Along with our Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef, you'll experience an in-depth Masterchef cooking demonstration of several representative Akaroa dishes consisting of locally sourced ingredients. Afterwards, you'll dine on the sumptuous feast.
Enjoy a brief walk from the pier to the world renowned Akaroa Cooking School, a culinary institute known for demonstrating quick and easy ways to prepare healthy, nutritious meals. While settling in with a beverage and fresh-baked pastries, you'll listen to chefs Ant and Lou Bentley describe how they source local produce, seafood and seasonal ingredients. Their anecdotal stories reveal much about the Akaroan culture and nature's bounty in this part of New Zealand.
The chefs will then prepare four seasonal dishes based on the ingredients that are the absolute freshest that day. They may include hot smoked salmon on pickled cucumber salad; fillet of grain-finished beef with horseradish, panna cotta and parmesan crisp; and grilled gunard fish fillets on lemon and green pea risotto. Whatever the recipes for the day is, all will include a bounty of fantastic local produce that may include the country's best olive oils, local honey, nuts, fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
During the demonstration, you'll not only be treated to some tastings, you'll also be given the recipes to follow along with. The chefs are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the preparation of the dishes, and especially the more unusual ingredients such as gunard. Also known as sea robin, because when swimming its large pectoral fins open and close like a bird in flight, gunard is firm yet tender when cooked.
The chefs at the Akaroa Cooking School are a wealth of knowledge and are committed to making the experience educational and exceptionally fun. Following the demonstration, you'll sit down with your fellow classmates and dine on the freshly prepared dishes, with wine as an accompaniment. Afterwards, you are free to either walk back to the pier or remain in town to explore on your own.
Please note: It's a walk of approximately 5-minutes from the pier to the cooking school. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a light jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years of age in order to be served any alcoholic beverages.