique … after watching the demonstration, guests roll up their sleeves and, in groups of five with guidance from the presenter and assistants, recreate the dishes, preparing a delicious seafood meal which they then sit down and enjoy with a complimentary wine tasting. To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2009, the School underwent a major refurbishment by leading designer Michael McCann of dreamtime australia design, making it Australia’s most beautiful cooking school with a stunning sandstone entry wall by award-winning sculptor Michael Purdy, Icelandic fish leather lining the auditorium, and wild ‘blackboard graffiti’ on the hands-on kitchen walls. Rich oak wood panelling, an aubergine-hued marble demonstration bench, sleek stainless steel and lots of glass complete the look. Guests cook at custom-made, stainless steel cooking islands fitted with state-of-the-art Fisher & Paykel appliances, including a gas CookSurface, oven, refrigeration unit and extraction system. Hettich soft close drawers, hinges and runners ensure all cabinetry opens and closes smoothly and silently and 46" High Definition LCD Sharp television screens above the demonstration bench ensure a perfect view of all the cooking action.Once the cooking's over, guests adjourn to the dining room which features a 180º photomural of Blackwattle Bay and fishnet chandeliers with over 6,000 gently glowing globes. It's casual but comfortable with cloth serviettes, Villeroy & Boch china and Spiegelau glassware, plus coffee from the School's Nespresso coffee machines. Sydney Seafood School conducts a wide range of classes for all skill levels, from a simple paella or stir-fry to the more complex weekend workshops with leading chefs. A vast array of cuisines and cooking styles are covered, including the School's most popular class, Seafood BBQ, using built-in 5-burner Beefeater gas barbecues and scheduled five or six times a month to keep up with demand!

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Superb facility with highly educational experience

Foodies, come! My wife and I attended a course ostensibly labeled BBQ Seafood, which it was not. However, the facilities, the staff, the organization were first rate and we... read more

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Naples, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Foodies, come! My wife and I attended a course ostensibly labeled BBQ Seafood, which it was not. However, the facilities, the staff, the organization were first rate and we learned a lot. We live in Sicily and were aghast at how long they cooked swordfish. Except, that when we ate it, and it was awesome. I would go back. The... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

To say it was hectic is an understatement, Sat afternoon nice day , to start parking was nearly impossible, managed to get one after a number of trips around the car park . I have been calling in regularly lately as have a building site behind fish market I have men working on . Not to bad through the week,... More 

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RobertaSydney, Manager at Sydney Seafood School, responded to this review

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your meal at Sydney Fish Market - the sashimi is a winner, isn't it? However, I just wanted to point out that you posted your review under the cooking school, Sydney Seafood School (which I manage), not under the Sydney Fish Market account. Thanks again for taking the time to post the review. More 

Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Well run venue providing demonstration and hands on cooking, using quality ingredients. Recipes we made included crab, mussels, squid and whole snapper. Great activity for couples singles and groups.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We have been to quite a few classes here and never experienced disappointment. The model they use where you sit and watch an excellent practitioner produce the meals while you have a chance to ask questions and make notes on the recipes, followed by the chance to cook the meals is simply wonderful. The dark kitchen removes you from all... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Booked in to a seafood BBQ cooking class on Saturday not knowing what to expect. It starts off in a small terraced auditorium with trainer out front and several screens with overhead view providing a good look at the detail whats happening on the bench. Four courses are prepared out front while 'students' can follow instructions on handout notes. This... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

I've attended several courses at the Seafood School and enjoyed them all. As someone who was fairly new to cooking seafood, the Seafood Basics course was really useful. I learned how to fillet and skin fish, prepare squid and crab and how to de-vein prawns. Plus, we made some great food and it also includes the school's own cookery book.... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Fun and fabulous experience. Paella cooking class starts with a well presented demonstration that went for about one hour. . You then move to another room where you have 4 to 6 to one of the many modern benches. All ingredients are layed out and you work out between you who will do what task to prepare a combined meal.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

We attended the Sydney Seafood School with friends this past weekend and had one of the best seafood meals that I've had in years. The class was masterfully instructed by Phil Wood of Eleven Bridge (Formerly Rockpool) and consisted of four seafood dishes that were right in the sweet spot of being challenging but not so harrowing that you go... More 

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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Went to the Sydney Seafood Cooking School as part of a team building exercise. It was a great night. We had some drinks and nibbles to start with and then we were given a demonstration on how to cook Seafood Paella. Then the fun began. We were split into groups and let loose in the Kitchen. The result was we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We did the Seafood BBQ day for a bit of fun, with my partner keen to expand beyond doing a great steak. SSSchool has this down pat- great setup starting in a theatre with great teachers demoing the dishes you'll make. Very easy to follow with a nice recipe/instruction book and TV screens showing a closeup of everything they do.... More 

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