Foodies have a new reason to head Down Under: In Victoria’s Spa Country, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the boutique Lake House (and we mean really boutique...as in, 35 rooms) has launched a dedicated cooking school.
Why is this a big deal? We hear the hotel's restaurant has been credited with starting the regional culinary tourism movement in Australia. The Cooking School lets guests to interact with fellow foodies and learn from Lake House Executive Chef and Managing Director Alla Wolf-Tasker and other top Aussie chefs.
The classes are held in the special-built demonstration kitchen, where students can learn contemporary cooking techniques. Classes also (often) showcase produce from local suppliers and Lake House’s own Kitchen Garden, planted with herbs and edible flowers, and orchard featuring olives, crab-apple, stone fruits, apple, quince and medlar.
Guests can also sign up for exclusive producer experiences from bee keeping, foraging and fly fishing to fermentation or butchery classes with local farmers.
Take a look at some of the winter cooking classes (remember, it's cool in Australia now) here—we say the truffle masterclass looks especially intriguing.
Bonus: When classes are done, students can try one of the the Salus Day Spa's hydrotherapy treatments.