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The Akaroa Cooking School

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Address: 81 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 21 166 3737

We offer one day cooking classes for small groups using fresh local,...

We offer one day cooking classes for small groups using fresh local, seasonal ingredients. Our one day scheduled classes are mainly demonstration where you will recieve a folder with the recipes and the chef will demonstrate each dish from start to finish. Everyone is then seated at the large dining table and eats each dish with matching local wines. Our classes generally run from 10 - 4pm. We also offer private classes and corporate team building days and these are tailor made to suit your needs.

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The best cooking class ever!

I hopped off a cruise ship onto the wharf to the Akaroa Cooking School. 5 couples and I learned to make 7 courses including appetizers, side dishes, several preparations of fish... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I hopped off a cruise ship onto the wharf to the Akaroa Cooking School. 5 couples and I learned to make 7 courses including appetizers, side dishes, several preparations of fish and desert. Loved every minute of it! Great recipes taught with care and beautifully served...plus wine with every course. Somewhat pricey but worth it.

Thank dinerone1
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We went to the Akaroa Cooking school as part of our team building day. Lou was incredibly accommodating as we only had 3-4 hours available with them. We did a fun master chef style cook off, had demonstrations of what we would be eating for lunch and then got to sit down and enjoy a three course meal together. We... More 

Thank ambera562
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved our day at the cooking school. Beautiful food (most delicious creme brûlée I've tasted) and two extremely talented and personable chefs! Thank you so much Lou and Stevie for your time and expertise. We learnt a lot and would highly recommend to everyone visiting Akaroa :)

Thank juphillipson
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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Got to eat. Got to drink. Want to step it up a bit then get some tips from the Akaroa Cooking School. The team took us through prep, starters, entree and main as part of a corporate dinner. Food was fantastic along with tasty wines overlooking the harbour provided for a memorable evening.

Thank Brian G
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

Being the first cooking class ever visited I didn't know what to expect. After very friendly E Mail communications with Lou though the welcoming and friendly atmosphere was no surprise. The place is located with a large glass front to the sea, yet Steve and Ant got my full attention. Loving Thai cuisine and cooking I learned so much which... More 

Thank Newkiwis
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

My sons and I 'shouted' each other this experience while on holidays in NZ, we fully recommend it, we were greeted by Lou with a coffee and a delicious tart. Steve and Lou made the learning easy and fun with their conversational style. Ant's info on local wines was impressive as were the wines :) The food was delicious. I... More 

Thank Jenelle W
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This was a wonderful experience, one I fully recommend. Thank you Lou, Steve, Kay, Ant and Chloe for making this a pleasurable experience. I'm definitely going back and I will be recommending the school to my family, frinds and coleagues.

1 Thank Kosta T
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I have just had a fabulous day at the Akaroa Cooking School with 3 friends whilst on holiday. The food was fresh, delicious and local. Lou, Kay and Steve are a very professional and friendly team. The cooking demonstration was very informative and well organised whilst also making you feel that it would be very achievable in your own kitchen.... More 

Thank Sue L
new zealand
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

Having heard great things about the Akaroa Cooking School I was looking forward to a great fun filled day but while it was informative it was not hands on and was not fun filled! The chef was good and gave out some tips which were helpful but I thought he really wanted to just talk about himself and his exploits.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This was our fourth class at the Akaroa Cooking School; A Day in Italy. Like the three previous visits it was a great day's entertainment including meeting fun friendly people, boistrous banter, sampling selected wines, learning lots, lots of laughs and delicious dinning. The hosts, Lou, Ant and Faye enthralled, entertained and educated us. It has been too long since... More 

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