Signature Dish Italian Cooking Yarra Valley

Italian Cooking Class Yarra Valley


Cook Signature Gnocchi with Head Chef Fondata 1872

Christopher Lillico will share his passion for Italian Cooking in this hands on cooking class

You know it is a very special cooking class when you can combine an expert chef with the signature dishes of the restaurant visited.

This is what you can expect on Friday mornings at Fondata 1872 located in Kangaroo Ground, the gateway to the Yarra Valley.

Head Chef Chris Lillico, will share the secrets for making the well-known Gnocchi dishes, local favourites at Fondata 1872 in the Yarra Valley. This is fabulous, fun and informative class to perfect your gnocchi making and impress your family and friends at home as you take recipe cards with you after class.

Pan Fried Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sage and Walnuts and Ricotta Gnocchi, tomato Ragu, Fior di latte and Basil

You’re in good hands with Chris Lillico whose Italian heritage and early experiences in Italian and European kitchens helped him develop his passion for Italian cuisine. Born in New Zealand then having cutting his teeth in some of Melbourne’s classic Italian restaurants before heading to New Zealand to hone his skills. Chris travelled and worked through out Europe and Italy bringing back to Australia his love of food and Italian culture.  His passion for Italian Cookery is reflected in the Fondata menu with Gnocchi and one of those dishes that you may remember forever.

The gnocchi recipes reflect seasonal, local produce, made in the style of Nonna and full of flavour. Master the basics of Italian cuisine from simple sauces to pasta and gnocchi making, and make a simple risotto confidently. Once you have the basics down pat, you can experiment at home with traditional Italian flavours

Fondata 1872 Italian Cooking School
150 Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd Kangaroo Ground Yarra Valley
Friday Morning Cooking Classes 10.30am to 1.30pm Limited Spaces
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Yarra Valley Winery Cooking School

Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Italy in the Yarra Valley with Epicurean


Epicurean Food and Wine Tours love all things food and wine. Over the last few months we have been stepping outside the fabulous wineries we visit and looking into some exclusive cooking experiences available with Melbourne Cooking Classes.

Cooking has become a wonderful creative daily ritual that, well, it just makes us happy!

We have been exploring the many “classes and schools” on offer to enhance your food and wine experiences. Our research has been in the world class wine regions of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula and the bustling cultural melting pot that is Melbourne. We have found a lot and plan to share them with you right here!

Classes range from those led by professional chefs to those run by great home cooks who can share a thing or two about creating delicious dishes for the dinner table. The best part is, each session includes lunch or dinner, so you’ll be tasting the food you just learned to cook fresh off the stove.

Epicurean promotes a culinary day adventure blending food, cooking, culture and wine in a personalized and fun manner.

Master a brand new recipe taught with with local, seasonal produce and be the envy of all your friends at your next dinner party. With masterclasses and hands-on workshops at restaurants, wineries and purpose-built schools, you’ll be making a meal of Victoria’s best in no time exploring organic seasonal flavors from its own garden & small producers in the region visited.

Gather your favourite wannabe culinary kings and queens, choose from an enticing range of classes, and enjoy the fruits of your labour over a feast with a matching local wine.


Al Dente Cooking Classes

Al Dente Cooking and Kitchen Cafe host delightful half day cooking classes specialising in authentic classic Italian cuisine.

Located at the spectacular Billanook Estate in the Yarra Valley you will enjoy a wine tasting to choose a glass of Estate wine to enjoy with lunch

At Al Dente you can master the basics of Italian favourites with authentic cooking as you discover the gastronomic diversity of Italian cuisine. The love and passion for Italian cooking is evident here. The Al Dente Cooking classes are consistently described as wonderful experiences, one that can be shared with friends and family or like minded foodies. You can choose to book one class or the series as you build your skills and Italian cooking repertoire.

Your cooking class culminates in a dining experience of your very own creation with a glass of Billanook Estate wine.



Al Dente Cooking Classes at Billanook Estate Yarra Valley
280 Edward Road Chirnside Park
Friday-Sunday Cooking Classes 







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